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May 3 17 8:49 PM
ChrisPat wrote:MPA is sized to take a brigade. No idea the time to get one there but the limit isn't the facilities down that end.
May 6 17 10:01 AM
Dili wrote:What anti land/surface weapons have the Typhoons?
May 7 17 2:37 AM
May 7 17 1:43 PM
ThePointblank wrote:Dili wrote:What anti land/surface weapons have the Typhoons?Paveway IV's, but by 2018 slated to get Storm Shadow and Brimestone missiles. Against an Argentinian force that has almost no air defence capabilities beyond point defence with MANPADS and AAA, that should be more than enough (The Argentinians are too broke to keep their ships properly armed with missiles and have let their entire naval missile inventory expire).
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May 9 17 12:50 AM
CG1 wrote:That's a bit worrying - Argentinas's got loads of cows.....
May 9 17 12:52 AM
May 9 17 12:58 AM
ChrisPat wrote:True, if we could just get past the silly dispute about the islands Argentina and Britain have a long history of getting on well and trading with each other, beef as much as anything.
May 9 17 6:20 PM
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May 10 17 2:58 AM
HK wrote:I do wonder what would happen though if the Argies managed to shut down the MPA runway
That's the key to the Falklands defense. Classic test case for an air interdiction strategy. Night surprise air or naval attack could damage the runway with the Typhoons still on the ground; rainy weather would delay repairs (time for concrete/epoxy to harden). No viable air defense until CAAM is delivered (as the Rapiers can't prevent a stand-off or high-altitude attack), so follow on strikes could trash the place in a matter of hours.
Then having achieved air supremacy the Argies could move on to ground interdiction and a landing... would be hard to prevent them from getting a solid beachhead ashore within a matter of hours/days and RAF C-17s probably couldn't bring reinforcements in at that point.
That would lead to a temporary stalemate until RN reinforcements arrive to clear the skies and seas. Would play out like the last time and end the same... so not a winnable strategy for Argentina, but they could make it an expensive campaign...
May 10 17 4:57 AM
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CG1 wrote:What would be the point of doing that? The UK response would wipe out their armed forces and might well include Tomahawk strikes on their mainland bases this time.
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