To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights have been conducted under the open skies treaty since 2002; what aircraft were used in each case; and which countries were surveyed.
Since 2002, the UK has undertaken a total of 51 open skies missions. 38 were quota missions to the following countries: Ukraine (five); Georgia (seven) and Russia (26). 13 missions were training missions to the following nations: Bulgaria; Yugoslavia; Estonia; Slovenia (three); Sweden (three); USA; Latvia, Lithuania and the Benelux.
There has been a variety of aircraft used. The UK used its own aircraft, an Andover, until 2008. Since then the aircraft used include a Swedish Saab 340, a Romanian and a Ukrainian An30 and the US OS-135.