Ten Years of Tasers

From a recent FOI request, the numbers of tasers purchased by the MoD in the last ten years.

Year Type Qty Unit Cost Total Cost
07/08 Taser X26 49 £800 £39,200
09/10 Taser X26 49 £925 £45,325
10/11 Taser X26 20 £975 £19,500
11/12 Taser X26 25 £975 £24,375
11/12 Taser X26 5 £995 £4,975
12/13 Taser X26 8 £995 £7,960
13/14 Taser X26 67 £1,050 £70,350
14/15 Taser X26 150 £1,050 £157,500
TOTAL 373 £369,185

Read the full request here and here and information on the X26 at the Taser website

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Red Trousers
Red Trousers
November 30, 2014 2:50 pm

I’d completely missed that Tasers are being used by the MoD. Are they for riot control, or drunken squaddie control? Seem useful for either purpose.

Would give you an interesting option in riots. Useful for a snatch squad. And an alternative to bouncing rubber bullets of the road just in front of the rioters legs and balls, which depowered them a bit. Not that that ever encouraged extra usage. Oh no, that would be very against the spirit of things. ;)

We raided a house in Belfast once, mid 80s. In the bedside drawer of the suspect’s wife was a black early edition (pointed tip) rubber bullet, about 7 inches long and an inch and a half thick. Can’t imagine why she found it useful….

November 30, 2014 7:25 pm

@RT It is for the MOD police rather than armed forces themselves. They need to have them as a tactical option if they follow the ACPO firearms guidelines.

To be honest I’m quite surprised they actually had any deployments at all. Guessing they were carrying as a tactical option for a non firearms job as well.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
November 30, 2014 10:11 pm


I suspect that you may be correct, although in a wider sense MOD PLOD have never seemed even vaguely useful to me. Mostly a lot of fat Charlies with a jobsworth attitude, and no job worth doing that a serviceman could not do better. Must be some quirk of the law I suppose that requires them to exist at all.

Still, the thought of them ever actually tasing anybody is a bit comical. The money spent is probably completely wasted.

December 1, 2014 12:09 am

Their are some real dum people out there! –


December 1, 2014 12:50 am

To be honest they exist because of the need to protect nuclear deterrent related activities with a civilian force before the RM get involved as the final protective measure. That and protecting the ‘RAF’ bases that are effectively USAF so protestors don’t get a face to face meeting with a USAF SF airmen and pointed carbine.

All the rubbish they tend to put out about defence community policing etc has been cut to the bone by the funding being squeezed.

As another point of merriment the Port of Dover Police, who IIRC have 4 or 5 officers on a shift average more arrests in a single month than MOD Police carry out in a year.

Edited to add:

The MPGS are the long term threat to a lot of the MOD Police taskings. They are considerably cheaper than both PCs and full commitment service personnel.

December 1, 2014 8:49 am

My mind was definitely running to ModPlod and the Greenham Gals.