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Defence Equipment

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) rifles, (b) mortars, (c) machine guns and (d) artillery weapons were (i) in service with the Army and (ii) available for use by the Army in operations on the latest date for which figures are available. (319491)

The in-service figures for rifles, mortars, machine guns and artillery weapons are provided in the following table. Availability data for rifles, mortars and machine guns are not held centrally. I am withholding information on the number of artillery weapons currently available on operations, as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

In service (number)

SA80 A2

180,000

SSI/338

561

Carbine

1414

Machine Guns

HMG

1,100

GMG

350

GPMG

8450

LMG

4500

Mortars

81 MM Mortar

500

60MM B Mortar

115

60MM H Mortar

102

Artillery

AS90

116

105 mm Lt Gun

125

MLRS

36

Stormer SP HVM

60

Rapier FSV Launcher

32