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European Fighter Aircraft

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many squadrons of the Tranche 3 Eurofighter are due to be deployed in the UK armed forces. (283666)

On current plans, once the RAF's Typhoon fleet is at full strength it will consist of seven squadrons; five front line squadrons supported by an Operational Evaluation Unit and an Operational Conversion Unit. The distribution of Tranche 3 aircraft across these squadrons has yet to be decided.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any reductions in the UK's planned expenditure on the Tranche 3 Eurofighter procurement have taken place as a result of agreements to sell the aircraft to other countries. (283667)

Typhoon Tranche 3 is currently the subject of negotiations with our partner nations and industry.