Lord Jim wrote:where Raptor was being discussed but here goes.
Lord Jim wrote:With a counter weight and wiring, could it be used under wing on a Typhoon?
SW1 wrote:also a fit to Hercules or voyager or reaper or p8 in pod form
Dr Julian Lewis, chair of the Defence Committee, asked in a letter:
“For what reason are you confident that the aircraft will be delivered in four and a half years, when the production line has been closed for five years and historically the minimum time between contract signature and first delivery of these aircraft has been at least six years?”
Stuart Andrew, Minister for Defence Procurement, answered:
“The Seattle production line for the 737NG aircraft, which is then modified to become an E-7 AEW&C, is still operating and producing multiple military variants of the 737NG (including the Poseidon P8) for the US, UK and other customers.
Boeing has sourced two 737NG from the commercial market and secured a further three production slots on this Seattle production line in 2021 and 2022 to meet our needs. The conversion of these five aircraft to the E-7 AEW&C standard will be undertaken at Marshall Aerospace’s facilities in Cambridge.
Lord Jim wrote:That is interesting, so the E-7 and P-8 are both build on the 737NG airframe are they?
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