posted on Dec, 28 2006 @ 09:22 PM
Let's cover the ENTIRE relevant text shall we?
Any delays to the RAAF's JSF order would result in an air combat capability gap that could last four years or more.
The RAAF has established an Air Combat Transition Office to develop "contingency options" - including leasing fighters - to ensure Australia's air
combat edge is maintained.
The fighter replacement project is the most expensive in Australia's history and the RAAF expects to get about 100 aircraft for between $12-$16
The planes will not even be ordered until late next year - if the Howard Government proceeds to contract. The JSF, which individually costs more than
$100 million, is not due to make its maiden flight from Lockheed Martin's Texas plant until late next year.
The F-111s are massively expensive to keep in the air, but must remain in service until a major upgrade of the RAAF's 71 F/A-18 Hornet fighters is
completed after 2010.
The upgrade will allow the Hornets to carry short-range cruise missiles and to better defend themselves against electronic threats. New aircraft
projects and major technical upgrades historically run at least one or two years late.
"Australia will not accept an air combat shortfall," Dr Nelson said.
This follows air force chief Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd saying at a Senate inquiry this month the RAAF would not allow a gap to develop.
1. Four years costs millions. Fine. New fighters, /even as a lease/ cost BILLIONS. Be nice until the 'gap' passes. As we were when our 'window
of vulnerability' brought us AfG and 007. Still here ain't we? Are the USSRusskians? Nope.
2. If Oz was all that scared of the gap in A2A capabilities, they would not be spending money to HUG The Bug -as a primary structural and A2G
implementation to replace the Mudchuck-.
3. Why is it that nobody thinks to look at the cartridge ballistics but will jabber on endlessly about the check pattern on the stock or the chromed
Last I heard, Meteor would be ready by 2010. Meteor + APG-73 (equivalent tech) will make the Bug-A the equal of the Bug Deux + AIM-120C7.
You all get the wind up your skirts when the U.S. doesn't sell the latest and greatest software mod or, heaven forbid, /source codes/ to you. Why
not 'DEMAND' that Euromissile or EADS or whomever agree to sell you the WEAPONS SYSTEM which will let you regrab air parity by the balls?
Surely, a megadeath dealing arms manufacturing conglomerate that has yet to sell the Rafale and has all of (gasp) TWO MICROBUY CUSTOMERS for both the
Gripen and Flubber would be willing to sell anything to anyone?
Lastly, I think you should all take a look at the force on force numbers here. Indonesia has what, /1/ Su-30 and a couple Su-27SKs? Malaysia has 18
Su-30 aircraft to go with an as-yet undetermined mix of Super Bugs (i.e. blow stuff up or shoot stuff down but never both).
If HALF your inventory is mission ready with the others down for various problems or PDM that means that, /at most/, they can generate 5 sections of 2
aircraft or 2 flights and a mini-WACS Combat Controller capability.
Depending on which version it is, RVV-AE buys them 60-80km and R-27 on the order of 100km. Tactical dictates will halve this based on limited TWS
volumes and compatible rails+inventory. So you are looking at between 2 and 4 shots per plane from 30-50km out.
That's 20 SARH-ER or 40 ARH-Export missiles. From 10 planes.
KILL THE ARCHER NOT THE BLOODY ARROW!
With numbers for Meteor going up as high as 150-180km in some reports, an F/A-18A with two outboard rails plus 1-2 AIM-120 shoulder stations (the
ASRAAM being worthless as teats on a boar hog in a true LRAAM fight) should be able to put 40-45 (out of 70 odd) jets in the air on the superiority of
Western Logistics and have half of those be capable of 2v1 = '.80 SSPK' double shot leveraging with the ramAAM. 20X2=40 shots from over 60km. /2
to saturate the threat = 20 kills.
And STILL have another 20-40 (LDP dependent)