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Military Aircraft

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft there are in the RAF, broken down by aircraft type. (154234)

The numbers of aircraft planned to be in service with the RAF on 31 March 2008 are contained in the following table:

Aircraft type

Fleet number

Typhoon

49

Tornado GR

137

Tornado F3

68

Harrier

78

Nimrod1

18

Tristar

9

VC10

16

Sentry

7

Sentinel

5

C130K2

20

C130J

24

C173

5

Islander

2

BAe 146

2

BAe 125

6

Sea King

25

Dominie

9

Hawk

112

Tucano

95

Vigilant

64

Viking

82

1 Includes Nimrod MR2 and R1.

2 Does not reflect the loss of one C130K in Iraq on 23 August 2007.

3 Figure does not include the sixth C17 announced by Secretary of State on 26 July 2007. This will be delivered later in 2008.

These figures include Sentinel, Typhoon and C17 aircraft that are continuing to be delivered during the current financial year. Three Typhoon aircraft remain to be delivered in this financial year. The last of these aircraft is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2008. Two Sentinel aircraft are to be delivered, one in the last quarter of 2007 and one in the first quarter of 2008. One C17 is due to be delivered from the Lockheed production line in the first quarter of 2008.