§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Challenger tanks are currently on order or are likely to be ordered; and at what total and unit cost.
§ Mr. Goodhart
An initial order has been placed for sufficient Challenger tanks to equip one armoured division. The final number to be bought is yet to be decided, and will depend on operational, industrial and financial considerations. The unit cost of a fully equipped Challenger is estimated to be £1.5 million.