I don't know how keen Israel will be on buying Boeing platforms in the future. Tankers are a strategic issue for Israel, and Boeing blocked Israeli requests to convert existing 7x7 planes for a lower cost, and much faster, forcing it to buy KC-46A which are delayed for too long.They will certainly try but they have to worry about LM offering a US built MRTT. As for foreign sales, other than Japan and Israel, most will lean toward MRTT.
I can certainly understand that. Perhaps buying MRTTs from the US would be politically doable assuming Airbus would build them in the US but unless the USAF gets on board I really can’t see Airbus doing this.I don't know how keen Israel will be on buying Boeing platforms in the future. Tankers are a strategic issue for Israel, and Boeing blocked Israeli requests to convert existing 7x7 planes for a lower cost, and much faster, forcing it to buy KC-46A which are delayed for too long.
Yes, alongside the increasing chances that Japan will become an official partner even if their plane has some differences, Tempest is looking better than it ever has. Some people may be surprised at Japan choosing a European project to cooperate with, but it would mean they'd have far more control over the plane and future upgrades than going with US assistance.Apparently said Tempest demonstrator will be flying within five years. That will be interesting.
British ‘Tempest’ demonstrator jet to fly within five years (ukdefencejournal.org.uk)
This is the weakness of the American pitch. In the post-Trump era it's simply not possible to know the US will be reasonable when it comes to defence. LM may say "of course we'd let you upgrade the new jet for a reasonable price", but they can't bind a future CEO or US administration. Equally I think there is a real possibility that NGAD is blocked from export orders by Congress due to the sensitivity of its technologies, at least for a time.The USA & US military aircraft makers want Japan as a customer, not an equal development partner. They'd love Japanese money to help fund their development, but they don't want to cede any control.
Other reporting announced 10 aircraft damaged. All meeting criteria as a Class A ground mishap. ($2.5 million or more in damage or total loss)At least nine helicopters assigned to Virginia’s Naval Station Norfolk were damaged Tuesday in a storm.
This looks pretty expensive.
One MH-53E and 3 MH-60s (models not specified) blown over.The helicopters damaged were five MH-60S Knight Hawks, one MH-60R Sea Hawk and four MH-53E Sea Dragon mine countermeasures helicopters, according to the assessment.