From this fortnight's edition of Private Eye (no link unfortunately but worth 1.40). An RM Sgt in Afghanistan expressed his anger over inadequate equipment to a Daily Mail journalist. As well as Snatch LRs he mentioned a piece of kit named Vipir. This is a type of thermal imager which can be used to see if a possible suicide bomber is concealing explosives. His complaint was that not enough were issued for use by all who required them. This report was picked up by the BBC and Lord Drayson (Minister for Procurement) was questioned about the lack of Viper (sic) eqpt. His answer was: "we've sent over 1400 sets of night vision goggles to Afghanistan" neatly omitting to mention that, as we all know TI and NVG are completely different- thermal imagery vs image intensification which would be no use at trying to detect concealed explosives. Unfortunatley the BBC journo was ignorant of this fact. Journo"As far as you're concerned there's no shortage?". Drayson "No." And he got away with it. Why is this on p34 of Private Eye and not the lead story on all news channels...?