4 Eurofighters should hold up pretty well against 12 JF-17s given the early warning as well as electronic warfare advantage and better training of the RAF. And in case of a need, those 4 can be easily supplemented with additional units. A cursory look at the RAF base you can count 16 HAS on the base with multiple runways so the Brits will do just fine. That is not even counting the air defence provided by the ships. Even if there were just 2 additional Eurofighters, Id say they would have an edge and a first shoot capability. So these are not a threat to the Brits and are not meant to be either.This is what the British Parliament authorized for the defense of Falkland Islands. 4 RAF Typhoons against 12 JF-17 is a matter of concern.
UK military assets UK military assets are drawn from all three services and include infantry and specialist troops, air defence assets, a maritime patrol capability and RAF Typhoon aircraft. The British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) is based at Mount Pleasant Complex, 35 miles (56km) from the capital, Stanley. It consists of approximately 1,300 Service personnel plus around 50 MOD civil servants.
As of February 2012 assets include: • Approximately 1300 personnel • Four Typhoon fast-jet aircraft • VC-10 tanker aircraft • Hercules C-130 aircraft • Rapier surface-to-air missiles • Frigate or Destroyer (currently Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose to be replaced by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless) • Royal Fleet Auxiliary Gold Rover • HMS Clyde permanently stationed in the region as Falklands Patrol • Infantry company currently from 2 Scots The RAF currently has four Typhoon fast-jet aircraft based at Mount Pleasant Airfield to provide air defence of the islands; one VC-10 tanker aircraft for air-to-air refuelling; and one Hercules C-130 aircraft providing airborne maritime patrol capability, including fisheries patrolling. The C130 can also be used for air transport or medical evacuation if required. Two Sea King helicopters are available for search and rescue coverage; while the RAF regiment provides a Rapier Squadron of surface-to-air missiles. In addition, two Sikorski S61 helicopters, operated by British International, are based at Mount Pleasant for the routine movement of personnel and freight. Air traffic control, fire and meteorological services are also present. Remotely deployed early warning radars also provide an air defence framework.7 Atlantic Patrol Task (South), APT(S), is the standing naval commitment to provide either a destroyer or a frigate and an RFA support vessel to the South Atlantic and the West African region. The vessel is present in the Falkland Islands area for the majority of the year, including through the southern winter, and is at a maximum of 14 days notice from the islands for the remainder of the year. The current APTS vessel is the Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose, supported by RFA tanker Gold Rover8 . HMS Montrose began her 6½ month deployment in October 20119 . She is to be replaced by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless in 5 “Duke of Cambridge to deploy to Falklands”, Defence News, 10 November 2011 [online] (accessed 11 January 2012) 6 MoD email, 17 January 2012 7 More information on the RAF deployment is available on its website 8 “RFA Black Rover returns from 18 month deployment”, Defence News, 29 September 2011 9 “Montrose begins six month stint in South Atlantic”, Royal Navy News, 25 October 2011 4 spring 201210. Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh was on patrol prior to HMS Montrose for much of 2011. In addition, HMS Clyde11 is permanently stationed in the region as the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel. The ship’s company rotates every six months. A nuclear-powered attack submarine also supplements Atlantic Patrol Task South, on occasion. A Naval Engineering unit supports naval assets in the region. HMS Protector deployed to the Antarctic and South Atlantic in January 2012 to take up duties as the Ice Patrol Ship. HMS Protector is on loan from Norway and replaces the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance, in dock since 2008 with damage sustained by flooding.12 13 The Falkland Islands Reinforcement Infantry company rotates on a regular basis. A number of joint units also support Armed Forces personnel and assets based in the Falkland Islands, including: • Falkland Islands Joint Logistics Unit • Falkland Islands Support Unit • Joint Communications Unit Falkland Islands • Joint Services Provost and Security Unit • Joint Services signals Unit. The Falkland Islands Defence Force provides local support to British military personnel. Funded by the Falkland Islands Government, the Defence Force is recognised as a skilled and effective Territorial Army unit, not only forming an integral part of the Islands’ defence operation, but also carrying out search and rescue operations. The MoD provides a brief introduction to the Falkland Islands for the service community, including information on weather and flying time (18 hours).