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    Does it matter? If you are squabbling over the...

    Does it matter?

    If you are squabbling over the fate of 20 pairs of combat trousers then you probably ought to close up shop - if 'losing' 20 sets of uniform places that much strain on your...
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    I'm afraid that the 'corporate image' thrust is...

    I'm afraid that the 'corporate image' thrust is flogging a dead horse - how many times have journalists described RAF helicopters (with ROYAL AIR FORCE in 2 ft high letters helpfully written all over...
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    Handsome, witty, charming...

    Handsome, witty, charming...
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    Wrong way around. The UN is sufficiently...

    Wrong way around.

    The UN is sufficiently desperate for competent forces that will fulfill the mandate that they will take what they're offered.

    If the Irish government says that they they will...
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    So that journalists can recognise them as 'not...

    So that journalists can recognise them as 'not Army'. This is critical deconfliction for budgetary purposes...
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    We used three interlocking models in Afghanistan...

    We used three interlocking models in Afghanistan - a) numerou static, two/whatever 105mm gun firebases on hilltops to provide a network of fires over the AO, b) mobile two/whatever gun firebases...
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    One of the huge advantages of Caesar is that...

    One of the huge advantages of Caesar is that you're buying something that has been combat proven, mobility proven in harsh environments, and that is in service with a major western military - and...
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    Manufacturers trials fill me with more confidence...

    Manufacturers trials fill me with more confidence than you could possibly imagine...

    If I was DF I'd be pretty much sold on the Caesar gun-truck. Personally I think it's too compromised in favour...
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    Ireland building an NP station is about as likely...

    Ireland building an NP station is about as likely as Ireland building a 6th gen stealth fighter - and for the same reason: you don't have the people to design it, certify it, build it and operate it....
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    It looks like the unholy bastard lovechild of a...

    It looks like the unholy bastard lovechild of a Mowag and the USS Missouri.

    I, for one, would be hugely confident that it wouldn't fall over when fired on even the steepest ground...
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    I disagree with your first point - while it's...

    I disagree with your first point - while it's true to say that 105/120 can provide intimate fire support out to 17km, and that with dismounted troops they are likely to be within that range - ish,...
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    It's bizarre actually - 105 and 120 only really...

    It's bizarre actually - 105 and 120 only really work with a doctrine of high mobility, so you use diesel and aviation fuel instead of propellant. The longer ranged stuff on the other hand can be much...
  13. Thread: Soldier 2017

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    So is body armour only issued for overseas tasks,...

    So is body armour only issued for overseas tasks, or is that just different?
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    Nope. Introducing, or keeping on, a weapon...

    Nope.

    Introducing, or keeping on, a weapon system has a huge tail cost - training people to use it, training people to maintain it, training people to train people to use it, training people to...
  15. It's some years ago, but I think it was @tempest...

    It's some years ago, but I think it was @tempest who dug out some figures from the DOD that showed that the PC-9M's were being flown at about one third of the rate that the decision to by them was...
  16. I think the cost stuff is just galaxy - housing...

    I think the cost stuff is just galaxy - housing costs in Australia are no more, and often a lot less, than in Dublin, or the UK, or France, or Switzerland, or Sweden. If the pilots (and thier...
  17. If the system is already broken, it seems...

    If the system is already broken, it seems somewhat odd to be determined to preserve it.

    You need something new, whether that's the system, the offer - which is more than just the money - or both....
  18. I think their might be some dispute over whether...

    I think their might be some dispute over whether that's a bad result....

    If, instead of the current 'whole training pipeline' model, AC front and rear crew were sent off to friendly air arms to be...
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    I was replying particularly to @GoneToTheCanners...

    I was replying particularly to @GoneToTheCanners point about mission operators, not specifically about pilots - pilots are always going to leave in large numbers given the vastly higher wages they...
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    They sold them to Canada, and until the Canadians...

    They sold them to Canada, and until the Canadians sort out what aircraft they are going to buy to replace their even more antique F/A-18's, will continue to do so until all that's left is scrap.

    I...
  21. The Aussies pay for the initial training - the...

    The Aussies pay for the initial training - the human and technical infrastructure they've already paid for - but then they get a live body, trained to their standards, for free for a year.
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    Conversely of course, people will join if they...

    Conversely of course, people will join if they think that they'll get a rewarding, interesting, challenging career that gives them opportunities to do things they could never do if they worked for...
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    Sticky: The 240 isn't bunked, it's on the vehicle deck. ...

    The 240 isn't bunked, it's on the vehicle deck.

    I don't know if you've ever spent a week living on the vehicle deck of an LPD, but it's not much fun.
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    Sticky: So now we know what the design team sacrificed to...

    So now we know what the design team sacrificed to get two helidecks and all those lane metres into a ship that size.

    The crew.

    Spectacular...
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    Sticky: My immediate thought is that a lot of stuff that...

    My immediate thought is that a lot of stuff that normally sits on the deck has been shoved below decks in order to get a very marginal gain - the forward Heli deck.

    Obviously I can imagine...
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