posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 02:54 AM
Hey I dont want to start an arguament, but....No seriously like to hear the opinions.
Is the threat of grounding really a reason that the MOD Procurement would source 2 jets, I personally dont believe that arguament at all, we put all
our eggs in one attack helicoper, one main battle tank, one of each class of everything, we dont build multi billion pound decisions on redundancy
(except in the case of obsolete redundancy).
I think the JSF decision came about because of technology sharing, from what I can tell, BAE built Replica to prove it could make stealth on its own
thus allowing access to production stealth technologies from the yanks for workshare in JSF.
My comments on not needing JSF is driven by the fact i dont think we need stealth and its a massive red herring. We are not building a Eastern Bloc
deterrent, we need to defend our shores but noone is going to invade us, if we need to project power over our allies and commonwealth and interests
(falklands) we dont need stealth.
All we need is a multi role adaptable platform and being as though we have already developed one, why bother with another?
We wont drop JSF and it will be a great aircraft, I just think we dont need it.