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Military Aircraft

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 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. (226994)

The information requested for C-17, C-130 Hercules, Tristar, VC10 and Nimrod aircraft that are in service, in the forward fleet (FF) and considered fit for purpose (FFP) is provided in the following table. ‘In service’ has been taken to mean the effective fleet which covers all aircraft barring those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal. Aircraft in the FF are those that are available to the front line command for operational and training purposes including those that are classed as short-term unserviceable aircraft undergoing scheduled depth maintenance, or planned routine fleet maintenance are not included. Aircraft defined as FFP are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date. The FF and FFP figures shown are the latest available, provided as an average for September 2008, and have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

Total Fleet

In service

Percentage of Total Fleet that is in service

Number in FF

Percentage of in service aircraft in FF

Number of aircraft FFP

Percentage of FF aircraft which are FFP

C-17 Globemaster

6

6

100

6

100

5

83

C-130K Hercules

19

18

74

12

63

10

83

C-130J Hercules

24

24

100

19

79

14

74

Tristar

9

9

100

7

78

4

57

VC-10

16

15

94

13

87

8

62

Nimrod MR2

15

14

93

8

57

5

63

Nimrod R1

3

3

100

1

33

1

100

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) Nimrod, (b) Harrier, (c) Tornado GR4, (d) Tornado F3 and (e) Typhoon aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose. (226995)

The information requested for Nimrod, Harrier, Tornado GR4, Tornado F3 and Typhoon aircraft that are in service, in the forward fleet (FF) and considered fit for purpose (FFP) is provided in the following table. ‘In service' has been taken to mean the effective fleet which covers all aircraft barring those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal. FF aircraft are those that are available to the front line command for operational and training purposes including those that are classed as 'short-term unserviceable'; aircraft undergoing scheduled depth maintenance, or planned routine fleet maintenance are not included. Aircraft defined as FFP are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date. The figures shown are a snapshot for the 30 September, except where stated, and have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

Aircraft

Fleet number

In service

Percentage of total fleet in service

Number in FF

Percent of total in FF

Number of aircraft FFP

Percentage of FF aircraft which are FFP

Nimrod MR21

15

14

93

8

57

5

63

Nimrod R11

3

3

100

1

33

1

100

Harrier

75

75

100

47

63

36

77

Tornado GR4

138

138

100

95

69

57

60

Tornado F3

71

71

100

47

66

32

68

Typhoon

49

49

100

34

69

29

85

1 Figures are average for September 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many days on average a (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Tristar, (c) VC-10 and (d) C-17 Globemaster was (i) on operations, (ii) engaged in non-operational flying, (iii) available but not flown, (iv) in scheduled maintenance, (v) undergoing other repair activity, (vi) undergoing unscheduled maintenance, (vii) awaiting spares and (viii) not worked in each of the last three years. (230172)

This information requested is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.