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Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 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

(1) what type of maintenance is carried out on the Tornado aircraft at (a) RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Marham;

(2) what type of maintenance is carried out on the Typhoon aircraft at (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Coningsby.

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

Tornado aircraft undergo forward maintenance at RAF Lossiemouth and both forward and depth maintenance at RAF Marham. Typhoon aircraft undergo forward maintenance at RAF Leuchars and both forward and depth maintenance at RAF Coningsby.

Forward maintenance is concerned with preparing aircraft for use and keeping them in day-to-day working order. Depth maintenance involves the scheduled maintenance of aircraft and aircraft components, including the substantial disassembly of aircraft. Depth maintenance can also involve unplanned major maintenance due to faults or damage, and major conversion, modification and overhaul work.

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