Armed Forces: A400M

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Gilbert Lord Gilbert Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government for how many months they forecast the Royal Air Force will run a three aircraft fixed wing transport fleet, should the order for the A400M aircraft continue.

Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Science and Innovation) (also in the Ministry of Defence)

After the C-130K goes out of service in 2012, the RAF's air transport requirements will be primarily met by the C-130J and the C-17, which have forecast out of service dates of 2030 and 2031 respectively, until A400M comes into service. FSTA, TriStar, VC10, BAe 146 and BAe 125 can also be used in a transport role. With a working assumption that A400M will be in service until 2045, under current planning assumptions the RAF would operate a three aircraft fixed wing fleet dedicated to the transport role from around 2014 to 2030.

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