HC Deb 01 February 1983 vol 36 c68W
Mr. Trotter

asked the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent Martin Baker ejector seats are being supplied for F-18 aircraft for the United States navy; to what extent Martin Baker is being prevented from further participation in this project as a result of United States legislation; and whether this is in accordance with the memorandum of understanding between the two Governments.

Mr. Pattie

Martin Baker is contracted to supply 256 ejection seats to the United States navy for its F-18 aircraft, of which 156 have been delivered. The contract was won after competition with United States industry. Congress has now made it a condition of granting sums for the F-18 aircraft programme in fiscal year 1983, that the Secretary of the Navy submits a plan to incorporate a United States manufactured ejection seat system. The Government have expressed their serious concern at this development, which they believe is contrary to the provisions of the 1975 memorandum of understanding. I shall be discussing the matter further during a visit to the United States in February.

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