§ 1. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what aircraft of the Royal Air Force will be available for the close support of ground troops in the 1970s.
§ The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Denis Healey)
A combination of Phantom and V/STOL P1127(R.A.F.) aircraft will be used initially in this rôle. A strike version of the Anglo-French Jaguar will be introduced subsequently to replace the Phantom. The primary rôle of the Phantom will then become air defence, in replacement of the Lightning.
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
Can the Secretary of State say how these aircraft will get to overseas theatres when they are needed?
§ Mr. Healey
Some of them will fly direct, without in-flight refuelling; others will have in-flight refuelling.