HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 cc513-4W
Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the in-service dates currently assumed for planning purposes for (a) EH101, (b) MCV80, (c) AST404, (d) the type 23 frigate and (e) AST412.

Mr. Butler

For reasons of security, it is not normal practice to publish detailed in-service dates. However, a broad indication of when these equipments will enter service is given below:

  1. a. The EH101 will enter service in the early 1990s.
  2. b. MCV80: the first unit will be equipped well before the end of the decade.
  3. c. AST404: Decisions have yet to be taken on a replacement light support helicopter.
  4. d. Type 23 Frigate: HMS Norfolk, the first of class, is planned to be accepted from the shipbuilders early in 1989.
  5. e. AST412: It is expected that, if a new aircraft is ordered in preference to refurbishing the Jet Provost, it will be in service with the Royal Air Force before the end of the present decade.

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