Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

Defence written question – answered on 8th February 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings have been made on maintenance of Royal Air Force planes.

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

holding answer 16 January 2012

The Royal Air Force has operated fleets of a number of different aircraft types over a long period of time. Maintenance arrangements have evolved as aircraft technology has become increasingly more complex and lessons are learned from previous contracts and processes. Current arrangements vary by fleet but range from in-house maintenance carried out by qualified service personnel to availability contracts, specifying airframe numbers and flying hours but inherently including maintenance.

Through this evolution, efficiencies have been made through the Department's close partnership with industry and rationalisation of infrastructure and processes. The Royal Air Force and industry are committed to a strategy of continuous improvement of both the efficiency and the effectiveness of aircraft maintenance.

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