Dear Ministry of Defence,

In 2007 the type GQ 1000 parachute fitted to the Tornado Martin Baker Mk10 ejection seat was replaced with the type GQ 5000, under cover of Mod. 02189B. Can you supply me with details of flight test, or ground (sled) test that were conducted prior to the modification taking place? It is understood the GQ 5000 was a tight fit for the head box and a special packing process had to be introduced.

Yours faithfully,

James Jones

Dear Ministry of Defence,

I do believe that a reply to this request is now due.

Yours faithfully,

James Jones

DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Jones,

 

Please find attached letter from the Ministry of Defence regarding your
recent request for information.

 

Kind Regards

 

Eleanor

 

Eleanor Preece

Defence Equipment and Support

 

 

Dear DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

I must say that I am disappointed to only receive a request for clarification letter at the end of the official response period of 20 days. I thought I had made it clear in my request that I am interested in ground and flight trials associated with the Tornado modification. I am not interested in general trials for the GQ 5000 parachute, but the parachute/ejection seat combination for Tornado.

For the avoidance of any further doubt can you supply me with the reports covering the the significant number of trials in test ejection and simulations, as well as wide-ranging maintenance trials associated with packing of the parachute using pressurised packing techniques, that were conducted for Tornado clearance.

Yours sincerely,

James Jones

Dear DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

I think an answer to my follow up request is due

Yours sincerely,

James Jones

DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Jones,

 

Please see attached response to your Freedom of Information request of
17^th October relating to reports regarding the GQ5000 parachute.

 

Kind regards,

 

DE&S Secretariat

 

Dear DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

This response is now overdue.

Yours sincerely,

James Jones

Dear DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Still waiting, after extra time.

Yours sincerely,

James Jones

DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Jones,

Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to this request. As advised in my letter of 17th November 2017, we are considering the public interest in disclosing the information that we have identified in scope of your request. I expect to be able to provide you with a response by no later than 9th January. Once again, I am sorry for the delay.

Kind regards,

DE&S Secretariat

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DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr Jones,

 

Please see attached response to your Freedom of Information request of
17^th October 2017 regarding reports relating to the parachute/ejection
seat combination on Tornado.

 

Kind regards,

 

DE&S Secretariat

 

Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'Ejection Seat Modification 02189B'.

In my request I asked for information regarding the wide-ranging maintenance trials
associated with packing of the parachute using pressurised packing techniques, that were
conducted for Tornado clearance. It is appears from the last reply that no attempt has been made to address this point.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

James Jones

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Jones,

Thank you for contacting us. We perceive there is scope in your complaint to resolve it informally. We have therefore referred it to DE&S who will be in contact shortly on the matter which you raised about the searches and whether they included for information regarding the maintenance trials.

By all means, contact again if on receipt of their clarification you remain dissatisfied.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team.

DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr Jones,

Thank you for your email. Your request for an internal review centred on the single issue of whether any information was held specifically relating to “wide-ranging maintenance trials associated with packing of the parachute using pressurised packing techniques, that were conducted for Tornado clearance”. As such, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Information Rights Compliance Team deemed it to have potential for informal resolution by DE&S.

I can confirm that a further check has been made and, as stated in my previous letter, the MOD holds only one overarching report in relation to the trials you mentioned in your request, and this was provided to you.

I should point out that this response does not prejudice your right to request an internal review. If you remain dissatisfied, could you please indicate this by contacting the MOD Information Rights Compliance Team, 2nd Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail [email address]). Please note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an end.

If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD internal review process has been completed. Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner's website, http://www.ico.org.uk.

Kind regards,
 
Defence Equipment & Support Secretariat

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Dear DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),
Many thanks for such a prompt reply. I assume there must by an AP covering packing instructions.

Yours sincerely,

James Jones

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