ACM Sir Stephen Dalton says that "FSTA is much more than a tanker. It now has the ability to stay airborne and provide coms relay for much longer than our current aircraft types". Come come, Sir Dalton, do you really need an lumping great A330 to provide something as simple as comms relay?? A Global Hawk could do that for 10% of the cost. I would suggest you and a few Bae boffins add a few long-range AAMs to the A330 (perhaps the MBDA Meteor) and then you have a CAP aircraft that can stay aloft for 24 hours or more. I think I suggested this many years ago, not that you listen. Anyway, here is your chance to catch up with all the latest 21st century developments in air defence, and release all those very expensive Typhoons so that they can do what they were designed to do - getting stuck in at the sharp end of the conflict. .