Defence and armed forces

Ministry of Defence: Hercules C-130 Tactical Fixed Wing Airlift Capability

“The MoD’s focus has been on supporting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under difficult circumstances, it has ensured the armed forces have the Hercules aircraft they need. But delays to the A400M aircraft, as well as the stresses and strains caused by sustained operational use of the existing Hercules fleet, are stretching both aircraft and aircrew and could in time pose risks to their future effectiveness.”

"The MoD’s focus has been on supporting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under difficult circumstances, it has ensured the armed forces have the Hercules aircraft they need. But delays to the A400M aircraft, as well as the stresses and strains caused by sustained operational use of the existing Hercules fleet, are stretching both aircraft and aircrew and could in time pose risks to their future effectiveness."

Tim Burr, head of the National Audit Office, 27 June 2008



Publication details:

ISBN: 9780102954180 [Buy from TSO]

HC: 627 2007-2008