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Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System

It took a long course to master BATES.

And the cost of this system...

Nick Harvey (North Devon, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original estimated cost was of the Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System when the project was originally undertaken; what the latest estimated total outturn cost is; and if he will make a statement.

Bob Ainsworth (Minister of State (Armed Forces))

The Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System was brought into service in the early 1980s, and declared out of service in December 2006. Information on the costs of the system is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

... We dont know and aren't telling you cause the cost overrun was frighting !