Borrowing Aircraft ?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by whitemouse, Aug 25, 2010.

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  1. The Sea Harrier's primary role was air defence. The Harrier has no credible air defence capability.

    So a carier with no fixed wing Air is an "empty shell" then?

    So the US unmanned space vehicles have MAD capability, can provide Sonics, positively identify surface contacts in the dark, move their surveillance focus 500 miles anywhere in just over an hour and attack a threat? Somebody needs to stop watching Star Wars.
  2. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Thats not the capability they mean - they are discussing the R1 from 51Sqn which is a SIGINT platfrom, tbrb the newly purchased RJ's. Sounds like perhaps the purchase of said RJ's is being reconsidered?

    We will still maintain, an albeit reduced, MR4A fleet which are the ASW assets you refer to as using MAD.
  3. I seriously doubt we'll see the Nimrod ever again. As P.O.L says, this is all speculation, and not particularly clever speculation at that.
  4. Hmmm. First Harrier GR1 came into service with the RAF in 1969, first Sea Harrier FRS1 started trials with the Fleet Air Arm in 1979. So not strictly true.

    I think Scouse might be able to enlighten us on which aircraft WAS the mainstay of the Fleet Air Arm in the 1960s :)
  5. Anyhow, it's not the borrowing of aircraft that concerns me in this story. It's the possibility of giving up our amphibious warfare capability (arguably the best in the world), and selling-out the RM, to fund these big white elephants.
  6. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Can't see this as much of an aid to recruiting for FAA fixed-wing aircrew.

    Just hope this is another of those 'run it up the flagpole and see who salutes' leaks.
  7. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Its still August chaps, a lot more crap to come before some facts become known.
  8. I think Scouse might be able to enlighten us on which aircraft WAS the mainstay of the Fleet Air Arm in the 1960s :)[/quote]

    Ah easy one.

    Without any doubt it was the Westland Wasp and was backed up by a cpl of Phantoms and Bucs
  9. :lol: :lol: If i must
  10. PMSL before and after[/quote]

    AS12 missile, what a weapon, our version of the mighty Seacat. And as for Danea's wasp.........oops.................brace brace brace lol

    Beattie was splot during my time on 829
  11. The old Wooden Telephone box under the stairs..... The grovelling that went on down that line :lol: :lol: :lol:

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