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Wednesday, 27 March 1985
Page: 887


Senator GARETH EVANS —I have a supplementary answer to a question asked of me earlier today by Senator Chipp about B52 operations over Australia. As to the last two parts of the question, I believe I gave him short measure and I can add to the answer as follows: He asked me whether the B1 bombers known as stealth bombers will be part of operations in Australia. I am advised that the existing agreement provides specifically for B1 aircraft only to conduct training flights over Australia. The United States of America has not requested that B1 bombers-nor the new advanced technology or stealth bomber which is still under development-be part of these operations.

The final part of the question sought an undertaking about the operations involving non-armed bombers and about the operational loading procedures in relation to them, to which I am given the following answer: The United States B52 bombers operating over Australia are unarmed and carry no bombs. The question of the armament carried by these aircraft on other operations is an operational matter for the United States Air Force on which the Minister has no comment.