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Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of each type of armoured vehicle are available to the armed forces; from which companies each type of vehicle was purchased; and what the average estimated life cycle cost of each type is as a percentage of the purchase price. (269818)

The armoured and partially armoured (protected) vehicles currently available to the armed forces and the companies from which they were purchased are provided in the following table:

Vehicle

Company

Number in service

AS90

BAE Systems (formerly Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd.)

144

Challenger 2

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

383

CRAARV

BAE Systems (formerly Vickers)

81

CVR(T)

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

1,200

Fuchs

Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH

11

FV 430 (Mk2 + Bulldog)

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

1,487

Saxon

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

147

Shielder

Alliant Techsystems Incorporated

30

Stormer

BAE Systems (formally Alvis)

115

Titan

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

29

Trojan

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

30

Warrior

BAE Systems (formerly Alvis Vickers)

793

Mastiff

US Department of Defense (then integrated by NP Aerospace)

157

Panther

IVECO & BAE Systems

401

Ridgback

US Department of Defense (then integrated by NP Aerospace)

20

Snatch 2a and Snatch VIXEN

NP Aerospace

645

Vector

BAE Systems

178

Viking

BAE Systems (formally Hagglunds)

116

Information on the average estimated whole life costs as a percentage of the purchase price is not available for many of the older vehicles because much of the data are no longer held. For the newer vehicles procured as Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs), while support costs are considered, predicted whole life costs are generally not calculated as a precursor to the procurement. This is because the speed of delivery of this equipment is the absolute priority in these cases and the capability may be so specific to the threat that we do not expect to retain it beyond the operation. We are able to provide the information requested for the more recent non-UOR projects, Panther, Titan and Trojan, which is provided in the following table:

Vehicle

Procurement cost (£ million)

Estimated whole life cost (WLC) (£ million)

WLC as percentage of procurement cost

Panther

230

70

30

Titan and Trojan

340

100

30