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Defence Equipment

Volume 201: debated on Friday 20 December 1991

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide an approximate in-service date for (a) the GWS MOD 1 Sea Wolf vertical launch ship system/missile, (b) Sonar 2093, (c) the type 23 frigate command system, (d) the AS90 self-propelled howitzer, (e) the high-velocity missile, (f) the Rapier field standard C system, (g) the Trigat medium-range system, (h) the counter battery radar, (i) the European fighter aircraft, (j) the Blue Vixen radar and (k) the Harrier T10.

Approximate in-service dates are as follows:

Approximate in-service date
(a) GWS MOD 1 Sea Wolf vertical launch ship system/missileIn-service
(b) Sonar 2093Early 1990s
(c) Type 23 frigate command systemMid 1990s
(d) AS90 self-propelled howitzerEarly 1990s
(e) High-velocity missileEarly 1990s
(f) Rapier field standard C systemMid-1990s
(g) TRIGAT medium-range systemMid-1990s
(h) Counter battery radarLate 1990s
(i) European fighter aircraftMid-1990s
(j) Blue Vixen radarEarly 1990s
(k) Harrier T10Mid-1990s

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present estimated total cost of the procurement programme for (a) the GWS MOD 1 Sea Wolf vertical launch missile/ship system, (b) the Sonar 2093, (c) the Challenger improvement programme, (d) TOW thermal imaging, (e) the Rapier field standard C system, (f) the Trigat medium range system, (g) the Tornado GR1 mid-life update, (h) the RN EH 101 helicopter and (i) the Blue Vixen radar.

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to him on 28 November at column 648. The other figures requested are classified and commercially confidential apart from that for the Tornado GR1 mid-life update programme, where the estimated total procurement cost—at 1990–91 average outturn prices, not including in-service support costs—is £550 million.