posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 03:05 PM
Sorry guys but I dont get the love-in for the Super Hornet at all. Great systems, no question, but all installed in a big, heavy POS airframe. Always
thought it was a half-arsed job from day one and have never changed my opinion. The mere fact that the USN operates it (because they had no choice) is
not something that sways me.
Rafale would be a better option for our smaller ships but I really can't see us ever buying French again.
'Sea Typhoon is, I feel, harder to achieve than people seem to think and, as Richard said, you are talking about a new development programme.
Definitely not happenening.
I like the Taranis idea and I feel this is the way we are definitely going, but not before 2025, which is a problem.
What some people may not realise is that the new RN CV's are designed for arrested landings from the off, we just decided not to fit the first one
out for it straight away to save some pennies.
We are stuck for choice really as, using an historical anaolgy, we are (as is everyone else) choosing between Skua's and Sea Gladiators because
nobody has figured out how to pay for putting a Spitfire on a ship.
My own choice would be to forget the F-35B, but not move too far and opt for the F-35C instead as that promises to be a much better aircraft all
Feel free to disagree