Old 8th Oct 2018, 18:57
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Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: UK
Posts: 1,115
Hi Engines,

I think that within whatever Tempest turns out to be we will struggle (but perhaps achieve - let’s dare to dream) to square all the relevant circles; for example ‘High end for RAF but suited to export’, ‘Cutting edge but free of ITAR’, ‘Multi-nation collaboration that shares NRE with partners, guarantees orders but remains agile and simple’, ‘Primarily uses MBDA stores but allows the export customers choice to use existing stockpiles’. ‘Ground breaking but on time’.

I think that given the barely (but possibly!) surmountable challenge they’ve been set - it will suit British industry to stay well away from shipborne recovery and launch as a layer of complexity and a technical challenge they simply don’t want to consider.

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