Anyway the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is more or less modular in design so it could even be retrofitted on aircraft carriers equipped with a ski-jump ramp thus permitting Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) carrier-based aircraft such as the F-35C Lightning II or the proposed navalised Eurofighter Typhoon that requires a Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) system to operate.
For a more authoritative perspective with regards to the discussion on the subject of the SR-71 Blackbird, one can always pick up any of the books authored by Colonel (Retired) Richard H. Graham or Major (Retired) Brian Shul which they had provided for in extremely detailed aspect touching on topics ranging from the aircraft engineering systems and technical sub-systems to pre-flight, in-flight, post-flight combat operations.
Also quite a fair bit of interesting experiences albeit a little exaggerated at times which makes for an engaging interesting read none the less. Just some of the more popular excerpt from one of their many stories...
Originally Posted by Sled Driver : Flying the World's Fastest Jet
So the UK decided to spend tonnes of cash on a heavily compromised aircraft when that same money could have been spent on cheaper F/A-18E/F aircraft which would have given them more bang for buck. And as it is, the costs for F-35 aircraft can only go higher with longer delays (the aircraft is not even remotely combat capable now!)
Heck, even the USN is still relying on the F-18E/F for its needs in the immediate future and ordered more.
Last edited by NazgulKing; 2nd July 2014 at 03:42 PM.
New infographic released by the Daily Mail (Online), HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) to be christened and launch by Queen Elizabeth II today.
BBC (News), The True Cost Of Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth
By Caroline Wyatt @ 2014-07-04 T 00:35 +1
BBC (News), The Aircraft Carrier That Never Was
By Nick Childs @ 2014-07-02 T 23:52 +1
Also, it seems the UK has 24 F-35 on contract plus 5 on option ot something. The Prince of Wales goes straight to mothballs upon launching.
They seriously are dead broke...