If only Australian government's had either stuck to local builds or importing. I don't think any naval expert would have objected to continuing to build, or buy FFGs, or maybe instead acquiring Burke's through FMS.The biggest single thanks that I have is that the RAAF (and Army) doesn’t have to try and reinvent the wheel, and have a “sovereign build capacity”.
Praise the lord. It’s kept the RAAF thread to 9k posts in the same time the two RAN threads (absent seperate LHD, SSN and AWD threads) have clicked over 37k.
there’s also a similarity ratio in Air “experts” to Naval “experts” as per the thread ratios.
That said Tiger and MRH were local assembly, then there's Hawkei, Echidna, what was that troublesome air base security system called? Did Vigilaire or whatever it was called ever work? An old mate still gets a case of tourets everytime C-27 is mentioned. AS4 was a mess, and the original BAE LAND 121 trucks failed testing after they were selected.
Plenty of shame to go around, but for some reason there seem to be a lot more "experts" expressing their opinions on naval matters. Maybe it's just no one gets as excited about Rafael missing out to F-35, or the disappearance of Air Power Australia left a vaccum that's been filled by speculation and opinion on naval matters.