Armed Forces: Parachuting

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 14th July 2022.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Hercules fleet leaving service on the parachuting capabilities of HM armed forces.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The A400M Capability Programme has successfully accelerated the estimated delivery dates for all parachuting activity. The Atlas can already air-drop a range of supplies and equipment and is planned to have a high altitude parachuting capability before the C-130J Hercules goes out of service, with a low-level parachuting capability shortly thereafter.

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