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Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF aircraft of each type were (a) in service, (b) in the forward fleet and (c) fit for purpose on the latest date for which figures are available.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The information requested is shown in the following table. The figures shown are the average for December 2010 and so have been rounded to the nearest aircraft.

In service aircraft include all bar those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal. The forward fleet comprises aircraft which are serviceable or short-term unserviceable. Fit for purpose aircraft include only serviceable aircraft available to the front-line commands for operational and training purposes. The number of aircraft available in each category varies according to normal fleet management activities including requirements for mandated maintenance and upgrade programmes.

Aircraft type In service fleet Forward fleet Fit for purpose
BAe 146 2 1 1
BAe 125 6 5 4
C-17 6 6 5
Dominie 9 7 5
Harrier(1) 74 41 41
Hawk T1 129 87 57
Hawk T2 17 8 5
Hercules COOK 11 7 5
Hercules CI30J 24 19 13
King Air 4 2 2
Nimrod R1 2 1 1
Sentinel 5 4 3
Sentry 6 4 3
Tornado F3 15 12 12
Tornado GR4 137 100 97
TriStar 9 5 2
Tucano 93 52 33
Typhoon 70 44 44
VC10 13 11 7
Vigilant 65 65 59
Viking 82 81 76
(1 )Harrier was withdrawn from service on 15 December 2010.

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