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The Fuchs vehicle was withdrawn from service in August this year. This will achieve a total saving to the public purse of approximately £235 million over the next 10 years. A decision on the future of the vehicles has yet to be taken.
The removal of Fuchs is possible due to the transfer of specialist Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) responsibilities from the Joint CBRN Regiment, which is being disbanded, to the Defence CBRN Wing. The reductions in manpower and other expenditure associated with this will save the Department approximately £129 million. In addition the Department will save around £13 million in support costs and around £93 million on mid-life vehicle upgrades and replacement vehicles.
We will continue to have a robust and effective specialist CBRN capability. The changes do not affect homeland CBRN protection.