Ozair wrote:pabloeing wrote:
I read some comments from the head of the Spanish Armed Forces a couple of months ago that indicated a buy, mostly associated with continued use of the Juan Carlos for fixed wing aviation, given their Harriers were going to reach their end of life by 2025. No surprise that the F-35 will replace both the F/A-18 and the AV-8B currently in Spanish service.
The question now is which variants they may acquire. Will Spain maintain a F-35B fleet or acquire both the CTOL and STOVL variants? There are obvious advantages to maintaining a STOVL F-35B fleet that can operate from L61 and from austere bases but also potential cost savings from acquiring and operating the cheaper CTOL F-35A alongside a smaller F-35B buy.
JJJ wrote:12-15 Bs to sub for the aging Harriers (currently 12+1 operational, but there used to be double that figure) and 45-50 A to replace the 80-ish equally aging F-18s in service.
Ozair wrote:JJJ wrote:12-15 Bs to sub for the aging Harriers (currently 12+1 operational, but there used to be double that figure) and 45-50 A to replace the 80-ish equally aging F-18s in service.
Makes sense although perhaps a lower number of Bees than may be adequate if they wanted to surge a fixed wing capability on the Juan Carlos. Has that ratio come from the Spanish Armed Forces or your assessment on numbers?
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