[holding answer 28 February 2007]: Data for faults arising from Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system (TADS/PNVS) on Apache helicopters in Afghanistan are only available for the period 1 May 2006 to 31 January 2007. During this time there were 60 cases with maintenance recorded against them; these may have led to restrictions on aircraft availability. It is not possible to give a definitive answer because we are unable to determine if rectification took place concurrent with routine servicing or other fault rectification.
It is not possible to give the average repair time, as this information is not held centrally.
My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Defence, announced the deployment of a troop of guided multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), which are based on the M270 platform, to Afghanistan on 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 620. They will operate alongside other units of the Royal Artillery in support of UK and ISAF troops in response to NATO’s request for additional forces in the South and East of Afghanistan.