§ 29. Mr. Nelson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Nimrod airborne early warning system aircraft have been ordered; when they will be delivered; and whether he is satisfied that there will be sufficient to provide continuous long-range radar coverage in any theatre.
§ Mr. Pattie
Eleven aircraft have been ordered; deliveries are expected to begin in 1983, and to be completed in 1986; their primary role will be to contribute to NATO's airborne early warning force, particularly in the United Kingdom air defence region, although the aircraft will have the capability to operate elsewhere.