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Saturday, January 24, 2015

MoD admits failure to fit Tornado collision devices

Eurofighter TyphoonDefence ministers have admitted that the RAF has only fitted eight of its 100 Tornado aircraft with a collision-avoidance system despite the need for one on every fighter jet identified as being at major risk of a collision with passenger jets.

The admission, in a written answer to SNP defence spokesman Angus Robertson, comes a week after criticism by the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) that the Ministry of Defence has no plans to fit a similar system to Typhoon aircraft.

The need for a collision-warning system was identified in the mid-1990s but then shelved because of other priorities within the defence budget.

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