seriously f**k America and what Americans think, we will already be on the bad books regarding Faslane and the removal of the rUK's nuke forces and non NATO membership means NATO loses control over the southern half of the Atlantic gap as we will not cede control when it's near the Shetland islands and our oil & gas industry
You don't need to sell me on that, I wasn't really thinking of America at all, more thinking of the EU, and relations with your european neighbours.
A split with the UK and starting to buy weapons from countries that are not approved (Russia), would be a lot of dangerous steps all at once... when entering a minefield... by all means reach ahead with your walking sticks... don't run.
I honestly am torn, but I support Russia and China and India and Brazil and South Africas vision of a multipolar world... the EU could be a power, but then Germany and France and the UK might want their own poles and their own individual voices...
Anyway... off topic.
It would be better for Scotland to buy serious equipment that will most likely work than stuff that will just make your soldiers deaf.
admittedly we will have limited countries we will able to buy from the euro fighter has a lot of English components like Rolls Royce engines, the Gripens are made up of 60% American and rUK components so that will be a no no, i'm pretty sure America will put a weapon sales embargo on Scotland in support of the rUK over Faslane and it's also why they will give us a ultimatum, allow rUK continued access to Faslane or NATO membership you can guess what our response will be .
So interceptor Aircraft/fast jets leave the Rafale (if thats not blocked) or Russian made Aircraft ... Scotland has extremely longstanding ties with France dating back to 1296 AD the Auld Alliance, Ships we have that covered we have a long history of ship building in Scotland military and civilian Ground based equipment as i said it depends if other NATO nations block defence sales to Scotland then the choices could be limited again with Serbia, Finland, Russia, South Africa and China ... the preference will be European for spare parts supplies
then we will need air defence systems ... we currently contribute £4 billion towards UK defence spending or $5.5 billion ... the word i've heard is the SNP government want a robust defence force because we have large maritime boundary 62% of the current UK waters
Europe is deeply divided between East & West France and Germany do not really trust America the antics of the Snowden files etc and American aggression/sanctions over Nordstream 2 and America, London and the Aussies stabbing France in the back