The UK military had suffered through years of budget cuts and both the Fearless and Intrepid were in danger of being sold to other countries along with planned cuts in its carrier force. At the same time Argentina was upgrading its Navy with both new aircraft and ships. What if Argentina had waited about a year longer it would have been stronger while the Royal navy would have grown weaker?
What if the Argentinean navy had ventured out with a carrier task force to reduce the range its aircraft had to fly?
What if the Argentineans had built up a large force of aircraft based in the Falklands before the British task force had arrived?
What if the Argentineans had F-4 Phantoms instead of Mirage IIIs and/or some decent in flight refueling capability?
� 1998 -