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Defence Equipment

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many equipment failure reports (a) were filed in each year since 2003 and (b) have been filed for each armoured vehicle type in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. (304373)

As reported by the users, the approximate number of equipment failure reports filed in each year since 2003, for each armoured vehicle types are provided in the following table.

Vehicle type

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009 (so far)

AS90

408

237

179

101

56

136

119

AFV430 Mk2

447

480

363

325

289

262

246

Bulldog

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

165

278

89

Challenger 2

2,467

1,737

1,629

1,369

1,148

1,503

1,359

CRARRV

139

356

304

226

166

148

127

CVR(T)

445

252

194

372

304

465

333

Fuchs

29

5

8

19

1

0

0

Mastiff

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

163

317

206

Panther

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

124

561

Ridgback

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

51

Saxon

45

66

21

10

4

1

0

Shielder

6

3

15

8

9

11

2

Stormer

67

54

59

30

50

62

38

Snatch

48

211

380

362

117

21

20

Titan

n/a

n/a

n/a

153

418

333

141

Trojan

n/a

n/a

n/a

131

677

469

597

Vector

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

56

189

59

Viking

0

71

52

48

122

59

9

Warrior

590

668

576

899

603

738

530

The Equipment Failure Reporting System (EFRS) 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 do these dates record the severity of a failure which might have no discernible impact on operational capability or safety.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment over the value of £100,000 his Department has authorised the armed forces to gift to other nations in each of the last five years. (305055)

The following equipment gifts to other nations, valued above £100,000, were authorised by the Department in the last five years:

2009-10

Four permanent structures and contents, located within the contingency operating base, Basra, were gifted to the United States of America on the withdrawal of UK forces. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 8 May 2009. Value £456,886.

2008-09

Military equipment gifted to the Pakistani Government. Value £174,712.

Non-lethal equipment including vehicles and Barrett radios to the Government of Sierra Leone. Value £101,300.

2007-08

49 Jaguar spares and a Challenger 2 Loader Trainer to the Government of Oman. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 24 April 2007. Value £1,174,178. This is £50,000 less than reported to Parliament in the departmental minute. This is because the value of the Challenger 2 Loader Trainer was reduced from £150,000 to £100,000.

15 x Up-armoured light protected vehicles (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)) and a support package to the Government of Afghanistan. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 10 July 2007. Value £1,620,000.

25 field ambulances to the Government of Afghanistan. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 4 March 2008. Value £1,516,320.

Corrimecs, ablution units and associated accommodation stores to the European Union force (EUFOR). Value £105,000.

Ammunition to the Afghan Territorial Force Helmand Province. Value £180,000.

3 x Search Equipment Sets to the Lebanese Government. Value £115,345. Infrastructure, accommodation and miscellaneous stores to the Iraqi Palace Protection Force. Value £178,079.

Demining equipment to the Sudanese mine action office. Value £166,789.

2006-07

Three infrastructure projects and equipment to the Iraqi Government. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 18 April 2006. Value £20,363,000.

Camp Smitty and Camp Driftwood infrastructure to the Government of Iraq. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 21 June 2006. Value £314,000.

Camp Abu Naji (Maysan) Infrastructure to the Government of Iraq. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 28 June 2006. Value £291,000.

Up to 50 type 110 Landrovers to the Lebanese armed forces. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 9 October 2006. Value £1,000,000.

Cash gift to the Afghan Government to equip Afghan Territorial Force in Helmand Province. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 30 October 2006. Value £500,000.

Non-lethal military equipment for the Palestinian presidential guard. Details of the transfer were notified in a departmental minute dated 8 February 2007. Value £375,627.

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal. Details of the transfer were notified in a departmental minute dated 12 February 2007. Value £850,000.

2005-06

Infrastructure, vehicles and communication equipment to the Government of Iraq. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 12 October 2005. Value £15,500,000.

Infrastructure and police vehicles to the Government of Iraq. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 11 January 2006. Value £19,600,000.

Non-lethal explosive ordnance device (EOD) equipment to the Government of Nepal. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 25 May 2005. Value £376,260. (This replaced the withdrawn proposal originally notified on 20 January 2005.)

Operational ration packs to the Government of the USA in aid of Hurricane Katrina. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons retrospectively in a departmental minute dated 6 February 2006. Value £3,114,845.

2004-05

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Nepal. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 10 May 2004. Value £3,530,000.

Non-lethal military equipment to the Government of Sierra Leone. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 23 June 2004. Value £4,476,000.

Military equipment and infrastructure to the Iraqi Interim Government. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 10 November 2004. Value £2,500,000.

Military equipment to the Iraqi Interim Government. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 2 December 2004. Value £15,000,000.

Military equipment to the Iraqi Interim Government. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 15 December 2004. Value £3,600,000.

Non-lethal equipment to the Palestinian Authority. Value £450,000. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 20 December 2004. Value £450,000.

Military equipment to the Iraqi Interim Government. Details of the transfer were notified to the House of Commons in a departmental minute dated 25 January 2005. Value £6,200,000.