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Armed Forces: Weapons

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 51 mm light mortars, (b) 81 mm mortars, (c) 105 mm light guns, (d) AS 90 artillery guns and (e) 227 mm multiple launch rocket systems are (i) in service and (ii) fit for purpose. (137352)

The information is provided in the following table:

In service

Fit for purpose

51 mm mortars

1,190

11,081

81 mm mortars

339

339

105 mm light guns

142

142

AS90 howitzers

146

2143

Multiple launch rocket system

59

59

1 109 awaiting inspection and repair

2 Three permanently with industry for reference and test models.

Fit for purpose in this context has been interpreted as equipment which is, or will be shortly, available to the user for the purpose intended.