Typhoon combat ready from July 2008

#1
Sounds good, until you read the last paragraph. Rush out to theatre in two years. :roll:

While taking part in Green Flag, a major exercise held at Nellis United States Air Force (USAF) Base in Nevada, seven Typhoons from XI Squadron, based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, dropped munitions and fired their cannons with such precision that they have been declared combat ready by the target date of 1 July 2008.

This means that Typhoons are ready to be deployed on operations wherever they are required.
"We can do the Falkland Islands, we can do Afghanistan, and we can do Iraq; this aircraft is going to be the backbone of the RAF for the next 40 years. But whether we rush out to Theatre in two years, three years or five years, well that is for others to decide. We offer choice."


Link to MOD News item...............
 
#3
...dropped munitions and fired their cannons with such precision that they have been declared combat ready by the target date of 1 July 2008....
Hmmm...precision or accuracy: discuss.

Was this ever in doubt? I guess this means the RAF don't need Tranche 3 then? Great - roll on FRES!
 
#4
Proximo said:
...dropped munitions and fired their cannons with such precision that they have been declared combat ready by the target date of 1 July 2008....
Hmmm...precision or accuracy: discuss.

Was this ever in doubt? I guess this means the RAF don't need Tranche 3 then? Great - roll on FRES!
Hasn't FRES been deayed by another 3 years or so due to the Gubmint needing to plug the 'black hole' in defence spending? Should be seeing it by about 2025 then!
 
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