HC Deb 07 November 1983 vol 48 c44W
Sir Antony Buck

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans to improve the air mobility of 1(BR) Corps.

Mr. Stanley

We have decided to use one of the brigades in 1(BR) Corps—6 brigade—in an airmobile anti-tank role for a trial period. The first phrase of the trial began on 1 November 1983 and will last for just over a year. A decision on whether to extend this trial will be taken in the light of experience gained in the first phase. Mobility for elements of the brigade during the trial will be provided by helicopters and this will substantially increase its capability to deploy rapidly to counter an enemy armoured thrust.

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