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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) orders outstanding for, (b) initial date of announcement for procurement and (c) expected delivery date are for the (i) Pitbull, (ii) Mastiff, (iii) Bulldog and (iv) Ridgeback armoured vehicles. (196613)

There is no vehicle named Pitbull in UK military service. The hon. Member may be referring to the Mobility Weapon Mount Installation Kit (MWMIK), now to be named Jackal in service with UK armed forces. Of the 130 vehicles in the initial order, some 60 have now been delivered. We have announced our intention to procure a further 72 vehicles, with the full quantity of over 200 vehicles expected to be delivered by the end of the year. We announced our intention to procure the initial order in June 2007.

We have ordered over 280 Mastiff vehicles. The first tranche has been completely delivered, with 174 remaining to be delivered by mid 2009. The intention to procure the first tranche of Mastiff was announced in July 2006.

We are converting 900 FV430 vehicles with an upgraded drivetrain to the Mk3, or Bulldog, specification. For operations in Iraq over 100 of these vehicles have been upgraded further (including with additional protection) and this variant has been fully delivered. We announced our intention to procure up-armoured Bulldog in July 2006.

The intention to procure some 150 Ridgeback was announced in December 2007. As contract details have still to be finalised, none have been delivered and schedules have not yet been set.