Tornado Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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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, pursuant to the Answer of 24 October 2014 to Question 210783, what the issues were that required resolution; whether those issues they have been resolved; and if he will publish the revised TCAS embodiment programme for the Tornado GR4 fleet.

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

Trials in the Tornado GR4 aircraft have revealed that modifications are required to existing aircraft hardware and software in order to ensure compatibility with the Honeywell Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System II (TCAS II). Work is continuing to resolve these issues and once further trials and testing has been completed we will be in a better position to determine when the full capability will be available. The Ministry of Defence is committed to obtaining early beneficial use of TCAS II and is embodying the system in as many Tornado GR4 aircraft as possible to operate, initially, in Traffic Advisory mode.

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