Minister is quizzed after RAF denied missile defence

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DEFENCE ministers are facing questions about the safety of British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan amid claims that a key defensive system on RAF transport planes was scrapped to save money.

Military sources have told The Scotsman that plans to install a "state of the art" countermeasures system on Hercules aircraft were dropped after the Ministry of Defence decided it would cost too much.

The revelation comes amid a continuing row about an RAF Hercules shot down in Iraq last year with the loss of ten lives.


Several of the aircraft that have been denied the cancelled defensive system are thought to be in regular use in Iraq. Others are said to be scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan.

Despite the decision to scrap the new system - thought to be an electronic jamming device intended to confuse the targeting systems of surface-to-air missiles - defence ministers insist that all British Hercules planes are fully protected from attack.

The MoD last night said: "Only Hercules with appropriate defensive countermeasures are deployed to operational theatres." A spokesman said the planes carry systems to warn pilots of radar sensors and approaching missiles, and to dispense countermeasures to deflect missiles.

But in the case of at least 15 J-model Hercules, the countermeasures system currently in place is said to be inferior to the one that had been scheduled for installation.
Scotsman

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DEFENCE chiefs were put on the spot yesterday over financial cuts that could expose RAF aircraft to attack in Afghanistan.

The Scotsman revealed last month that an anti-missile countermeasures system due to be installed on a group of Hercules planes had been cancelled to save money.

That has left RAF insiders worried that the planes, some of them now set to deploy to southern Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission there, are more vulnerable than they could be.


Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister, was yesterday challenged about the cancelled programme by MPs on the Commons defence committee.

During an unusual private sitting of the committee, he promised to investigate the situation and give the MPs an explanation.
Scotsman
 
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Agent_Smith said:
DEFENCE ministers are facing questions about the safety of British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan amid claims that a key defensive system on RAF transport planes was scrapped to save money.

Military sources have told The Scotsman that plans to install a "state of the art" countermeasures system on Hercules aircraft were dropped after the Ministry of Defence decided it would cost too much.

The revelation comes amid a continuing row about an RAF Hercules shot down in Iraq last year with the loss of ten lives.


Several of the aircraft that have been denied the cancelled defensive system are thought to be in regular use in Iraq. Others are said to be scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan.

Despite the decision to scrap the new system - thought to be an electronic jamming device intended to confuse the targeting systems of surface-to-air missiles - defence ministers insist that all British Hercules planes are fully protected from attack.

The MoD last night said: "Only Hercules with appropriate defensive countermeasures are deployed to operational theatres." A spokesman said the planes carry systems to warn pilots of radar sensors and approaching missiles, and to dispense countermeasures to deflect missiles.

But in the case of at least 15 J-model Hercules, the countermeasures system currently in place is said to be inferior to the one that had been scheduled for installation.
Scotsman

This story follows on from a previous one


DEFENCE chiefs were put on the spot yesterday over financial cuts that could expose RAF aircraft to attack in Afghanistan.

The Scotsman revealed last month that an anti-missile countermeasures system due to be installed on a group of Hercules planes had been cancelled to save money.

That has left RAF insiders worried that the planes, some of them now set to deploy to southern Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led mission there, are more vulnerable than they could be.


Adam Ingram, the armed forces minister, was yesterday challenged about the cancelled programme by MPs on the Commons defence committee.

During an unusual private sitting of the committee, he promised to investigate the situation and give the MPs an explanation.
Scotsman
It's disgusting to think saving money is better than saving lives. Even most Israeli Passenger planes are fitted with somesort countermeasure system. SHAME on you Ingram..
 
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Those fine people at the MoD risking people lives just to save money - surely you jest?!
Did'nt these b******s spend £100,000 last year on new chairs alone last year?
I say shoot the cnuts, but I doubt we have enough ammo. Or working rifles.
 

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