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Military Aircraft: Training

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of aircraft of each type available for training purposes was in each year since 2001. (251706)

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

Substantive answer from Quentin Davies to Liam Fox:

In my answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, columns 876-77W, I undertook to write to you about the number of aircraft available for training purposes in each year since 2001.

MOD-owned aircraft held at flying training units are counted as part of the Forward Fleet. Training aircraft in depth maintenance are not considered to be available to undertake training.

The average number of MOD-owned flying training aircraft in the Forward Fleet and therefore available for training purposes, rounded up to the nearest whole number, in each year since 2001 is provided in the following table.

Financial year

Aircraft type

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Hawk

60

60

60

60

60

60

50

50

Tucano

74

74

74

74

74

74

52

52

Jetstream T1

12

12

7

5

1

1

1

1

Jetstream T2

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

9

Dominie

10

10

10

10

10

9

9

9

Gliders

146

146

146

146

146

146

148

148

1 Out of service.

Data for Bulldog aircraft which were retired in 2002 are no longer available. Contractor owned training aircraft are contracted for the delivery of flying hours, rather than a specific number of aircraft. It is up to the contractor to decide how many aircraft are required to deliver the required hours.

All subsequent training on front-line aircraft types, including Conversion to Role, currency and pre-deployment training is achieved during routine flying hours at front-line command units, using aircraft that are also used for operational purposes.

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