Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 30th November 2011.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fighter planes and bombers are available for use by the Royal Air Force.

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

The number of combat aircraft in service with the RAF is shown in the following table:

Aircraft type In-service fleet numbers Forward fleet
Tornado 136 93
Typhoon 83 55

In-service aircraft includes those undergoing planned depth maintenance but excludes those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal. The forward fleet comprises aircraft which are serviceable or short-term unserviceable and can be recalled at short notice.

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