How does that compare with the operating costs of the F35, the F15, the MiG29 and the Harrier to take some slightly less than random examples?
Are we in the position to cancel the F35 and large (to the UK) aircraft carrier program? If an incoming Tory government scraps the carriers, but we have to take the F35s, what can we do with them?
Harrier, I do know ... at £35,000 per hour. The Tornado GR versions cost £28,000 per hour. Difficult to get US and Russian operating costs as they work on a different accountancy basis. Between the Harrier and F-15 though,, we do know that the Harrier requires four times the maintenance effort. The killer with British military equipment is the huge capital cost and then the enormous administrative overhead. In truth, that overhead is understated. If you had to carry the top brass and the MoD support overhead, you would be adding several thousands more per hour. Then you have to add things like a component of the air-refuelling fleet, and so on. Military aviation is a very expensive business. Perhaps if we leased it out to Easy-Jet and just bought hours, it might be cheaper.