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Tornado Aircraft

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the two Royal Air Force Phantom squadrons assigned to Fleet Air Defence to convert to the Tornado aircraft.

Of the two squadrons of RAF Phantom aircraft previously assigned primarily to the maritime air defence role, one has already converted to Tornado F3 aircraft, and the second is expected to do so within the next two or three years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes in deployment and operational cycles will result from the replacement of Royal Air Force Phantoms by Tornados in the fleet air defence role.