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Military Vehicles

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Combat Engineer Tractors, (b) Tank Bridge Transporters, (c) Medium Wheeled Tractors, (d) Foden recovery vehicles and (e) M3 amphibious bridging vehicles are (i) in service and (ii) operationally deployable; (71914)

(2) how many (a) Truck Utility Medium, (b) Pinzgauer 716M Truck Utility Heavy Duty, (c) Truck Utility Light, (d) Heavy Equipment Transporter and (e) BV206 vehicles are (i) in service and (ii) operationally deployable.

The following table details the numbers of vehicles currently in service and operationally deployable as at 1 June 2006:

Equipment

Total fleet size1

Operationally deployable2

Combat Engineer Tractor (CET)

73

47

Tank Bridge Transporter (TBT)

45

37

Medium Wheeled Tractor (MWT)

94

943

Foden Recovery Vehicles

320

318

M3 Amphibious Bridging

38

20

Truck Utility Light (TUL)

2,460

2,366

Truck Utility (Medium) (TUM)

9,184

8,993

Truck Utility Medium (Heavy Duty) (TUM HD) (all variants—Pinzgauer)

1,118

883

Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET)

89

893

BV206 Vehicles

421

361

1 Includes vehicles that are undergoing planned programmed repair and modification, being used for training, with the Design Authority for trials and testing or in storage.

2 Includes vehicles that are undergoing repairs at Unit level and undergoing Bowman conversion.

3 Under the terms of these private finance initiative contracts, the supplier is contracted to maintain agreed availability levels.

At any one time a number of the deployable fleet will be undergoing minor repairs in situ at the unit, and a proportion may be involved in scheduled upgrade programmes, for example Bowman conversion. The number of vehicles available for immediate deployment therefore fluctuates continuously. If a unit drops below a pre-determined number of deployable vehicles, due to vehicles requiring repair beyond the capability of the unit and its supporting battalion, a replacement vehicle is provided.