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Volume 886: debated on Thursday 13 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to replace the Lightning and Phantom aircraft in the air-superiority rôle for the 1980s.

Phantom FGR2's are being transferred progressively to the air defence rôle and will soon have replaced most of the existing Lightning force. It is planned that these aircraft will be replaced by an interceptor version of the MRCA in the early 1980s.