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EU emission rules could limit Army vehicles

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EU emission rules could limit Army vehicles
By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 2:39am GMT 29/11/2007

The fighting capability of the Army’s new generation of armoured vehicles could be limited by European rules on greenhouse gas emissions.

To avoid breaching the EU rules, the 3,000 vehicles must be specially designed to limit the damage to the environment in the battlefield.

However, critics claim that this could compromise their fighting effectiveness and say protecting British troops should take priority over complying with the regulations.

The design of the armoured vehicles - called Future Rapid Effect System (FRES), is yet to be finalised, but each will be fitted with cutting edge electronic equipment.

At the request of the Ministry of Defence, the design will incorporate defences against roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades.

Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, fears the EU rules could prevent soldiers from being able to share fuel with American allies.

He said yesterday: “At a time when equipment shortages in Iraq and Afghanistan are leading to the deaths of our brave service personnel, it is preposterous that this Government is pre-occupied with whether our military vehicles are compliant with EU environmental regulations.

“They should be built to protect our forces and to enable them to carry out the tasks asked of them. The Government needs to wake up and realise that we are fighting two wars.”

The MoD has admitted that FRES will have to meet rules that cut emissions from cars, vans and lorries.

A spokesman said: “Our first priority for FRES is to provide capability and protection for our troops. Decisions about fuel and emissions - although important - are secondary and should not impair our ability to conduct operations.”

The award of the £16 billion FRES contract has been beset by delays and the vehicles are not expected to be ready until at least 2012. In February, the Commons defence committee said it had been a “sorry story of indecision… and delay”.


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