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Anti-Tank Missiles

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he is satisfied that the Tow anti-tank missile is capable of penetrating and destroying tanks of the equivalent of the Soviet T64 and T72;(2) if he is satisfied that the Swingfire and Milan ground launched anti-tank missile is capable of penetrating the armour of tanks of the equivalent of the Soviet T64 and T72; and if he will make a statement.

Although recent improvements to Warsaw Pact armour are a cause for concern, I am satisfied that each of the family of anti-tank guided weapons, comprising Swingfire, Milan and Tow, has an effective capability against the T64 and T72 tanks. Improvements in the performances of all three are also planned in order to counter the future threat.