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Armed Forces: Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of Royal Air Force Nimrod aircrew serving as at 1 June 2011.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The decision to withdraw the Nimrod R1 was taken by the previous Government.

As at l June 2011, only the Nimrod Reconnaissance 1 (R1) was flying. There were 56 aircrew serving in direct support of the R1 on 1 June 2011, including those who occupied posts requiring Nimrod aircrew experience.

In addition, 210 former Nimrod aircrew were awaiting assignment on 1 June 2011. That number is reducing as personnel are found other assignments and will be further reduced by tranche one of the RAF redundancy programme.

At the time the Nimrod MRA4 upgrade project was cancelled in October 2010, the forecast in-service date was 2012. The project was therefore nine years late and £3.9 billion over budget. None of the aircraft had been released into service at the time the project was cancelled.

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