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Transport Aircraft

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) in service, (b) fit for purpose and (c) available for immediate deployment (i) C-17A Globemaster, (ii) Hercules C-130, (iii) Tristar and (iv) VC10 fleets there are. (110429)

The table shows the numbers of C17 Globemaster, Hercules C130, Tristar and VC10 aircraft that are planned to be in service at end March 2007 and that were fit for purpose last month.

Aircraft type

Total fleet planned to be in service FY 2006-07

Numbers of aircraft fit for purpose (average for November 2006)1

C17 Globemaster

4

3

Hercules C130K

225

10

Hercules C130J

25

16

Tristar

9

6

VC10

16

9

1 Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

2 Does not reflect the loss of XV206 in Afghanistan on 24 May 2006 or the retirement of four aircraft during FY 2006-07.

Aircraft that are available for immediate deployment are fit for purpose; they are capable of undertaking the required task on a given day. Aircraft are not available for tasking if they are undergoing scheduled maintenance, modification programmes or any other unforeseen rectification work that can arise on a day-to-day basis. The figures do not reflect the fact that an aircraft assessed as not fit for purpose may be returned to the front line at very short notice to meet the operational need.