H/t reader squodgy:
“This is in addition to the requests by both Indian & Spanish Navies to extend the life of this groundbreakingly successful invention by Sidney Camm & STANLEY Hooker.
The desperation to find a better airplane must be gut wrenching.”
– DoD Wants to Give Harriers Link 16 | Virginia Class Subs Beached on Pipes Concern | UK’s Type 26 Gets Foreign Interest (Defense Indutry Daily, Aug 7, 2015):
- The Defense Department wants to upgrade US AV-8B Harriers with the Link 16 datalink system. The proposed $71.5 million, six-year upgrade is currently in the DoD’s FY2016 budget request, but if designated for re-programming, Harriers could begin to receive the new equipment this year through a $7.5 million acquisition. With the AV-8B fleet scheduled for retirement in 2025, the tactical datalink system will enable the older aircraft to integrate with more modern platforms, including the F-35. Continue reading »