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21 Dec 05. Defence Committee Report: Future Carrier (CVF) and Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) The Defence Committee published a Report on the CVF and JCA programmes, both of which the Committee believes “may be falling seriously behind schedule”. Many of the issues raised in the Report had been dealt with in the Defence Secretary’s announcement on 14 Dec 05 [as discussed in DNA Issue 05/48, Item 2]. Delaying publication to allow for the Ministerial statements would have produced a more relevant document. Comment: The July 1998 Strategic Defence Review announced plans for the replacement carriers and their aircraft “from around 2012”. Continual procurement vacillation for the past seven years has led one distinguished naval commentator to describe the process as “a farce”. ‘Future Carrier and Joint Combat Aircraft Programmes’ is available from TSO and from The Parliamentary Bookshop (Tel: 020-7219 3890), as HC 554, for £15:50. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0601, 02 Jan 06)

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