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Low Level Strike Aircraft (European Collaboration)

Volume 958: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with Ministers of Defence from West Germany and France regarding the design capabilities and possible collaboration in manufacturing low level strike aircraft.

The RAF requirement for low level strike aircraft will be met by the Tornado. However, I have been discussing with my European colleagues the possibility of harmonising our requirements for tactical combat aircraft which, in the case of the RAF, will be to replace Harriers and Jaguars.