Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Defence written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which items of equipment procured since 2001 and made available to operations in Afghanistan were procured as part of his Department's core equipment programme.

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, which is based on centrally held records, lists the majority of equipment projects with a cost of £20 million or over that were procured from the core equipment programme since 2004 and made available to operations in Afghanistan. A number of equipment projects have not been included as their disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.

Details of equipment projects procured prior to 2004, and projects costing less than £20 million for the entire period covered by the question, are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Category Equipment
Land Equipment Battle Group Thermal Imaging
Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (CLV)(1)
Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System
Future Fire Control System
Wheeled Tankers
Pinzgauer 4x4 Truck Utility Medium Fitted For Radio
Dismounted Counter Mine Capability-Vallon handheld mine detector
Support Vehicle (SV)
C Vehicle PFI-Crane Terex 35 Tonne
C Vehicle PFI-Light Wheel Tractor All Arms JCB 3CX
C Vehicle PFI-Light Wheeled Tractor JCB 4CX
C Vehicle PFI-Medium Wheeled Tractor
C Vehicle PFI-Bulldozer Cat D5N
C Vehicle PFI-Heavy Well Drills
C Vehicle PFI-Rough Terrain Forklift 2400 kg JCB
C Vehicle PFI-Rough terrain Forklift 4000 kg JCB
Operational Field Catering System (OFCS)
Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar
Weapons Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
Javelin Follow-On Buy
Air Support C-17 (5th Aircraft)
C-17 (6th aircraft)
Information Systems and Services Bowman
UIC/TSC503 Transportable SATCOM Terminals
Helicopters Chinook Coherence
(1 )The Panther CLV was procured through the core equipment programme but a number of the vehicles underwent a modification, funded as an urgent operational requirement, to enable them to operate in Afghanistan.

Other equipment projects are planned to be procured from the core equipment programme to be made available for operations in Afghanistan. These include land equipment, information systems and services and helicopter projects and the 7th C17. Many other equipment projects procured from the core equipment programme have delivered capability in support of other operations.

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