Delivering Front Line Capability to the RAF

Delivering Front Line Capability to the RAF

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This report examines of the progress being made in implementing MoDs decisions regarding the future support of military aircraft - maintenance lines being reduced to qforwardq and qdepthq - and the implications of these decisions for the Defence Aviation and Repair Agency (DARA). For fast jet aircraft (Harrier GR9 and Tornado GR4), depth support will transfer from DARA St Athan, South Wales, where it is carried out largely by civilian tradesmen, to RAF Main Operating Bases where it will be carried out by RAF tradesmen supplemented by tradesmen from the aircraft manufacturer. For rotary wing aircraft (helicopters), depth support will, by contrast, be provided at DARA Fleetlands, Hampshire, by RAF tradesmen and DARA civilian tradesmen. The Committee is concerned that these inconsistent arrangements will not be sustainable over the long term. The new arrangements for support carry risks: the long term sustainability of efficiency programmes; potential over-dependency on industry, and the capability of the RAFs new support processes to meet surge demands. The Committee recommends an independent audit of the Harrier programme, to ensure that the support is being provided in a more efficient and cost effective manner than before. The future of DARA is uncertain: some of its businesses are to be closed down; others are to be market tested. The prospects for the DARA St Athan site, including its recently completed Superhangar facility costing over Ap100m, are in particular doubt. The Committee finds incomprehensible MoDs decision to go ahead with building the Superhangar at a time when it was reviewing its logistic support provision, and recommends an investigation by the National Audit Office and the Wales Audit Office.Third Report of Session 2005-06; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain. Parliament. ... Do you believe that this is actually compromising pilot safety on Harrier jets? Mr Godsell: The ev ... From the original planned maintenance schedule they are now 18% beyond the original plan.

Title:Delivering Front Line Capability to the RAF
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Defence Committee, Defence Committee Parliament Great Britain House of Commons
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2006-01

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