Defence written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of John Smith John Smith Labour, Vale of Glamorgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier GR7s are being upgraded at BAE Warton; and at what cost.

Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely costs of (a) upgrading and (b) servicing fast jets at BAE Warton.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

At present nine Harrier aircraft are being modified at Warton. Three aircraft have already completed their modification. The 12 Harrier aircraft are being upgraded for a total cost of some £33 million (VAT exclusive).

Planned upgrades to bring all Tranche 1 Typhoon aircraft to the same standard are included in the production contract price. The majority of this work is likely to be carried out at BAE Warton. Subsequent upgrades have yet to be defined and costed.

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