HC Deb 14 June 1982 vol 25 c213W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the feasibility of protecting naval forces with supersonic fighter interceptors.

Mr. Blaker

Arrangements already exist for land-based supersonic interceptors to protect naval forces in the NATO context. The possibility of developing an advanced shipborne VSTOL aircraft will be an option for consideration in due course. For the present, however, the air defence capability of the subsonic Sea Harrier has been amply demonstrated in recent weeks.