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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans there are to replace each of the variants of Land Rover used by the armed forces; and whether replacements will be part of the Future Rapid Effects System programme; (141038)

(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.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of each variant of Land Rover are available for pre-deployment training; and how many Land Rovers turned over during pre-deployment training during the last four years. (141039)

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)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost per mile, excluding crew costs, was of operating the Panther Command and Liaison vehicle in the latest period for which figures are available; (141042)

(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.