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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1834


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

What modifications were made at the request of the Royal Australian Air Force in (a) Mirage and (b) Macchi aircraft.


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

Proposals to modify aircraft are originated in 3 ways, i.e. by:

(a)   the original manufacturer;

(b)   the local manufacturer, or

(c)   the user.

These proposals may be accepted or rejected.

As at 24th February 1971, 532 modifications have been accepted for Mirage aircraft and 172 for Macchi aircraft since definition of the basic aircraft specifications. A list of these modifications has been separately provided to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. In addition there have been 19 Mirage modifications and 2 Macchi modifications which have not been listed for security reasons. Not all modifications are incorporated in all of the aircraft of one type in the inventory.







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