To finance the Tempest program, London could divide its fleet of F2B by 35

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In 2010, the Royal Air Force justified, in part, the withdrawal of its 72 Harriers from service by the fact that the implementation of such a small fleet of aircraft was both complicated and very expensive. However, this is exactly what is likely to happen in the years to come, since according to the British press, the government of Boris Johnson would seriously consider halving the fleet of 2 F138B, the acquisition of which was planned for the first half of the production life of the American aircraft. The savings made, representing at least £8 billion on the simple acquisition budget, would then be allocated to the Tempest program, the entry into service of which is maintained for 2035. The subject had, moreover, been already discussed two years ago before the election of Boris Johnson.

As we discussed yesterday, the British government, which faces immense budgetary tensions linked to the Covid19 crisis, must make tough decisions, particularly for the British armies already severely tested by successive deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan during the previous decade. London would in fact consider equipping itself not with a global army, capable of intervening in all areas, but with an army specialized in supporting allied forces, whether in the form of fire support, logistical support or cyber support. In this model, a fleet of 80 aircraft would be sufficient to jointly arm the two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers with 2 aircraft per ship.

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To finance the Tempest program, London could halve its fleet of F2B 35

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