And the Defence Cuts begin - Typhoon slashed, more to follow

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  1. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

  2. get rid of 3/3 of our MBT's? FFS the entire REASON the US Marines were so keen on having us along in Gulf War I and Iraq was our heavy armour bolstered their lighter weight forces. SO lets get rid of them all? Pah.

    Britian can afford to INCREASE the defense budget for gods sake, what is going through their mind to continually keep cutting it!


  3. Perhaps the Crabs have finally realized the game is up with their obsession on wizzy fast fighter jets to the detriment of the essential support A/C?
  4. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Its not like he can choose to spend it helos instead though is it?

    I'm wondering about the economics of this, how much will the unit cost go up by? How much lost profit for British business? Redundancies?
  5. This is hardly news, we had agreed to sell the aircraft to the Saudis some time ago and dispense with the other 40 some time ago, this is merely confirmation of the contract with NETMA. Unfortunately the money we will save will not be re-invested in useful equipment, but will be written off as a saving.

  6. True, but it could be that the Crabs are finally realizing that their long range planning has to focus less on Biggles fighting of off the Beastly Hun/Red Hordes scenarios and a bit more on providing support to the Army.
  7. Typhoon is multi-role, therefore not a wizzy fast fighter jet, but essential support a/c.
  8. That leaves 40 to flog ; who are the likely candidates for a non combat proven 60 million quid air superiority fighter in times when everybody wants slow COIN prop driven aircrafts and when there are 100s of perfectly usable second-hand F-16s on the market ?
  9. msr

    msr LE

    The Swiss ;)
  10. Yes good point ! That leaves 15 in search of a new home then....
  11. Japan, India, Brazil...
  12. It's evolved into a support A/C, but was originally bought as a wizzy fighter and we'll now have to spend even more updating Tranche 1 & 2 planes as we won't be getting all the full kit Tranche 3 planes planned.

    Although the Typhoon is a good plane for the job, there were cheaper and probably better options that could have been bought for the ground support role. What we really needed was a newer Jaguar, something cheap, robust, not overly complex and a very good ground pounder.
  13. The problem is the global economy is in a bad way. We can’t afford to increase the defence budget as much as is needed, because the government has had to bail out all the greedy bankers! This is no shock what so ever. The Navy and RAF are going to continue to get cut. It’ll probably bite us in the arrse in years to come. But what can you do, we need to win in Afghan.