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Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which items of equipment procured since 2001 and made available to operations in Afghanistan were procured as part of his Department’s core equipment programme. (322846)

The following table, which is based on centrally held records, lists the majority of equipment projects with a cost of £20 million or over that were procured from the core equipment programme since 2004 and made available to operations in Afghanistan. A number of equipment projects have not been included as their disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Details of equipment projects procured prior to 2004, and projects costing less than £20 million for the entire period covered by the question, are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.



Land Equipment

Battle Group Thermal Imaging


Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (CLV)1

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System

Future Fire Control System

Wheeled Tankers

Pinzgauer 4x4 Truck Utility Medium Fitted For Radio

Dismounted Counter Mine Capability—Vallon handheld mine detector

Support Vehicle (SV)

C Vehicle PFI—Crane Terex 35 Tonne

C Vehicle PFI—Light Wheel Tractor All Arms JCB 3CX

C Vehicle PFI—Light Wheeled Tractor JCB 4CX

C Vehicle PFI—Medium Wheeled Tractor

C Vehicle PFI—Bulldozer Cat D5N

C Vehicle PFI—Heavy Well Drills

C Vehicle PFI—Rough Terrain Forklift 2400 kg JCB

C Vehicle PFI—Rough terrain Forklift 4000 kg JCB

Operational Field Catering System (OFCS)

Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar


Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon

Javelin Follow-On Buy

Air Support

C-17 (5th Aircraft)

C-17 (6th aircraft)

Information Systems and Services


UIC/TSC503 Transportable SATCOM Terminals


Chinook Coherence

1 The Panther CLV was procured through the core equipment programme but a number of the vehicles underwent a modification, funded as an urgent operational requirement, to enable them to operate in Afghanistan.

Other equipment projects are planned to be procured from the core equipment programme to be made available for operations in Afghanistan. These include land equipment, information systems and services and helicopter projects and the 7th C17. Many other equipment projects procured from the core equipment programme have delivered capability in support of other operations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Operation Eagle's Summit in 2008 necessitated the redeployment of British forces from elsewhere in Helmand Province. (325239)

While extensive support was provided by British forces to Operation Oqab Tsuka (Eagle's Summit), to move a turbine from Kandahar to Kajaki, it did not require the long-term redeployment of British troops from elsewhere in Helmand Province.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the Scout vehicles will carry out in Afghanistan; and what the cost of each such vehicle will be on deployment in theatre. (325452)

The Scout vehicles will be the principal reconnaissance vehicles of the British Army and will replace Scimitar vehicles which are currently deployed in Afghanistan. The final numbers and costs will be determined at the manufacture investment decision point.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what main weapons systems Scout vehicles will have on deployment in Afghanistan; which companies are the (a) manufacturers and (b) suppliers of the ammunition for the vehicle’s main weapons systems; what the cost is per round of ammunition; and what estimate he has made of the lifespan of the barrel of the main weapon system per number of rounds fired. (325453)

The intent is for the Scout vehicle’s main weapon system to be the 40 mm Cased Telescoped Cannon provided by Cased Telescoped Ammunition International, a joint private venture between BAES and Nexter. On current plans, BAES will produce the ammunition for the cannon at their facilities in Glascoed, South Wales under the Department’s Munitions Acquisition Supply Solution (MASS) contract. The cost of each round of ammunition will be determined during commercial negotiations before the MASS contract is amended to incorporate the 40 mm ammunition. The lifespan of the barrel will be established during the qualification programme for the cannon and ammunition. The qualification programme consists of an extensive series of tests and trials to ensure that the cannon and ammunition are safe, reliable and effective for use by the British Army.