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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the next stage in the Future Rapid Effects System procurement will be; and whether his Department has plans for off-shelf procurement of reconnaissance vehicles. (252096)

Outline plans for the procurement of the Future Rapid Effects System were announced by the Secretary of State for Defence on 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 65WS. The MOD is currently considering how to take forward the procurement of the Utility Vehicle element of the Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) programme in order to ensure we provide Defence with the best possible capability at the best value for money.

The Specialist Vehicle element of the FRES programme continues to make good progress and received Initial Gate approval to enter its Assessment Phase in June 2008. A range of programme options are currently being considered for the Reconnaissance variant, FRES Scout. A recommendation as to the preferred option will be made to the Department's Investment Approvals Board upon completion of the Assessment Phase.