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Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated hourly flying time cost is of (a) the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and (b) each air-to-air service provider.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

After full system delivery of the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft the average hourly flying time cost for military usage is estimated to be £20,000. This rate includes all costs associated with provision of military capability (including Defensive Aids Suite), aircraft support, training and associated infrastructure. No equivalent cost is currently available from a commercial air-to-air service provider.

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