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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

Ministerial Correction

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Defence

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles of each type in the armed forces are (a) fit to be deployed and (b) in service in Afghanistan.

[Official Report, 10 November 2009, Vol. 499, c. 230W.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Quentin Davies:

Errors have been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) on 10 November 2009. The entries for Challenger 2 and Snatch 2 have been revised.

The correct answer should have been: (297932)

I am withholding the information requested on the numbers of vehicles fit for deployment and in service on operations for operational security reasons.

I can however provide figures for armoured vehicles which are fit for purpose. This is defined as vehicles that are capable of being used in whatever capacity they are currently required for. Fit for purpose figures as at 4 November 2009 are shown in the following table, along with total fleet numbers.

Vehicle

Total fleet number

Number fit for purpose

AS90

145

132

Challenger 2

385

261

CRARRV

81

70

CVR(T)

1,168

928

FV 430 (Mk2 and Bulldog)

1,400

658

Fuchs

11

11

Saxon

147

147

Titan

33

24

Trojan

33

25

Warrior

793

552

Mastiff

271

134

Panther

401

334

Ridgback

118

73

Snatch 2 (including variants)

653

358

Vector

192

87

Viking

116

86

Significant quantities of Mastiff, Vector and Snatch are currently in the process of withdrawal to the UK following the cessation of operations in Iraq.