I have heard something rather alarming from an impeccable source, how all new gun parts for the Typhoon guns system fall under section 5 of the UK Firearms act and as a result the process for getting anything repaired or replaced is lengthy, overly expensive and complicated. This is not a problem on Tornado that uses pretty much the same gun, it is just the way that Typhoon maintenance contract was written (BAE). Even the fact that everything is done on RAF bases with RAF personnel makes no difference, because the administration point of the contract is nominally civilian means that the firearms act applies throughout, with all of the restrictions that infers. Apparently many complaints are passed up the chain of command but are quietly lost, even though the pace of the Libya situation has caused some serious problems. Could anyone shed some further light on this state of affairs, especially whose idea it was?