HL Deb 17 February 1997 vol 578 cc31-2WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether (a) the concept being developed by the US Air Force Space Command's Integrated Concept Team for a "transatmospheric space plane" able to conduct surveillance, to disable adversary space vehicles, and to release weapons within the atmosphere against terrestrial targets is, in their view, fully compliant with the provisions of the Space Treaty; and (b) whether the Eurofighter would be vulnerable to such a military space plane.

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey

We understand that the US Government has not yet made a decision on development of a space plane. We are assured that the US government always considers its international treaty obligations. While on the ground, Eurofighter, like any aircraft, would be potentially vulnerable to a military space plane.