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Possible Voyager Boom upgrade

tm74sqn
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Re: Possible Voyager Boom upgrade

Post by tm74sqn » Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:55 pm

Is it possible to modify F-35A to have F-35B type nose with AAR probe? Then, if the RAF wants that hybrid-variant F-35A, our existing RAF AAR tankers could be used.

Malcolm
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Re: Possible Voyager Boom upgrade

Post by Malcolm » Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:14 pm

tm74sqn wrote:
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:55 pm
Is it possible to modify F-35A to have F-35B type nose with AAR probe? Then, if the RAF wants that hybrid-variant F-35A, our existing RAF AAR tankers could be used.
Of course it's possible. I think it was reported that the Canadians were quoted something like $2Bn to do the development work. :roll:

Supra
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Re: Possible Voyager Boom upgrade

Post by Supra » Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:24 pm

Anything is possible if your pockets are deep enough! BUT, that modification would require a whole new Certification process with all the testing/approvals taking a very long time & most likely at the sole expense of the UK unless we can get some other Nations also up Turd-Creek to split the cost....coz we didn't get the full monty tankers from the outset. Makes the F-35A even more costly per manufactured unit & a delayed in-service date. Of course, we could put the first couple of A models into Boscombe Down & have them scab-on some external pipework which takes time & money, screws-up the Radar signature & generally delays the operational schedule too. Two wrongs don't make a right! :halo:

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Re: Possible Voyager Boom upgrade

Post by Supra » Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:31 pm

Forgot to add that fudging the F-34A to probe still leaves the UK without the opportunity to AAR its other American-built heavy assets via Boom transfer. Boscombe Down could have all them in & Pop some probes on them too!... but IIRC the internal plumbing aspect didn't go too well with the Nimrod retrofit? :whistle: :grr:

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