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Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the Eurofighter was in terms of (a) unit cost, (b) support costs and (c) operating costs for (i) 2003, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2005. 
Unit Production Costs (UPC) for Typhoon are published in the Ministry of Defence Major Projects Report (MPR). The UPCs as at 31 March 2003 (MPR 2003) and 31 March 2004 (MPR 04) were £56.8 million and £49.1 million respectively. The Typhoon UPC for 2005 will be published in MPR 2005 shortly.
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Support costs for the Typhoon programme cover the provision of facilities and equipment used to support and maintain the aircraft fleet. Expenditure in financial years 200304 and 200405 was £190 million and £223 million respectively.
Typhoon operating costs relate to Typhoons in service with the RAF and are increasing with the number of aircraft entering into service. Expenditure in financial years 200304 and 200405 was some £33 million and £38 million respectively.
Mr. Ingram: The UK Ministry of Defence has been a member of a European Airlift organisation since its inception in 2001. It is currently called the European Airlift Centre (EAC). A number of changes are being proposed by various member nations. The UK's position is to re-inforce the effectiveness of the co-ordination function and to add in the co-ordination of other modes of transportation.
Mr. Ingram: The Apache Attack Helicopter (AH) is crewed by two pilots. As at 31 October 2005 some 105 AH-trained pilots are expected to have been assigned to 9 Regt AAC, the School of Army Aviation, the Air Manoeuvres Training and Advisory Team and other organisations within the Army Air Corps.
Mr. Ingram: The number of helicopters available for use to support a planned force readiness is defined as the number of aircraft that are held in the Unit Operating Fleet (UOF) on Squadrons and flights, and those that are held in storage.
Serviceability is a metric applied to helicopters allocated to the front line as part of the UOF. For the purposes of MOD reporting, a "serviceable" aircraft is defined as one that is used, is capable of being used or could be made ready for a period of two hours flying within a planned flying programme. An aggregated serviceability target level is agreed annually with the Front Line Commands. The target takes account of the expected availability of spares, maintenance personnel and the scheduled maintenance activity.
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During the year, aircraft from these fleets may be deployed on operations. The aim is always to exceed the serviceability target for those aircraft, and spares and personnel are prioritised to do so. However, focus on the deployed fleet can mean that the "whole fleet" serviceability target cannot be met.
Serviceability for the operational fleet over the period June-August 2005 has been excellent: the serviceability of Merlin Mk 3 on Op Telic has been over 80 per cent.; the Lynx Mk3 onboard warships has averaged 82 per cent. and the Lynx 7/9 over 70 per cent. This is precisely what our policies are designed to achieve.
|Helicopter type||Unit operating fleet(1)||Target serviceability||Achieved serviceability|
|Apache AH MK 1||40||70||(2)64|
|Chinook Mk 2/2a||27||70||(3)60|
|Lynx Mk 7/9||75||66||(4)59|
|Lynx Mk 3/8||47||66||66|
|Merlin Mk 1||21||60||(5)45|
|Merlin Mk 3||15||55||57|
|Puma Mk 1||27||70||70|
|Gazelle Mk 1||73||70||77|
|Sea King Mk3/3a||17||78||(6)73|
|Sea King Mk 4/6c||29||70||(7)61|
|Sea King Mk 5/6/7||23||65||(8)60|
Mr. Ingram: The following table sets out the numbers of aircraft of each type held by the Ministry of Defence and shows the service that operates them, as at 31 July 2005. The fleet sizes quoted cover those aircraft expected to be flown. The fleet size does not include some aircraft that could return to the fleet, but are currently classified as un-repairable or redundant.
|Helicopter type||Service||Fleet size|
|Lynx Mk 3||RN||31|
|Lynx Mk 7||RN||5|
|Lynx Mk 8||RN||34|
|Merlin Mk 1||RN||42|
|Sea King Mk 4||RN||37|
|Sea King Mk 5||RN||16|
|Sea King Mk 6||RN||5|
|Sea King Mk 6c||RN||5|
|Sea King Mk 7||RN||11|
|Apache AH MK 1||Army||67|
|Gazelle Mk 1||Army||107|
|Lynx Mk 7||Army||77|
|Lynx Mk 9||Army||22|
|Puma Mk 1||RAF||38|
|Chinook Mk 2/2a||RAF||40|
|Merlin Mk 3||RAF||22|
|Sea King Mk 3||RAF||19|
|Sea King Mk 3 a||RAF||6|
|Helicopter type||Service||Fleet size|
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many UK military helicopters have been involved in (a) relief operations and (b) other supporting roles in the earthquake zone in northern Pakistan and Kashmir; 
DfID are the lead Department for co-ordinating the national relief effort in the earthquake zone. No UK military helicopters are currently involved. At DfID's request, however, the MOD intend to deploy three heavy lift CH-47 Chinook Helicopters, with accompanying personnel, for a four week period to support the Pakistan relief effort. A small military team travelled to Islamabad on 19 October 2005 to facilitate the deployment of these aircraft.
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