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Overseas examination of fighter aircraft



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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1978. NO. 78/78

OVERSEAS EXAMINATION OF FIGHTER AIRCRAFT

A team of senior defence personnel is to leave

Australia tomorrow to examine policy issues bearing on

the further development and supply of aircraft, including

industry considerations, being considered by Australia

for the Tactical Fighter Force. It is anticipated that

the team will be overseas for approximately five weeks.

The Minister for Defence; Mr D.J. Killed, said

today that the team would be led by a Deputy Secretary

of the Department of Defence, Mr D.H. Eltringham. The

team would also include the Chief of Air Force Materiel,

Air Vice Marshal J.G. Cornish, the Director General of

Air Force Technical Plans, Air Commodore J.R. Anstee,

the Assistant Secretary Financial Planning, Mr K.T. Lyon,

and the Assistant Secretary Force Development, Mr J.M. Moten

Six overseas countries would be visited by the

team which would hold discussions with senior Government

officials, Air Force planners and the aircraft manufacturers

in those countries. In Paris the Dassault-Breguet Mirage

2000 would be discussed, in Munich and London the Panavia

Tornado, and in Brussels the team would meet with the

co-producers of the FI6 in Europe. '

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In Ottawa the team would have discussions with

Canadian defence officials on Canada's new fighter aircraft

program. They would then visit Washington and other

United States cities to study the F15, F16, F18A, and

F18L aircraft.

On return to Australia .the team would be in a

position to assist the Government to confirm a short

list of aircraft for detailed examination by operational,

technical and industrial evaluation missions,. .

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