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Military Vehicles

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank, (b) Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle, (c) Saxon Armoured Personnel Carrier and (d) (i) Sabre, (ii) Spartan, (iii) Scimitar, (iv) Striker, (v) Samson, (vi) Samaritan and (vii) Sultan armoured vehicles are (A) in service and (B) operationally deployable. (81130)

The following table details the numbers of armoured vehicles currently in service and operationally deployable as at 21 April 2006:

Equipment

Fleet size

Operationally deployable

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (CR2 MET)

385

327

Saxon

622

579

Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle (all variants)

794

735

Spartan

478

452

Scimitar

328

303

Striker

48

47

Samson

50

48

Samaritan

50

46

Sultan

205

196

The figures quoted for the fleet size include vehicles that are undergoing planned programmed repair and modification, being used for training, with the Design Authority for trials and testing, or in storage.

The operationally deployable figures include vehicles that are undergoing repairs at Unit level and undergoing Bowman conversion.

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.

The Sabre and Scorpion (and variants) have not been included as these vehicles were withdrawn from service in 2004 and 1995 respectively.