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Armed Forces: Mine-resistant Vehicles

Volume 704: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether Her Majesty's Armed Forces have experienced limitations in off-road mobility in mine-resistant vehicles deployed in Iraq as a result of size or weight. [HL5455]

With all armoured vehicles, there is inevitably a trade-off between self-protection and mobility. Commanders in Iraq have been provided with a range of vehicles with differing degrees of protection and mobility. This ensures that they are able to select the most appropriate vehicle type for any particular operational task, based on an assessment of the local threat, the terrain and the details of that task.