Sunday Telegraph today (page 1 in its entirety. "The dismal story of how our Army in Iraq is given the wrong equipment continues. To carry out a range of vital tasks, from surveillance to providing air taxi services, its only helicopters are six Lynxes, designed for use in Northern Europe, hopelessly unsuited to hot conditions and continually breaking down. Much more appropriate to the job in every way would be Bell 212s (known as Hueys), which are very much cheaper and more reliable, suited to the heat, carry more people and are used by the US, Iraqi and other armies. Our Army has six Hueys in Belize, and the RAF uses another version to run a free air-sea rescue service for the government of Cyprus. Ann Winterton, the Tory backbench MP who is more on the ball than her party's entire defence front-bench team put together, therefore asked the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the comparable operating costs of its Lynes and Hueys. A Lynx, she was told on Friday, costs Â£23,000 an hour, a Huey Â£2000. So which does the MoD supply to our soldiers in Basra? The one that continually breaks down and costs 10 times as much to run. And we are not talking peanuts here. At 100 hours a month operating time, this means we are spending around Â£150 million a year more than necessary, to provide our troops with much less efficient aircraft. Think of that next time you hear our Army in Iraq is "underfunded"." If we did have Hueys instead of Lynxes just think about the savings that would be made on aircrew rations as well. We are talking peanuts, LOTS and LOTS.