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Dr. Moonie: We plan to acquire a Future Organic Airborne Early Warning (FOAEW) system to replace the capability currently provided by Sea King airborne early warning helicopters. FOAEW will operate from
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the Future Aircraft Carrier (CVF) and complement the deployment of the Future Carrier Borne Aircraft (FCBA). It will mount powerful radar systems to provide wide sensor coverage against both air and surface threats, and command and control for operations by the carrier air group. Expressions of interest for participation in the programme were sought from industry in February 2000. The planned in-service date for FOAEW is 2012.
Dr. Moonie: There are 13 Sea King Airborne Early Warning helicopters in service. Of these, nine are operationally available, with the remainder undergoing major maintenance programmes and a capability upgrade. Ten of the airframes were first delivered to the Royal Navy between 1969 and 1971 and converted to the Airborne Early Warning variant between 1982 and 1987. The other three airframes first entered Service as in between 1985 and 1986, being converted during 1997 and 1998.
(3) how many Tornado GR4s are in operational service; 
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(5) how many Nimrod MR2s are (a) in service, (b) operationally available and (c) in the process of being upgraded to MR4 standard. 
|Aircraft type||Total RAF inventory||Operating fleet(3)||Sustainment fleet(4)||Aircraft in storage|
(3) Aircraft available to operational commanders
(4) Aircraft needed to sustain operations through major maintenance and upgrades
(5) 24 Tornado F3 currently not required by the RAF are on loan to the Italian Air Force
(6) 20 of these GR1 currently in conversion to GR4
(7) Three of these GR4 aircraft are on loan to DERA for trials
(8) 41 Jaguar GR1 are used as Ground Instructional Aircraft and are not available to fly
(9) Four of these Harrier GR7 are on loan to DERA for trials
(10) The Nimrod MR2s will be replaced by 21 Nimrod MRA4. Six airframes are currently in conversion to MRA4
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also provided military assistance through the supply of non- lethal equipment under the Belize Defence Aid Fund (BELDA) and military training under the UK Military Training Assistance Scheme (UKMTAS) and its successor Assistance to Support Stability with In-Service Training (ASSIST). The allocations for these funds were as follows:
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Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Polish contractors were invited to bid for work on a support centre at RAF Mildenhall; and what reasons underlay the decision to include these contractors in the bidding process. 
Mr. Spellar [holding answer 6 July 2000]: Two Polish contractors, Exbud Joint Stock Company and Mostostal Zabrze Holding, were invited to tender for the contract to provide an Operations Support Centre at RAF Mildenhall.
The Support Centre at RAF Mildenhall has been identified as being eligible for NATO funding under NATO's Security Investment Programme (NSIP). The contract for this work has been opened to International Competitive Bidding (ICB).
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost to the Meteorological Office of the recruitment campaign undertaken in late 1999 and January seeking extra observers, including the cost of press advertisements. 
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|Class||Operational or engaged in preparing for service, trials or training||Undergoing refit, extended maintenance or repair|
The specific operational status and location of each operational submarine is classified for security reasons and is being withheld under Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
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