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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 2521


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Defence, upon notice:

What are the names of the weapons systems which:

(a)   have been designed for use in the F111 aircraft; and

(b)   will be fitted to Australia's F111C force.


Mr Fairbairn - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   The weapons system in F111 aircraft, comprises the aircraft system and the weapons carried. The aircraft system is fully integrated and includes the navigation attack radar, the terrain following radar, electronic counter measures and the weapons selection circuits. The only weapon known to be designed for the F111 is the SRAM missile.

(b)   The F111C is fitted with the same weapons system as detailed in paragraph (a). Its armament comprises a fixed cannon and, in addition, it can carry a variety of missiles and bombs, the details of which are classified. However, there are no proposals to carry a nuclear weapon on the F111C







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