Challenger Tanks

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 2 November 2016.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reserve Challenger 2 crew have passed Annual Crew tests on the platform at what level in each year since 2010.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many regular Challenger 2 crew have passed annual crew tests on the platform at what level in each year since 2010.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Challenger 2 crew consist of a total of four personnel which includes driver, gunner, loader/operator and commander. There are six levels of Annual Crew Tests for Challenger 2 crews. The number of reserve and regular crews to have completed Annual Crew Tests on Challenger 2 by year is shown in the table below. 2016 is the first year that Reserve crews have completed Annual Crew Tests on Challenger 2.

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Regular

16

63

48

27

64

160

123

Reserve

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

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We do not routinely comment on specific levels of readiness for individual capabilities as to do so would compromise operational security, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces. As such the table shows the total number of crews who have passed an individual crew test; not the level which they have passed.

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