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Peacekeeping Operations: Defence Equipment

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) equipment failure reports and (b) serious equipment failures have been recorded by his Department for each (i) armoured vehicle type and (ii) small arms equipment type in (A) Iraq and (B) Afghanistan in each year since 2004. (258881)

The number of equipment failure reports (EFRs) and serious equipment failures (SEFs) recorded are shown in the following tables:

Equipment Failure Reports

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Armoured Vehicles

CRMBT

110

0

184

0

204

0

141

0

160

0

0

0

CVR(T)

87

0

44

0

29

83

63

190

1

301

1

25

Bulldog

0

0

0

0

0

0

41

1

153

0

11

0

432 Mk2

8

0

7

0

9

0

106

0

1

0

0

0

Mastiff

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

26

156

99

70

2

Saxon

16

7

0

0

3

5

0

4

0

1

0

0

Vector

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

65

96

9

8

Warrior

141

0

237

0

599

0

288

0

342

78

12

5

Titan

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Trojan

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Small Arms

9mm Browning

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9mm Sig Sauer P226

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SA80

0

0

1

0

9

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

LSW

1

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LMG

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GPMG

0

0

0

0

0

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

UGL

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

Sniper

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

HMG .50

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

5

0

0

0

0

The EFR System is the mandated system for equipment users to report failures, such as accidental damage, maintenance related failures and breakdowns, or the failure of an item fitted to the vehicle. It does not incorporate the results of subsequent investigations and therefore does not differentiate between what might later prove to have been a problem caused by operator error or damage sustained as a result of operations. Nor does this data record the severity of a failure which might have no discernible impact on operational capability or safety.

Serious Equipment Failures

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Iraq

Afg

Armoured Vehicles

CRMBT

n/a

n/a

4

0

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

CVR(T)

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

4

0

0

Bulldog

n/a

n/a

0

0

2

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

432 Mk2

n/a

n/a

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mastiff

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

6

0

4

Saxon

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Vector

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

10

4

4

3

1

Warrior

n/a

n/a

11

0

32

0

6

0

2

10

0

1

Titan

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Trojan

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Small Arms

9mm Browning

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9mm Sig Sauer P226

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

SA80

n/a

n/a

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSW

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LMG

n/a

n/a

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GPMG

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

UGL

n/a

n/a

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sniper

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

HMG .50

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

A SEF is defined as a failure or suspected failure that results in, or has the potential to result in personal injury, loss of life or serious damage. An EFR can become a SEF, so some of the figures in the SEF table relate to the same incident in the EFR table. SEF figures for 2004 are not readily available and could be obtained and analysed only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the cost of replacing equipment which is destroyed or has become unserviceable on military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan is met from (a) his Department's core budget, (b) the contingency reserve or (c) another source; (259159)

(2) whether the cost of repairing equipment following military operations in Iraq or Afghanistan is met from (a) his Department's core budget, (b) the contingency reserve or (c) another source.

While on current operations, all equipment costs that result from a level of activity that is higher than that programmed in the core budget are funded by the Treasury Reserve.