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China: Military Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 134370, tabled on 8 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any of the second-hand airframes purchased for AWACS will be sourced from China.

Answered on

13 January 2021

In common with all 737 Next Generation airliners, the first two airframes to be modified to become RAF Wedgetail AEW Mk1 aircraft were manufactured by Boeing in the United States. They were initially operated by commercial airlines based in China and Hong Kong, and were then acquired by Boeing from the commercial market via a broker. The use of second-hand airframes provides a significant schedule and cost benefit to the programme, which will enable this vital capability to be introduced sooner than would have been the case if new airframes had been manufactured.

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