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    It is French upstaging the 4th July parade in...

    It is French upstaging the 4th July parade in DC..... just wait for the demand from the big Orange to have the same!
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    It might be going a bit of track but I have...

    It might be going a bit of track but I have always wondered why we did not join the Nordic Combat Uniform project, as we all expect to deploy troops to similar places through UN and EU missions it...
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    The ATR does have a number of advantages: a) due...

    The ATR does have a number of advantages: a) due to the large number of civilian versions sold the unit cost of the airframe is low, b) the ATR72 as used by Italy in a MPA role has a much larger...
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    The problem is not unique to the NS and not to...

    The problem is not unique to the NS and not to just Ireland it is something that affects almost all western nations, RN gets rid of vessels early as it cannot man them, USAF and USN lack 1000's of...
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    ATR is a joint venture of Airbus and Leonardo:...

    ATR is a joint venture of Airbus and Leonardo: both of which have ramp equipped aircraft. Is meant to be a 50:50 partnership but HQ in France, so.......
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    Waiting for a ramp, will be like waiting for the...

    Waiting for a ramp, will be like waiting for the AC to get F35's, it just is not going to happen.
    Airbus has the ATR's for civilian transport and the C-295 for all grey operations.
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    One for the AC museum, the rest fit with a remote...

    One for the AC museum, the rest fit with a remote control system and get some target practice in!
    First one to knock one out of the sky wins an all expenses paid trip to Mali.
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    All you need to say is "Finland takes defence...

    All you need to say is "Finland takes defence seriously, Ireland does not know what defence means"!
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    In relation to the EU28 rankings from high to low...

    In relation to the EU28 rankings from high to low we are:
    25th for Government Budget as % of GDP
    28th for Defence Budget as % of GDP
    26th for Defence Budget as % of Government Budget
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    Sticky: Poll: Some new details on the latest iteration of the...

    Some new details on the latest iteration of the next Belgium/Dutch MCMV
    https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2019/05/this-is-what-the-future-belgian-dutch-mcm-motherships-will-look-like/
  11. This is then the NH90/A109 pairing, a classical...

    This is then the NH90/A109 pairing, a classical Hi/Lo mixed fleet.
    One size rarely fits all.
  12. If we wanted we could also configure the AW139...

    If we wanted we could also configure the AW139 for 2 pilots and 5 troops also.
    Fact is that both have the same size internal cabin and can be configured as the user wants.
    The French do not...
  13. It is designed to have the same seating capacity...

    It is designed to have the same seating capacity as the AW139.
    The capacity is 2 flight crew, two window gunners and 8 seated troops.
  14. The plan was announced some years ago, today they...

    The plan was announced some years ago, today they have announced that the program will be brought forward, should mean that it is available when we need to replace our AW139s. ...
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    Sticky: Might not be a cheap option; Project Resolve the...

    Might not be a cheap option; Project Resolve the Canadian conversion of the tanker MS Asterix to act as an interim AOR (until their new even more wildly expensive versions of the Berlin class arrive)...
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    Sticky: Good idea; for the sake of a meter or two, it...

    Good idea; for the sake of a meter or two, it would be preferable to have a full-size LCVP (16m) rather than the odd 15m LC. This could be the Damen 1604 design used by the RN and Dutch Navy and...
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    Sticky: The Perry's used the RAST System to recover and...

    The Perry's used the RAST System to recover and transfer the helicopters. This was an improved version of the Beartrap system developed by the Canadians.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XvdXwgYN_s...
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    Sticky: Looking at the VARD specification they match...

    Looking at the VARD specification they match pretty much those of HMS Canterbury with the biggest exception being an LCVP rather than a LCM. But this is just a info brochure and the final product...
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    Sticky: I would say it is a Stridsvagn 122 that has come...

    I would say it is a Stridsvagn 122 that has come for a visit from Sweden!
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    Sticky: Just noticed that VARD (people behind the P50 &...

    Just noticed that VARD (people behind the P50 & P60 design) have a new multi-role vessel.

    https://vardmarine.com/gallery/vard-7-313/...
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    Sticky: Poll: It is not just the Dutch and Belgians that are...

    It is not just the Dutch and Belgians that are replacing GFRP minehunters with steel hulled motherships. The Australian Navy has gone one step further with SEA1180 "Arafura" class which is based upon...
  22. Both the Danes and the Dutch operate a...

    Both the Danes and the Dutch operate a heavy/medium model.
    Danes: AW101 and MH60R
    Dutch: CH47F and NH90 (they also have AH64D just to round out the force)
  23. The 1000 hours are what the US Army are...

    The 1000 hours are what the US Army are calculating with and what they have designed the aircraft for. It has a deign life of 25,000 hours over 25 years. Given there high rate of utilisation over the...
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    Sticky: Poll: I have always been a fan of the Saab MCMV80 and...

    I have always been a fan of the Saab MCMV80 and its sister class the Singapore Independence class as a CPV replacement. They are 80m vessels with a displacement of 1250t which puts them at the length...
  25. At least for the MH/UH-60 there are figures...

    At least for the MH/UH-60 there are figures available as to their costs is US service:
    For the MH060R the cost per hour is about $12,500; this is based upon the yearly cost of $5.1m per A/C and...
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