§ Mr. Critchley
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied with the ECM and ESM equipment at present fitted to the Lightning and Phantom aircraft of the RAF; and what plans he has for the purchase of more modern equipment.
§ Mr. John
I am satisfied that the Lightning aircraft and the Phantoms are equipped in such a way as will enable them to continue to make an effective contribution to the discharge of our air defence responsibilities in the United Kingdom and on the Continent. The continued need to up-date equipment is fully recognised, and forms an important part of the research and development programme.