With the ongoing A model engine fracas I'd be fairly relaxed about delaying until it's certain that there isn't an enhanced power plant option for the B. However the RAF fast jet fleet is not exactly overflowing with aircraft post-IR.Timmymagic wrote:Given the c2 year lead time that means no deliveries in 2026. However, it might be the fact that the current re-profiling to the UK's deliveries over the next couple of years feeds into the years beyond to a degree, wouldn't be surprised to see some of 2025's deliveries slip into 2026. Given that an order for F-35B is expected soon for South Korea, and there is a likely order for Spain in the works I don't think there will be slots open on spec.
Cynically I'd wager till when (if) Tempest numbers start being discussed. Replacing Typhoon would appear to be the only way UK Lightning numbers are going to get to three figures, much less 138.Timmymagic wrote:First time its been heard for a while...wonder how much longer MoD can keep up the pretence...Jensy wrote:- 138 Lightnings "still there"; "as a defined number"; "not dismissing that number".
We seem destined to be the only, sole B user. Will be interesting to see how the small split fleets work out.ArmChairCivvy wrote: The Spanish number seems like the Italian one.. ever shrinking. But keeping the balance (between the navy and the AF)
I wonder what would irk France more, Spanish F-35As or more Typhoons..? Poor Luftwaffe, everyone else is getting what they supposedly wanted....