You really have no idea, you make sharkey Ward sound sane.everone tends to forget that EFA wasn’t a hot shot air superiority fighter, it was a replacement for the Jaguar as originally envisioned - it was very much in the F/A-18 class - although the Germans really wanted an even simpler single engined aircraft. That it was such a stellar performer, it was able to be fairly effortlessly pushed out as a really good air superiority fighter was a lucky bonus, but it still suffers as it doesn’t have really long legs as it’s small.
Would the RAF buying the F-15 have killed off the British aviation industry? Well, it managed to survive the 5 years of full time dicking around the Germans put into the Eurofighter that pushed back the ISD nearly 5 years and added £Billions to the cost. Tornado ADV was a diversion that delivered a very poor result for a very big slice of wedge, very late, only delivering an effective plane in time for its OSD.
like far too many programmes at the time, I’m looking at you Nimrod AEW, Tornado ADV was the non preferred option with the end user, pushed through to benefit the crooks at GEC, Marconi, Ferranti and co who made a career of promising the moon, but delivering hulks for the fire dumps.
The RAF was very lucky the Cold War ended when it did, it would have had to fight against the Soviets next generation fighters with F-4’s - but at least the shareholders got rich while the RAF got bent over and stiffed time after time.
A2A refuelling? Now there’s another sorry tale of woe, who’s full impact is only now hitting us as the RAF inducts so many boom refuellers into its drogue refuelled service. Even a small fraction of the untold £Billions squandered in the 80’s would have bought the RAF at the time a good refuelling capability. It’s not as if the market at the time wasn’t awash with older passenger aircraft suitable for converting. And It’s not as if 1982 hadn't flogged the existing ad hoc fleets to death while proving how vital a capability they were.
Typhoon is the USAF wet dream when combined with F35 or F22. Have you spoken to any of the aircrew who have flown any or all of these? I have from both sides of the pond and to put it bluntly the American aircrew are envious of the capabilities of Typhoon.
The “airtanker” deal is what it is, we needed a modern tanker, Brown had bet the economy on black and red landed. So it was that or nothing. After Haden Cave,
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The flogged to death AAR capability in 1982? Care to explain?
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It was the go to interceptor during Granby, but like much in life was pulled off interceptions to give Saudi aircraft the kill, which they fucked up, again and again.
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