HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 c358
6. Mr. Cronin

asked the Secretary of State for Air when the Lightning fighter aircraft will be fully operational; and what further improvements he has requested for future Lightning aircraft.

Mr. Amery

The Lightning is fully operational now. The Mark 3 Lightning will have better performance in range, speed and altitude, more advanced electronic equipment, and will carry an improved air-to-air guided weapon.

Mr. Cronin

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask him to take steps to improve the development of fighter aircraft, bearing in mind that the Russian interceptor fighter squadrons are nearly all equipped with MiG 21s, which are, in some respects, superior to the Lightning?

Mr. Amery

We are moving as fast as we can.