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Lynx Helicopters

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Mark 3 and (b) Mark 8 Lynx helicopters are (i) in service, (ii) under repair and (iii) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a statement. (124597)

On 1 March 2007, the details for the Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopter fleet were as follows:

Helicopter type

Departmental fleet

In service

Under repair

Other

Lynx Mk 3

37

25

6

6

Lynx Mk 8

36

27

5

4

“In Service” aircraft are those in the Forward Fleet and available to the Front Line and training units. Aircraft “Under Repair” are those in the Depth Fleet which are undergoing planned routine depth maintenance. “Other” aircraft are those accident damaged and undergoing investigation with the Flight Safety Accident Investigation Centre, undergoing trials, awaiting disposal, or in storage.

One Lynx Mk 3 in storage is currently subject to controlled cannibalisation to support depth maintenance. Carefully managed and controlled cannibalisation is also carried out in the Forward Fleet as part of normal business to ensure the required number of aircraft are available to squadrons. These cannibalised aircraft are routinely returned to service when the necessary spare parts become available.