Infra-red Techniques

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 16th November 1960

asked the Minister of Defence what steps he is taking to satisfy himself that the Armed Forces are drawing adequate benefit from the lead possessed by the United Kingdom in the application of infra-red techniques for detection and tracking, and that there is satisfactory liaison between the departments concerned in this matter.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

The Armed Forces are benefiting from the pioneer work done by the Royal Radar Establishment in this field. In particular, these techniques are being applied to air-to-air guided weapons for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. We have the Firestreak missile in service which is the best weapon of its kind in service today. There is close contact between all the departments concerned. We also have full liaison with the United States and our two countries are deriving benefit from each other's work.