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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 08:19
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Originally Posted by Timelord View Post

I think that the F4 in the ground attack and strike ( nuclear) role was only ever “interim” awaiting the arrival of the Jaguar +WE177 after which the F4 s all went air defence. That being the case it would not have been worth the considerable effort of integrating WE177 and the US kindly provided their weapons under, I presume, the same dual key procedures as the Canberras which preceded the F4s.
PS Would the US allow a Non US controlled nuclear weapon on a US built aircraft?
We also didn't have enough WE177s at the time, as production was still underway (and warhead production had concentrated on the Polaris fleet initially.). The RAF's Red Beard stocks had been mainly held in Cyprus and Singapore
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