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Research And Development

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his Department's planned expenditure on research and development for 1987–88; and what are the main areas of research selected by his Department under the Rothschild principles of the customer-contractor relationship.

Planned defence expenditure in 1987–88 on research and development is £2,346 million. Customer-supplier arrangements apply throughout defence research. The major fields of activity are as follows:

  • MF A—Air Vehicles, Aerodynamics, Structure and Materials
  • MF B—Gas Turbines
  • MF C—Navigation and Avionics
  • MF D—Space
  • MF E—Ships and Submarines, Signature Reduction, Human Factors
  • MF F—Ships Systems
  • MF G—Undersea Warfare and Countermeasure Systems
  • MF H—Rocket Propulsion, Explosives and Weapons Materials
  • MF J—Conventional Weapons, Armaments and Command and Control
  • MF K—Military Vehicles and Army Engineering Equipment
  • MF L—Chemical and Biological Defence
  • MF M—Guided and Air-Launched Weapons
  • MF N—Tri-Service Electronic Systems
  • MF P—Electronic Components
  • MF Q—Electronic Technology