Armed Forces: Weapons

Defence written question – answered on 5th January 2010.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Javelin missiles, (b) multiple rocket launcher rockets and (c) mortar rounds have been fired in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost is of each missile fired in each category.

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

The following table sets out the number of Javelin missiles, guided multiple rocket launcher system rockets and mortar rounds that have been fired on operations and in training in the last 12 months:

Mortar
Javelin( 1) GMLRS( 1, 2) 81mm 60mm( 1) 51mm
2008
December 70 50 8300 - -
2009
January 80 40 21200 500 -
February 55 25 18100 100 -
March 35 45 17700 1000 -
April 35 60 6800 - -
May 50 45 11200 200 -
June 30 45 14000 200 300
July 50 20 7900 100 -
August 70 40 6800 300 -
September 15 20 7800 300 200
October 55 15 11000 - 300
November 35 5 14800 800 -
(1) These rounds of ammunition are procured from overseas and therefore the costs are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

(2 )Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System.

Note:

Figures have been taken from a variety of sources, including operational records, and accuracy cannot therefore be fully guaranteed. The figures do not necessarily relate to when fired, but often when ordered. All figures have been rounded to the nearest five in the case of Javelin and GMLRS and 100 for mortar rounds.

The approximate current cost per Guided Multiple Launch Rocket is £68,000.

The Javelin missiles fired in the last 12 months have been procured under two different contracts. The average cost of each missile would have been approximately £49,000.

The cost of 51mm mortars ranges from approximately £80 to approximately £160 depending on the variant fired. The cost of 60mm mortars ranges from approximately £185 to approximately £640 depending on the variant fired. We do not hold data for the expenditure of 60mm mortars in all months. The cost of 81mm mortars ranges from approximately £190 to approximately £890 depending on the variant fired.

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