§ 47. Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if the United Kingdom is developing a variant of the multi-rôle combat aircraft to meet future air defence requirements; and if this development will mean a substantial addition to the cost estimated for the standard version.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
Feasibility studies for an air defence variant of the MRCA were started in 1969. Work on project definition began last year, its primary purpose being to provide a sound assessment of costs.