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Armoured Vehicles

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in the work undertaken to align the withdrawal from service of the current fleet of armoured vehicles with the introduction into service of (a) the Future Rapid Effect System and (b) the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle. (84559)

The Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) and the PANTHER Command Liaison Vehicle will replace the FV430, CVR(T) and Saxon families of vehicles.

The PANTHER, now in the demonstration and manufacture phase, has a detailed fielding plan. Under the Sustained Armoured Vehicle Capability Pathfinder programme, work is under way to ensure that the withdrawal of FV430, CVR(T) and Saxon is coherently aligned with the introduction of FRES and that there is continuity of the required capability.