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  1. BMD

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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/pentagon-seeks-increased-p-8-ties-with-norway-uk


    Pentagon seeks increased P-8 ties with Norway, UK
    By: Aaron Mehta, July 3, 2017 (Photo Credit: Boeing)
    WASHINGTON — The United States, United Kingdom and Norway have agreed in principal to create a trilateral coalition built around the P-8 maritime aircraft — though exactly what that means remains unclear.

    The Pentagon announced June 29 that the three countries had established a “statement of intent to lay out guiding principles for a trilateral partnership with P-8A aircraft.” In addition, the announcement said the nations are working on a “framework for further cooperation in areas such as readiness, enhancing defense capability, and interoperability.”

    A defense official, speaking on background, told Defense News that nothing is “set in stone,” and this is just a first step toward coordinating around the aircraft. Potential areas of cooperation include joint operations in the North Atlantic, information sharing and the possibility of co-locating maintenance and training assets.

    The last point would seem to build on a November pledge between the U.K. and Norway to find ways to jointly drive down costs for the maritime surveillance plane. The U.K. plans on buying nine P-8s, while Norway has agreed to purchase five of the Boeing-made planes.
     
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    "The pounds-to-dollar exchange rate is particularly important for the British Ministry of Defence, which has agreed to buy high-dollar value items such as Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Boeing’s P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft and General Atomics’ MQ-9 UAV, among others. Some analysts have warned that the U.K. could be overcommitted to the tune of £20 billion (U.S. $25.8 billion) over the next 10 years unless the MoD can deliver large efficiency savings."

    "At the same time, the secretary acknowledged that decisions made in the 2015 Strategic Security and Defence Review, or SSDR, need to be assessed with the post-Brexit world in mind."

    http://www.defensenews.com/...

    "Britain is being forced to pour millions of pounds of new funds into the troubled F-35 stealth fighter programme being developed in America and considered a vital part of the UK’s future defences. [...] But huge problems remain unresolved, in particular with the F-35’s advanced software, on which the whole project rests. The software is supposed to be the plane’s “brain”, running everything from ensuring a steady supply of parts to relaying masses of data to the pilot’s visor during combat."

    "The British government has refused to publish an estimate of the overall cost of the 138 F-35s it is to buy, as well as its contribution to development costs, but the figure will run into the tens of billions."

    https://www.theguardian.com...

    United Kingdom – 10 in use for testing; 14 on order, with 42 (24 FOC fighters and 18 training aircraft) to be fast-tracked by 2023; 138 F-35s total planned

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/...

    Meanwhile the F-35 leashold subscription program is getting a $5.6B prepayment to start working on LRIP 11, although the contract is not finalized.

    "We are confident that the final negotiated Lot 11 aircraft unit prices will be less than Lot 10,”

    http://www.defensenews.com/...
     
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    @BMD F-35A for RAF? Or RN now realises F-35C was way to go ?
     
  4. BMD

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    As suspected for a long time it will be F-35As and F-35Bs. F-35Cs are out because the QEs can't operate them and they're inferior to As from land. As will have a few niche weapons that the Bs can't carry like JSM and AARGM-ER. Good Tornado replacement.
     
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