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Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) helicopters and (b) armoured vehicles of each type are (i) under repair and (ii) redundant or not repairable. (214380)

The number of helicopters of each type under repair or redundant or not repairable as of 1 June 2008 was as follows:

Type

Under Repair1

Redundant2 or not repairable

Apache

7

0

Chinook Mk2/2A

8

0

Lynx Mk3/8

16

8

Lynx Mk7/9

15

13

Merlin Mk1

9

4

Merlin Mk3

7

0

Merlin Mk3a

0

0

Gazelle

5

40

Puma

7

5

Sea King HAR Mk3

5

0

Sea King HAR Mk3a

1

0

Sea King HC Mk4

5

0

Sea King HU Mk5

1

0

Sea King HAS Mk6

0

13

Sea King Mk6c

0

0

Sea King Mk7

1

0

1 Under repair refers to those aircraft in depth maintenance/repair excluding those on modification/upgrade.

2 Redundant refers to those aircraft which are awaiting re-classification as surplus or those already declared surplus awaiting disposal.

The number of armoured vehicles of each type under repair or redundant or not repairable as of 3 July is as follows:

Under repair1Redundant or not repairable2

Type

Undergoing repair

Awaiting repair

Undergoing conversion

Redundant

Hulls beyond repair

Challenger 2 MBT

9

11

0

38

0

Warrior

58

61

0

0

30

FV430 (including Bulldog)

74

88

42

0

7

CVR(T)

59

82

0

0

19

Vector

1

0

0

0

8

Mastiff

1

0

0

0

3

1 Repair is defined as the equipment either undergoing base overhaul (programmed work) or specified work (work not possible in unit lines). Vehicles awaiting repair/collection or undergoing planned conversion are also included.

2 Redundant vehicles are those over and above the total fleet requirement and ‘not repairable’ refers to those that are beyond economic repair.

3 One hull awaiting a repair decision.