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V-Bomber Force

Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in the light of the increasing nuclear threat to the United Kingdom posed by the USSR's deployment of SS-20 mobile intermediary-range ballistic missiles and the Backfire nuclear strike bomber, what plans he has to modify and modernise the RAF's V-bomber force beyond 1982, on the lines of the United States Air Force's programme for the B-52 force.

None. On present plans the Tornado will replace the RAF's Vulcans in the strike role in the early 1980s and the latter will then be taken out of service.