Over the last few weeks and no doubt many times today, usually in reference to CVF, the term
Too expensive to cancel
Will be heard
There have been contracts placed but every day in the real world contracts are cancelled, organisations sit down and work through the issues and usually a compromise is reached.
Where a compromise cannot be reached then one party is in breach and the other party may resort to legal remedy.
In this case BAe would be facing the MoD in a court room whilst major decisions on other programmes that BAe are involved with are still to be made.
It beggars belief that BAe would put in jeopardy their entire future UK defence portfolio on potential losses from one project.
The capital costs of CVF pail into insignificance against their running costs and especially the running costs of her aircraft when measured over the next few decades.
Are we really saying the the UK Government is being bounced into a bad decision because it is scared of facing BAe in the High Court, is this really what decisions on military and security capability are being based on these days?
If the reports are true about one CVF with a handful of aircraft in a decade or two then this must go down in the annals of the worst government defence decision, since the last one.
What we should be doing is working out a strategic plan (remember that word) for the Royal navy with BAe that ensures both parties benefit in the long term.
This ridiculous decision makes no sense for either party.