Jdam wrote:Would you put buying more P-8s over E-7s?
Jensy wrote:Jdam wrote:Would you put buying more P-8s over E-7s?
Personally, I would have.
P-8 is part of a large and growing global community, which two of our closest European allies (so far) are also joining. Huge growth potential and Uncle Sam is likely to fund the upgrade path (and maybe future variants such as the proposed JSTARS replacement or Rivet Joint down the road). Not to mention: we're a maritime nation... 'Growing' Royal Navy...Ruskie subs.... global outreach.. etc
E-7 is an excellent platform but we're buying only three, out of a global fleet set to be less than 20. Two users have their eyes elsewhere and the other is Turkey (with all the complexities they bring). Doesn't bode well for future development. We would struggle to provide both UK AEW&C coverage plus an ongoing deployment like Op Shader.
Marshall ran for the hills from this project (when it was still for five). Can't blame them with the UK's track record in converting bespoke AEW platforms.
There are other ways to go about the modest capability that E-7 will deliver with its tiny fleet. About the only thing that could convince me otherwise would be the USAF buying Wedgetail themselves, guaranteeing its long-term future plus keeping the door open for cheaper, production line airframes.
Had we kept the E-3s current this would not even be a concern for another decade.
Ron5 wrote:The RN has said they are looking toward an unmanned AEW capability to replace Merlin AEW. Any reason this wouldn't work for the RAF too?
Lord Jim wrote:Nice to see but a strange name for an aircraft.
The sixth of the UK's Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft will carry the name 'Guernsey's Reply'.
It honours the close bond between RAF 201 Squadron, Guernsey and Flight Lieutenant Herbert Machon OBE, the Royal Air Force said.
It added that the naming of the airplane marks Guernsey's 76th 'Liberation Day'.
Herbert 'Herbie' Machon flew Spitfires for the RAF in the Second World War, having left his Guernsey homeland just before the Nazi occupation.
As a tribute to his comrades living under German occupation, he gave his Spitfire the nickname 'Guernsey's Reply'.
The World War Two veteran died in 2004, and RAF 201 Squadron acted as pallbearers at his funeral service.
Dahedd wrote:Believe it or not we're getting local SNP "baa-heeds" complaining the 07 wasn't named Sir Sean Connery (on local Facebook & media posts)
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