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Armed Forces: Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Sheryll Murray Sheryll Murray Conservative, South East Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many (a) maintenance crew and (b) airframes there are in the (i) RAF, (ii) Fleet Air Arm and (iii) Army Air Corps; [R]

(2) how many aircraft per squadron there are in the (a) RAF, (b) Fleet Air Arm and (c) Army Air Corps; [R]

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

Aircraft maintenance is carried out by service personnel, Ministry of Defence civilians and as part of contractual agreements with industry across all three services. Relevant data are not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the number of aircraft per squadron is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The number of aircraft assigned to front line squadrons will vary on a daily basis according to normal fleet management activities, including requirements for mandated maintenance and upgrade programmes.

The number of aircraft in-service with the RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps is provided in the following table.

Aircraft type In-service fleet (number)
Apache 67
BAE 146 2
BAE125 6
C-17 7
Chinook Mk 2/2a 38
Chinook Mk 3 8
Defender Mk 1 9
Gazelle 35
Hawk T1 129
Hawk T2 28
Hercules C130K 8
Hercules C130J 24
Islander Mk 1 3
Islander Mk 2 3
King Air 4
LynxMk3 13
Lynx Mk 7 50
LynxMk8 33
Lynx Mk 9/9a 22
Merlin Mk 1 42
Merlin Mk 3/3a 28
Puma 31
Sea King Mk 3/3a 25
Sea King Mk 4 37
Sea King Mk 5 16
Sea King Mk 7 13
Sentinel 5
Sentry 7
Tornado 136
Tri-Star 8
Tucano 91
Typhoon 82
VC10 12
Vigilant 65
Viking 82

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