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Nimrod Aircraft

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Nimrod MR2 aircraft were (a) in service and (b) fit for purpose at the latest date for which figures are available. (193096)

The number of Nimrod MR2 aircraft that are planned to be in service with the RAF on 31 March 2008 is 15.

The average number of Nimrod MR2 aircraft which were fit for purpose in February 2008 was five. Aircraft defined as fit for purpose are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date.