Armed Forces: Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th December 2010.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 8 November (WA 3) regarding Tornado aircraft, which said that "there are currently no plans for the aircraft to receive any further capability upgrades after 2014", how much will be spent over the next three years upgrading the Tornado's ground attack capability to match that of the Harrier GR9 by fitting the sniper pod.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are currently no plans to fit a sniper pod to the Tornado GR4, as the Tornado is already fitted with the Litening III, which provides equivalent targeting and reconnaissance capabilities.

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