Defence written question – answered on 21st March 2006.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what the Royal Air Force capability is in respect of (a) offensive and (b) defensive aircraft;

(2) what the Royal Air Force capability requirement is for (a) offensive and (b) defensive aircraft for (i) 2010 and (ii) 2012.

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

The July 2004 White Paper Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities" (Cm 6269) set out planned force level requirements of 64 offensive support aircraft and 20 air defence fast jet aircraft. This capability is delivered largely by the Royal Air Force, though Joint Force Harrier is provided jointly by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. There are no plans to change these force level requirements before 2012.

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