§ 17. Mr. Patchett
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the multi-launch rocket system for the Army.
§ Mr. Butler
We hope shortly to place a firm production order for MLRS phase I launchers and rockets with a European consortium consisting of United Kingdom, French, German and Italian firms. A contract for the development of MLRS phase III was awarded on 29 November by the United States Government on behalf of itself, the United Kingdom, France and Germany to an international consortium consisting of firms from each of those countries.