HMS Queen Elizabeth. 3 years, no jets then scrapped.

...Unfortunately yes, but better than none. :)
All part of normal OT&E for both ship and aircraft.

Doubtless the usual click-bait experts and naysayers will claim it’s all a waste of money and won’t be able to defend itself if it can carry is one or 2 aircraft!

Regards,
MM
 
Bolstered by the USMC for a while. Unfortunately Fallon won’t be around as he was rather keen on that bit.
I think the USMC will be regular visitors to the QEs for a number of reasons.

Regards,
MM
 
Certainly with the USMC looking to accelerate the numbers of F-deliveries, working with allied F-35 centric units, and yet another sea going platform to be based on.
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Particularly as our seedcorn F-35 naval ops have been very much along US lines.

What would be interesting will be the probability of the V-22 being part of any USMC unit that comes aboard the QE. We may well not have the funds or present intention to buy these but it would give the opportunity to work with them, and to observe their present and future capabilities, for example, AAR.

Win win.
 
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V-22 for AAR?

Suspect an F-35 with a buddy pod could deliver similarish amounts of fuel. More than half probably... Stick 4 tanks on and maybe even parity.

I know the USMC was interested in them but their flat tops only carry 6 jets and they already have the V-22. Not convinced it would make any form of sense as a new purchase, and their safety record is ... a bit woo.

Was explored during our dalliance with the C..
 
...Suspect an F-35 with a buddy pod could deliver similarish amounts of fuel. More than half probably... Stick 4 tanks on and maybe even parity...
Buddy stores are not currently planned for any F-35 variants.

...I know the USMC was interested in them but their flat tops only carry 6 jets and they already have the V-22. Not convinced it would make any form of sense as a new purchase, and their safety record is ... a bit woo...
Although the V-22 safety record is now not too dissimilar to conventional rotorcraft, I’d agree that there are better things to be spending our money on given we’re buying STOVL.

Regards,
MM
 
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All part of normal OT&E for both ship and aircraft.

Doubtless the usual click-bait experts and naysayers will claim it’s all a waste of money and won’t be able to defend itself if it can carry is one or 2 aircraft!

Regards,
MM
Great poster. I do hope you have been behind the capability, gapped, for several years. Don't respond.

There has to be some substance that if you want Brexit then you need to up the coinage to pay for the Defence of the UK. With Europe wanting a European Defence Force, UK forces are going to have to rely on the US or ... not an option... or pay for it themselves.

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation
You are not one of us...

And as we know from Alliances, they come and go...
Does the UK need to mandate an increase in defence spending?

I shall take my coat, but, should the UK defence budget not be higher?
 
Great poster. I do hope you have been behind the capability, gapped, for several years. Don't respond.

There has to be some substance that if you want Brexit then you need to up the coinage to pay for the Defence of the UK. With Europe wanting a European Defence Force, UK forces are going to have to rely on the US or ... not an option... or pay for it themselves.

EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation
You are not one of us...

And as we know from Alliances, they come and go...
Does the UK need to mandate an increase in defence spending?

I shall take my coat, but, should the UK defence budget not be higher?
Err...pardon?!

I’d love to see the UK Defence budget higher, just as I would the majority of European nations. But, barring a strategic shock, it won’t happen.

Regards,
MM
 

Flight

LE
Book Reviewer
Buddy stores are not currently planned for any F-35 variants.
I didn't say they were, merely that the idea had been mooted with the C.

Clearly it would be cheaper than buying V-22s is the point I was rather obviously making.
 

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