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May 10 17 3:04 PM
HK wrote:They are bringing their A-4s and Super Etendards back to flying status. They've been negotiating for French spares for the SuEs, which would give a fully night-capable striker with a modern nav-attack system - easy from that point on to integrate GPS guided glide weapons from Israel, South Africa, China, maybe Taiwan. The SuEs have the range for a low-level strike on MPA (380 nm one way) with a return at high altitude. The warning radars would provide 5-6 minutes of warning tops, which wouldn't be enough to scramble aircraft unless these were at high readiness. 2 GPS bombs per striker would mean 20 impact points (10 aircraft), 4 bombs per striker would mean 32 impact points (8 aircraft, 2 buddy tankers). I'm not sure if they would go for the runway or the aircraft shelters (or maybe the taxiways, which seem like a vulnerable chokepoint), but damage might be sufficient with just one wave to enable follow-on strikes without opposition.This scenario certainly isn't likely, and entails some risk, but could be pulled off with good pilots and if the intent was there.
May 10 17 4:24 PM
HMS Pinafore wrote:The way I'd try and take the Falklands would be to send a 747 loaded up with 400+ paratroopers to try and take MPA in an overt commando raid.The idea is to fly the plane out into the Atlantic, turn about and pretend to be a commercial bird out of South Africa which is in trouble
looking for an emergency landing airfield.
Once down you pop open the doors, inflate the chutes and storm the airfield. Main targets would be the air defences and Typhoons. Meanwhile more transports are coming in from the West with conventional paratroopers. I'd lease a number of commercial C-130s to boost the numbers.After that you then go ahead and lose the resulting war.
May 10 17 7:49 PM
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May 10 17 11:31 PM
CG1 wrote:In theory we could buy Patriots quickly if we saw them re-arming......
May 10 17 11:49 PM
HK wrote:eldritch wrote:>"You seem to have forgotten that the UK is spending millions on upgrading its land based air defence system on the Falklands. Rapier will at last be pensioned off to be replaced by FLAADS."
True but FLAADS is still a couple years off. Much like Queen Elizabeth + JSF. The official date is 2020.
So that's why the next 2-3 years are interesting. It's sort of the last window for Argentina to pull something off. Not that they seem to have the capabilities or interest, but in theory they could stand up a strike capability fairly quickly.
2lapsdown wrote:This thread is just sad....about as relevant as refighting WW2.
Fairly old news but a bit of a pain
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