I really should change my personal text
- Oct 25, 2013
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In fairness to Archibald don’t think he’s suggesting an Arrow variant as a direct substitute for the TSR2 in it’s principle low altitude strike role.The British had already assessed and rejected the Arrow as a candidate interceptor to F.155T. Even assuming it survived, rejigging the design to accept attack avionics, radar, TFR and weapons might be more trouble than it's worth. The superficial similarities between Arrow and TSR.2 are striking, but under the skin it might not be so easy.Imagine if Avro and their Arrow had survived into the 60's and jumped into that bandwagon... Dassault could be their "guiding light" first (around 1960-61, since the Arrow would fit right between the Mirage III and IV) and then the devastated British try to recover after the TSR-2 fiasco, so after 1965.
The Arrow airframe would have been horribly mis-matched to that role even if you assume carried over TSR2 avionics or equivalents. Likely short on payload/range and with horrible ride/ gust response in the low altitude strike role. A late 50’s high altitude interceptor is inevitably not going to be a good fit for completely different requirements.