EFA’s Radar and the Case of Ferranti

  • Lawrence Freedman


Alan Clark’s diary entry for 19 January 1990 refers, in characteristically modest terms, to his role in resolving a major procurement battle. He was then Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for procurement. The meeting he describes was the culmination of one of the most intriguing procurement sagas, which displays to the full the combination of operational, technical, financial and political factors that makes the defence industry so special. It was about how best to choose a radar for the European Fighter Aircraft (EFA).


Airborne Radar Radar Contract Defence Contractor Defence Committee Industrial Issue 
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© Lawrence Freedman 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Freedman
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  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s CollegeLondonUK

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