Future Large 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 assessment he has made of the A400M aircraft's (a) radar signature, (b) ability to penetrate hostile airspace at low level and (c) ability to land on rough short airstrip compared to that of the in-service C130J Hercules.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The multinational trials programme being conducted on behalf of the A400M partner nations by Airbus Military (the A400M prime contractor) is continuing to produce valuable data about this new aircraft. As these trials are ongoing and continue to provide fresh information, the process of analysing the results is not yet complete.

To ensure that the A400M provides the expected capability any assessment will, of course, be made against the endorsed requirement rather than another aircraft type.

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