No doubt that's the approach however I'd say it strikes me as a little bit of a grey area in the first place. If the primary offered platform can't meet the mission then it should be rejected from the competition, regardless of what buddies it brings along.ArmChairCivvy wrote:Jensy wrote: Saab offering a few Globaleye AEW&C, and Boeing reportedly including some Growlers with their Super Hornets.
Those were not thrown in as a splurge ('buy all of our range') but rather to get 'full points' for being able to complete three mission scenarios - which have not been published - but most likely Globaleye is for making most of defensive sorties against numerically superior attacking force; and Growlers for offensive counter-air... that would be just two of three, but essentially v different mission scenarios, also informing what weapon sets should be included in pricing the final bid.
In that same spirit of flexibility, offering a batch of subsidised Hawks could be in lieu of designated trainer Typhoons, just as the Growlers would be in lieu of an inherent capability in the baseline Super Bugs. Brand it as a "complete combat air support package" if needed.
Indeed I thought the Brough line was already dead, with some small scale assembly at Warton, the full line in India and a new line in Saudi putting together UK built kits. Don't want to go too off topic on the future of Hawk production/procurement but there is still nothing planned to replace our remaining fleet of T1s in the RAF and RN.ArmChairCivvy wrote: any parts for the assembly would catch some of the value add, but likely that train has left the station (so trying to get onto it is rather hard).