HC Deb 09 November 1976 vol 919 cc138-9W
30. Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied that strategic materials for the MRCA are obtained from secure sources.

Dr. Gilbert

Yes. Any interruption in supplies from present sources could be met from alternative sources.

31. Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, before finally committing several billion pounds to the purchase of 385 MRCA and its Air Defence Variant, he will require further tests to ensure that they can fly at Mach 2+ as described as their capability in 1972; what is the highest speed so far achieved and expected by both forms of aircraft; and what is the thrust level now being used in order to attempt to overcome intake drag.

Dr. Gilbert

Full production of the MRCA was authorised in July. I am satisfied that the aircraft will meet the RAF's performance requirements.