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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 3789

Mr McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

(1)   Has any inquiry been received from the Portuguese Government or any Portuguese agency expressing interest in the Australian-made Nomad aircraft.

(2)   If so, how many aircraft are involved and what orders have been placed.

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

(1)   Yes. In March of this year a Portuguese company expressed interest in marketing the Nomad aircraft in continental Portugal and overseas.

(2)   The Company indicated that the Portuguese Air Force had a requirement for aircraft which the company considered was within the capability of the Nomad. The Company forecast requirements for 50 to 100 aircraft.

The Company has been advised through the Australian Embassy in Lisbon that the Australian Government would not permit the sale of the military version of the Nomad aircraft to the Portuguese Air Force. Such a sale would be inconsistent with the Australian Government's support for the United Nations resolution 2918 of 14 November 1972. However, should the company be interested in sales of the civil version of the Nomad aircraft for non-military purposes in Portugal, the Government Aircraft Factories would be pleased to consider their request.

No further advice has been received from the Company.

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