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We177 Free-Fall Bomb

Volume 165: debated on Friday 19 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he envisages that the tactical air-to-surface missile, to replace the WE177 free-fall bomb, will have a range of between 500 and 5,500 km.

A number of options for the possible replacement of the WE177 free-fall bomb are under consideration. It is not possible to predict the outcome of these studies at this stage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his French counterpart regarding the possible joint development of an uprated ASMP, as a replacement for the WE177 free-fall bomb.

My right hon. Friend has discussed possible options for the replacement of the WE177 with M. Chevenement. However, details of these discussions are confidential.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his United States counterpart regarding the possible purchase of SRAM-2, or SRAM-T, as a replacement for the WE177 free-fall bomb.

None, although this subject was discussed with Mr. Cheney by my right hon. Friend the Member for Ayr (Mr. Younger) in July 1989,