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Military Aircraft

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters were available for deployment by each service in each year since 2001. (249702)

All aircraft in the Forward Fleet are available for potential deployments worldwide. The Forward Fleet figures for each helicopter type by service are shown in the following table.

Financial year

Helicopter type

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Royal Navy

Merlin HM1

13

17

19

19

21

25

26

23

Lynx Mk 3

28

28

27

26

20

21

22

21

Lynx Mk 8

17

19

20

19

21

23

21

20

Sea King Mk 2/7

7

6

6

9

8

9

9

9

Sea King Mk 5

8

8

9

9

10

11

11

11

Sea King Mk 6

17

12

6

4

3

0

0

0

Sea King Mk 4 and 6c

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

29

Army

Apache

1

1

1

1

35

39

46

50

A109

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

Gazelle

2

2

75

69

53

49

42

42

Lynx Mk 7 and 9

2

2

75

75

75

66

59

59

RAF

Chinook

2

2

31

31

27

27

29

29

Merlin Mk 3

8

10

12

15

15

14

15

17

Puma

2

2

2

28

26

25

22

23

Sea King Mk 3/3a (Search and Rescue)

17

17

17

17

17

17

17

17

1 Not in service

2 Not recorded