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Aircraft

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) fighter, (b) training, (c) tanker and transport, (d) reconnaissance and (e) maritime patrol aircraft were in service with the Royal Air Force in each year since 1997. (84805)

The following table gives aircraft numbers that were planned to be in service as at the end of March in each financial year (FY) shown. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Financial Year

Fighter

Training

Tanker and Transport

Reconnaissance

Maritime Patrol Aircraft

1996-97

360

470

100

20

30

1997-98

360

460

100

20

30

1998-99

360

460

100

20

20

1999-2000

330

470

100

20

20

2000-01

460

460

90

20

20

2001-02

510

440

90

20

20

2002-03

420

440

90

20

20

2003-04

420

430

90

20

20

2004-05

370

420

90

20

20

2005-06

380

410

90

20

20

Notes: 1. Only provisional figures are available for FY 2000-01. 2. Training numbers include approximately 150 gliders each year. 3. Contracted fleets are not included.