HC Deb 28 February 1995 vol 255 c507W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Brent, East (Mr. Livingstone) of 3 February 1995,Official Report, column 888, if he will list all the projects carried out in the United Kingdom in the 1985 US-UK strategic defence initiative memorandum.

Mr. Soames

US-funded work performed in the UK under the 1985 US-UK "SDI" memorandum of understanding is effected by the agreement of Government-to-Government arrangements called letters of offer and acceptance. Since the signing of the memorandum of understanding, 26 letters of offer and acceptance have been awarded amounting to a total value of $129.4 million. The majority of work and funding effort has been sub-contracted to UK industry.

The purpose of two of these arrangements is classified; the remainder are as follows:

  • UK SDI architecture study
  • European BMC3 architecture
  • Electromagnetic railgun
  • Countermeasures to SDI components
  • Laser impulse coupling, interaction
  • European test bed requirements study
  • Catalysts for CO2 laser system
  • Advanced sensor hardening
  • Higher operating temperature IR detectors
  • Delay lines for use at 10 micrometers
  • UK extended air defence test bed
  • Artificial intelligence discrimination
  • Data fusion demonstrator
  • MESAR radar trials
  • Tretraform
  • UKAS follow-on study
  • Lethality database
  • Sensor hardening (follow-on studies)
  • Phase conjugation programme
  • Target oriented tracking system
  • Evolution and test of IR window materials
  • Lethality technology
  • Threat generation study
  • Interceptor avionics