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Wednesday, 28 April 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I think the honourable senator has his facts mixed up quite considerably. The Royal Australian Air Force had a requirement for a strike aircraft and, after carrying out an evaluation of the aircraft available at that time, a decision was made to buy 24 Fills.

Senator Georges - The decision was made within 2 days.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The decision could not possibly be made in 2 days. A long and detailed study was made of the aircraft available throughout the world at that time. On all brochures relating to aircraft performance standards are stated. Any person who attends an air show will see this information giving details of what the manufacturers believe the aircraft will do. From my knowledge no aircraft that has yet been built has lived up to every single standard of performance indicated in the brochure published by the manufacturer. All I can say to the honourable senator is that the Fill still more than meets the RAAF requirements so far as range is concerned.

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