Mi Field Marshall
- Sep 2, 2019
Agree on the E7 - Putin is currently asking his air force if they can get a 4th Bear in the air......Disagree.
E3 binned early - replaced by only 3 E7. Not enough. Minimum 2 year gap between them.
C130Js were good till 2035 after rewing boxing. Loads of life left.
22 A400s can't do the same as ~15 Js and maintain their current tasklines.
Loads of niche things the A400 can't do that vanish with the J, plus it's too big.
Protector to be 16 - at the last review was at least 20.
25 T1 typhoons binned. Still have a use as red air and QRA.
Hopefully they will do a top up order...Some mention of operating with the Nato awacs, so maybe they have a plan? 3 really suggest we only have one gap to cover.
Transports, I just think something has to go, so the Herc's fall out, due to the commitment to A400. The problem you get is that they said the A400 would be fine for everything, and now they cant go back on that.
16 protectors is pretty good, again maybe a top-up in a few years.
Pretty sure someone will buy the Typhoons, and again something has to go, hopefully allowing more F35, which perversely came as a Harrier 'replacement' and becomes a Tornado replacement.