Replacement AWACS

Vulcan? The one I looked around (and was kicked out of) only had two bang seats and three ordinary ones and no way anyone in them was going anywhere else.
The Vulcan had pee-tubes.

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MM
 
Will they never learn ??, just buy what works. Stuff the politics.

When we bought the Phantom we had to have British engines in it, this resulted in a Phantom with larger more powerful Spey turbofan's but the airframe was draggier as these engines were larger than the J79 turbojet engine the standard Phantom came with. When we bought J79 powered F-4J's out of the boneyard to replace the Phantoms sent to the Falklands they outperformed the Spey Phantoms everywhere bar low level. The Spey also had reheat problems as the engine was never designed with reheat, it was a bolt on afterthought. As the joke in the Phantom fleet went .. "What happens when you Spey a Phantom ??, You make it fatter, heavier and slower"
 
So we're going to spend more money than necessary on something that will delay a much needed asset coming into service. Will we never learn. I'd have thought post Brexit, with European rules gone, we could just have invested some money in developing something else with British firms, and stuck with a solution that works. Unless the British content to meet our unique national requirements goes no further than a tea trolley with a sink and a BV.
 
Not sure if we can add much value to the Boeing.
All the Yank players involved in the radar and system developement have had years of expertise and experience. Maybe we could have different DASS, and comms/ESM elements but anything else would be foolhardy to attempt to replicate.
 
Not sure if we can add much value to the Boeing.
All the Yank players involved in the radar and system developement have had years of expertise and experience. Maybe we could have different DASS, and comms/ESM elements but anything else would be foolhardy to attempt to replicate.
But even that adds a shitload of certification work and expense.
 

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