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Defence Contracts

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list in the present defence contracts in which there is a joint British-United States involvement; and what is the percentage breakdown of the financial costings.

Production of the Harrier GR5 (UK) and the AV8B (US) aircraft is subject to an understanding between the two nations which provides for equal production sharing of the combined national programmes through subcontracting by the two prime contractors (British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas). Continuing support for the Pegasus engine for the GR5 and AV8B is subject to equal sharing of the cost of common development-modification work. There are no other significant bilateral defence contracts with a joint British-United States Government involvement.