Telegraph: "RAF Offer To Scrap £3.5 Billion Nimrods"

Discussion in 'The Fleet Air Arm' started by soleil, Jul 20, 2010.

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  1. Sod the loss of capability, then.

    I'm not anti crab (unlike some) but the Junior Service does seem to be taking a regular "sod you, we're alight" attitude to the Senior one. The brown jobs would find the loss of such a capable ground surveyor expensive in bodies/kit as well.
  2. I resemble that remark!!! :D
  3. This is yet another of the options discussed as a required piece of the SDSR. They will also have discussed the savings potential of cutting ASTOR, AWACS, C-130 etc. However, it doesn't mean it's going to happen.

    Moreover, Tim Ripley (the original author of this article) has a track record for placing his own opinions where facts cannot be ascertained.

    Nevertheless, it is true that many politicians ascribe the name Nimrod with doom and gloom. The RAF fought VERY hard to prevent the MR2 retirement being brought forward, not least because of the implications for the strategic deterrent. However, we lost. Nevertheless, the RAF Kipper fleet remains a powerful one in terms of influence.

    MRA4 is now finally coming good (despite the quite appalling project management of various parties) and will be superior to the USN P-8A in nearly every respect, particularly an ASW platform. If the UK does not possess fixed wing MPA, we do not possess a credible strategic deterrent.

    It is worth noting however that the MRA4 is a pure maritime asset. The MR2 overland role has now been assumed by other more appropriate assets including Reaper.


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