Yeah, this wouldn't be the first time the UK has threatened to drop out. Though I wouldn't have put it that way, I have to echo the sentiment in that thread that it's still a great deal for the price. The Brits are anything but stupid and I really think this will be worked out. Should it actually happen, I'd also have to echo the sentiment that in the grand scheme of things, 150 frames isn't all that many. The F-35 is the new F-16 and the program will go forward and sell at least a few thousand frames. I do hope the US and UK can work this out though. I'd love to see it in service with the Royal Navy.
Oroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 789 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14133 times:
Man, the F-35 is one of the meanest looking fighters ever built! I gotta find some more good high res pics of it!
I agree with Richard, that is a big investment in hardware that would turn out to be a rental if they cant operate and maintain them independently. While I understand the US' concerns of the software slipping out, but the UK is probably the US' closest ally. I could understand stiffing Israel and maybe Japan, but not the UK.
RichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13692 times:
UK defence minister Lord Drayson signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with US deputy secretary of defence Gordon England during a visit in Washington, DC today over the next phase of the project. The agreement guarantees "operational sovereignty" for the UK, Drayson says.
Operational sovereignty is defined as the UK having control over essential aspects of the aircraft so that it can be operated through life at the time of the UK’s choosing, says the Ministry of Defence. "We need to be able to integrate the JSF into the UK operating environment; operate, maintain, repair and upgrade the UK fleet to meet evolving through-life requirements; and certificate the aircraft as safe to fly," Drayson says.
Quote: Canada has increased its involvement in the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program, setting the stage for the eventual multibillion-dollar purchase of up to 80 of the stealthy aircraft.
Canadian and U.S. officials signed a memorandum of understanding in Washington Monday that covers Canada's involvement with the aircraft over the next 39 years and acts as a road map for any future purchase.
"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".