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Military Vehicles

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are expected to be deployed in a Vector vehicle. (93925)

Vector has a seating arrangement designed for a crew of two (a vehicle commander and driver) and four passengers, with an occasional seat for a seventh person. However, the deployment of personnel in Vector vehicles is a matter for military commanders, who will crew them as they see fit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advantage the Vector vehicles have over the latest Snatch Land Rovers in terms of protection from improvised explosive devices and other explosive devices. (93926)

In addition to improved agility and terrain accessibility, Vector vehicles offer better levels of protection than the Snatch Land Rover against the key threats faced in Afghanistan, including improvised explosive devices. I cannot disclose the specific details of threats and the protection measures to counter them, as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the security of our armed forces.