HC Deb 14 July 1980 vol 988 cc421-2W
Mr. Hawksley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to meet the Army's requirements for a replacement armoured personnel carrier.

Mr. Pym

The Army's present armoured personnel carrier, the FV432 series of vehicles, has been in service since the 1960s and will need to be replaced from the mid-1980s. Two vehicles have been considered for this requirement, the mechanised combat vehicle (MCV-80) designed by the British firm GKN-Sankey, and the American infantry fighting vehicle, which would be manufactured under licence in this country.

After a careful assessment of the relevant operational, financial and industrial factors I have decided to select MCV 80 to meet this requirement. The total estimated cost of the replacement programme is about £1,000 million and full development will be launched shortly.