Challenger II Tanks

Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Challenger II tanks are currently operational.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

As at January 2004, 58 per cent. of our Challenger II Main Battle Tanks available for operations were classed as 'Fit'. Equipment is deemed to be 'Fit' if it meets the inspection criteria stated in the relevant Army Equipment Support Publication Inspections Standards for all operational and peacetime legal and safety requirements. Many of the tanks classified as not 'Fit' require only minor work in terms of spares or labour to rectify the problem, and many of these would be able to undertake their prescribed role in an operational environment.

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