Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 14th March 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alternative anti-submarine warfare solutions for the P-8 Poseidon his Department has explored with (a) UK and (b) international suppliers.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to pay the US Department of Defence to test and evaluate UK-specific equipment for installation on the P-8 Poseidon.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to engineer flexibility into UK P-8 Poseidon aircraft concerning the incorporation of non-standard equipment at a later date.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The decision to procure the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft was taken following a rigorous assessment of a range of possible options, including different aircraft types. Amongst the factors considered were that it was a proven technology, and that it could be brought into service more quickly than the alternatives.

RAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft will be delivered in the same configuration as those operated by the US Navy. This was an important consideration in the investment decision as it helps to deliver economies of scale from being part of a larger programme, and ensures that configuration control and interoperability with a key ally are maintained. Moreover, the planned capability development and upgrade programme for the aircraft provides confidence that the P-8A Poseidon will meet current and future UK key user requirements. Consequently, there are no plans to introduce any UK-specific equipment onto the aircraft.

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