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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 775W, on armed forces: weapons, when he expects upgrading and modification of the warrior chain gun for (a) Warrior and (b) Challenger 2 MBT fleets to take place. (244615)

The upgrade and modification programme of the Chain Gun Control Unit has already started. To date approximately 80 per cent. of the Warrior fleet and all but a small number of the Challenger 2 fleet have been upgraded. The process of identifying the outstanding vehicles is ongoing with a target for completion of January 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 775W, on armed forces: weapons, whether the instances of undemanded firing of the Warrior chain gun referred to resulted in (a) injuries and (b) deaths. (244616)

Of the four confirmed incidents of chain gun undemanded firing since 2000, sadly two resulted in death or injuries. An incident in 2003 caused serious injury to a British servicemen and an incident in 2004 tragically resulted in the death of an Iraqi civilian and injury to another.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles were in-service in the Army in (a) 1997 and (b) 2008, broken down by type. (245098)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Vehicle

In service 1997

In service 2008

Challenger 1 Main Battle Tank

426

0

Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank

0

345

Challenger 2 Driver Training Tank

0

22

Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle

81

81

Trojan

0

28

Titan

0

28

Centurion Beach Recovery Vehicle

5

0

Beach Recovery Vehicle

0

4

Warrior

794

793

Saxon (GWR and Patrol)

660

147 Patrol

Samson

52

52

Spartan

640

495

Scimitar

341

325

Samaritan

69

50

Sultan

272

205

FV430

1,833 (Mk2 only)

1,487 (Mk2 and Bulldog)

Mastiff

0

108

Jackal

0

130

Vector

0

166 plus 12 ambulances

Viking

0

116

Panther

0

100

The Saxon GWR was declared obsolete on 31 March 2008 and the vehicles were disposed of. Spartan, Scimitar, Samaritan, Sultan and FV430 numbers have reduced due to revised Total Fleet Requirements.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Supacat M-WMIK have been supplied to UK armed forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; how many of them were armoured to become Jackals in each case; and how many M-WMIKs are operating unarmoured in each country. (245229)

Specific operational information on the number of Jackals (M-WMIK) supplied to UK armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is withheld as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces. All Jackals deployed on operations are armoured.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the dimension specifications are for (a) the Cheetah Force Protection vehicle and (b) the Snatch Land Rover. (246135)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1448W.