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Military Aircraft

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft are (i) in service with the RAF and (ii) fit for purpose. (162572)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 509W.

The numbers of C-130J, C-130K, VC10, Tristar and C-17 fit for purpose for the financial year to 31 October 2007 are provided in the following table:

Aircraft type

Numbers of aircraft fit for purpose (average for financial year to 31 October 20071)

C-130J

16

C-130K

10

VC10

8

Tristar

5

C-17

3

1 Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total (a) planned and (b) actual usage hours for the (i) C-17 Globemaster, (ii) C-130K Hercules, (iii) C-130J Hercules, (iv) Tristar and (v) VC-10 aircraft were in each year since 2003. (162573)

The total number of planned and actual hours for the C-17, Hercules (C130J and C130K), Tristar and VC10 aircraft for each of the financial years 2002-03 to 2006-07 are contained in the following table:

Aircraft type

Planned

Actual

2002-03

C-17

3,000

5,745

C130J/K

37,458

39,871

Tristar

9,561

10,603

VC10

11,550

11,413

2003-04

C-17

4,000

5,592

C130J/K

37,458

35,173

Tristar

9,561

8,879

VC10

11,550

13,145

2004-05

C-17

5,800

5,727

C130J/K

34,958

30,640

Tristar

10,561

8,657

VC10

10,550

10,773

2005-06

C-17

5,800

6,375

C130J/K

34,958

27,906

Tristar

11,191

7,693

VC10

9,920

11,814

2006-071

C-17

5,800

C130J/K

34,958

Tristar

11,561

VC10

9,550

1 We do not hold confirmed and validated figures for the actual hours flown for the financial year 2006 to 2007.