§ 31. Mr. David Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the future role of the Army Air Corps.
§ Mr. Neubert
The principal role of the Army Air Corps (AAC) will remain the direct support of the ground battle by the provision of armed (principally anti-armour) action, reconnaissance, direction of fire, and command and control. For this purpose the AAC is equipped with a range of rotary and fixed wing aircraft. The corps will also support 24 Brigade in its new airmobile role operating both anti-tank and utility Lynx helicopters. Further support to 24 Brigade will be provided by the RAF's larger troop-carrying and logistic helicopters.