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Artillery: Training

Defence written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much ammunition was allocated to courses involving the training of artillery personnel and forward observation officers to call in fire in each year since 2008; and what the cost of such ammunition was.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The amount and cost of ammunition allocated on all courses involving the training of artillery personnel and forward observation officers in each financial year since 2008 is shown in the following tables:

Financial year 2007-08
Ammunition type Quantity/cost
Round 14.5MM Artillery Training Charge 2 L2A1 15,005
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A3 Fuzed L116A1 W/Cart Normal L35A3 1,000
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A4 Fuzed L106A4 W/Cart Normal L35A3 2,400
Shell 105MM FD BE Smoke Screening L45A2 Fuzed L92A2 1
Shell 105MM FD BE SMK SCR L45A2 FZD L92A2 W/Cart Nor L35A2 1
Shell 105MM FD Marker Orange Smoke L38A2 Fuzed L32A3 825
Cartridge Propelling 105MM FD Normal L35A3 144
Cartridge Blank 105 MM FD 6OZ GP L48A1 26
Cartridge Blank 105MM FD 12O Z GP L47A1 8
Shell 155MM HE L21A2 Plugged 13,100
Charge Propelling 155MM M3A1 12,190
Charge Propelling 155MM M4A2 910
Charge Propelling 155MM L10A1 Charge 8 W/Prim DM191A1 326
Shell 155MM SMK BE DM105A2 FZD L132A1/CHGE L8A1/PRIM DM191A1 275
Shell 155MM Illuminating DM106A2 Fuzed L132A1 102
Shell 155MM Illum DM106A2 FZD L132A1/CHGE L8A1/PRIM DM191A1 321
Shell 155MM Practice Inert L17A2 with PRF 326
Fuze Nose Electronic Time ETF L132A1 2
Fuze Nose Proximity and Percussion L116A1 920
Fuze Nose Percussion Direct Action and Graze L160A1 12,180
Primer Percussion DM191A1 326
Primer Percussion M82 31,083
MLRS Reduced Range Practice Rocket L1A1 74
Total cost (£) 14,139,251.10
Financial year 2008-09
Ammunition type Quantity/cost
Round 14.5MM Artillery Training Charge 2 L2A1 15,000
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A4 Fuzed L106A4 W/Cart Normal L35A3 16,623
Shell 105MM FD BE SMK SCR L45A2 FZD L92A2 W/Cart Nor L35A2 1,290
Shell 105MM FD Illuminating Para L43A3 Fuzed L92A2 348
Shell 105MM FD Marker Orange Smoke L38A2 Fuzed L32A3 250
Cartridge Propelling 105MM FD Normal L35A3 250
Shell 155MM HE L21A2 Plugged 905
Charge Propelling 155MM M3A1 453
Charge Propelling 155MM M4A2 453
Charge Propelling 155MM L10A2 Charge 8 397
Shell 155MM SMK BE DM105A2 FZD L92A2/Chge L8A1/PRIM DM191A1 97
Shell 155MM Practice Inert L17A2 with PRF 397
Fuze Nose Percussion Direct Action and Graze L106A4 905
Primer Percussion DM191A1 330
Primer Percussion M82 996
MLRS Reduced Range Practice Rocket L1A2 74
Total cost (£) 19,316,974.06
Financial year 2009-10
Ammunition type Quantity/cost
Round 14.5MM Artillery Training Charge 2 L2A1 15,000
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A4 Fuzed L106A4 W/Cart Normal L35A3 15,706
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A4 Fuzed L116A1 W/Cart Normal L35A3 1
Shell 105MM FD BE SMK SCR L52A1 FZD L132A1 W/Cart Nor L35A3 1,291
Shell 105MM FD Illuminating L43A4 Fuzed L132A1 623
Cartridge Propelling 105MM FD Normal L35A3 620
Shell 155MM HE L21A2 Plugged 1,678
Charge Propelling 155MM M3A1 902
Charge Propelling 155MM M4A2 776
Charge Propelling 155MM L8A2 Charge 3 to 7 160
Shell 155MM Smoke BE DM 105A2 Fuzed L132A1 97
Shell 155MM Illuminating DM106A2 Fuzed L132A1 63
Fuze Nose Percussion Direct Action and Graze L106A4 1,678
Primer Percussion DM191A2 160
Primer Percussion M82 1,678
MLRS Reduced Range Practice Rocket L1A2 74
Total cost (£) 19,611,296.85
Financial year 2010-11
Ammunition type Quantity/cost
Round 14.5MM Artillery Training Charge 2 L2A1 12,809
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A4 Fuzed L106A4 W/Cart Normal L35A3 15,325
Shell 105MM FD HE L31A4 Fuzed L116A1 W/Cart Normal L35A3 792
Shell 105MM FD BE SMK SCR L52A1 FZD L132A1 W/Cart Nor L35A3 4,189
Shell 105MM FD Illuminating L43A4 Fuzed L132A1 1,683
Cartridge Propelling 105MM FD Normal L35A3 371
Shell 155MM HE L21A2 Plugged 872
Charge Propelling 155MM M3A1 907
Charge Propelling 155MM L8A2 Charge 3 to 7 98
Charge Propelling 155MM L10A2 Charge 8 238
Shell 155MM Smoke BE DM105A2 Fuzed L132A1 58
Shell 155MM Illuminating DM106A2 Fuzed L132A1 34
Shell 155MM Practice Inert L17A3 with PRF 102
Fuze Nose Percussion Direct Action and Graze L106A4 907
Primer Percussion DM191A2 337
Primer Percussion M82 907
MLRS Reduced Range Practice Rocket L1A2 86
Total cost (£) 28,618,743.15

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