European Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 3rd November 2011.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 872W, on the European Fighter Aircraft, what estimate he has made of the cost of the flying time from (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Lossiemouth for each range complex.

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

holding answer 31 October 2011

Flying time between bases and range or training areas can vary according to the training activities pursued in transit.

However, the investment appraisal of basing the Typhoon Fleet at Lossiemouth allowed an additional 300 flying hours a year for each RAF Lossiemouth based Typhoon Squadron at an annual cost of £3.4 million per squadron. This was in recognition of the additional transit times to ranges and training areas compared to RAF Leuchars.

I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer the Minister for the Armed Forces, my hon. Friend Nick Harvey, gave on 5 September 2011, Hansard, columns 84-85W. It was judged that these and other costs associated with relocating the Leuchars Typhoon at RAF Lossiemouth were outweighed by wider savings and other benefits to defence.

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