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Friday, 12 June 1970


Mr Keating asked the Minister representing the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   What performance requirements have been laid down by the Royal Australian Air Force for the aircraft to replace the current Mirage fighters.

(2)   ls the RAAF considering a dual role intercept and attack aircraft for the Mirage replacement or 2 separate single role aircraft, 1 with an intercept capacity and 1 with an attack capacity.

(3)   When does the RAAF intend to phase out the current Mirage fighters.

(4)   Will the RAAF seek to have the replacement aircraft designed and manufactured in Australia or, alternatively, seek to have the aircraft designed and manufactured on a collaborative basis between the Australian aircraft industry and an acceptable overseas aircraft manufacturing corporation.


Mr Killen - The Minister for Air has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   This subject is currently under intensive study. However, in general terms, any replacement aircraft would need to exceed the performance of the Mirage in all its roles.

(2)   See (I). A decision as to whether 2 separate single role aircraft will be required will be made when the study has been completed.

(3)   The Mirage fatigue life, based on forecast utilisation, is assessed as December 1980. Taking into account production lead time and assessed rates of attrition it is considered that the replacement aircraft should enter service in the midseventies with full re-equipment probably by December 1980.

(4)   Until the RAAF requirements have been thoroughly assessed against aircraft developments both in Australia and overseas it is not possible to state under what arrangements the replacement aircraft will be designed and manufactured, lt is the policy of the Government that every consideration be given to Australian design and production of Service aircraft where practicable. However, it should be borne in mind that for the more complex and sophisticated equipments the limited requirements of the RAAF reduce the possibility of total Australian development and manufacture. Consideration will also be given to design and manufacture on a collaborative basis between the Australian aircraft industry and an overseas manufacturer.

VIP Aircraft (Question No. 1118)


Mr Daly asked the Minister representing the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   How many ViP aircraft were used 10tranport Ministers and Members from Canberra after the conclusion of the censure debate on 15th May 1970.

(2)   What was the (a) name of the Minister carried, (a) name of each passenger, (c) destination, (d) passenger capacity, (e) cost of the trip and (f) purpose of the trip in respect of each aircraft.

(3)   Were any Members of the Opposition invited to travel on the aircraft; if not, why not.


Mr Killen - The Minister for Air has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(I)   3 RAAF VIP Aircraft.

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