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Saudi Arabia: Cluster Munitions

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 59879, tabled on 12 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if any Tornado aircraft (a) upgraded by UK personnel and companies under the Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado Sustainable Programme or (b) supplied from the UK to Saudi Arabia has been certified to carry (i) BL-755 munitions and (ii) any other munition falling within the definition of cluster munition of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Answered on

20 January 2017

The Release to Service (RTS) document that details the UK-assured carriage, release and jettison clearances for munitions operated by Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado aircraft included BL-755 munitions until the end of 2008. The certification for BL-755 was removed from the Tornado RTS, irrespective of the aircraft standard, in 2008.

Details of the wider capabilities of Royal Saudi Air Force aircraft are a matter for the Government of Saudi Arabia and their suppliers.