The average operating cost per hour for E-3D Sentry, Hercules C-130J, and C-17 Globemaster, for financial year 2009-10, is provided in the following table. The cost includes forward and depth servicing, fuel, crew and training costs and the cost of capital charge, depreciation and other overheads.
Aircraft Approx cost (£ per hour) E-3D Sentry AEW1 33,000 Hercules C-130J 12,000 C-17 Globemaster III 42,000
Approx cost (£ per hour)
E-3D Sentry AEW1
C-17 Globemaster III
The Hawk 128 Advanced Jet Trainer is in the process of being introduced into service and has only flown 450 hours in FY 2009-10. A mature estimate of flying hour costs will only be available once it is fully in-service which is not expected until 2012-13.
The average operating cost per hour for the Reaper Urgent Operational Requirement is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.