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Military Aircraft Available For Operations
15 January 2001
Volume 620
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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is the number of military aircraft available for operations; and how many aircraft by type are undergoing second-line repair or extensive modifications. [HL14]

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The table below details aircraft available for military operations and undergoing second-line repair or extensive modification on specific dates at the end of November/ beginning of December. Numbers can change on a daily basis as aircraft move in and out of maintenance.

RAF Strike CommandAvailable for Operation (as at 4 Dec 00 )Undergoing maintenance or Extensive Modifications at 2nd Line ( Note 1) (as at 4 Dec 00 )
Sentry AEW152
Tornado F38111
Tornado GR 1/41094 (Note 2)
Harrier534
Canberra30
Hercules496

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RAF Strike Command

Available for Operation (as at 4 Dec 00 )

Undergoing maintenance or Extensive Modifications at 2nd Line ( Note 1) (as at 4 Dec 00 )

Nimrod193
TriStar80
VC1O154
BAe 12541
BAe 14630
Sea King HAR3/3A184
Jaguar382
Joint Helicopter Command(as at 29 Nov 00)(as at 29 Nov 00)
Sea King Mk4303
Puma296
Wessex70
Chinook278
Lynx7611
Commander Naval Aviation(as at 29 Nov 00)(as at 29 Nov 00)
Lynx3512
Sea King Mks 2 & 3/6407

Notes:

1. Second-line maintenance includes scheduled servicing, which can take a number of weeks, but in many cases aircraft can be recovered quickly if required for operations.

2. This figure excludes aircraft undergoing mid-life update. As at 15 December 2000, 21 Tornado GR 1s were in the process of being upgraded to GR4 standard.