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Istar

Defence written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what ISTAR will be created by his Department's Solomon programme;

(2) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Solomon programme.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Solomon programme is designed to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, quality and timeliness of intelligence delivered to the commander. Capabilities include improved intelligence requirements management, tasking of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance assets, provision of imagery and electronic surveillance capabilities, improved connections between deployed and fixed intelligence communities, and enhanced interoperability with allies.

Approved costs to date are £8 million for programme support over four years and some £40 million for a number of project activities. Details on the estimated total expenditure will not be known until each project within the Solomon programme reaches its main investment decision.

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