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Missiles: Procurement

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Aster 15 and (b) Aster 30 missiles will not now be purchased as a result of the forecast £30 million reduction in procurement costs; (186674)

(2) whether financial penalties will be incurred as a result of reducing the order for Aster missiles by £30 million.

No final decisions have been taken on the numbers of missiles that will be required. As with all capability decisions, this will be considered in the context of defence requirements, affordability and value for money. Commercial and contracting strategies, including financial penalties, also form part of these considerations.