Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 30th June 2011.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft were grounded on (a) 23 March, (b) 6 April, (c) 20 April, (d) 4 May, (e) 18 May, (f) 1 June and (g) 15 June 2011 because parts had been removed to keep other aircraft airborne.

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

holding answer 28 June 2011

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 30 March 2011, Hansard, column 389W. The three aircraft from the sustainment fleet, which were not available for flying, were used as donor aircraft for spares throughout the dates listed. In addition, one aircraft was declared temporarily unserviceable on 15 June, following the removal of a part to meet urgent operational needs.

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