I guess you answered your own question, in a way.NickC wrote:so why could not MoD set up similar Government to Government deal
Because there is a political layer in proc decision making that has a 'healthy' infusion of
NickC wrote:myopic little englanders
... may be that will change, but I don't see many (other) European prgrms with the same kind of potential at the sustainment phase. I understand that there are plans with a/c with Norway, but the scope is more limited, and the 'product' mainly originates from another continent.
So the RN is stuck with trying to standardise subsystems across the ever shrinking fleet, like propulsion, CMS...
That has the downside that when (ehmm, due to strides made within other navies, including those that potentially are adversaries) a step change/ improvement needs to be put in train, those same arguments might scupper it even getting started.