Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Carriers redux

Following on from yesterday's post about the carriers, another possibility occurred to me last night: perhaps the two JSFs purchased for evaluation have been evaluated - and found wanting?

If that were the case, we might see the more radical of the two cutting options - if the Fast Jet squadrons have taken a look at the F-35, and don't like it as much as the Typhoon, that would halve the number required. If the Fleet Air Arm feel similarly - or the Royal Navy wishes to, well, spend its money on boats - then it could well be just 30-40 purchased to provide a mobile air superiority capability.

It's still expensive to run a small fleet of aircraft, though, so viability is still a question...

- KoW

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