Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 21st July 2009.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost per flying hour of a (a) Tornado and (b) Typhoon jet.

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

I will write to the hon. Member.

Substantive answer from Quentin Davies to Nick Harvey:

I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question of the 13 July 2009 (Official Report, column 27W), asking for the most recent estimate of the cost per flying hour of a (a) Tornado and (b) Typhoon-jet. I apologise for the delay in replying.

The total cost per funded flying hour is provided in the table below.

Aircraft Cost (K) Financial Year 2009-10
Tornado F3 45K
Tornado GR4 28K
Typhoon 90K

This includes forward and depth servicing, fuel costs, crew costs, training costs and the cost of capital charge and depreciation. The Typhoon cost per flying hour reflects the smaller numbers of aircraft currently in the fleet and their relatively short period in service. This is expected to reduce significantly over the in-service life of the aircraft.

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