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Discussion in 'Air Force & Aviation' started by ngatimozart, Nov 24, 2015.

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  1. Redlands18

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    I suspect anything already produced would go into the probable UK purchase.
     
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    John Fedup Well-Known Member

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    One problem is that the Germans need a Tornado replacement and the aircraft they choose could have a big bearing on whether or not they become involved in designing their own fifth-generation fighter.

    German defense ministry gets bids for Tornado fighter jet replacement | Reuters

    There seems to be a belief that if the Tornado is replaced by the F-35 then the Germans will not go forward with developing a new fifth-generation fighter with France. A lot seems to hinge on how long it would take for the Typhoon to be certified to carry nuclear bombs.
     
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    USN NavAv seems to get no luv here so here is some (at 1:10 F-35C sunset burner flyby)

    Hornet Carrier Ops 2018 West Coast Strike Fighter Ball JOPA

     
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    Boeing’s failure to deliver the KC-46 has not gone unnoticed by the competition. It will be interesting to see what a LM and Airbus joint marketing effort will accomplishes. A larger proven tanker to fuel thirsty F-35s and numerous other aircraft. What’s not to like, especially in the Pacific theatre?

    Airbus Looks to Pounce As Boeing Struggles to Deliver First Tanker
     
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    I always wondered why Airbus don't try to offer MRTT based on A340.
    There are many surpluses A340 in market, that they can be offered a new life as MRTT.

    I know four engine is less economics than twin ones..which basically why A340 being abandoned by airlines..but Military used won't be that affected by the airlines tight operational cost margin.

    Using those A340 as based also can be cheaper to acquire. A340 known also to be found as civilian cargo..why not offered them as MRTT..
     
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    The operational costs are likely considerably more and there is the conversion costs as well. Unless the the airframes are low hours and cycles, probably better to buy new or convert used A330s which should be easier.
     
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