Replacing the Super Hornets or as an extra Sqn? One big issue, will be that any 737 or A330 purchased now for conversion would be significantly different aircraft to the original 737s and A330s, causing logistics headaches for limited numbers of aircraft (2-3?). Australia's AEW&C numbers are similar to that of the UK, France, Turkey, ROK who all operate more Sqns than Australia does. 6 E-7s, by world standards is a pretty significant capability now, numbers wise.Just a broad question here….if the RAAF does go ahead with the next order of F35s… taking the numbers to 100 odd. What will that mean for the fleet enablers and the numbers of wedge tails and KC30As? Would an increase in their numbers be required as a consequence?
My logic says if we want extra air frames it’s would be so we could have the option of additional simultaneous and perhaps dispersed flight operations, and that would mean the same for the enablers.