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Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters there are in the British armed forces. (288239)

The MOD departmental fleet consists of 585 helicopters as at 30 June 2009.

This figure excludes helicopters that are leased by the MOD.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maximum (a) loaded weight and (b) take-off weight for all variants of helicopters used by UK forces is when operating in ambient temperatures of 50 degrees celsius at a density altitude of 6,000 feet. (289129)

The operation of helicopters in hot conditions and at high altitudes, such as those experienced on current operations, is particularly demanding. Details of helicopter operating parameters, such as maximum loaded and take-off weights, is operationally sensitive information and cannot be released as it would or would be likely to prejudice the effectiveness and security of the armed forces.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters of each type are in service with each service. (289132)

“In service” has been taken to mean the effective fleet, which includes all aircraft barring those that are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal.

The number of effective aircraft within each helicopter type and service, as at 30 June 2009 is provided in the following tables.

Royal Navy

Number

Lynx MK3/8

61

Merlin Mk1

42

Sea King Mk4/6C

42

Sea King Mk5

15

Sea King Mk7

13

Army

Number

NSRW

4

Apache

67

Gazelle

39

Lynx Mk7/9

94

Royal Air Force

Number

Chinook Mk2/2a

40

Merlin Mk3/3a

28

Puma

34

Sea King Mk 3/3a

25

These figures do not include aircraft leased by the MOD.