Britain bids farewell to the Harrier

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The only things they can rely on as fighters are the Fighterhawks and Pucaras. They know the rough Falklands landscape and if determined enough, they could sneak up on the Type 45 (and then be shredded by the Phalanx Close in Weapons System). But that would mean that you would have a general determined to gamble their entire air force on taking out the Typhoons and destroyer. It could be feasible but the calculated attrition rate on the Argentinians would be too high to expect a good offensive once the rest of the British forces arrive.

I stated in another post in this thread that the Argentine navy is pretty beat up compared to its American neighbors, such as Brazil or Chile. The destroyer and submarine can neutralize parts of this fleet if they use good tactics with their technology. But the Argentines have enough rusted equipment to sacrifice them in an attack favoring their numbers. Whether it is successful enough is determined by the audacity and courage of the Argentine commander (who risks having to tell many Argentine family members that their children perished in what would seem to be a suicide run). What I am saying is that the British technology is an excellent factor to winning a battle, but can be easily overwhelmed by a massive rush or a force with nothing to lose.

Note that even first world powers have sent rusted or outdated equipment to either overwhelm an enemy with multiple targets or to bait their defenses on them while the actual attackers have a clean line of fire.

But the reality is that the high tech destroyer, fighters stationed at Port Stanley, and the Trafalgar class sub are enough to be an excellent deterrent against any thought of invading the Falklands again. The Type 45 destroyer could take on 10 fighters at any given time, making even a mass rush have a low rate of success if the weather is right for the Brits. And most of the Argentine brass already have soldiers and families uncertain about their futures, whether they have enough to eat, whether their squadron/division/batallion etc. would be axed in the same manner as the British Harriers. Even if you have a bravado commander willing to take on the Falkland defenses, that person would have a hell of a time convincing a demoralized military to kill themselves over a rock when they barely have enough money to go by at that moment.

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