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Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) main battle tanks and (b) other armoured fighting vehicles, broken down by type, were deployed to Iraq for the purposes of military operations there; what proportions of each of these (i) were destroyed or seriously damaged in action, (ii) were rendered unserviceable through other causes and (iii) were operationally available at the conclusion of the fighting. [112088]

The information requested is as follows.

116 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks (CR2) were deployed to theatre.
982 other armoured fighting vehicles were deployed on OP TELIC broken down as follows:
Vehicle typeNumber
Challenger Armoured Recovery Vehicles (CRARRV)26
WARRIOR—Medium Armoured Fighting Vehicles239
CVR(T)—Light Armoured Fighting Vehicles212
FV 430—Light Armoured Fighting Vehicles430
AS90—155mm Artillery Piece32
AVLB—Armoured Vehicle Launching Bridge12
AVRE—Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineer12
CET—Combat Engineer Tractor19
Of the vehicles listed in the previous table, five were destroyed as follows:

Vehicle typeHow destroyed
CR2Tank Battle
CVR(T) SCIMITARAir Land Battle
CVR(T) SCIMITARAir Land Battle
CVR(T) SCIMITARRolled Vehicle
CVR(T) SULTANDrowned Vehicle
Availability of armoured vehicle types fit for combat between the beginning of the deployment and the conclusion of decisive combat operations on 30 April varied as shown:

Vehicle type% Availability
CR273–97
CRARRV81–100
WARRIOR74–96
CVR(T)78–100
FV43075–98
AS9088–100
AVLB75–100
AVRE67–100
CET11–83
Availability of armoured vehicles fit for combat at the conclusion of decisive combat operations is listed.

Vehicle type% Availability
CR273
CRARRV95
WARRIOR78
CVR(T)80
FV43084
AS90100
AVLB100
AVRE100
CET53
These figures were compiled under operational conditions and may therefore be subject to further revision.