ArmChairCivvy wrote:For the fast jets that we have in the current fleet
- with Tornado (the pod fitted onto it) it made self-escorting (armed) wide-area recce possible in a high-threat environment
SW1 wrote: available on f16 platform and reaper and has been integrated on a biz jet.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:SW1 wrote: available on f16 platform and reaper and has been integrated on a biz jet.
So which one from out fleet shall we pick then...
- The Hercs we have, at least for now (the trade-off , or sliding scale to the new transport fleet, has been kept very nebulous (take note: ex-Head of Commission ) and regardless of how sales-driven (anything that is sold off will also maintain the Marshalls facility as for the biz volume going thru it) the decision as to how many we will retain for SF work is, err, unknown. Or is it? Have I missed any announcements?
Lord Jim wrote:Was there a reason ever given why the RAPTOR pod could not be used by the Typhoon other than money? I thought using a number of the retired T2 platforms as RAPTOR platforms would have made perfect sense, if there was a will to retain the capability. Maybe the Powers that be thought think the future of airborne recce lies purely with UAVs?
Lord Jim wrote:OR maybe just clear the Typhoon to carry the Pod that housed the RAPTOR on its centreline pylon, and do some rewiring including that of the rear cockpit. I am pretty sure such a thing would have been doable if the will was there.
ArmChairCivvy wrote:... and the answer to this one is ...??
Timmymagic wrote: I think we may get something like Reccelite for Typhoon eventually.
Lord Jim wrote:WE will probably end up with the latest version of one of the Israeli multifunction pods, with Targeting, Recce capability and also equipped with a SAR.
Lord Jim wrote:
The Service Chiefs need to grow a pair and fight to defend what they have and make the case for the capabilities we desperately need to be an effective military
Another major capability to be lost with basically no intent to replace.
First RAPTOR, then Sentinel.
They just do not care.
SW1 wrote:we’ve ordered p8 we don’t have a proper budget for and likewise e7s, we’ll see how well sourcing of second hand airframes for that and like goes
bobp wrote: And the E3 Sentry fleet is down to three Aircraft as well.
Lord Jim wrote:The MoD has stated that there will be no overland role for the P-8 as the fleet will be purely concentrating on its maritime role and isn't big enough to do both.
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