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Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters were in service with the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2009, broken down by type. (257772)

The number of helicopters in service in 1997 and 2009 are shown in the tables. “In service” has been taken to mean the effective fleet, that is all aircraft in Forward and Depth, which are those aircraft expected to be flown by the MOD.

Army

Number

Aircraft type/mark

April 1997

February 2009

Augusta 109

4

4

Apache

0

67

Gazelle

208

56

Lynx Mk7/9

130

96

Royal Navy

Number

Aircraft type/mark

April 1997

February 2009

Lynx Mk3/8

78

62

Merlin Mk1

0

42

Sea King Mk2

13

0

Sea King Mk4

37

37

Sea King Mk5

17

15

Sea King Mk6

54

0

Sea King Mk6CR

0

5

Sea King Mk7

0

13

Royal Air Force

Number

Aircraft type/mark

April 1997

February 2009

Chinook Mk2/2a

40

40

Merlin Mk3/3a

0

28

Puma

40

34

Sea King Mk3/3a

23

25

Wessex

16

0

These figures do not include the eight Chinook Mk3 aircraft being reverted to support helicopter standard. Aircraft leased by the MOD are also excluded.