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Army Air Corps

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times each aircraft type in the Army Air Corps has been cannibalised in the last 12 months. (110430)

The number of cannibalisations involving aircraft operated by the Army Air Corps within the Joint Helicopter Command Forward Fleet is shown in the following table:

Aircraft Type

December 2005

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

April 2006

May 2006

Apache Attack Helicopter

19

22

14

15

10

18

Lynx AH 7&9

40

33

21

22

13

13

Gazelle

5

7

3

6

8

5

A109

0

0

0

0

0

0

Islander

0

0

0

0

0

0

Defender 4000

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aircraft Type

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

November 2006

Apache Attack Helicopter

22

30

20

14

42

33

Lynx AH 7&9

15

14

44

22

21

41

Gazelle

3

10

0

0

0

0

A109

0

0

0

0

0

0

Islander

0

0

2

1

3

2

Defender 4000

0

0

0

0

2

1

The figures shown in the table refer to individual instances of cannibalisation as opposed to the number of aircraft involved. All instances of cannibalisation are authorised and undertaken in accordance with clearly defined regulations. The term ‘cannibalisation’ can refer to the removal of single or small numbers of components, of any size. It does not necessarily refer to the wholesale utilisation of capital components or airframes.