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Originally posted by The Winged Wombat
So let's stop claiming the high ground shall we.
The Winged Wombat
Originally posted by FredT
reply to post by Rocket47
The F-111 is simply not up to snuff with the current threat environment that the RAAF would face. politics aside its really that simple.
The service life of the F-111 has been one of the most debated issues in Australian defense policy for a decade or more. At one time the aircraft was intended to serve as late as 2020, and some of its supporters have called for an even longer operational life.
The F-111’s backers say that no replacement can offer so great a payload-radius. Its critics, noting that the U.S. Air Force retired its last F-111 in 1996, say Australia cannot afford to maintain the small fleet of old and very complicated aircraft.
There have been worries about safety, too, with some military officials pointing to the likelihood of cracks in the strong but brittle D6ac steel of the wing carry-through structure.