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    27th February 2015, 22:56
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    can i just thank everyone for their concern over the state of our defence budget... E-3D at 25k per flying hour, plus 18-22 crew - all of whom...
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    27th February 2015, 19:51
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    radar data from what? you may have noticed, but due to some unfortunate fuss in the early decades of the last century, the RAF does not have radar...
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    27th February 2015, 19:19
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    no one said they are mutually exclusive, they are however incremental steps in cost, political difficulty and capability. buying radars and...
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    27th February 2015, 18:35
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    i'm not really qualified to comment on Coveney et al (though i'll say that from this side of the water, i've heard more from Shatter, Kenny and...
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    27th February 2015, 00:09
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    the US supplied the Pakistanis with half a dozen AN/TPS77 mobile radars for $90m in about 2005 - two trucks and six operators each, 200+miles range,...
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    21st February 2015, 18:46
    i've got one, and i hate it - yes its all very organised, but feel like i'm wearing a giant make-up bag, and its not great for just ramming stuff in,...
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    20th February 2015, 23:29
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    the Danes and Norwegians fly well out into the N Atlantic with their F-16's when they chase BEARS and BLACKJACKS, and they both do the Icelandic AP...
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    20th February 2015, 18:17
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    to some degree - though by no means all - they have a bit of a point. Gripen, because of Swedish doctrine, was required to be a fighter that would...
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    19th February 2015, 23:34
    its also not whats happening in reality, rather than whats happening in la-la land...
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    19th February 2015, 23:30
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    have either Mig-21's or F-5's got the legs for QRA and air policing work? i fear 'X type is going cheap, stick some roundels and a pair of...
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    19th February 2015, 13:54
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    thats easy, theres a big water-filled ditch between Ireland and the UK, thats the best place for the rogue BEAR. we'd probably want it in UK waters,...
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    19th February 2015, 11:18
    actuallly, he's spending 300k (anyone know where that figure comes from..?) on securing Irelands border. firstly we know that IS in Libya have...
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    17th February 2015, 10:55
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    absolutely - take a reasonably experienced PC-9M pilot, put him on the ferry to Holyhead, and 30 weeks later you have a pilot with enough experience...
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    16th February 2015, 20:22
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    i think the big hurdles would be keeping them flying without Russian support, and the political (EU) issues of being reliant on uncle Vlads' say-so...
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    16th February 2015, 15:06
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    two options - light the burners, tell people who complain about sonic booms to piss off, and live with it taking about 15 minutes from the sky god...
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    16th February 2015, 00:29
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    true and not true - yes the UK's responsibilty does not extend to covering Ireland, but in covering Ireland we would make ourselves safer: much...
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    15th February 2015, 23:54
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    too close to either Lossiemouth and Conningsby (in supersonic, toes-down QRA terms..) to be worth the effort in circumstances short of conflict, and...
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    15th February 2015, 13:09
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    apples and oranges - the main QRA bases of NATO air forces were built to withstand Soviet conventional and even nuclear attacks, they don't need...
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    14th February 2015, 21:13
    ropebag replied to a thread AC fighter aircraft in Air Corps
    i'm always amused by this 'hey, this is low cost, we could get this..' stuff - there seems to be a view that western air forces buy $100m aircraft...
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    11th February 2015, 23:46
    ropebag replied to a thread Sleeping bags. in Military Kit
    kestral is a good bag, its a good quality 'baseline' - the Thermaline liner might well work for you (its all subjective, personal stuff..), and if...
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    10th February 2015, 21:31
    Babcock - a big MOD supplier/contractor - offers a reservist package, from recall its two weeks additional paid leave, and two weeks unpaid leave,...
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    10th February 2015, 14:39
    while i think you make some good points - though in favour of which argument i'm not sure - the above is, to my knowledge, very much incorrect. i...
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    9th February 2015, 20:45
    i don't know - obviously you're correct, but we had a cold war warrior TA (the unkind version is old fat blokes playing soldiers for 20 minutes...
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    9th February 2015, 14:33
    chicken and egg. why join/remain in the reserve knowing you'll never, ever get put all that training, effort, hassle, marital strife, and being...
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    9th February 2015, 10:20
    true, but the question is, should it have? Irelands' overseas deployments (like most of ours) are predictable, Army HQ knows that in 18 months it...
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    8th February 2015, 22:09
    it has - whenever we're looking to take reservists on a trip or big exercise pretty much the whole of the regimental and Bty HQ's go around the...
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