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Military 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 hourly cost of air-to-air refuelling of an RAF VC10 is.

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

The full-cost hourly rate of operating a VC10 tanker in the air for financial year 2009-10 is calculated to be £29,235. This figure incorporates a variety of costs to enable an aircraft to operate, such as personnel costs, servicing of the aircraft and fuelling of the aircraft. It does not include the costs of the fuel payload VC10s carry to refuel other aircraft.

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