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Military Aircraft

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned out of service dates for all fixed-wing aircraft were in each year since 1997. (176842)

Full information on historic out of service dates for all fixed-wing aircraft is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Such information in respect of the current fleet as is readily available is provided in the following table. The table does not include commercially owned aircraft.

Planned out of service date

Aircraft

1997 to 20031

2004

2005

2006

2007

Harrier GR7/GR9

2015

2015

2018

2018

2018

Harrier T10/T12

2015

2015

2018

2018

2018

Tornado F3

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

Tornado GR4

2025

2025

2025

2025

2025

Typhoon

2029

2029

2029

2029

2029

Hawk

2011

2011

2011

2011

2011

BAe 125

2015

2015

2015

2015

2017

BAe 146

2015

2015

2015

2015

2017

C-172

n/a

n/a

n/a

2031

2031

Hercules C-130K

2010

2010

2010

2010

2012

Hercules C-130J3

2030

2030

2030

2030

2030

Islander

2015

2015

2015

2015

42015

Defender

2014

52034

2034

2034

52038

Nimrod MR26

2011

2011

2011

2011

Nimrod R17

Sentry E-3D AEW Mk l

2025

2025

2025

2025

2025

Tristar8

2013

2014

2015

VC-108

2013

2013

2014

Dominie

2015

2015

2015

2013

2013

Jetstream T Mk 2

2007

2007

2009

2009

2009

Jetstream T Mk 3

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

Tucano Mk 1

2010

2010

2010

2010

2010

Viking Glider

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

Vigilant Glider

2015

2015

2015

2015

2015

1 Out of service dates (OSD) were unchanged during these years except where separately indicated below.

2 The C-17 aircraft was initially acquired on lease in 2000. An agreement was signed in 2006 to purchase the leased aircraft.

3 Aircraft entered service in 1999.

4 On current plans one Islander aircraft will remain in service until 2038.

5 OSD extended as a result of new aircraft entering service.

6 Comprehensive data is unobtainable in the time available. It is known that the OSD was 2006 in 1995. The Major Projects Report 2000 quoted an OSD of 2008. On 17 January 2002 an OSD of 2009 was given in response to a parliamentary question.

7 The OSD of Nimrod Rl is dependent upon Project Helix decisions and will be determined in due course.

8 Comprehensive data is unobtainable in the time available. Known OSDs during 1997-2003 are as follows:

Tristar: OSD 2011 in 2002. VC-10: OSD 2007 in 2000, 2010 in 2001, 2011 in 2003