Mostly true, though the Jaguar has been out of service for some time now (upgraded and sold to the Indians) and the Euro Fighter is not shite. Expensive as fuck, but not shite.Gonzo wrote: ↑Thu May 09, 2019 8:40 amNeville Bartos wrote: ↑Wed May 08, 2019 7:55 pmhttps://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/u ... 844650.amp
This story seems ridiculous to me. British and US military goals aren't always the same and since the US are always loath to hand over command of their forces to overseas powers how would this work?
We could end up with the US launching air strikes from a British carrier independent of the British chain of command.
The F35-B is a joint venture where development was shared between Lockhead & BAE. Basically it's the new Harrier but stealth and faster although they have some serious software issues (maybe they made my phone too because that can vanish and doesn't work).
Basically once they've sorted the glitches it's the best fighter in the world and we have built two fuck-off aircraft carriers specifically for this US/UK plane. There is no way that we'd have been able to afford or do it on our own and certainly wouldn't have had access to US's stealth technology without the collaboration.
The Euro Fighter is shite, we're still using Jaguars & GR4's (which were around when I was a kid) so our airforce required a massive overhaul. Britain being Britain we can't afford a full fleet so we've put our new planes and the matching US ones on the same carrier as the plane begins it's use in the field.
In other news Russia has just launched an undetectable submarine that can blow aircraft carriers up from 1000 nautical miles away with nuclear torpedoes.
We did initially buy too many of the fighter variant for what our actual needs are, but now have upgraded the fleet so they are "swing-role" - so can operate as fighters or Ground Attack FGR4 variants.
The GR4s you speak of are the Tornado, which have gradually dwindled in number and finally went out of service earlier this year.