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    Quote Originally Posted by Graylion View Post
    Rule of thumb is that in order to cover 1 role 24/7 you need 5 staff.
    Throw in some leave for training and you have 6. This is why I think a minimum of 24 pilots would be needed to have a 2+2 ship QRA set-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Throw in some leave for training and you have 6. This is why I think a minimum of 24 pilots would be needed to have a 2+2 ship QRA set-up.
    Can't have pilots without techies. Same ratio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Throw in some leave for training and you have 6. This is why I think a minimum of 24 pilots would be needed to have a 2+2 ship QRA set-up.
    You would then need 18 aircraft in the fleet so as to have those 24 pilots qualified as Basic Mission Ready based on the 1:1.25 ratio if you were trying an RAF level QRA capability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Can't have pilots without techies. Same ratio?
    For the aircraft ground crew the quick answer is yes as they will be covering the same times.
    For depot level maintenance the level of techies is determined by the number of aircraft.

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    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/russ...n-kaliningrad/

    .... the Kaliningrad-based radar should “be capable of monitoring the entire territory of Europe, including the United Kingdom.”

    And Ireland for that matter.

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    The number of techncial personnel is not determined by the number of aircraft, rather by the size of the entire system. Lads turning spanners per hull, on the ramp,assuming nothing goes pear shaped on the turnaround, is around three or four; engineering staff dealing with tech stuff in the head office is probably the same again. You are dealing with airworthiness/modifcations/armament/overhaul/engine and airframe structural specialists and so on.Now,you can buy in a lot of that as part of the package,ie, you lease the Gripen,you get the Swedish shed-dwellers to deal with the indoor engineering and let the Irish do the ramp stuff. Hangar work soaks up manpower like you wouldn't believe and if you are getting into fitting out and manning workshops for overhauling subassemblies like pumps,valves, motors and so,then you start ramping up the manpower requirement like crazy,which is where the accountants start whining and the Minister starts tapping the table and the other capbadges start making snide remarks about costs. So,you have to think carefully about what you buy in.

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