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Military Aircraft

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft are in-service with the Royal Air Force, broken down by type. (245062)

The numbers of aircraft in service with the RAF on 31 March 2009 as contained in the latest RAF Management Plan are detailed in the following table:

Aircraft type

Fleet number

Typhoon

54

Tornado GR

136

Tornado F3

64

Harrier

77

Nimrod MR2

15

Nimrod R

3

Nimrod MRA4

1

Tristar

9

VC10

15

Sentry

7

Sentinel

5

Hercules K

14

Hercules J

24

C-17

6

BAe 146

2

BAe 125

6

Sea King

25

Dominie

9

Hawk Tl

107

Hawk T2

4

Tucano

95

Vigilant

64

Viking

82

These figures are used for planning purposes and the actual numbers of aircraft in service on 31 March 2009 will be dependent on a combination of delivery plans, withdrawals from service and aircraft lost through accidents or other circumstances.