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Thursday, 13 April 1972
Page: 1072

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Air or the Minister representing the Minister for Defence what is the current position relating to Government and Royal Australian Air Force investigations into proposals for replacement aircraft for the RAAF and for related offset or coproduction schemes? What firm proposals, if any, are under consideration for these aircraft to stimulate the Australian aircraft industry? Has the Government: considered co-production schemes from the Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab-Draken associated with the Viggen aircraft or other Swedish aircraft? What tests or investigations, if any, are intended in relation to these proposals?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - At the present time as Minister responsible for the Air Force 1 have issued 2 staff requirements, one for the replacement of the Mirage aircraft and the other for the replacement of the Winjeel aircraft. This is not binding on the Government and it does not commit the Government in any way but it does give us an indication of what firms are prepared to meet those special requirements. In regard to the replacement for the Mirage aircraft, already we have 3 proposals from overseas firms and we expect proposals from 3 other firms and possibly a fourth. I cannot name those firms at this stage but should the honourable senator desire to know their names I suggest that he should come along and see me.

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