WE DON’T NEED A NEW COMBAT AIRCRAFT

Airbus Defence and Space chief Dirk Hoke has called for a merger of the UK-led Tempest next-generation combat jet (left) with the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS - right). In a video lecture for the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), he said “we cannot afford two systems of that size…the market is too small”. I’m … Continue reading WE DON’T NEED A NEW COMBAT AIRCRAFT

F-35s FOR THE UK; SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Britain's fixed-price entry into the System Design and Development (SDD) for $2 billion bought significant influence and knowledge, without exposing the country to the huge increase in the cost of SDD. That good deal did not automatically entitle British companies to a defined workshare on the F-35. They earned their place by providing “best value” bids. … Continue reading F-35s FOR THE UK; SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT