When the Harrier GR9 was conducting missions in Afghanistan for five years, a request for urgent ground support for our beleaguered ground forces would result in Royal Navy or Royal Air Force Harrier aircraft being launched within 12 minutes of the urgent request being made.
Since the arrival in the Afghanistan Theatre of the Tornado GR4 aircraft..........Ground support missions in both theatres now require 24 hours’ notice.
Know everyone, take a guess as to where those two quotes are from?
Were you right?
It was of course, Saviour Of The Falklands himself, Sharkey.
Now, my first thought, and I'm sure the first thought of everyone who read that was, what a bare faced liar.
Now, lets for a moment assume thats not the case, does anyone really believe that all CAS is done on a 24hr delay?
Or is it simply that one of the many other airforces operating in Afghanistan is handling CAS, and the Tornados have taken over the bombing role?