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Army

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 12W, on the Army, how many of each type of vehicle and aircraft are (a) operational and (b) available for immediate deployment. (65523)

[holding answer 26 April 2006]: The number of vehicles and aircraft which were operational at the end of March 2006 is shown in the table. “Operational” is defined as equipment that is not in depth maintenance or in storage and it includes equipment deployed in operational theatres. The Army manages its armoured fleet in accordance with the principles of whole fleet management which enables armoured vehicles to be made available in sufficient numbers to meet operational requirements as they arise.

The numbers of aircraft capable of immediate operational deployment are shown in brackets.

Number

Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked (CVR) (T) All variants

11,085

Fighting Vehicle 430 (FV430) Series

1,324

Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle (All variants)

735

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank CR2 (MET)

345

SAXON

579

Lynx

79

(55)

Attack Helicopter (Apache)

40

(31)

A109

3

(2)

Gazelle

57

(38)

1 Includes 31 held by STRIKE Command.