HC Deb 23 October 2000 vol 355 c37W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost was of developing the AGM-6562 Maverick Medium Range air to surface missile for RAF use; how long this process has taken; and if he will make a statement; [134140]

(2) what the total cost is of the procurement of the AGM-6552 Maverick Programme; when deployment will take place; how long this programme is scheduled to last; how long the development programme was; and if he will make a statement. [134141]

Dr. Moonie

The AGM-65G2 Maverick Medium Range missile is a proven "off the shelf' missile. No development costs were incurred by the RAF. However, some £1.5 million was spent on aircraft integration and proof of concept work. The whole life cost of the Maverick programme is approximately £55 million, inclusive of VAT. This includes the cost of procurement, integration, training, and a Contractor Logistic Support package. The programme will last some five years, with the first missiles being deployed by the end of the year.