The Bunker Group
My understanding is that the gun on the A model is on the port side, and the AAR probe on the B/C models are on the starboard side.I wonder if the built gun on the F35 A has much relevance.
An optional add on Pod gun system as used on F35 B and C I can understand.
Maybe for the RAAF we may be better served with an F 35 A prioritising compatibility for Probe and Drogue operations at the expense of the in built gun system if we expand our Hercules Fleet with the KC-130 variant.
Something to consider
In other words they are on opposite sides of the fuselage.
In any event, why produce an ‘orphan’ fleet? How much are the development costs?
Can’t see the value in going down that path.