In terms of night vision optics, the Army currently has 14,634 Common Weapon Sights, 1,777 Maxikite 1 and 4,388 Maxikite 2. Some of these will be upgraded under the Future Infantry System Technology (FIST) programme designed to further improve the equipment available to the infantry soldier. The remainder will then be redistributed to those units and individuals employed in other roles where these capabilities are either non-existent or in short supply. The FIST requirement for night vision optics is shown in the following table. Deliveries of this new equipment are due to begin in September 2010.
|Common Weapon Sight II||2,471|
|Thermal Weapon Sight (VIPIR 3)||4,331|
|Maxikite 2 Mk 2||1,705|
|Helmet Mounted Night Vision System II||10,835|
Our body armour and small arms holdings and requirements are provided in the following tables.
|Body armour type||Current fleet size||Current endorsed requirement|
|Enhanced Combat Body Armour||103,604||32,000|
|(1) The second tranche of 5,000 Osprey Assault is due to be delivered in the first quarter of next year.|
|Weapon||Current fleet size||Requirement|
|SA80 A2 (L85A2) (Defence Nos)||176,000||138,570|
|Pistol L9 Browning (Defence Nos)||24,964||25,000|
|SA80 Carbine (L22A2)||1,546||1,600|
None of the figures above includes equipment procured for use in Afghanistan through the urgent operational requirement process. I am withholding the information as its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.