baboon6 said:But how much more capable is Typhoon than Hawk? I suppose it would be difficult to quantify this, but it can definitely carry a lot more ordnance a lot further- and has the electronics etc. to deliver it accurately and survive.
This is not simply about the performance of an RAF squadron, it is about the survival of the RAF itself.
New Labour are betting that if they run down the armed forces enough, they will atrophy to such a point that they will collapse completely in both command structure and morale. Would a 'pointless' RAF of just 20,000 be able to survive at all? Will a Navy with only a dozen ships survive?
This is why the RAF should downsize its airframes and expand its flying fleet. Rebuild morale. Dramatically expand RAF GSA, to promote the survival into the future. Build a viable springboard of traditions, procedures and knowledge, upon which more capable aircraft can be added at a later date.
And launch a three-service-pronged attack on the treacherous Labour party. This is where the ultimate problem lies.