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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1538

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 2 1 February 1980:

(1)   When was the proposed acquisition of FI 1 1 aircraft announced.

(2)   What outlays on the program were made in each financial year subsequent to the announcement.

(3)   On what date did the FI 1 ls become operational with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Senator Durack - The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

(1)   24 October 1963

(2)   Outlays in the Fill acquisition program have been made in each financial year as follows:




Note: Further expenditure is being brought to account in 1979-80, and final payments in respect of the project are expected to be made in 1 980-8 1 .

(3)   The first flight of six Fills arrived in Australia on 1 June 1973. The remaining 18 aircraft arrived in flights of six at three-monthly intervals. The aircraft were flown by RAAF aircrew and serviced by RAAF ground staff.

The F111C aircraft is considered to have become fully operational with the RAAF from January 1974.

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