§ Sir Ian Orr-Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons are being developed for ships which will enable them to counter the growing missile threat from enemy ships and submarines.
§ Mr. John Morris
All ships of frigate size and above will carry helicopters armed with air-to-surface missiles for short range strike against Komar-type patrol boats. The helicopters will operate196W under the cover of the Fleet's surface-to-air missiles which will deal with enemy fighters out to the necessary distance.