ArmChairCivvy wrote:You obviously have a better source than Janes (quoted upthread)?
Notable that the "fighty Gripen" prgrm started with the idea of reusing the airframes from "C"s and that idea was then dropped when it became clear that payload (fuel +weapons) would not be competitive in the fighter market - so for that part, brand new (and bigger) airframes are being manufactured.
Ron5 wrote:Fighting your own aircraft type in aggressor type training is pretty useless.
Smokey wrote:When the MiG's are retired from national service, what then? ...........?
Spinflight wrote:ASDOT delayed yet again. RFP now due late August.. Probably a favour to Babcock.
Meanwhile 736 NAS due to stand down in 2020 which would effectively leave the RN without aggressor training. RAF could take up some slack but not all of it.
Which itself would impact upon FOST and every tub we send into harms way potentially. Calibrating widgets and gizmos is quite important in the grand scheme of things.
No change in the likely proposals. Except Babcock still don't appear to have an actual aggressor...
The other vapourware bid has been very naughty with it's penny and paperclip management it appears.
Dahedd wrote:Just buy/lease the bloody Scorpion
Spinflight wrote:Leaves Cobham/Draken, Babcock/Elbit and Thales/Textron.
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