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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the future utility vehicles forming part of the Future Rapid Effect System are (a) expected to be air-transportable in one future A400M Aircraft and (b) within the whole airlift capability for a single operation. (145105)

We expect the A400M to be able to carry one FRES utility vehicle. Airlift capacity for a single operation would be dependent on the scale, speed and distance of the deployment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role and function of the future utility vehicle will be as part of the Future Rapid Effect System. (145106)

These vehicles will carry out the protected mobility, command and control, light armoured support, medical, repair and recovery and driver training roles. Other elements of the Utility fleet, to be delivered in later planned increments, include specialist communications, electronic warfare and sensors vehicles.