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Military Vehicles

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the suitability of the military vehicles used by British soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan. (267194)

The military vehicles used in the Afghan theatre, and elsewhere, are procured to meet requirements defined by the user. As such we will not hesitate to meet requests put to us by our operational commanders for any changes or upgrades to the equipment available to them.

While it is not possible to make every vehicle invulnerable to every possible attack, much has already been achieved in enhancing the protected mobility options available to commanders on the ground through our continuing programme of making improvements to the protection level of vehicles in service and procurement of new vehicles types.