There is no bottomless pit of money to keep our air assets servicable and fit for purpose, and as this is a war without end, where is the breaking point?
Surely its only a matter of time before something goes seriously wrong. The old line is 'people only start noticing when planes start falling out of the sky', so to modify that slightly - how far can our Forces go when they are persistently being battered around the head with the sh1tty end of the stick when it comes to getting enough of the right equipment to do the job?
I'm sure the Russian's had a similar issue with their Hinds, BTR's and heavy armour in the 70's and 80's, and they had considerablly higher numbers of conscripts, tanks, helicopters and APC's than we do. Fine, they had the CIA and U.S. money, Stingers and weapons to deal with, but we have Saudi, Kuwaiti, etc oil money to deal with, and Terry has an endless supply of brainwashed lunatic Jihadi's ready to throw themselves infront of the Coalition Forces every spring.
There just aren't enough Coalition Forces taking the lead in Afghanistan. There are loads of Nations in ISAF, but where is their long term commitment? It always seems to be The Yanks, us and the usual faces who go in for the long haul.
Dosn't the fact that he is a royal automatically double maintenace by half lifing most of the a/c's kit
I seem to recall Prince Andrew visiting Cyprus in a RIR colonel capacity and a Wessesx being stripped for him
Easy, take that big Spanish Paella bowl and weld it to the fuselage. Take the Sleazyjet trolley dolleys out of thier uniforms and put them in the more feminine RAF one. Then lower their IQ and personal / social skills, restore their virginity and teach them how to use machines that go ping.
I understand part of the problem is lack of spares. Spares cost money, and under the ridiculous RAB system the MOD gets charged by the Treasury for keeping spares it has already paid for. Hence the IPT can only support a limited number of aircraft, with real effects on both operations and aircraft.
RAB is a riduclous system introduced by this Government.