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04 Dec 07. Nimrod XV230: Board of Inquiry (BoI) Report. The MoD published (4 Dec 07) the BoI Report into the loss of Nimrod XV230 over Afghanistan on 2 Sep 06, when 14 Service personnel lost their lives. The BoI made 33 Recommendation of which 21 have been accepted outright by the chain of command. The Defence Secretary has convened a further “review of the arrangements for assuring the airworthiness and safe operation of the Nimrod aircraft….”.
Comment: A copy of the Report can be found online (www.mod.uk). Discussion in the House of Commons is recorded in Hansard for 4 Dec 07, starting at Column 685. The Nimrod MRA4, which is to replace the MR2, is now expected to enter service in September 2010 (a slippage from April 2003). The forecast cost of the
12 aircraft programme has risen to £3,500m. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0748, 10 Dec 07)

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