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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service dates were of the (a) Mastiff, (b) Bulldog and (c) Vector vehicles. (193874)

The in service dates for Mastiff (tranche 1), Bulldog and Vector (tranche 1) were, 31 December 2006, 31 August 2006, and 31 March 2007 respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports (a) were filed in each year since 2003 and (b) have been filed in the last 12 months for each armoured vehicle type . (193875)

As reported by the users, the approximate number of equipment failure reports filed in each year since 2003 and filed in the last 12 months for each armoured vehicle type are:

Vehicle Type

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 so far

Last 12 Months

Challenger 2

2467

1737

1629

1369

1148

145

997

CVR(T)

445

252

194

372

304

70

324

FV430 Bulldog

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

165

56

210

FV430 Mk2

447

480

363

325

289

21

252

Mastiff

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

163

103

261

Saxon GWR and Patrol

45

66

21

10

4

0

2

Titan

n/a

n/a

n/a

183

418

8

402

Trojan

n/a

n/a

n/a

131

677

9

643

Vector

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

56

65

120

Warrior

590

668

576

899

603

102

606

The equipment failure reporting system (EFRS) is the mandated system for equipment users to report failures, such as accidental damage, maintenance related failures and breakdowns, or the failure of an 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 a problem caused by 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.