C17 Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 12th July 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's involvement is in the Globemaster Sustainment Partnership Programme; how many Boeing employees are stationed at RAF bases through the programme; how much of the maintenance of UK C-17 Globemaster aircraft takes place in the US; and what the cost of the programme has been to the public purse in each of the last three years.

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

The UK participates in the Globemaster Sustainment Partnership Programme through a Foreign Military Sales agreement with the United States Government. This agreement utilises a United States Air Force contract with Boeing to provide cost effective and affordable logistic, maintenance and engineering services to the UK's fleet of eight C-17 aircraft. This agreement provides a total of 18 Boeing employees, who are based at RAF Brize Norton. Depot maintenance is undertaken by Boeing in the USA, with all remaining maintenance being conducted by 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton. Support costs for the last three years, including spares but excluding acquisition and RAF running costs, were as follows:

Support costs
  £ million
2009-10 37
2010-11 40
2011-12 44

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