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Defence Equipment

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that the armed forces have the most up-to-date equipment; and if he will make a statement. (191420)

The MOD takes all measures possible to ensure that the equipment issued to the armed forces meets their requirements. The quality and versatility of the equipment issued to the armed forces is better than it has ever been and we are continually working to improve the range and reliability of all types of equipment.

The Defence Technology Strategy published in 2006 and the Defence Technology Plan announced in November 2007 provide clear direction in bringing the benefits of advanced technology rapidly to the frontline.

In addition the urgent operational requirement process continues to deliver new equipment with the speed and flexibility needed to adapt and respond to specific operational environments and emerging threats.