Times have changed, but this has now been finalised, FOUR years after the thread began. Tranche 3 was secured long ago and these Omani aircraft will
come from that batch, rather than ex-RAF Tranche 1 models and will allow the UK to reduce its own buy.
The intention to retire and sell off the RAF's Tranche 1 Typhoons was long since abandoned due to cuts in other areas which caused higher than
anticipated utilisation rates for the Tornado fleet, which is running out of airframe hours too early. The last of the RAF's Tranche one Typhoons
was returned to service with 11Sqn last month following that fleets upgrade to 'ultimate' standard so they are compatible with newer airframes.