F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program: UK Update

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by NEO_CON, Mar 11, 2006.

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  1. It is a pointer as to the health of the transatlantic alliance, but also their is a non geopolitical argument as to whether it is good for the Armed forces of the UK. Is the Plane a fit. From what little I know, the UK does seem to be divesting its self of its military industrial production base.
     
  2. You must read very fast it took me that long to scan it.
     
  3. I've just noticed that the Goooooogle adds on the DID article are headed by a link to RumRation! Good work fellas!
     
  4. So if I'm reading this correctly the case for VTOL/STOVL/Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all is that it would allow us to muddle through without having a large (expensive) standing carrier force by convering merchant vessels and so on.

    And the case against is its to expensive.
     
  5. From the Geocities link:

    (Note: at this point I could no longer read any more.)

    A regular Alfred Thayer Mahan isn't he?

    Neo, where the hell do you find this sh1t?
     
  6. Lets just say I gave it the attention it deserved!
     
  7. Let me try less controversial links for "The case for "

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/1997/Hancock.htm
    and

    http://www.usni.org/Proceedings/Articles03/PROshorter09.htm

    while these deal with why The USMC is interested in a STOVL version.
    The basic arguments for and against seems to be cost VS flexibility and which fits the needs of each particular militaries perceived future roles. I would think if the UK decided against the STOVL, that variation would be canceled.

    For good measure I thought I would throw in a British site.

    http://navy-matters.beedall.com/cvf1-12.htm