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Air Force: Military Aircraft

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fixed wing aircraft were in the effective fleet in (a) 1997 and (b) 2010. (319494)

The following table shows the combined number of fixed wing aircraft of all three services that were planned to be in service at the end of March 1997 and the number of fixed wing aircraft in actual service at the end of January 2010.


March 1997

January 2010

Fast Jet (Excluding Hawk)



Tanker, Transport and Communications



ISTAR and Maritime Patrol



Training (Including Hawk)



Since 1997 Sea Harrier and Jaguar aircraft have been withdrawn from service and Tornado F3 continues to drawdown. A number of Training and ISTAR aircraft types used in 1997 have either been replaced by contractor owned fleets or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles which are not included in the answer.

Deliveries are continuing of the more capable Typhoon aircraft and an additional C17 aircraft is on order. FSTA, A400M, Nimrod MRA4 and Joint Strike Fighter are planned to enter service over the next decade.