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BRITAIN is threatening to pull out of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), a co-operative combat-aircraft project with America that is one of the largest military programmes in the world.
The move, confirmed to The Sunday Times by senior defence officials, could have serious repercussions for BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, Britain’s two main contributors to the project.
BAE is part of the consortium developing the plane, and had expected revenues of about $24 billion (£13.8 billion) in development and production contracts.
Rolls-Royce is developing the lift fan for the vertical take-off version, and is working with its American rival, General Electric, on an alternative engine for the aircraft.
The JSF was to have equipped the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers. The “Plan B” being worked on is a version of the Eurofighter Typhoon adapted for the navy. The Typhoon recently entered service with the RAF after long delays and cost overruns.
Defence-industry sources say negotiations on the “Tranche 3” Eurofighter contract, under which Britain will take the last 88 of the 232 orders, now encompassed the issues needed to be addressed to make the aircraft fly from a carrier.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
I call their bluff.
It will cost the UK a lot more to make a naval typhoon and redo their carriers then it would to just stay with the JSF. Besides, the JSF offers something that the Typhoon does not, and that is a high level of stealthiness.
Originally posted by Lonestar24
Anyway, Tsunami would be out of the question for obvious reasons (Thailand anyone?). "Hurricane" has often been used before. What about "Cyclone"?
Originally posted by chinawhite
Any future for the EF in india?.