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Wockameister & mojocvh, I suppose you said/agreed the same thing about the Tornado in 1982 during the Falklands Conflict. The decision to produce and purchase the Typhoon was done long before Bliar and cronies got us into the mess we are in now. You also know that it is to late to cancel the last manned fighter aircraft that the RAF will ever have (unless it buys american left overs) and you should be aware that it will cost the tax payer a damm site more to cancel than to keep, additionally even if the aircraft was cancelled no money would end up being used for AT/SH and JFH or any other military use.
Rigger, you seem convinced in your argument and I respect that. My view is we have hangers full of jets with very little purpose. With regard to the Tornado, that was during the cold war when we expected Ivan to drop in at anytime. Different scenario, no matter how the terrorism threat is spun from Whitehall
wokkameister, thanks I think, I mentioned the Falklands because it was a war and the Tornado was in the same position as the Typhoon is now i.e. a new aircraft not combat useable in a current conflict and I do remember people saying the same thing about the Tornado at the time.