Armed Forces: Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 20 October 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) AS90s and (b) L118s are (i) in service, (ii) fit for purpose and (iii) out of service.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

The figures requested are as follows.

Percentage of total holdings in service Percentage of in service holding fit for purpose Percentage of total holdings out of service
AS90 100 97 0
L118 100 100 0

There are 20 L118 (light gun) guns in service that are used for saluting and ceremonial roles. These are not capable of firing live rounds but for the purposes of answering this question they are counted as fit for purpose.

In answering this question the following definitions have been used:

In service: Total numbers excluding those which are out of service or awaiting receipt inspections and registration.

Out of service: Equipments past their out of service date and/or awaiting disposal.

Fit for purpose: Equipments which are capable of being used in whatever capacity they are currently required for.

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