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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1299

Senator WILLESEE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Air whether Australia has entered into an as yet unannounced agreement with the Netherlands to finance a prototype development of the Northrop Corporation's P530 Cobra aircraft. If so, what sum of money has the Government committed to finance this project?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - I saw the item in this morning's newspaper, and I saw one earlier in the week, about a collaborative programme with the French firm making the Mirage F-l aircraft. As far as I am concerned there is no truth in either of those reports. It is true that the Royal Australian Air Force has an air staff requirement for replacement of the Mirage aircraft. A number of proposals have been submitted by manufacturers for that replacement but at the present time no decision has been made. In fact, one or two manufacturers are still to submit further proposals. All I say to the honourable senator is that a decision will not be made on the Mirage replacement for some time.

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