HC Deb 22 May 1978 vol 950 c435W
Mr. Cronin

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made with equipping all combat air stations with the Rapier defence system.

Dr. Gilbert

All RAF airfields in Germany are defended by Rapier units, as is one RAF airfield in Scotland. My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Royal Air Force announced plans for the deployment of Rapier at a further airfield in Scotland on 3rd April—[Vol. 947, c. 43.]

We do not plan to defend all RAF combat airfields with Rapier, since the majority of such airfields in Eastern England are defended by the Bloodhound surface-to-air missile system.