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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances of breakdown and maintenance damage have been recorded in the (a) Vector and (b) Bulldog vehicle since it first entered service. (190725)

Based on records from the Equipment Failure Reporting System (EFRS), since the Vector vehicle entered service, approximately 119 Equipment Failure Reports (EFRs) have been raised. For the Bulldog vehicle there have been approximately 228 EFRs.

The EFRS is the mandated system for the user to report equipment failures, such as accidental damage, maintenance related failures and breakdowns, as well as equipment failure of any item fitted to the vehicle. It does not incorporate the results of subsequent investigations and therefore does not differentiate between what might later prove to have been operator error or damage sustained as a result of operations. Nor does this data record the severity of a failure which might have no discernible impact on operational capability or safety.

These figures do not include any instances of equipment failure that have not been formally reported by the user.

Bulldog and Vector fleets are currently making a significant contribution to current operations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department’s order for Ridgeback vehicles will be placed. (190409)

The preferred Ridgeback vehicle has been identified. Commercial negotiations are continuing and we will make further announcements in due course.