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Nimrod Airborne Early Warning Aircraft

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Government of France have expressed interest in the purchase of Nimrod AEW aircraft; and what new aircraft building would be necessary following a French order.

It is not our normal practice to discuss details of possible military sales to individual countries. I understand, however, that the French Government, in common with many others, are

YearTotal of Defence Estimatesm.current prices)Approximate proportion attributable to
Royal Navy per cent.Army per cent.Royal Air Force per cent.Other*per cent.
1967–682,20530302713
1968–692,27131302712
1969–702,26630302812
1970–712,28027312814
1971–722,54527332911
1972–732,85426322715
1973–743,36526323210
1974–753,61225343110
1975–764,54825352911
1976–775,63226352811
These proportions are not directly comparable from year to year, because of changes over the period both in organisation and of conventions.

* Covers the Procurement Executive expenditure on research and the operating costs of research and development establishments—and other items such as contributions to international defence organisations which cannot realistically be attributed to a particular Service.

giving thought to the problem of air attack at low level, and, therefore, to the various systems which are available to counter it.