§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the performance of the ramjet-powered variant of Raytheon's AIM-120 programme. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
My Department was made aware of and attended in 1997 a ground based system demonstration firing undertaken in the United States to demonstrate ducted ramjet powered motor technology. No detailed assessment has been made on any ramjet powered variant of Raytheon's AIM-120 programme.