- me too, and even over and above the price, get planes that work (sky high maintenance prices... reasons can be many )Jensy wrote:Personally I've been more concerned about ensuring we buy the latest batch for the best price, with less focus on speed
Lately, statements from the highest sources about two carriers being operational at the same time... and then this comes out 'hot on the heels'
"809 Naval Air Squadron was supposed to stand up in 2023, may now be 2026"
Someone, years ago, must have consulted Mystic Meg when the FOC was set to... 2026!
And (across the RAF & the FAA), as Timmymagic says
are actually 'battle worthy' in a peer conflictTimmymagic wrote:everyone also needs to be aware of is that even when Meteor is integrated to F-35 in general, there may be a significant part of the UK's F-35B fleet that won't be able to carry it until they receive the full hardware upgrades to enable them to be 'Block IV'd'. Hopefully these upgrades will run in parallel with the software effort so we reach a position in c2027 where all of the UK's fleet
... Great Power Competition and all that