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Old Sunday 17th November 2019, 13:39   #26
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Out of curiosity, how many battle ready, fastjet pilots do you think the RAF has, perhaps this is part of the reason they are mothballed?
About 100 - 125 for the RAF (fast jets only), based on the retirement of Tornado and the 50 odd Typhoons, pure guess.
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Surprised to read that around 50 RAF Typhoons are " mothballed " at present ( even if they were part of the first deliveries ). That seems a heck of a lot of airframes to be in storage and unable to go if needed. Cannot quite my head round why they are kept if they would be ineffective ( not upgraded) against a well equipped enemy with state of the Migs and Sus. Also, for FJ, outdogfight the Rafael or Grippen?

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You might want to talk to your Parliamentary candidates about the size of the RAF's fast jet force, then

Quite a few Tornado F2s went into storage without being upgraded, too... it's not that unusual a situation. The Tornado GR1s at the Trinational Tornado Training Establishment at Cottesmore were little more than airworthy shells. With the Batch 1 Typhoons I'm not sure full upgrades are even possible, but I gather the intent is to form a couple of extra squadrons with the air-to-air only aircraft to do Aggressor training for the rest of the RAF (and our Allies?) and provide QRA, reducing the pressure on the fully capable swing-role jets.

As for Rafale I've no knowledge (it looks great at RIAT!) but the French have a history of capable, slippery dogfighters, though sometimes persistence in the fight is an issue in respect of both weapons and fuel: Gripen, although manoeuvrable, doesn't have the out-and-out power that provides the edge in the close-in fight where its all about energy. How long can you sustain that 9G pull without losing (or even while still gaining) altitude or even stalling out? I suspect the Typhoon's systems are superior as well.

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