Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Sub-Committee, Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the upgrade programmes of (a) the Warrior and (b) Challenger II.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Since re-baselining the project in September 2017, the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme has held to schedule. The Demonstration Phase is due to be completed in 2021. Neither the ongoing System Requirement Acceptance nor the Reliability Growth Trials have identified major issues or concerns.

In April 2019, the Investment Approvals Committee approved an expanded assessment phase to address enhancements to the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank's lethality and survivability. Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land presented a proposal in February 2020 to upgrade the tank. A Full Business Case approval is scheduled for late 2020.

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