Re-equipping the Red Arrows . . .

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the Swiss are already in the place with PC-21s.

Already Aussies brought it to replace their PC-9 for Roulettes demonstration team.

The RAAF bought them to replace all PC-9s, not specifically for the Roulettes (they are not a full-time team, they are flown by Qualified Flying Instructors who work at the Central Flying School, RAAF East Sale). IIRC the Roulettes aircraft are not soley used for display work, I remember a Roulettes painted PC-9 at work (ARDU, RAAF Edinburgh) for Test Pilot CT (continuation training - 'hours').
 

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If they de-militarize them as suggested above and de-activate the afterburners in most of the airframe but their solo display, probably not that much.
 

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Refurbished Hawks until the road map for replacing the Hawk T.2 is worked out (minimum 15 years away?) makes a lot more sense.

As the Great Gunston once wrote, 'like a Beethoven Symphony; obvious and logical . . .'

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Robin.
 

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The RAF has decided that fast jet training can be done with a small number of jets given the fewer pilots, better prop aircraft, and greater simulator use in training. I'd still buy more Hawk 128s to keep the small fleet secure.

We could keep the best 10 Hawks as spares for the Reds but that is really kicking the can down the road. Eventually they have to be replaced. A lot of museums would like a Hawk for display.

The early Tranche 1 Typhoons are being retired. These have plenty of lifetime on the airframes and should be good until 2040 as many had the SLEP. Look at the costs of keeping 12 (or less) of those, without weapons, for the Reds. Should be no problem regarding commonality of parts and their pilots will have the same skills.
A couple of them could be the Solo Display aircraft which takes pressure off the regular squadrons.

If we go down the route of buying special aircraft purely for the display team then it might as well be privatised. In which case it's not an RAF thing and is pointless. I certainly wouldn't trust a brand new unflown design for a high dynamic aerobatic demo role.

Or there's this :D
Red Barrows
 

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