Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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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 what additional information was requested from (a) the USAF and (b) Boeing by QinetiQ in order to meet the Military Airworthiness Authority standards to release to service the first RC-135.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

In early 2012, Defence Equipment and Support and its technical support Subject Matter Experts in QinetiQ worked closely with the United States Air Force (USAF) to gain access to information from a number of US sources (including Boeing and the USAF) to support development of UK airworthiness documentation, notably the safety case and release to service. Further Boeing proprietary information, concerning aircraft performance in particular, has been requested by QinetiQ. The USAF has facilitated UK access to information from Boeing to meet this requirement.

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