Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Details of UK Strategic Review emerging

Details of the UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) are beginning to emerge. The key points regards military aviation are:

  • RAF Harriers to be withdrawn next year

  • RAF to operate a smaller number of Tornadoes

  • Aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to operate helicopters for about 3 years from 2016, then be mothballed/sold

  • Aircraft carrier HMS Price of Wales to be fitted with catapult and arrester gear

  • Current fully operational carrier HMS Ark Royal will be scrapped

  • Other carrier currently in inventory, HMS Illustrious will be withdrawn in 2014

  • Royal Navy's F-35 JSFs, likely to be the carrier-capable F-35B version, to be operational in 2020

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