posted on Dec, 28 2008 @ 06:10 AM
A possible solution has emerged to the UK's quandary over buying tranche 3 Typhoons.
The RAF wants the 'full strength' version but needs to operate less aircraft than it was originally getting. The answer to this has now emerged as
Oman has stated that it wants to buy 24 Typhoons to replace its ageing Jaguars. The reason this is good news for the RAF is that Oman is wanting to
take the RAF's older F2 models which cannot be upgraded to the current FGR4 standard, and which will naturally be cheaper to buy than a new build
model. If the sale goes through the RAF will get permission to buy tranche 3 replacements, all tranche 1 block 8 and tranche 2 Typhoons can, and will,
be updated to this same standard so it also solves a looming incompatibility issue for the RAF's older Typhoons. This was first mooted at the
Farnborough show but a recent, er, discussion, suggests that it is now looking 'more than likely'. Fingers crossed then.
Oddly there is still no source I have found on the web for this, hopefully I will.
[edit on 28-12-2008 by waynos]