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Air Force: Training

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of training a new Royal Air Force recruit to the level of a fully operational fighter pilot. (203674)

Royal Air Force pilots continue to train throughout their careers and are considered to be combat ready after they have completed Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) training and a period of post OCU training on an allocated squadron. Costs of this training are shown in the following table by fast jet type.

£ million

Aircraft

Cost of training a pilot up to Operational Conversion Unit

Cost of training a pilot in OCU and post OCU to combat ready status

Total

Harrier

3.1

7.51

10.61

Tornado F3

3.1

4.04

7. 14

Tornado GR4

3.1

3.59

6.69

Typhoon

3.1

9.22

12.32