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Shortage Of Raf Pilots For Libya As Defence Cuts Bite

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/8412467/Shortage-of-RAF-pilots-for-Libya-as-defence-cuts-bite.html

Since the conflict began, a squadron of 18 RAF Typhoon pilots has enforced the Libya no-fly zone from an air base in southern Italy. However, a shortage of qualified fighter pilots means the RAF may not have enough to replace all of them when the squadron has to rotate in a few weeks.

The situation is so serious that the RAF has halted the teaching of trainee Typhoon pilots so instructors can be drafted on to the front line, according to air force sources. The handful of pilots used for air shows will also be withdrawn from displays this summer.

The shortage has arisen because cuts to the defence budget over the past decade have limited the number of pilots who have been trained to fly the new Typhoon.

There are also fewer newly qualified pilots coming through after the RAF was forced to cut a quarter of its trainee places due to cuts announced in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Genius, I just love good forward planning you can't beat it.

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Fear not, our Army is also preparing to enter the war...sorry, huminatarian action.

We really should stop pretending to be a World Power.

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It's a new business model.

Armed groups around the world can hire the latest technology in airpower. It's like lending your van to bloke you just met down the pub in exchange for 2 bottles of malt and a carton of cigarettes. Assuming the guy in the pub isn't a dodgy serial killer. Oh hang on......

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To be honest, if we cut the spending enough, we may just be tempted not to want to be gallavanting off into other people's countries all the time.

It's the armed forces that take the strain though and governments will always assume they can cut more since our forces still manage to perform despite the cuts. I fear it will take a bloody nose at some point in future before the government of the day realises they have cut too far.

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Is that a bad thing?

it's a bad thing in that I'd rather we didn't have to see lots of our people killed first before our government realised we can't afford these wars. I'd rather they realised it before that took place.

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To be honest, if we cut the spending enough, we may just be tempted not to want to be gallavanting off into other people's countries all the time.

Problem : other people have memories.

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It's like the opening scenes of 'The Battle of Britain' with those 18 year old junior officers saying 'I've only flown 3 hours in Spits sir...' Couldn't we get some Czechs and Poles again this time?

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Meh aircraft are pretty much obsolete anyway. Cruise missiles and even ballistic rockets like V2 and Scuds effectively make bomber aircraft like the Typhoon obsolete. Sure sure it may well cost you half a million quid to shoot a cruise missile but how expensive is it to strap a bomb to the side of a plane and send it to drop said bomb?

But half a million quid is somewhat cheaper than the 25K~40K per hour running cost of combat aircraft, the RAF training of pilots, maintenance crews (and costs), and also the cost of the planes themselves at 100million each you could buy 200 cruise missiles and hit 200 targets.

AND the backup support such as AWACS and maintainence of the airfields and support facilities.

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