§ Mr. Sainsbury
Development of the next generation AAW system is being pursued through two separate parallel international collaborative programmes; one led by the United States, the other being a European 191W programme with equal participation by four nations including the United Kingdom. The United States-led programme commenced in October 1987 with participants' signatures of the memorandum of understanding. We hope very shortly to be in a position to sign the MOU for the European programme.
Both collaborative programmes will commence with a feasibility study phase at the end of which a further decision will need to be made on the way forward.
The purpose of these programmes is to provide an AAW capability effective against the evolving air threat (including anti-ship missiles) for service in the late 1990s.