UK considers not purchasing JSF's - Page 6




 
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March 13th, 2006  
Rabs
 
 
its the Su-35
March 13th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Oh! The chinese call it the J-10!
March 13th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
I think the chinese call it the J-10~
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March 13th, 2006  
Damien435
 
 
I thought the J-10 was an independent Chinese design meant that was meant to be as versatile as the F-16.
March 14th, 2006  
LeEnfield
 
 
MoD Sets Out Ultimatum To US Over Joint Strike Fighter


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Defence procurement minister Lord Drayson will tell the powerful US Senate Armed Services Committee next week that the UK must receive critical technical data about the F-35 joint strike fighter if it is to proceed with the project.

Drayson will say that the UK is committed to the $200bn programme - it has made a preliminary order for 150 of the vertical take-off variants of the aircraft - but that it must have the capability to upgrade the aircraft and be allowed 'operational sovereignty'.

The JSF is crucial to the Ministry of Defence's strategy of 'expeditionary warfare', based on air power from two new aircraft carriers currently being designed by a team led by BAE Systems.

The MoD is locked in a struggle with the Pentagon to secure an agreement on technology transfer that would allow UK contractors to carry out upgrades and servicing on the planes. This would mean the US revealing details of software used in the aircraft's design that it has hitherto refused to divulge.

The MoD has submitted a list of requirements to the US Department of Defence and requires an answer before 6 December, when it aims to sign a memorandum of understanding to move from the development phase to the manufacturing phase of the project. Drayson has said the MoD is also developing a 'Plan B' option that would involve prolonging the life of RAF Harriers, eventually replacing them with either Eurofighter Typhoons or French Rafale aircraft.
March 14th, 2006  
Rabs
 
 
We want to sell F-22s off like hotcakes but we cant give our closest ally info on a less capable fighter. Sigh.
March 14th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
hah! That 's the USAF!
March 14th, 2006  
Pierrot
 
LeEnfield, could you tell me your info-source please (link...) ? Anyway I can't see how the UK could navalize the Eurofighter, it was not fitted for this kind of missions.
March 15th, 2006  
zander_0633
 
 
Wel, the eurofighter is way too big for an Aircraft carrier!
March 15th, 2006  
Rabs
 
 
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LeEnfield, could you tell me your info-source please (link...) ? Anyway I can't see how the UK could navalize the Eurofighter, it was not fitted for this kind of missions.
You can theoretically navalize any plane, with a big neough catapult and a flight deck.