- February 09, 2011 - 08:12
As someone deeply involved with Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Project I can tell you with certainty that either your MP is not well informed or intentionally trying to deceive you because he has his facts wrong. At the moment we are using Hercules C 130s in the FWSAR role. The plan is to buy a smaller aircraft to fill this role (most likely the C 27 Spartan?). The C 27 is not better than the Herc because the Herc is the best FWSAR aircraft in the world. It is just that the C 27, a very capable aircraft is cheaper to operate so delaying this buy does not mean that SAR operations will be in jeopardy. On the other hand delaying the F 35 buy would mean having no fighter aircraft for a few years and losing out on billions in industrial benefits and many thousands of jobs lost.