posted on May, 11 2006 @ 09:42 AM
Ok, lets sum this proposed "future british forces" up...
- New tank while current one IS new, a new IFV whie the current one IS satisfactory. Well, it must be possible to build a tank that could have
survived the Timothy McVeigh attack, why not build one then?
A new tanker, and a new tanker, and another new tanker - imagine all the possibilities! one could be a turboprop (well, actually WILL be in form of
A400M), one could have flying wing design (the Horten, not the Northrop one), one could run on the new GenX engines, one could house a cinema...
endless variations, I mean, transporting FUEL is a whole universe of its own!
Now the interesting bit...
25 new carriers of Nimitz dimensions, buy a fleet of F-18 for a few years, then buy another feet of JSF which is completely unnecessary since a Nimitz
sized carrier that launched F-18s for a while would have catapults anyway. The main reason for this is to humiliate the arrogant Americans and
French and having the undisputed most powerful Navy in the world again.
Buy several new ASW helicopters, one more advanced than the other. OK, those in service are doing their job, but the mills of the industry have to
keep turning! But buy only a handful of them since they will only be stationed on ONE of 25 carriers anyway. The other 24 carriers will simply use
their new HEAR-EVERYTHING™ Sonar and go around those pesky submarines, and then ASW helicopters start from their one carrier stationed in the GIUK
gap and let them fly non-stop over to the Horn of Africa to fight that sub... after all, what did we buy all those new Tankers for?
The contact with possibly hostile submarines will be minimal anyway, since we have all but one of our 25 carriers parked in the ports anyway, but its
nice to have them.
Next thing, the Harriers. OK, the soviet threat is gone and with it the reason of existence of the Harrier in the land-based Airforce, but lets buy
550 of these just because its fun to fly. And since the UK has so little space available on military bases despite the downsizing, noone can really
argue against the need for 10 new airbases.
Paying for all this by erasing three big historical tourist magnets is just a logical consequence, after all they are blocking the view and the
tourists are only in Britain to drink beer anyway. I am sure that by erasing them and cutting all the thirteenth payments the UK can assemble the
All perfectly doable and well-thought through.
The sad thing is that I believe he is serious.