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Military Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the percentage shortfall in availability of spare parts for each type of Royal Air Force (a) fast jet, (b) tanker and transport aircraft and (c) maritime reconnaissance aircraft. (212018)

The off the shelf satisfaction rate (OTSSR), defined as the percentage of demands for spares satisfied direct from MOD stock, is as follows.

Aircraft

OTSSR1 (percentage)

Typhoon

72

Harrier

97

Tornado F3

97

Tornado GR4

98

Hawk

2

Tristar

87

VC10

86

C-17A Globemaster

2

Nimrod MR2

97

1 As at 30 April 2008.

2 Provided under an aircraft availability contract with industry; spares availability is not measured.

For Hercules C130, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2178W.