Military Aircraft:Written question - 142886

Q
Asked by Deidre Brock
(Edinburgh North and Leith)
Asked on: 10 May 2018
Ministry of Defence
Military Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which types of aircraft and how many of each type are in (a) the forward fleet, (b) sustainment and (c) storage.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 May 2018

The Forward Fleet comprises serviceable and short term unserviceable aircraft. The Sustainment Fleet is also included below. The number of aircraft available varies day-to-day according to normal fleet management activities.

Figures for fixed and rotary wing aircraft as at 1 April 2018 are given in the table below. They exclude contractor provided aircraft fleets with the exception of Voyager which is included for completeness.

Fixed Wing Aircraft

Aircraft

Service

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

Total

Air Seeker

RAF

2

1

3

Atlas A400M

RAF

14

4

18

Bae 146

RAF

3

1

4

C-17 Globemaster

RAF

7

1

8

C-130J Hercules

RAF

14

4

18

Hawk T1

RAF/RN

39

43

82

Hawk T2

RAF

20

8

28

King Air 350

RAF

1

2

3

Lightning

RAF

15

0

15

Reaper

RAF

7

3

10

Sentinel

RAF

3

2

5

Sentry

RAF

3

3

6

Shadow

RAF

4

1

5

Tornado

RAF

22

18

40

Tucano

RAF

24

27

51

Typhoon

RAF

94

47

141

Voyager

RAF

8

1

9

Avenger

RN

4

0

4

Defender

Army

7

2

9

Islander AL Mk 1

Army

2

1

3

Rotary Wing Aircraft

Aircraft

Service

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

Total

Chinook

RAF

41

19

60

Puma

RAF

16

7

23

Dauphin

RN

2

0

2

CHF Merlin

RN

11

14

25

Merlin Mk2

RN

25

5

30

Sea King Mk 7

RN

7

0

7

Wildcat HMA Mk2

RN

24

4

28

Apache AH

Army

42

8

50

Gazelle AH

Army

19

7

26

Wildcat AH

Army

24

10

34

Gliders

Vigilant

15

Viking

73

Note:

The RAF does not differentiate between Forward and Sustainment fleets of the Vigilant and Viking aircraft. Vigilant was withdrawn from service on 6 May 2018.

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