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Minesweepers: Research

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on research to combat the use of improvised explosive devices in each year of the last five years. (252873)

The Ministry of Defence undertakes a wide ranging research programme addressing and supporting many activities. In the last five years, research specifically targeted to counter the use of improvised explosive devices by adversaries has been undertaken to the values shown in the following:

£ million

2004-05

2.6

2005-06

2.1

2006-07

5

2007-08

14

2008-09

15

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department undertook on protecting troops against use of improvised explosive devices by opposing forces before deploying troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. (252876)

Prior to the deployment of UK forces to Afghanistan and Iraq, the MOD was carrying out research on the development and enhancement of protective capability against a wide range of threat explosive devices. This research included the enhancement of personal and vehicle protection, and means of electronically countering the IED threat.