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Military Aircraft

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many transport and tanker aircraft were available for deployment by the armed forces in each year since 2001. (249703)

I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

Substantive answer from Quentin Davies to Liam Fox:

I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 22 January 2009 (Official Report, column 1675W), about the number of transport and tanker aircraft available for deployment by the armed forces in each year since 2001.

All aircraft in the Forward Fleet are available for potential deployments worldwide. The average Forward Fleet figures for each transport and tanker aircraft type are shown in the following table and are rounded to the nearest aircraft.

Financial year

Aircraft type

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-091

Hercules C130 K

2

14

12

13

12

Hercules C130 J

2

22

20

19

19

VC10

316

15

14

13

12

Tristar

36

7

6

7

7

C-17

33

3

3

4

5

1 Numbers are provided as at 31 December 2008.

2 Not recorded.

3 Figure is an average for January-March 2005, prior to which the data is not available.

I hope this is helpful.