Defence written question – answered on 30th April 2012.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) if he will estimate (a) the number of each type of main battle tanks to be disposed of following the Strategic Defence and Security Review and (b) the value of each such tank;

(2) what option he is considering for the disposal of unsupported challenge main battle tanks.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

It is currently planned that 118 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks will be disposed of following the Strategic Defence and Security Review. The variants are a mix of gun tank and command tank. I am withholding the information on the current value of each vehicle as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Disposal options currently being considered are: selling, using the disposal fleet for spares; and recycling.

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