HC Deb 02 July 1985 vol 82 cc115-6W
18. Mr. Stan Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement concerning progress with the experimental aircraft project.

Mr. Butler

The experimental aircraft programme is a technology demonstrator programme that will provide practical experience in the integration of the wide range of new technologies required for any new, sophisticated combat aircraft. The design and construction of the aircraft is well advanced and on schedule for a first flight in mid-1986. I am pleased to report, therefore, that excellent progress is being maintained.