HC Deb 15 October 1991 vol 196 c144W
30. Mr. Hind

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of the European fighter project.

Mr. Alan Clark

The European fighter aircraft development programme proceeds with the full support of all four partner nations. Work is progressing well on the prototype aircraft, the first of which is scheduled to fly in spring 1992. Of the 285 airframe equipments, 238 have now been selected on a competitive basis. The development of the engine is also proceeding satisfactorily.