posted on Oct, 14 2010 @ 08:12 PM
I think the sale of tranche 1 typhoons is an excellent idea. I have read though that tranche 2 typhoons are more likely to be sold in a simiar fashion
to the saudi sale.
Selling off old tranche 1 aircraft makes lots more sense though. Oman would be happy since they would be sold at a very cheap price, especially
considering that scrappage of tranche 1 airframes when later tranche orders have been delivered is under consideration.
As for partner nations being annoyed, I don't feel there will be an issue, since sale of tranche 1 aircraft to Oman would increase the chances of the
RAF being able to make tranche 3b orders. Now I am not sure whether the splitting of tranche 3 means that there are no penalties for dropping out of
tranche 3b. If so, then eurofighter would be getting sales that would otherwise be very unlikely from any partner nation (even Germany are now looking
hard into whether they can afford the whole 180 purchase).
One shame is that the tranche 1 typhoons have had a good deal of money spent on getting an improved strike capability. It is unlikely that these will
see use in afghanistan because priority is given to building up a full air defence force at present. It would be a shame for all of the hard work to
go to waste but as a jaguar replacement for the Omanis, this is an excellent solution. I wonder how much of the UOR upgrades could be retained and
then maintained in Omani service. I'm referring in particular to the lightening pod integration and Enhanced Paveway 2 bombs. It would make sense to
sell EPW2s given that we now have PW4s?
My question is what will happen to the remainder of the tranche 1 Typhoons. If i'm right, there are 56 at present minus 24 sold would leave 32. There
would be no need to retain any single seaters so I wonder how many of the tranche 1 planes are dual seaters. Which brings me onto another question:
are tranche 2 and 3 planes all single seaters?