HL Deb 09 May 2002 vol 634 c196WA
Lord Gilbert

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What items of British military equipment can be carried in a C-17 transport aircraft but not in the proposed A400M by virtue of either (a) their weight or (b) their size. [HL4071]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

The A400M aircraft will be capable of carrying all those items of British military equipment specified in its endorsed requirement document including, for example, Warrior and Apache. The C-17 can, by virtue of its larger load space/lift capability, carry other items of British equipment that fall outside of this requirement. It is, for example, capable of carrying one main battle tank, although our plans do not envisage transporting such equipment by air.