Hercules Aircraft

Defence written question – answered at on 17 July 2012.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many C-130J and K models are in temporary hangars at Marshalls of Cambridge; what the likely cost is of using the hangars; and what the associated costs are of hotel accommodation.

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

The Ministry of Defence has no Hercules C-130 aircraft in temporary hangars at Marshalls of Cambridge. The company provides depth maintenance for Hercules aircraft under the Hercules Integrated Operational Support contract. RAF teams also utilise hangar space at Marshalls of Cambridge to undertake frontline maintenance that cannot be completed at RAF Brize Norton. This occurred on two occasions in the last financial year. A further aircraft was sent to Marshalls for frontline maintenance on 21 May 2012 and work is ongoing.

Hangar costs for the first two aircraft were not separately identified from maintenance costs. Travel and subsistence costs have yet to be finalised, I will write to my hon. Friend when this information is available. No costs have yet been identified for the third aircraft.

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