Russ wrote:While the decision is dubious at best and the Government look rather silly (shock, horror), a bit of perspective needed...
- The F-35B is without a doubt the second best choice (after the F-35C) and will give the UK a considerable step-up in capability.
The acquisition of a fleet of Cessna 150s would give the UK a considerable step-up in capability from the complete lack of capability we currently have.
We've pissed away the opportunity to operate any old hook-equipped bit of kit we can get our hands on, and will be locked into heli-borne AEW forevermore... unless the new carriers are long enough to get a Gannet away without a catapult. Just need to restore a few Gannets.