§ Mr. Onslow
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the air defence variant of MRCA.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
The air defence variant of the MRCA is now in the second stage of its project definition. The aim is to define in detail the characteristics of the aircraft as a successor to the Phantom in the air defence rôle. Parallel work on the associated intercept radar is in hand.