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Armed Services: Helicopters

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters belonging to each of the armed services are in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) Afghanistan and (c) each other location. (306900)

The total number of Army, Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy helicopters based in the UK (as at 31 October 2009) is shown in the following table.

Service

Total number of UK-based helicopters

Army

182

RAF

167

Navy

128

There are a further 24 helicopters permanently based in Germany, Canada, Belize, Brunei and Oman.

A proportion of the UK-based Army, Navy and Royal Air Force helicopter fleets are currently deployed on expeditionary operations. We do not disclose the exact number of aircraft deployed on operations as to do so would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness and security of these forces.