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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 28-30WS, on protected mobility, if he will break down by category of expenditure the cost of each armoured vehicle type. (234310)

Contract negotiations for the procurement of new vehicles are still to be finalised and I am therefore unable to confirm the exact cost of each acquisition, although the costs are expected to be in the region of:

£ million

Additional Jackal

75

Warthog

140

Panther Theatre Entry Standard modifications

20

Snatch Vixen upgrade

30

Coyote

65

Husky

170

Wolfhound

120

We have also approved £96 million for the Talisman system which will include Buffalo, Mastiff and High Mobility Engineer Excavators. In addition, the Department has already approved £109 million for Jackal, £270 million for Mastiff and £188 million for Ridgback.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 28-30WS, on protected mobility, what the source is of the £100 million his Department proposes to pay for the new armoured vehicles. (234321)

The MOD will contribute £128 million towards the protected mobility package through a limited re-prioritisation of its Equipment Programme funding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Wolfhound, (b) Coyote and (c) Husky armoured vehicles will be included in the package announced on 29 October. (234395)

The strategy for the procurement of the vehicles is still to be finalised. We expect to purchase around 95 Wolfhound, 260 Husky and 80 Coyote Vehicles.