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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Bulldog vehicles have been (a) ordered to date and (b) delivered to UK Land Command; (179682)

(2) how many Vector armoured fighting vehicles have been (a) ordered to date and (b) delivered to UK Land Command;

(3) how many Mastiff armoured vehicles have been (a) ordered to date and (b) delivered to UK Land Command.

The number of Bulldog, Vector and Mastiff vehicles ordered to date and delivered to UK Land Command are shown in the following table:

Ordered to date

Delivered to UK Land Command

Bulldog

900

411

Vector

178

178

Mastiff

108

104

Bulldog is an upgrade of the FV430 rather than a brand new vehicle. The conversion programme is due to be completed by 31 March 2011.

The initial tranche of Mastiff deliveries are complete, less four ambulance variants due to be completed and delivered by the end of January 2008. We are ordering an additional tranche of Mastiff vehicles, as announced by the Prime Minister on 7 October 2007.