To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 23 June 2015 to Question 3244, what capabilities and specifications have been decided on for the next generation of RAF maritime reconnaissance aircraft; and which specific defence industrial organisations have made representations to his Department on the supply of aircraft or equipment to fulfil that role.
2 July 2015
No decisions have yet been taken on the capabilities and specifications of any potential new maritime patrol aircraft. Such issues are typically resolved at a later stage in the procurement process and, as stated in my response to Question 3244, no decision has been taken to acquire an aircraft, this will be decision for the Strategic Defence and Security Review.
I am withholding information on the details of the defence industrial organisations that have made representations to the Department, as it's disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.