§ Mr. Churchill
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the first Nimrod AEW aircraft to enter service with the RAF; whether it is meeting its expected technical specification; what is now the estimated cost per aircraft; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
The Nimrod AEW aircraft is now in full development with the design work well in hand. The aircraft should enter service progressively in the 1980s. It is not the practice to quote costs for individual aircraft.