Richard North posts the Excellent Defence of the Realm Blog that our fast jet ground attack aircraft are fast wearing out and that RAF-types are looking for old fashioned piston 'n propeller alternatives such as the Hawker Beechcraft and Brazilian Tucano for this ground attack role.
BAe of course sold Hawker to Raytheon some time ago, but anyone with childhood Airfix experience will recognise the Hawker pedigree; the Typhoon was one of the last war's finest ground attack aircraft.
Is is so far beyond our national capabilities to develop and produce a modern piston 'n propeller ground attack aircraft? Perhaps with a Rolls-Royce engine even? If Bob Jobsworth offered a £1m design prize with the condition that the aircraft went into production within two years and with costs within a pre-set envelope could British industry rise to the challenge? Why can't we?