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Old 4th Feb 2014, 08:24
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uffy, some sense at last:

Originally Posted by Stuffy View Post
It is not surprising that the MOD has yet to make a decision?. . . as ever, political decisions to be made. The next election is scheduled for 2015.
No decision until after that date?
True.

Cancelling the MRA4 may well have been a mistake with hindsight.
Have you been paying attention?

It is likely that the Tories want the Boeing P8. They would order it tomorrow, but there is opposition within their own party because of the impact on British industry and jobs.
Yes, but if there is opposition in their own party then they don't do they? But even US contracts lead to UK jobs.

Don't be surprised if they make a decision on the eve of an election. Especially if they believe they are going to lose.
And that would be for a British aircraft for British jobs to win the election? If it was for a US aircraft, what is the rush unless they line up British jobs at the same time?

Similarly, the Labour party if it came to power would also be worried about UK jobs.

If Labour became the next government, they would delay the decision or get Marshalls to convert a few C130Js, until Airbus came up with something firm.

In the end it will not be technical or military decision, but one that involved politics and jobs.
Politically that is true. So you would opt for C130J or Airbus?
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