@Magic_Mushroom has a hard-on, hope his missus can cope.After almost 10 years since the demise of the MR2 fleet, the RAF is an MPA operator once again When our initial Poseidon MRA1, ZP801, was handed over in a ceremony at Boeing Seattle. The jet will be flown to Jax and conduct limited acceptance flying before transmitting to Kinloss early next year Where they will commence operational flying.
Meanwhile, France has taken delivery of the first Pair of upgraded Atlantiques 2s. An eventual 18 or their 22 aircraft fleet will be upgraded to this standard while France and Germany develop an entirely new MPA in the 2030 timeframe.
I wish I shared your optimism. Given the likely departure of Scotland (and I suspect NI) from the UK in coming years, I fear the 20s will be catastrophic for Defence.How good are the roaring '20's going to be with the Carrier Fleets/F-35/P-8s all coming FOC. By the thirties we will be as slick as a whistle.
Dont burst my bubble man, Shitland will lose all Naval Manufacturing, the Trident fleet, Airfields and so on. They wont be able to afford more than a small self defence army only whilst the remaining soldiers join HM Services anyway to get away from the Nedland, the population up there will live in fear (when occasionally sober) of being the gateway to England for rapey imaginary russians.I wish I shared your optimism. Given the likely departure of Scotland (and I suspect NI) from the UK in coming years, I fear the 20s will be catastrophic for Defence.
Meanwhile, the RN were very keen in 2015 to distance the carriers from any association with P-8 to avoid suggestions of hidden costs. That's one reason why we only got 9 so demands to deploy P-8 with CSGs beyond NATO waters would require compromises unless we get more airframes (and people).
Well this would be a right mess with little satisfaction for the Jocks I think... In theory they'd be entitled to 1/12th of the defence assets... but this would leave them totally lacking in the ability to support and maintain any of the kit they inherited let alone the people to man it... Plus they'd lose the economic input from all the stuff we'd move to south of the border.Given the likely departure of Scotland
Since when has logic been relevant to Scottish nationalism?So Scotland and Britain less well defended, Sots and English voters pissed off and glum faces all round...
Well it clearly was in 2015 and it may well be the first time a QEC meets a credible ASW threat....Whether or not the MPA capability is seen as related to the carriers is neither here nor there...
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