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Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 48157, tabled on 13 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 40676 on Ammunition, what the last safe year of use is for those batches of 30mm ammunition.

Answered on

16 September 2021

The current service life expiry date for each type of ammunition is shown below:

Type of 30mm ammunition

Year of last Purchase

Latest Service Life Expiry Date



1 Nov 2024

Reduced Range Practice


1 Dec 2021

High Explosive Tracer


1 Jun 2021

Armour Piercing


1 May 2021

As is normal practise for most higher value General Munitions, an assessment process, considering both safety and performance, is ongoing to extend the service life.

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