The question one has to pose, therefore, is what do we do with these people.
Borrow the Charles de Gaulle and launch them with the catapult!
From the article:
The MPs' report, out on Tuesday, makes clear the quick decision to adapt the carriers to fly US-made Joint Strike Fighters, taking off by catapult and landing by arrester wires, will increase the planes' cost as well as that of the carriers, but by how much will not be known until December 2012.
Does not compute. The non-jumpjet carrier JSF should be cheaper than the jumpjet version. Or would they be arguing maintenance is cheaper for jumpjets?The NAO
recently put the cost of the first carrier at £4.3b and the second at less than £1b. £6.7b for the planes?
With the benefit of hindsight I could see some vague sense in having got the carriers underway much quicker with ski ramps and operated Harriers from them until the JSF of some other aircraft became cost effective.(imo the JSF is too much of a leap for jump jet requirements)