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Future Command and Liaison Vehicle

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will reconsider the decision on deploying the Panther vehicle in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement; (120205)

(2) how many personnel will be carried in the Panther vehicle when used as a command vehicle and fitted with Bowman;

(3) whether the Bowman operator will (a) face the equipment or (b) be at right angles to the equipment when the Panther vehicle is used as a command vehicle;

(4) if the Panther vehicle will have an overhead weapon station when used as a Command vehicle and fitted with Bowman.

The deployment of Panther to Iraq and Afghanistan is a matter for military commanders and will depend upon the judgment made by the Permanent Joint Headquarters, once the vehicle has been accepted into service. Those vehicles deployed in a high threat environment will be fitted with an overhead weapon station. As a Command and Liaison vehicle, Panther will carry a minimum of two and a maximum of four personnel.

The commander will operate the Bowman system through the Vehicle User Data Terminal which will be positioned directly in front of him.