posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 03:50 AM
Yes the ability to intercept and fly the anti shiping attack profiles...and the smile say cheese shots.
Admittedly thier unmodified P-3s could put a Harpoon into a rust bucket just as well as a a fighter.
A proper fighter might not be necessary.Like I said a Hawk with Sidewinders could fly the point defence mission and it would justify not committing to
an overseas venture. After all a 9/11 scenario has the bad guy coming to you, and NZ is not all that big or has that many cities worth hitting (no
But it doesnt have that great a radar for finding its target.
F-16 is old but it is still a good plane. And how good does it have to be to intercept an airliner. Again, gives the Kiwis reason not to deploy. But I
think it still has legs. Its not exactly under threat in a lot of coalition theatres is it?
A future NZ Government might welcome the political option of deploying F-16s. After all it worked for us Aussies deploying a squadron to the Gulf in
1993 and it has commonality with a lot of Coalition airforces...especially the USA.
Put it another way. Would you want to be flying a MiG or a Sukhoi near Americans in a war zone?