Written Answers. - Foreign Military Aircraft Overflights.

Proinsias De Rossa

Question:

79 Proinsias De Rossa asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will outline in respect of the months of July, August and September 1990 (i) the number of occasions on which permission has been granted for foreign military to fly over the State, (ii) the nationality of each of the aircraft, (iii) the type of aircraft, (iv) the total number of occasions on which permission was refused and (v) the nationality and type of aircraft refused.

Proinsias De Rossa

Question:

80 Proinsias De Rossa asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will outline in respect of each of the months from January to September 1990 (i) the number of occasions on which foreign military aircraft were given permission to land at airports in the State, (ii) the nationality of each of the aircraft, (iii) the type of aircraft and (iv) the purpose for which landing permission was granted.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 80 together.

Information regarding overflights by foreign military aircraft in the months of July, August and September 1990 and landings in the period January to September 1990 is set in the following tabular statement. There was no occasion in that period on which permission to overfly was refused. Permission is normally granted for overflights provided certain conditions are met, the most important of which are that the relevant aircraft are unarmed, carry no arms, ammunition or explosives and do not engage in intelligence gathering and that the flights in question do not form part of military exercises or operations.
Overflights Only

Country

July

August

September

Aircraft

Total

Australia

2

Boeing 707

2

Belgium

1

4

2

C-130, B727

7

Canada

72

72

46

Boeing 707/CC130

190

Czechoslovakia

1

IL-62M

1

FRG

36

2

12

B-707

50

France

2

1

Falcon 900 Mystere

3

Great Britain

121

137

123

VC10/Tristar Gulfstream (G-4)

381

Israel

2

2

Hercules/Boeing

4

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

1

1

Gulfstream (G-3)

2

New Zealand

2

1

C-130, NZ7002 Boeing N27272

3

Romania

1

B707, YR ABD

1

United Arab Emirates

2

C-130/C130H

2

USA

624

824

725

C-137, C-135, C-141, C130, C-20

2,173

Total

2,819

Landings Only

Country

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May.

June

July

Aug.

Sep.

Aircraft

Purpose

Total

Belgium

5

4

6

5

4

5

1

3

3

C130/SW03, DA20/B727

VIP Transport Pax and Freight Transport

36

Canada

1

1

1

4

3

1

CC130/CL60/CC109

Crew Orientation/ Transport Flight

11

Czechoslovakia

3

TU-154/IL-62M

VIP Transport

3

Denmark

1

1

F249/Gulfstream

VIP Transport

2

Egypt

1

1

1

1

1

1

Gulfstream III

Aircraft Inspection at Savannah

6

Gulfstream (SU-BGU)

Gulfstream 902

France

2

6

11

8

7

12

6

9

7

C160/DHC6/Mystere20/ C130/LA Caravelle/N262 Falcon 900/E121

Flight Training/ VIP Transport

68

FRG

1

1

1

5

2

6

1

Boeing 707/CL601/VFW614 la-jet of Jabog 49

Personnel (Military Civilian) and Material Transport to and from US/Canada Participation in Air Spectacular 1990 VIP Transport

17

Italy

4

7

7

3

1

1

2

2

DC9/F50/93/G222 C130/MB339

VIP Transport Participation in Air Spectacular 1990

27

Iran

1

Boeing 707

To collect Irish Red Cross supplies for earthquake victims

1

Netherlands

2

Cessna Citation 500 Reg No.

VIP Transport

2

Portugal

1

7

3

7

Falcon 20/Falcon 50

VIP Transport

18

Saudi Arabia

3

C130

Collect Government Cargo (spare parts for aircraft) from USA/Refuel

3

Spain

1

3

5

1

3

11

DA20/B707/C101/ C212/C130

VIP Transport/Participation in Air Festival at Shannon/Transport of spare parts

Sweden

1

1

FA3

VIP Transport

2

Turkey

2

1

G-4

VIP Transport

3

USA

6

5

11

10

16

24

31

14

18

C137/C135/C20/C9B/ C22B/C12/C22/C137B

Refuel/VIP Transport

135

Total

358