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Defence: Military Aircraft

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fixed-wing aircraft serve as (a) transport and troop carriers and (b) air refuelling craft; and where each such aircraft is based. (250085)

The aircraft that comprise the air transport and air to air refuelling fleets are in the following table.

Aircraft

Role

Base

Hercules CI30K

Air Transport

RAF Lyneham

Hercules C130J

Air Transport

RAF Lyneham

C-17 Globemaster

Air Transport

RAF Brize Norton

VC10

Dual-role Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling

RAF Brize Norton

Tristar

Dual-role Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling

RAF Brize Norton

Communications and training aircraft have been excluded.

For the aircraft numbers, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 105W, to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox).

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft are on order for (a) Saudi Arabia, (b) Japan and (c) the UK; and if he will make a statement. (250091)

There are currently no Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft on order for any nation.