Skip to main content

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Ridgback vehicles have been (a) delivered to and (b) shipped from the United Kingdom; and what the delivery number of each such shipment was. (290922)

157 base vehicles ordered under the Ridgback programme have been delivered to the UK. I am withholding details of vehicles delivered to Theatre as this could compromise operational security.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects Ridgback vehicles to be used in operations. (290923)

Ridgeback vehicles have been used operationally in Afghanistan since June this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Ridgback vehicles will be fitted with new suspension units to improve off-road performance. (290924)

Ridgback does not have any suspension problems. Trials are due to begin in October 2009, looking at ways of improving the mobility and payload of the various Ridgback variants, and as part of this alternative suspension systems will be investigated. This is part of the ongoing improvement programme for all protected mobility vehicles; as the first phase of the trial and evaluation process is not due to complete until the end of this year, it is too early to say what modifications might be made.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made in the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle programme; and if he will make a statement. (290955)

Some 30 expressions of interest were received for the Light Protected Patrol Vehicle programme following publication in the Defence Contracts Bulletin on 25 February 2009. Pre-Qualification Questionnaires were issued in response to these expressions of interest and 16 responses have been received; these are currently being evaluated and down-selected. The intention is that the vehicle should enter service in 2011.