@ Stuart Van Onselen
No thats Iraq. Afghanistan via its then Taliban government assisted in the direct attack on a NATO member, who invoked article 5 of the NATO charter.
Afghanistan is a NATO and UN sanctioned action, so take up your "illegal" tripe with them.
And at Typhoon detractors. Exactly what major defense program is on time and on budget these days ? Even the F22 and JSF programs are being eyed jealously by US lawmakers looking to reduce costs and government pork. Neither is 100% safe.
Where would we be if the JSF gets canned ? Well, not so badly off, because we have an alternative.
Not we shouldn't have just bought the Rafale anyway, doing a good enough job for a much cheaper price. That way we could have avoided this Eurofighter and JSF boondoggle, and the French may well have bought a third carrier of the design we are using to operate them from potentially saving money there too.
Don't know why Lewis didn't mention that, its not like he's a US shill or anything.