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Type 45 Destroyers

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions has he had on the weapons systems on the new Type 45 destroyers; (319708)

(2) what reports he received on the recent test firing of the Type 45 missile systems; and if he will make a statement.

The Secretary of State for Defence has not personally been involved in discussions relating to Sea Viper. However, I have been briefed by industry, partner nations and officials on a number of occasions, both on the recent test firing of the Sea Viper missile system and, more generally, on the weapons systems on the new Type 45 destroyers.