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Reader riposte: The navy's agenda

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1 July 2008 11:09

Alan Wrigley writes in response to my post on Australia's new amphibious ships (mini- aircraft carriers, really):

Never underestimate the guile of the Australian Navy. You speculated about the possibility of its huge new amphibious ships becoming a platform for operating future unmanned combat aircraft. The future is nearer than you thought. You may not be aware that there is a STOVL (Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter being developed to replace the US Marine Corps' AV-8 Harrier.

It took around 20 years of effort to finally block the Navy's ambitions for a replacement aircraft carrier for the HMAS Melbourne but the desire has never been quenched. It's a good bet that Navy support for the JSF for the RAAF will be motivated by the prospect of getting back its own little air force when the timing seems right.

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