HC Deb 15 November 1977 vol 939 cc200-1W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in view of the airfield vulnerability in the central region of Europe, the Air Staff Target 403 will embrace a V/STOL capability; and if he will make a statement on the prospects of collaboration in respect of this project.

Dr. Gilbert

The ability to operate from damaged airfields is a very important factor in the choice of any new tactical combat aircraft for use in Europe. The possibility of a collaborative development of such an aircraft is being explored within the independent European Programme Group. It is too early to predict the outcome.

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