Timmymagic wrote:Tempest414 wrote:But as said the ITF aircraft and all the little clever boxes can fly to the UK for the trials. However as we know this is all down to money and the MOD clearly fill they can live with the delay maybe at this time it is more important to do as much sea trials work as poss on crowsnet ahead of the 2021 deployment and after which can be done in UK waters so still a lot of good work can be done by POW in home waters
The ITF aircraft are essentially a shared resource. Which is a very sensible idea. It could be US purchased aircraft performing trials for UK purposes on 1 day, with UK aircraft performing trials for the US the next. This is far more efficient. This sort of work is programmed in years ahead of time. Sending the test aircraft and equipment over to the UK will not have been programmed in to the timeline, it would add significant cost and, crucially, time into those arrangements. It just might not be possible to shift everything else off to the right in order to accommodate that. As far as I am aware there has never been any intention to bring the ITF aircraft to the UK, with the probable exception of when they have finished their working lives and they get put into Duxford, Cosford and Hendon.
The trials would have been book in last year as you point out and a number of days given to it the aircraft would be flown to the carrier for this the carrier would have sailed into port to pick up the black boxes that had been moved in from the test centre so load them on a truck or a C-17 the time to move the kit and aircraft to the carrier is only a few hours different. of course aircraft hours cost and we are back to money but what is the cost of sending POW to the US