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Royal Navy Supporters Strike Back at RAF

June 10, 2009

An online petition calls for the government to cease production of the Royal Air Force’s newest fighter jet:

The Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 is an expensive piece of machinery that’s not fit for purpose. The treasury wanted to cancel these Eurofighter orders, but were overruled by the prime minister. The PM preferring instead to waste yet more money on something that should never have been bought in the first place. Money that could have been spent protecting our troops.

If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom you can sign the petition here.

You may remember a recent call by the head of the RAF for his service to take over the RN carrier aircraft. A lot of animosity that isn’t helping the boots on the ground very much.

H/T to Save the Royal Navy.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2009 9:02 pm

    In a war for useless dirt doing a fools errand. But still they do in fact deserve the better portion of money.

    Until the F-35B has a significant amount of flight testing done along with other knowns, it is a loser play. This is important to consider given the current budget meltdown in the MOD.

  2. Mike Burleson permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:51 pm

    “In the end neither service won”

    Probably where this is heading, Alex. And the Army has a good case on their side. They are at war now!

  3. Alex. permalink
    June 10, 2009 3:45 pm

    This is proving that the RN Headshead is no better than the RAF and both services should have learnt from the mistakes in the 1960’s (RAF wanted CVA-01 project [would have been 3 QE Class sized carriers with a bloody stupid deck layout] cancelled and the navy, including mountbatten wanted RAFs TSR-2 cancelled in favour of the carriers. In the end neither service won and both were scrapped with the treasury spending the difference on who knows what (probably nationalising [and in the process destroying] British industry, they were bloody socialists after all!)

    The difference from the above is that both projects are not on the chopping block, the press keep claiming that the RAF isn’t going to get the whole eurofighter order and that the RAF doesn’t need 232 airframes for an OCU, an OEU and 7 frontline squadrons (15×7= 105) but to be honest the press, even the self acclaimed military journos rarely know what they’re talking about. As for the navies carriers the government cannot afford to cancel them, the fleet has been slashed by 25% or so with the MoD more or less using the fact that the carriers are big and expensive when in actual fact buying 2 large carriers (or medium by USN definition) is far cheaper than buying 3 Invincible class size ASW carriers (3.9bn whereas the latter would cost on the order of 5bn) so the political capital that would come from them is essential not to mention the fact that the Lightnings to fill the decks of the carriers are going to cost about 2.5-3 times as much as the carriers (of which the RAF will own half) so in naval aviation the carrier is the cheap part!

    PS: I’m estimating at least £11bn-£12.5bn($20bn) total for the lightning project(138 STOVL airframes) against what was perceived as an upto £10bn project (flyaway costs to exceed $100m in todays money)

    PPS: the above figure makes the Eurofighter Typhoon appear to be an averagely priced aircraft which costs £37.76m (€55.08m using exchange rates as signed on the day which was about $75m) for a tranche 2 aircraft + fixed production costs, R&D etc (but you dont work out the cost on an aircraft on what the previous ones cost but what an additional one would cost)

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