Turkey negotiating with SEDEF Shipyard for 2nd Light Carrier

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Unread post06 Nov 2017, 04:26

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Corsair1963 wrote:...I don't see France acquiring the F-35C in the short term. Yet, considering the capabilities of such types over current 4/4.5 Generation Fighters. I wouldn't rule it out long term thought....


....IMHO, the F-35A is more likely to be the first squadrons implemented (if ever) by France to support their allies across NATO. I would wait until the Brits have seasoned the QE with the "Bees", before I would consider another maritine a/c to replace the Rafales (CATOBAR, or not).
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Well, France could acquire a small number of F-35A's and/or F-35C's. To give them a first strike capability. As without them the FAF and FN will becomes a second rate Air Force post 2030. (if not before)
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Unread post06 Nov 2017, 18:26

Corsair1963 wrote:Well, France could acquire a small number of F-35A's and/or F-35C's. To give them a first strike capability. As without them the FAF and FN will becomes a second rate Air Force post 2030. (if not before)

It might not make sense given nuclear role, which is very prominent in the French air doctrine. ASMP-A isn't anywhere in the consideration for F-35A integration.

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Unread post06 Nov 2017, 18:34

The F-35 will already have the proper nuke setup and UAI. All the French need to do is give ASMP-A UAI and "wham, bam, thank you ma'am"... All that is left is separation tests (no need for a separate block upgrade).
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Unread post06 Nov 2017, 18:53

France is never going to acquire F-35s. You have all seen how patriotic and strongly all the rafale fans behave on the internet. Now multiply that by a couple of factors to get how their politicians think. In time their sea rafales will be replaced by a sea variant of the new eurostealth fighter. End of story as France really does see itself as the European military superpower of the EU especially now the UK is leaving who was its only rival for that role.
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Unread post07 Dec 2017, 10:19

Turkey seeks to buy Harriers as an interim measure until F-35Bs are ready
06 Dec 2017 Kerry Herschelman

"Turkey has been seeking to buy an unknown number of Harrier fighters as a stop-gap measure until the F-35B short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) version of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is ready for Turkish service, Jane’s has learned from reliable Turkish and Western defence industry sources.

Jane’s earlier reported that Turkey had expressed to the United States its interest in purchasing 19-20 of the F-35B STOVL version. This is in addition to the 100 F-35As it already plans to buy from Lockheed Martin.

Turkey first approached the United Kingdom about the purchase of Harriers but then turned to the United States for the AV-8B in the inventory of the US Marine Corps because the aircraft have not been used by the UK armed forces since 2010...."

Source: http://www.janes.com/article/76200/turk ... -are-ready
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