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Tim Cooper11/01/2018 16:39:16
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Thanks Colin

......and I expect they will be over budget by the time they are built.

Tim

Paul T11/01/2018 18:51:56
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Food for thought

With all of the scientific and engineering skills that we have in this country why aren't we building our own aircraft for these new carriers.

It is shameful to be buying very expensive 'off the shelf' American products when we could be investing in British industry.

Paul

Proud to be British

Colin Bishop11/01/2018 19:05:03
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They are not 'off the shelf' Paul. Somehow the UK has got inveigled into financially supporting the development of this aircraft which is supposed to be an all singing and dancing strike aircraft which will probably mean that it will do nothing properly. One of the problems with the short take off and landing version is that it can't land vertically with its weapon load still aboard and this is very expensive with multi thousand pound missiles if it has to jettison them first. The fatal flaw with leading edge technology is that it hits every problem going at huge expense.

I don't think th UK still has the capacity to develop carrier aircraft of its own but it has been suggested that there is a much cheaper French alternative which might have been a better bargain in the short to medium term.

Apparently the production line for the existing US carrier aircraft has now been shut down in favour of the F35 otherwise that would have been a better interim solution.

Colin

ashley needham12/01/2018 09:37:06
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The UK has significant financial investment in the f35 and manufactures/supplies parts and equipment for it. This does/will (hopefully) provide significant income through the life of the aircraft (possibly).

​Typhoon could easily have been developed in a carrier version in its design stage, but no politician can see that far ahead (only up the next election). Defence procurement is scandalous, always has been, always will be. Politicians always seem to see collaboration (F35) as an easy way of spreading costs when all it does is escalate them

Ashley

Paul T12/01/2018 18:29:42
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So now a significant part of our maritime defence / offensive capability depends upon the USA and the vagaries of an unhinged tweeting leader who will probably cancel the entire f35 order if he doesn't receive an invite to Harry's wedding.

You have to hand it to our politicians as they are really good at screwing us over.

Colin Bishop12/01/2018 18:58:39
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Inclined to agree Paul but let's stay off the politics I think!

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Paul T12/01/2018 19:19:29
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Colin

Don't think of it as politics try to look at it as care in the community. laugh

Tony Hadley11/04/2018 10:02:11
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BBC 2, Sunday 15th April 8pm - Britain's Biggest Warship. Observational documentary 1/3.

**LINK**

Colin Bishop11/04/2018 15:16:46
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Thanks for the heads up Tony, I will make a point of watching it.

Colin

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