Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2014.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to confirm the decision to allow a process change to enable the Rivet Joint signal intelligence aircraft to be certificated under Military Aviation Authority regulations.

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

The UK Rivet Joint could not be certified under Military Aviation Authority regulatory publications (MRP) due to difficulties in obtaining documentary evidence of the aircraft’s original design basis. The MRP allows an alternative course of action to be agreed where a regulated entity cannot fully comply. Accordingly, an alternative approach was agreed for Rivet Joint to achieve the same level of design safety assurance. The aircraft has been cleared by the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, the RAF's Release to Service Authority, to fly to an initial Release to Service and completed its first flight on 23 May 2014.

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