Hawk Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 24th May 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 (a) T1 and (b) T2 Hawk aircraft were (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose on the most recent date for which figures are available.

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

The available information is provided in the following table.

In service fleet Forward fleet Fit for purpose
Hawk T1 127 88 60
Hawk T2 20 19 10

In service aircraft include those undergoing planned depth maintenance but exclude 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. Figures for forward fleet and fit for purpose are the monthly average for April 2011.

Two Hawk T1s involved in an accident in March 2010 have been disposed of and this has reduced the total T1 in service fleet from 129 to 127. The Hawk T2 in service fleet has increased by three to 20 due to aircraft deliveries. This answer therefore updates the figures for Hawk T1 and T2 given in previous answers on 18 January 2011, Hansard, column 748W, and 27 January 2011, Hansard, column 478W.

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