HC Deb 01 March 1982 vol 19 c61W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what would be the cost of equipping the Nimrod airborne early warning aircraft with an in-flight refuelling capability; and if he will order such a capability as an integral part of such aircraft.

Mr. Pattie

To introduce the modification now might cost in the region of half a million pounds per aircraft and would cause disruption in the conversion programme. It is not clear that the aircraft will need an in-flight refuelling capability: if necessary, we shall consider fitting it later in the life of the aircraft.