If you want an airforce capable of protecting our neutrality, then it needs to be capable of withstanding attack from ANYONE. Have we got the hundreds of billions required to have that?Dasayev said:Why do we need an air-force?
-to avoid dependence on foreign air-forces and protect our neutrality.
Looking for what?-to patrol the skies during EU summits and US Presidential visits.
If an aircraft is hijacked at the eastern boundary of Irish airspace, it can then be ploughing into Leinster House, the Aras, or the GPO in FIVE MINUTES. There is no air force in the world with the capacity to intercept that. So if you wanted to hijack a plane and hit a target in Ireland, that's how you'd do it.-to intercept hijacked aircraft.
How would jet fighters support our army at home? And on UN duty, if you're referring to troop transports, they're a different matter entirely - and its far more cost-efficient to hire them as needed rather than buy them.-to support our army at home and on UN duty.
No, jet fighters are the last thing we need to patrol our seas. Ships travel at a speed of about 30 knots max. Jet fighters do up to 800 knots. Imagine the amount of back-and-forth flying required for a jet fighter to keep an eye on a ship.To help the navy patrol our seas
Eh?and in case of trouble in the future
:roll: Oh for God's sake. What are you suggesting? That Unionists will be dropping bombs on Dublin (using non-existent B-52s from the arsenal of the UVF), and that fighters will be needed to intercept them? Dear God, please cop on.-to help win a Civil War should Unionists fail to accept a United Ireland after a referendum in favour of it.
No it doesn't. It did 70 years ago, but it doesn't now. It can just be overflown. And anyway, Ireland is right in the centre of the NATO area. If the Russians make it to here, they'll have got past Germany, France and Britain, and all the assistance provided by the US. In which case the game is up anyway. If we need to protect our independence in those circumstances we'd need HUNDREDS of jet fighters, at a cost of trillions - I'm not exaggerating. We'd also need a nuclear strike capacity - because if our hundreds of fighters caused the Russians any trouble, they'd just nuke us.-to protect our independence during a possible war between NATO and Russia (Ireland holds great strategic value should there be a conflict in the Atlantic)
Really, does anyone actually think these things through?