A less boring FI thread: taking offence

#1
Most of the FI threads are pretty boring so turn the tables and say Britain wanted to behave like a belligerent South American country for shits and giggles (or to legitimize it let's say Brazil & Argentina wanted to invade together but we had prior warning and shockingly Westminster responded). Our capabilities look a lot more impressive once we're actually there rather than talking about augmenting a base force under attack.

With the below equipment already in situ in the FI we'd be able to destroy a lot of southern Argentina's military infrastructure. This assumes we'd launched ~20 tomahawks at selected C3 & airfield targets first. In fact with drop tanks we could easily bomb BA from the FI, easier still with Storm Shadow.

RAF

12x Eurofighter F2; range ~1500nm; AMRAAM/ASRAAM/LGB
8-12x Tornado GR4; range ~1200nm; ALARM/Storm Shadow/Brimstone/LGB
4x VC10 (+3)
1x Rockape Regiment


RN
3x SSN
2x T45
4x T23
6x Merlin (land based)
1x RFA Victoria Class
 
#2
That isn't what is there though...

SSN can easily get in, and I think we have a RFA there in lieu of Endurance, and we have a T45 en route.

I don't think we have any rockapes in any great numbers.
 
#3
I know, I'm saying what we could realistically put there in a short space of time based on existing operations and the constrains of MPA etc while the FI was not under attack. We then have a pretty impressive base to launch offensive operations and behave like a South American country.

At present of the above we have:
4x Eurofighter F2
1x T45
1x SSN
A few rockapes.
 
#6
Destroying their infrastructure and denying use of 700 miles of southern Argentina would be more fun though. Why bother with ground troops when we don't need to.

DesktopCommander, I know what we have on FI now which is why I chose my words carefully. I am talking about air-based offence activity from the FI against Argentina for fun! Troops don't factor as the Argies would have no chance to invade with all that kit in situ.
 
#8
Why the obsession with putting Rock apes down there?
 
#9
Most of the FI threads are pretty boring so turn the tables and say Britain wanted to behave like a belligerent South American country for shits and giggles (or to legitimize it let's say Brazil & Argentina wanted to invade together but we had prior warning and shockingly Westminster responded). Our capabilities look a lot more impressive once we're actually there rather than talking about augmenting a base force under attack.

With the below equipment already in situ in the FI we'd be able to destroy a lot of southern Argentina's military infrastructure. This assumes we'd launched ~20 tomahawks at selected C3 & airfield targets first. In fact with drop tanks we could easily bomb BA from the FI, easier still with Storm Shadow.

RAF

12x Eurofighter F2; range ~1500nm; AMRAAM/ASRAAM/LGB
8-12x Tornado GR4; range ~1200nm; ALARM/Storm Shadow/Brimstone/LGB
4x VC10 (+3)
1x Rockape Regiment


RN
3x SSN
2x T45
4x T23
6x Merlin (land based)
1x RFA Victoria Class
That would mean keeping a large percentage of our forces there. Six frigates/destroyers out of a total of nineteen, and three SSNs out of a post SDSR force level of seven. Ouch!

Not sure what percentage of Tornado/Typhoon numbers you are suggesting, but four VC10s is going to be a major commitment.
 
#10
Not sure what percentage of Tornado/Typhoon numbers you are suggesting.
About 8-12% but it's more about MPA constraints.
 
#11
We'd be better off pre-positioning about a BGs worth of stores and equipment on a boat in the harbour (or a land based store if space allows) and have a contingency to fly in a Light Role Inf Bn with the neccesary Engrs, Arty and RAC support. A few Marines in boats may be a good idea too.

A flight or two of helis held in some sort of storage facility and flown every now and then too.

How long to fill up a couple of aircraft, fly down and drive/walk out of the hanger/boat? 48 hours?

Boats, subs and typhoons/tornados can fly in as neccesary.

But still, what is the obsession with putting rock apes down there?
 
#14
Sorry but this is all to late.
News just coming in from AFP is that HMS Vanguard has launched a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Beaunes Aires.
 
#15
Sorry but this is all to late.
News just coming in from AFP is that HMS Vanguard has launched a pre-emptive nuclear strike on Beaunes Aires.
And I'm a fireman.
 
#16
No! My plan calls for total superiority over their wine and excellent beef within two weeks. Couldn't we have waited?
 
#17
Taking this thread on a slightly serious tack something occurred to me yesterday. With Bermuda, UK, Ascension and the FI we could uniquely sow up North and South Atlantic ASW (...if we had Nimrod MR4). No other counties could muster the land bases bar the entire USN deploying.

And another tack, I see hints of a new RAF airfield: RAF St Helena. Taking the wiki article with a large pinch of salt the decision to go ahead with the new airport on St Helena "According to analysts the UK government's decision to finally go ahead with the airport, after long delays, seems to be driven in part by concerns over a continuing tense standoff with Argentina in the sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands." Uncited, of course! This makes little sense unless we're worries the Americans would cut-off Wideawake when we need it.

The British government is spending GBP 200 million to build this airport.
 

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