posted on Sep, 26 2017 @ 04:08 AM
They can push a lot of that logistics back onto Eurofighter, Boeing and Rafale with a kind of over the counter process which the RAF use. Its called
something like 2nd line repair, the systems they can remove and get fixed (like DASS, Radar, Fuel Computers, Displays, Engines etc) they swap out and
put through a hole in the wall whereby the manufacturer takes it away. Other stuff they have to themselves whereby it isn't cost effective or possible
to repair (replacements).
It doesnt mean BAE for example would open a workshop in country as its mostly subcontract parts and sitting in such a hub as Qatar it really isnt
adding much to the difference between the Luftwaffe sending a HUD back to England to be repaired to Qatar, only a few more hours.
Its effectively an availability contract, if the parts dont meet the spec the contractor pays, if they do, the customer pays. Takes a lot less spares
to maintain a fleet, however, if you dont purchase those spares and rely completely on the process, you end up having donor aircraft, which is more
expensive than buying enough spares.
It is inefficient definitely having 3 models with similar roles although I dont know anything about the F-15s they have I think (stand by to be
corrected) it is either and Eagle or a Mudhen, not a true multirole? The issue here is probably pilots, you would have to rotate a lot of pilots a lot
of the time to be combat ready. I assume even in Qatar you need type certifications so splitting your forces could mean your pilots are the weakest
link in the chain, which is probably where the strongest link should be!
It would be interesting to see the in service rivalry between F-15, Tiffys and Rafale jockeys thats for sure!
edit on 26 9 2017 by Forensick because: (no reason given)