Hercules C-130 planes still don't have foam-filled fuel tanks, 18 months after one was shot down by small arms in Iraq with the loss of 10 RAF men. Another was lost in Afghanistan, where debris punctured a fuel tank on the runway this year.
John Reid promised on
May 3rd that the fleet would have the foam put into the tanks immediately. Today not one plane is operational with the foam fitted.
Lawyers are now looking at bringing negligence charges against the MOD. What a disaster Labour are at fighting wars.
What lies behind this idiocy? Gordon Brown's Treasury.
The MOD are outright liars and complete shits.
They are also refusing to install systems to defend against shoulder-launched SAM's which threaten the Hercules - on the ground of cost.
Liam Fox spoke well - saying the government has had five years to plan and prepare for this situation. It's a national scandal. The government, he says, can afford a new plane for the Prime Minister, but not to protect servicemen's lives. Also it pays out billions on all kinds of consultancies, but says there is not enough money for this priority, said Liam.
People should be told about this. Liam Fox should speak on this issue and other scandalous underprovision of equipment to servicemen more frequently.
Blair commits us to wars. Brown refuses to pay for them.