If boldness, cunning and guile are the hallmarks of successful British military contributions that have allowed the UK Armed Forces to develop a reputation for excellence, then these might be the facets that need investment in the MDP, not simply new equipment.
The ongoing Combat Air Strategy under development within the Ministry of Defence faces a difficult choice, with significant capability, industrial and geopolitical cost trade-offs involved. The F-35 is at the centre of this dilemma.
The iconic A-10 is a superb and highly efficient close air support platform. Defenders of the aircraft point to its unique capabilities and the lack of a like-for-like replacement. These arguments, however, miss the larger picture