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Originally posted by Harlequin
I really think the Indians should buy the ex-RN FSR2 sea harriers - they allready have BVR capability and can use AMRAAM - and the youngest airframe isn`t yet 6!!
In mid-2002 the rumor going around London was that the UK would put up the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible for sale in 2006. Since the Indian Navy's plans include several aircraft carriers, it made great sense that the Indian Navy will bid for the Invincible.
HMS Invincible could become the new flagship of the Indian navy in a controversial multi- million-pound deal with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD). The aircraft carrier, along with naval Sea Harrier jets to fly from it, was at the top of Delhi's military shopping list. Britain has three aircraft carriers; the others are HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious. Invincible is due to be taken out of service in 2006.
The Government of India proposed to buy 17 second-hand Sea Harriers from the Royal Navy of the UK. The Government has been collecting information whether there are surplus Fleet Air Arm Sea Harriers. Royal Navy Sea Harriers are said to cost $9 million each and they also suit Indian Navy's requirements. About 29 Sea Harriers are available for disposal. Indian Navy, at present, has 17 units of FRS 51 model. Indian Navy might consider going for total fleet replacement. Sea Harriers can also be used for operational roles. This will suit INS Virat, as it can only carry Vertical/short take off and landing aircraft of size of the Sea Harriers. These can also be deployed across the border.
Originally posted by NWguy83
Originally posted by waynos
The P-8 is rubbish because;
a - it only has two engines
b - it is not a Nimrod.
I do of course merely jest. It is an excellent progrqamme, and a jet replacement for the P-3 is long overdue in my estimation.
Thats the only thing I don't like about the U.S military. It's aircraft and ships have service lifes longer than that of any other developed country.