• Short Summary

    BRITAIN AND FRANCE TODAY (MONDAY) AGREED TO COMBINE RESOURCES AND COOPERATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO NEW MILITARY PLANES - A VARIABLE-WING INTERCEPTOR AND A SUPERSONIC FIXED-WING TRAINER.

  • Description

    BRITAIN AND FRANCE TODAY (MONDAY) AGREED TO COMBINE RESOURCES AND COOPERATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO NEW MILITARY PLANES - A VARIABLE-WING INTERCEPTOR AND A SUPERSONIC FIXED-WING TRAINER.

    THE AGREEMENT CAME AFTER FINAL TALKS AT THE BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTRY IN LONDON THIS MORNING BETWEEN MR. DENIS HEALEY AND MR. ROY JENKINS, THE BRITISH DEFENCE AND AVIATION MINISTERS, AND THEIR FRENCH COUNTERPARTS - M. PIERRE MESSMER AND M. MARC JACQUET.

    THE DEFENCE MINISTRY ANNOUNCED THAT THE BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS HAD SIGNED "A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING" FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO PLANES.

    THE SUPERSONIC TRAINER WOULD BE USED BY THE BRITISH AIR FORCE AND THE NAVY TO REPLACE THE PRESENT HAWKER HUNTER AND FOLLAND GNAT TRAINERS, WHILE THE FRENCH FORCES WOULD USE THE PLANE BOTH AS A TRAINER AND IN STRIKE ROLE.

    THE "SWING WING" INTERCEPTOR, THE MINISTRY SAID, "STEMS FROM THE NEED OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS FOR COMBAT AIRCRAFT INCORPORATING VARIABLE GEOMETRY FOR REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING TYPES IN THE 1970'S."
    THE FOUR MINISTERS HAD ALSO REVIEWED THE PROGRESS OF OTHER POTENTIAL ANGLO-FRENCH MILITARY PROJECTS, THE MINISTRY STATED.

    MR. HEALEY TOLD PARLIAMENT LATER THAT THE AGREEMENT COMMITTED BRITAIN TO AN INITIAL EXPENDITURE OF ABOUT GBP20 MILLION ON THE TWO AIRCRAFT.

    HE ADDED THAT SAFEGUARDS HAD BEEN WRITTEN INTO THE MEMORANDUM TO ENABLE EITHER GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW FOR REASONS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA88WAATDURRVLLNQTMMEFK0L7
    Media URN:
    VLVA88WAATDURRVLLNQTMMEFK0L7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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