OMG!! French pilots and Chockheads

Discussion in 'The Fleet Air Arm' started by scouse, Oct 29, 2010.

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  1. The Rafale is a by-product of the European Fighter Aircraft project of the 1980s. The French pulled out because they insisted the aircraft had to be carrier capable, and went their own way to produce the Rafale. We carried on to produce the Typhoon.

    The French ended up with a carrier capable multirole aircraft in service with both the Navy and Air Force since 2000.

    We got the Typhoon 10 years late and now we have no Carrier Strike capability for the next 10 years because it can't fly from a carrier deck.

    Makes you wonder what might have been...
  2. According to this the Indian Navy is considering the Typhoon - . Apparently "Of these four contenders, both the American Super Hornet and the French Rafale have been developed as carrier-based platforms from the conception stage itself. The Typhoon and the Gripen will require a certain amount of modification." Yeah right.

    Yet again a capability cut to save money which has come back to bite us.
  3. And yet we are giving India FOREIGN AID???? It's not right!

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