Army Air Corps

Defence written question – answered on 8th September 2011.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what the establishment is of (a) helicopters by type and (b) fixed wing aircraft of each type of the Army Air Corps;

(2) what the establishment is of the Army Air Corps at each rank; and which bases it operates from.

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

holding answer 7 September 2011

The current establishment of aircraft operated by front-line and training Army Air Corps units is as follows:

Helicopter type Forward fleet
Lynx 57
Apache 60
Gazelle 15
Bell 212 7
Islander/Defender (Fixed Wing) 13

The current establishment for Army Air Corps units by rank is shown in the following table. Some of the posts are ‘rank-ranged’ which means that a post could be filled by any of the defined ranks for that post, according to availability.

Rank Regular Territorial Army
Col 5 1
LtCol 17 2
Maj 63 13
Capt 158 13
Capt-Maj 20 0
Lt-Maj 20 6
Lt-Capt 17 0
Lt 2 0
WO1 31 0
W02-W01 50 0
SSgt-WO1 117 14
WO2 62 7
SSgt-WO2 30 0
SSgt 55 4
Sgt-WO2 48 4
Sgt-SSgt 10 6
Sgt 135 13
Cpl-Sgt 2 0
Cpl 143 45
LCpl-Cpl 52 12
LCpl 271 124
Air Tpr-Cpl 0 51
LCpl 4 0
Air Tpr-LCpl 41 13
Air-Tpr 427 300

The locations of Army Air Corps main front-line and training units is shown in the following table:

Location Unit
Aldergrove 5 Regiment AAC
Aldergrove JHC Flying Station Aldergrove
Brunei 7 Flight AAC
Bury St Edmunds 6 Regiment AAC (V)
Dishforth 9 Regiment AAC
Gutersloh 1 Regiment AAC
Hereford 8 Flight AAC
Middle Wallop 25 Flight AAC
Middle Wallop Army Air Corps Centre
Middle Wallop HQ AAC
Netheravon Air Manoeuvre Planning Team
RAF Odiham 657 Squadron AAC
RAF Shawbury Defence Helicopter Flying School
RNAS Yeovilton Wildcat Force
Wattisham 3 Regiment AAC
Wattisham 4 Regiment AAC
Wattisham Air Manoeuvre Training and Advisory Team
Wattisham HQ Wattisham Station

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