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Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual number of helicopter crews for each helicopter type in the armed forces is, broken down by service. (257689)

The numbers of aircrew individuals for each helicopter type broken down by service are shown in the following table.

Required strength

Actual strength

Army Air Corps

Apache AH Mk 1

120

68

Lynx Mk 7/9

120

120

Gazelle Mkl

34

35

AgustaA109

6

6

Bell 212

24

24

School of Army Aviation1

46

43

Royal Navy

Sea King Mk 4/6c

139

139

Lynx Mk 3/8

96

96

Lynx Mk 7/9

30

30

Merlin Mk 1

168

154

Sea King Mk 5

65

56

Sea King Mk 7

48

38

Royal Air Force

Chinook Mk 2/2a

246

220

Puma Mk 1

139

119

Merlin Mk 3/3a

151

116

SAR Sea King Mk 3/3a

149

136

Defence Helicopter Flying School

Squirrel

16

16

Griffin

72

63

1 SAAVN figures cannot be split by aircraft type (AH/Squirrel/Lynx/Gazelle).