13 July 2010
Buy outright 14 to the same standard as the RAAF. Would probably save at least £1 billion while providing aircraft of a higher standard to the RAF.
We should investigate criminal procedings against those involved with this PFI.
John Hartley - Woking/Surrey/UK
14 July 2010
That would be Gordon Brown and all the Labour Defence ministers then
Ian Skinner - Enfield
14 July 2010
Yet another piece of evidence to support the theory that the last habitues of Downing Street were living in cloud cuckoo land and the MOD (RAF) have no knowledge of the business world where profit is the only motivation!
Norman - UK
14 July 2010
It is hard to see how 14 new generation tankers will replace the existing force.
The fact the RAF don't own the aircraft is a disgrace, there is even talks of sharing with the French...
The previous government should hold their collective heads in shame, they have failed on a grand scale (the only thing they in hindsight did well).
Shaun - Ex-RNZN
28 July 2010
It was announced yesterday that the '£1,25 Billion, "contingency fund" set aside for the London Olympics' may not be required and the funds could be returned to the Treasury. Good news indeed (if true) but how much will security for the Games cost? However prestigious such an event might be, who benefits outside the S.E of the UK? Very few I expect. Meanwhile as BP reels from the rather one sided penalties imposed by the US Government (remember Bophal, 'Agent Orange' and lately 'Goldman Sachs')should our navy and air force still rely on outdated means of refuelling? The VC10 still soldiers on until a replacement is fully confirmed, while the RFA has just two 'double hulled' tankers (often making up for absent warships!)the remainder being 30 to 40 year old, single hulls, conveniently 'exempted' from current legislation! It's a disaster waiting to happen. All our forces depend on secure fuel supplies, yet the MARS project at least seems to have been conveniently forgotten about. Once the world's greatest shipbuilder, aside from a few naval vessels, the UK no longer builds ships. Not one of the 30 odd replacement SD/RMAS craft have been built in the UK! Surely UK yards could still complete standard commercial hulls built abroad as the Dutch and others so capably do. They must be replaced sooner or later, surely it would save in the long term while preserving valuable skills and jobs into the bargain?
Imagine the outcry if the Olympic sailing contest was disrupted by an oil spill from a RAS accident off Weymouth!! It strikes me this country needs to get its priorities sorted out, I expect Shaun (Ex RNZN) is glad he's a 'Kiwi'!!
Neil - Merseyside, UK