ON May 17 the Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Healey, informed the House of Commons that the Government had that day signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the French Government on the joint development of two military aircraft. The first is a supersonic fixed‐wing aircraft which will be adopted by both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy as an advanced trainer to replace the Hunter and Gnat, while the French will use the aircraft in both the trainer and light strike roles. Both governments will commit enough funds to enable the prototype stage of aircraft and engine to be completed and both countries intend to proceed to full production.
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