Is a Common Defence of the British Isles the only Rational Strategy for effective defence?
For far too long we have insisted there is a need to maintain an Army of our own while opposing any step for a common effective defence of the British Isles.
The most advanced MIG jets are capable of flying at Mach 3 which mean the plane will cover almost 994 metres in a single second. The British need to exert effective control of Irish Air space to have any effective control of their own air space.
A MIG jet can cross the Irish sea in just 90 seconds. During WW2 it would take a fighter plane 10 minutes to cross the Irish sea. No army can maintain an effective defence without achieving and maintaining Air Superiority.
From our own perspective we could not maintain any control of our skies without British Assistance, and consequently our forces could only endure in the field with the help of British Air Cover.