Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The number and percentage of C-17, C-130J, C-130K, Tristar, VC10 and Nimrod that are in the Forward Available Fleet and considered Fit for Purpose (FFP) during the month of April are detailed in the following table. Forward Available Fleet (FAF) aircraft are those that are available to the front line command for operational and training purposes; aircraft undergoing scheduled depth maintenance, or planned routine fleet maintenance are not included. Aircraft defined as Fit for Purpose are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date. The figures shown are the average for the month of April 2008, and have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

Number in service Average number of aircraft in Forward Available Fleet Average percentage of total fleet in FAF Average number of aircraft Fit for Purpose Average percentage FFP of Forward Available Fleet
C-17(1) 5 3 60 2 74
Tristar 9 7 78 5 78
VC10 16 12 75 7 56
C-130K 19 12 62 9 77
C-130J 24 18 75 13 74
Nimrod MR2 15 10 63 6 65
Nimrod R1 3 2 50 1 61
(1) The fifth C-17 was delivered for squadron service in this month and is only counted in the Fit for Purpose statistics from 10 April 2008.

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