HC Deb 11 December 1980 vol 995 c446W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the present state of development of the United Kingdom involvement in the short-range air-to-air missile.

Mr. Pattie

European production of the Sidewinder AIM9L short-range missile is being undertaken by a consortium, of which the United Kingdom is a member. The Royal Air Force is due to receive its first missiles from this source next year.

Initial studies on the next generation of air-to-air missiles are in hand: under a memorandum of understanding signed with Germany and the United States earlier this year, possible arrangements for collaboration are being examined.

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