Pompey News: "Government Ready For A U-turn Over Scrapped Harriers"

Discussion in 'The Fleet Air Arm' started by soleil, May 1, 2011.

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  1. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    I remain sceptical in the extreme.
  2. I'd say remain sceptical in the extreme right up until one of these reactivated Harriers lands in your front lawn :p

    Until then its purely rumour and nonsense
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The item is based purely on speculation by a retired officer suggesting that it is feasible to bring the mothballed aircraft back into service, which indeed it is.

    Sadly, the political will is not there because it would mean admitting an error of judgement, even though for many it makes sense.
  4. Let us only hope the myopic idiots we have in power have the balls to admit an error in tactical awareness and re-instate the Harrier and a carrier to support them.

    If, (a big IF), the figures quoted are any where near accurate it would save millions!!!!

    But the article is a media resource and we all know they will print anything to sell a paper.
  5. This, more than likely will have virtually no bearing on anything said, concluded, or even in the slightest, discussed at a level of government level capable of reversing the decision to scrap these aircraft. As much as I would like it to be true, HMG has a teeny tiny reputation for never going back on its key decisions, unless of course a war breaks out, or it suddenly becomes popular.

    Its more likely that santa's shit is merry.
  6. And with the current uprising in Syria aswell, we may have to act there as well. Hopefully the government will be strong enough to admit their error. Great opportunity to recommission the Ark Royal as well :D :D
  7. Should it come to pass, the obvious base for any air operations over Syria would be RAF Akrotiri. However, as is the case with Libya, this would probably be against the express wishes of the Cypriot government:
    The Maltese government has adopted the same stance regarding air operations against Libya.
    Italy (where RAF aircraft are currently based) was on the point of kicking out NATO aircraft too. Wherever you need to operate, there will always be the risk of HNS (Host Nation Support) being refused for your land-based aircraft. With an aircraft carrier, of course, this isn't an issue.
  8. There was the Poll Tax u-turn....

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