§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what assumptions he makes for the purposes of defence of the Falkland Islands of the range of Exocet missiles in the possession of the Argentine forces.
§ Mr. Blaker
We believe that Argentina possesses two variants of the Exocet missile, one surface-launched with a maximum range of 40 km and the other air-launched with a maximum range of 70 km when launched from high level. However, the operational range of the air-launched variant, when employed for low-level attack, would be roughly half the high level maximum.