(2) what consideration has been given to track width of vehicles fulfilling the armed forces Land Rover commitments in the future.
It is intended that in future most of the roles currently fulfilled by Land Rover based vehicles will be undertaken by vehicles procured under the Operational Utility Vehicle System (OUVS) programme, which is separate from the FRES programme, or by vehicles such as the Panther command and liaison vehicle. The OUVS requirement will cover a range of vehicle attributes, including wheel base.
The Army and Royal Navy have approximately 7,000 WOLF, 5,000 Defender, 5 WMIK and 100 SNATCH Land Rovers available for training, including pre-deployment training. These figures exclude items which are in deep maintenance and repair, in storage, on loan and with the design authority, used for reference, training aids and specific trials; items deployed on, deploying to or returning from operations and items taken out of use temporarily in order to be converted to Bowman or to be fitted with equipment procured under the Urgent Operational Requirement process. Information relating to the RAF is not held centrally and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.
The number of Land Rovers recorded as having ‘overturned without first colliding’ worldwide is shown in the following table. The figures exclude Iraq and Afghanistan but our reporting system does not record whether the accident took place during pre-deployment training and further information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
TUL TUM HS(WOLF) SNATCH WMIK All other variants 2003 36 1 0 28 2004 48 2 0 36 2005 34 3 0 21 2006 21 1 0 26 2007 13 0 0 7 Total 147 7 0 118 Note: ‘All Other Variants’ includes Defender Truck Utility Light (TUL)/ Truck Utility Medium Higher Specification (TUM HS)
TUL TUM HS(WOLF)
All other variants
‘All Other Variants’ includes Defender
Truck Utility Light (TUL)/ Truck Utility Medium Higher Specification (TUM HS)
(2) to which units the first batch of Panther Command and Liaison vehicles was delivered; and when they were delivered.
The Panther Command and Liaison vehicle has not yet entered service. I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 1982W.
Cost per mile data is currently under development and is therefore not available.