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Smart Munitions

Volume 405: debated on Friday 16 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the smart munitions in the UK inventory, including in each case the (a) unit cost and (b) total number of each unit expected to be procured; and what the total budget is for such weapons in each financial year until 2006. [111838]

For the purposes of this question a 'smart munition' has been defined as one with an autonomous ability to engage a designated target with a high degree of precision.Using this definition, the following smart munitions are held in the United Kingdom inventory; Tomahawk Land Attack Missile, Paveway II, Enhanced Paveway II, Paveway III, Enhanced Paveway III, Sidewinder, Alarm, Sky Flash, AMRAAM (AIM-120B), Maverick and Sea Skua.I am with holding details of unit cost, numbers and total budget in accordance with Exemptions 1 and 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.