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Air Force: Deployment

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average unit tour interval was for each (a) aircraft and (b) helicopter crew type in the Royal Air Force in the latest period for which figures are available. (314479)

The average unit tour interval for each RAF aircraft and helicopter crew type, including those in Joint Helicopter Command, as at 1 February 2010 is provided in the table. The roles and deployment patterns vary between each type of aircraft and this is reflected in the tour intervals experienced by their aircrew. Aircrew when not deployed on operations continue to meet defence commitments and conduct training.

Aircraft type

Average tour interval

Tours

Hercules C130K

42 days

Afghanistan

Hercules C130J

92 days

Afghanistan and Iraq

Hercules C130K

90 days

Falkland Islands

Sentinel

63 days

Afghanistan

Tristar

70 days

Afghanistan

VC10

20 months

Falkland Islands

Tornado GR4

18 months

Afghanistan

Typhoon

45 Weeks

Falkland Islands

BAE125

3 months

Afghanistan

BAE146

3 months

Afghanistan

Chinook

42 weeks

Afghanistan

Merlin

44 weeks

Afghanistan

Sea King

17 months

Falkland Islands