Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Space Industry and Business News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

U.K to halve fast-jets by 2020

by Staff Writers
London (UPI) Dec 13, 2010
The British air force looks poised to halve its fast-jet fleet by 2020, a commanding officer said.

The move is focuses on the force's fleet of Typhoon F2s and Tornado F3s.

"We are heading for five Typhoon squadrons and one JSF [Joint Strike Fighter] squadron," Air Vice-Marshal Greg Bagwell, who commands the air force's air combat group, was quoted saying by the Defense News Web site. "It will be a six-squadron world; that's what's on the books."

That could mean 107 Typhoons, plus about 40 F-35C JSFs that support a large operational squadron of 20 to 25 crews, Bagwell said.

The consideration comes amid sweeping budget cuts that have hit the defense industry in the last year.

BAE Systems, for example, the country's biggest manufacturer of military equipment said it was planning to shave about 1,400 employees from its staff in a bid to meet government designs calling for aggressive defense budget cuts.

The country also exposed plans to shrink its armed forces and scrap key assets like its flagship aircraft carrier as part of savage public sector cutbacks announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron and his administration.

The prime minister has also indicated that some 17,000 service personnel would go from the British army, air force and navy by 2015. The government though has vowed that there would be no cut backs in field and combat operations, including those in Afghanistan.

Military experts expect that the cutbacks in the air force's Typhoon numbers could be further clipped it Britain and Omar agree to send to the Persian Gulf nation a squadron of aircraft.

"The planes could be diverted from an existing (air force) order; the question is whether they will then later be replaced," Defense News reported, cited comments made by Bagwell.

Britain's defense cuts are estimated at 8 percent, to a budget of about $58 billion in an attempt to slash the country's deficit caused by the global financial slowdown.

Britain's fast-jet squadrons totaled 33 in 1990, slipping to 17 in 2002. The number has since dipped to 12. Of them, seven are Tornados, three Typhoons and two are Harrier squadrons.

One analyst quoted by Defense News said six squadrons was "the low point for the United Kingdom's fast jet fleet." He said that could be recovered in bit as the Ministry of Defense "bolsters its force of Joint Strike Fighters beyond the current level mandated in the new strategic defense and security view."

Bagwell, though, was less optimistic saying he expected "a single squadron in 2020 and that's it."

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Aerospace News at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

NASA Research Park To Host World's Largest, Greenest Airship
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Dec 09, 2010
NASA has entered into a lease with E Green Technologies Kellyton, Ala., to bring the worlds largest airship to NASA Research Park at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Under the terms of the three-year lease that begins Jan. 1, 2011, NASA will lease approximately 24,000 square feet of hangar space in historic Hangar 2 for EGT/21st Century Airships to develop and test its Bull ... read more

Capasso Lab Demonstrates Highly Unidirectional Whispering Gallery Microlasers

Taiwan to approve three billion dollar China plant: report

Tablet computers come of age in 2010 with iPad mania

World's First Microlaser Emitting In 3-D

Arianespace Will Orbit Sicral 2 Milcomms Satellites

Codan Receives JITC Certification For 2110 HF Manpack

Northrop Grumman Bids for Marine Corps Common Aviation CnC

DSP Satellite System Celebrates 40 Years

The Flight Of The Dragon

ISRO To Launch New Satellite On December 20

SpaceX Dragon Does Two Orbits Before Pacific Splashdown

NASA, SpaceX giddy over historic orbit launch

Surplus Fuel Believed Cause For Russia's Glonass Satellite Loss

Program Error Caused Russian Glonass Satellite Loss

GPS Not Working A Shoe Radar May Help You Find Your Way

GPS Satellite Achieves 20 Years On-Orbit

U.K to halve fast-jets by 2020

NASA Research Park To Host World's Largest, Greenest Airship

Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific names new chief, eyes China

Iran upset over EU refusal to refuel its airplanes

Taiwan scientists claim microchip 'breakthrough'

Rice Physicists Discover Ultrasensitive Microwave Detector

UCSF Team Develops "Logic Gates" To Program Bacteria As Computers

Tiny Laser Light Show Illuminates Quantum Computing

Facebook intern maps world via online 'friends'

NASA Satellite Sees An Early Meteorological Winter In US Midwest

Redrawing The Map Of Great Britain Based On Human Interaction

Snow From Space

Tracking Down Particulates

Virginia Tech Engineer Identifies New Concerns For Antibiotic Resistance, Pollution

Eutrophication Makes Toxic Cyanobacteria More Toxic

Waste pollutes Adriatic coast

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement