How reliable are Parliamentary questions and answers? As of March this year, according to Bob Ainsworth
Talisman is in theatre and being used. As of March this year, according to Gordon Brown
Talisman was due to deploy within the next two months.
TALISMAN was meant to be 24 Mastiffs, 12/14 Buffalos, 6 T-HAWK micro-UAVs
(Page 107 of this pdf) and some armoured excavators.
As at 12th June 2009 many of the vehicles had been ordered but only 4 excavators had been delivered
.(Page 11 of that pdf)
Yet in the same magic March 2010 where the TALISMAN stuff was in theatre but not in theatre Quentin Davis gave a written answer that has got me confused: Halfway down this page
Are the 6 TALISMAN systems the UAVs?
The lack of attention on the TALISMAN kit is perhaps explained by Davis' caveat at the bottom of the table: "I am withholding details of covert vehicles, civilian armoured vehicles, EOD vehicles and special forces procurements as this could compromise operational security." Does this hold water? Terry Taleban will know perfectly well what kit our forces are using for EOD because they'll surely be watching!