Nicoeddf wrote:seahawk wrote:You just need to look at the service life of the plane.If we go by 40 years one most plan for the option that today´s modern SAM systems will be as common as systems that were modern in 1978. And those are to be expected even in low intensity conflicts today. (SA-6, SA-8)
All understood. However receiving Tr4 EF now to replace part of the Tornados and supplement with matured F35 (or whatever) in 15 years seems to be a far better option than keeping an all Tornado strike fleet until 2035. The cost aspect of split fleet would be mitigated by the existing EF in A2A role.
And while the S-400 seems to be a very credible threat, let's not pretend as if suddenly all ground and flying equipment of possible adversaries will be latest and greatest. Or even fielded in relevant numbers, apart maybe from China.
And I don't see a situation where German strike aircraft would play any role in a conflict with China - NATO obligations or not.
If you buy interim EsF, you do - imho - waste resources as the EF fleet is planed to be replaced by the new fighter to be designed with the French. Which will be after 2035 and then you will be pressed to replace at least the Tranche 1s quickly. Imho getting a number of F-35 by 2025 gives the fleet a strike option that it needs, a plane that fulfils most requirements, a plane that is offering great interoperability with allies and a plane with a secure upgrade path, as well as being a perfect benchmark for the EF replacement. Sadly it is an American product, which is the big point against it. But it will probably still be cheaper than to built a Eurofighter ECR version.