Nah Shar is an okay aircraft, my dislike of it extends solely to the fact that its subsonic and a pain in the ass to use VIFF on controller, even more so than with swing-wings which I’ve got the hang of quite well.
I primarily enjoy the thrill of the fight which is something pretty suicidal for me in a harrier…
I think Sea Harrier as it would be the ideal candiate for an early ARH adopter and so much work has been done recently on the FRS1 that it just makes sense. Also last chance really for the FA2 to come unless it comes in a few years as a filler, premium or SQV.
F-18 or Gripen.
This I think really depends on what gets added to other trees and when. But Im thinking a delay similar to the Mig-29s for Germany.
Harrier Gr9A (with or without Brimstone) or Typhoon
Typhoon (if it didnt come in June)
Tornado Gr4 (with ASRAAM and Brimstone)
(I think 2024 will be about Gen 5 IR set up. With it being tuned via long range missiles like the R-27ET and MICA IR ready for ASRAAM, IRIS-T, etc)
A small… Tiny part of me, thinks the anti-Typhoon stance they have taken recently is just to temper expectations and that the Typhoon is coming. The more its discussed. the more details considered. The less I think it would be so totally overwhelming, especially in a nerfed/prototype state. It could come this december without issue.
its extremely unlikely, but I think it should be left on the table. (and if F-15 and Su-27 do come, then it 100% could come March without fail)
That I think is a matter of BR. No way they’d allow 4x Aim-9M on a supersonic platform at 11.3 and no way the F3 would survive any higher than 11.3 without AMRAAM.
It would be good, but 0 chance of ASRAAM i reckon, so will still have major vulnerabilities. Also no guarantee we’d get Aim-120C5s. Aim-120Bs are far more likely.
Im hoping the Tornado Gr1 will get some much needed love at the same time. ARH would require certain overhauls at the same time and there has been evidence for ECM and CM overhauls of late. So Tornado Gr1 upgraded with:
Its full Chaff count and the recently discovered BOL rails
and maybe something else, like cluster bombs (gunna have to come eventually)
could give us practically a whole new aircraft on its own.
Honestly wouldn’t mind the GR.1 getting some indeed much needed attention.
I don’t have it personally. Currently on my harrier grind for the orbital missile platform it is.
But us getting nice things is one thing I would not say no to. Hell the tornadoes getting their ECM stuff would be fun. in-of-itself. I can’t say I’m familiar with the specifics I’m more into the engineering side of things and other little tidbits like that.
For example did you know that the tailfin fuel tank on the tornado was pumped with Nitrogen as it drained to prevent fires. Or at least that’s what my old instructor told me a bloke who’d worked on phantoms. Jaguars and tornados in RAF service.
The Tornado Gr1 is such a shame at the moment. It has such potential and when employed right (like you can in SB) is actually very good. But the entire time you fly it, it feels… empty. Like its missing something and it is, a LOT. The aircraft is barely half finished and that is all you can feel when flying it.
A completed Tornado Gr1 would be fantastic. (especially if it was upgraded to the Tornado Gr1B so it could have Sea Eagles as well)