European Fighter Aircraft: Falkland Islands

Defence written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate has been made of the cost of deploying Eurofighters to the Falkland Islands; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The cost of deploying Typhoon aircraft to the Falkland Islands was £1.56 million.

A further £416,000 was allocated for one-off infrastructure costs at Mount Pleasant Permanent Joint Operating Base associated with the changeover from Tornado F3 to Typhoon. Additionally the cost of returning the Tornado F3 airframes to the UK was £800,000.

Typhoon took over responsibility for the Falkland Islands Quick Reaction Alert ole in September 2009.

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