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Air Force: Military Aircraft

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cannibalisations of each type of RAF aircraft there have been in (a) each year since 2005 and (b) the last 12 months. (279952)

The information requested covers a large number of aircraft and will take some time to collate. I will write to the hon. Member when this work is complete.

Substantive answer from Quentin Davies to Liam Fox:

I undertook to write to you in response to your Parliamentary Question of the 17 June 2009, (Official Report, column 334W) about the number of cannibalisations undertaken, broken down by each type of RAF aircraft, in each year since 2005 and in each of the last 12 months, once officials had completed collating the data.

As I am sure you will be aware, cannibalisation is where one aircraft benefits from the removal of serviceable parts from another. It is a routine and temporary measure to ensure that the maximum number of aircraft is available for front line duty.

The number of cannibalisations in each year since 2005 broken down by aircraft is provided in the following table.

2005

2006

2007

2008

Harrier (all types)

530

505

862

924

Tornado GR4

1,863

2,048

1,838

2,012

Tornado F31

872

667

667

238

Typhoon

243

542

540

621

Nimrod MR2

510

224

344

151

Nimrod R1

48

61

41

69

Sea King

270

204

115

126

Tristar

154

182

126

90

VC10

177

82

167

148

Hercules C130K

203

167

185

207

Hercules C130J

662

691

591

541

Sentinel R12

7

36

Sentry

51

140

81

95

BAe 125

58

49

23

46

BAe146

8

9

17

15

C17

40

45

39

39

Dominie

161

95

46

53

Hawk

415

398

241

135

Tucano

4

8

32

34

Vigilant

10

29

20

24

Viking

4

1

2

0

1 The drop in cannibalisations for the Tornado F3 in 2008 is due to the drawdown of the force and its replacement by Typhoon.

2 Sentinel R1 did not enter service with the RAF until 2007.

The number of cannibalisations in each of the last 12 months broken down by aircraft is provided in the following table.

20082009

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Harrier (all types)

82

71

58

102

89

75

61

91

45

88

55

78

Tornado GR4

172

188

132

140

158

198

160

178

163

194

104

119

Tornado F3

27

13

10

11

9

10

7

5

5

7

10

0

Typhoon

44

61

47

59

61

36

53

36

55

80

55

22

Nimrod MR2

16

7

17

14

8

8

8

5

18

14

2

6

Nimrod R1

0

2

3

1

0

4

2

10

9

7

2

3

Sea King

10

21

14

17

12

15

12

9

13

13

16

12

Tristar

5

6

16

3

4

0

7

3

5

6

9

1

VC10

14

6

6

10

19

13

10

3

4

14

7

3

Hercules C130K

35

16

13

25

21

15

11

12

15

9

8

11

Hercules C130J

66

48

33

57

55

37

33

42

15

24

34

17

Sentinel R11

2

2

12

10

7

2

4

8

Sentry

4

9

3

5

7

1

3

5

3

2

13

6

BAe 125

2

13

4

2

4

2

0

4

7

10

1

2

BAe 146

0

1

1

0

0

5

3

5

1

0

4

0

C17

3

7

5

4

3

5

4

1

3

5

3

4

Dominie

17

11

5

2

2

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

Hawk

13

14

5

7

13

14

11

13

22

37

13

26

Tucano

1

3

0

1

2

2

0

0

1

2

0

2

Vigilant

1

2

2

2

1

1

0

2

1

1

0

0

Viking

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1. Sentinel R1 figures for June to September 2008 are not available