RAF Projects

Defence written question – answered on 21st November 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress on the (a) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, (b) Hawk 128, (c) Airbus A330 and (d) Typhoon Project; and what the estimated costs were (i) at the beginning of the project and (ii) at the most recent available date.

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

We are negotiating the Joint Strike Fighter memorandum of understanding for the co-operative production, support and follow on development phase and expect to conclude these negotiations next year.

The Hawk 128 design and development contract was placed in December 2004. Negotiations with BAE Systems regarding a production contract are ongoing.

Final negotiations on the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) project are ongoing with AirTanker Ltd. on a 27-year contract for a public finance initiative service based upon Airbus A330 aircraft.

19 Typhoon production aircraft have been delivered to the RAF and over 1,900 in-service sorties have been flown. The aircraft are now engaged in pilot training and operational evaluation to enable operational deployment during the second half of this decade.

The estimated costs for these projects at (i) the beginning of the project and (ii) the most recent available data (MPR04):

£ million
(i) Beginning of project (ii) Most recent available data
Joint Strike Fighter

(demonstration phase only)

2,236 2,573
Hawk 128 Up to 722 Up to 722
FSTA Up to 13,900 Up to 13,100
Typhoon 16,671 19,014

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