Although it's within the RAF section as a core customer, would be interested to bring in dicussion potential partners too as they are important considerations to. . . well . . .consider
Carry over from the BAE Replica thread to keep the ball rolling.
shark bait wrote:no, I am consistant, the skills within the UK's very strong aerospace sector is capable of developing a world class aircraft, as demonstrated in the past. The problem is funding the development, and funding the support of a bespoke aircraft would be challenging.
To alleviate that challenge a partner nation is desireable. Personally I would only condiser the Americans or French. Japan is a wild card, capable, and well funded, but little precidence for cooperation.
I'd be wary of considering the former to be true if the latter were to happen. Personally if we partnered with the US I believe it's likely their industry would see it as an opportunity (through the inevitably lop-sided quantities wanted) to arrange the T&Cs such that the UK would lose key skills in certain areas to be able to do a national program in the future. That's another competitor nation struck off.
But I might be a cynic