When there is an enduring requirement for Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) equipment, it is brought into the core defence programme. This is usually at the end of the operation. Continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan mean that we have not yet brought a significant number of UORs into core.
UORs brought into core have only been recorded centrally by MOD since 2005. Principal UORs taken into core since 2005 include enhanced armour and environment modifications for Challenger II; AS90 environmental enhancement to operate in extreme hot, dry conditions; tactical Global Positioning Systems; Helmet Mounted Night Vision Systems; and additional weapons stocks.
We have not yet taken decisions on UORs to be brought into our core programme in the current financial year as the planning round has not yet concluded.
The total defence equipment and support (DE&S) expenditure on capital spares additions in each of the last four financial years (to the nearest £ million) is provided in the following table. Individual capital account codes did not exist within the Department’s financial systems prior to Financial Year 2003-04. Previous information for Financial Year 2002-03 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
£ million 2003-04 581 2004-05 439 2005-06 385 2006-07 409
The breakdown by Front Line Command for Financial Years 2005-06 and 2006-07 is given in the following table. Information broken down for Financial Years 2003-04 and 2004-05 (to the required accuracy) could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Service 2005-06 2006-07 Army 82 109 Royal Navy 45 55 Royal Air Force 248 228 Joint service/others 10 17 Total 385 409
Royal Air Force
It should be noted that these figures do not include any expenditure for non-balance sheet low value spare parts for equipment.
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