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Military Aircraft

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose. (206152)

The number and percentage of C-17, C-130J, C-130K, Tristar, VC10 and Nimrod that are in the Forward Available Fleet and considered Fit for Purpose (FFP) during the month of April are detailed in the following table. Forward Available Fleet (FAF) aircraft are those that are available to the front line command for operational and training purposes; aircraft undergoing scheduled depth maintenance, or planned routine fleet maintenance are not included. Aircraft defined as Fit for Purpose are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date. The figures shown are the average for the month of April 2008, and have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

Number in service

Average number of aircraft in Forward Available Fleet

Average percentage of total fleet in FAF

Average number of aircraft Fit for Purpose

Average percentage FFP of Forward Available Fleet

C-171

5

3

60

2

74

Tristar

9

7

78

5

78

VC10

16

12

75

7

56

C-130K

19

12

62

9

77

C-130J

24

18

75

13

74

Nimrod MR2

15

10

63

6

65

Nimrod R1

3

2

50

1

61

1 The fifth C-17 was delivered for squadron service in this month and is only counted in the Fit for Purpose statistics from 10 April 2008.