Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme

Defence – in the House of Commons on 7th December 2020.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

What recent progress his Department has made on the Challenger 2 life extension programme.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The assessment phase of the Challenger 2 life extension programme has concluded. The proposition is now being worked up prior to a decision being taken on the investment case.

Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

The Minister will be aware of the excellent Shropshire defence engineers who have recently been awarded an £860 million project for the Boxer vehicle delivered through RBSL—Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land. Would he like to put on record his thanks to all those in defence engineering in Shropshire and perhaps allude to the fact that, should the contract be awarded in the west midlands, it might be going to Shropshire?

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

I would not comment on any particular forthcoming potential procurement, but I have visited Telford to see RBSL and I can absolutely endorse my hon. Friend’s remarks about the brilliant engineers and apprentices I have met there. He is rightly proud of the capabilities in defence throughout Shropshire, and I was delighted with the £860 million contract to support Boxer. It is a brilliant supply chain in Shropshire and throughout the UK.