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    probably keeping sealant protected as it dries?..........a ton and a half? is that all? It's a hell of a cost just to shift a ton and a half. I hope there was more to it than just that The aircraft has a published payload of 6 tons.
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    It would also be a huge waste of a 20 foot container, unless it was a very bulky load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post

    Great example of OSINT source:

    1.5t ordnance (ammo) = 1500kg (Twitter)
    Weight of 5.56mm ammo can = 15.1kg (1000rds) (Google)
    Total ammo boxes = 1500/15.1 = approx 100 cans
    Battlevest has 4 X double magazine (30rds) pouches = 240rds per soldier +30rds on rifle = 270rds per soldier (wiki)

    100cans X 1000rds = 100,000rds ÷ 270per soldier = 370 soldiers

    436 Irish soldiers serving in UNIFIL (330 before extra 106)
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/poli...anon-1.3618484

    OC No1 Ops Wing could have just said they delivered cargo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmitÃ* View Post
    It would also be a huge waste of a 20 foot container, unless it was a very bulky load.
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    Doubt a 20ft would fit it’s probably just picking up the cargo

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
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    Doubt a 20ft would fit it’s probably just picking up the cargo
    Never suggested it would be carried in the hold, just that 1.5kg of ordnance could just as easily be carried on a pallet(or two), and loaded into a flatbed or back of a truck. If you put it into the back of a 20 foot you have to secure it in an otherwise empty box so it won't move as it is loaded or unloaded from the DROPS vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    a ton and a half? is that all? It's a hell of a cost just to shift a ton and a half. I hope there was more to it than just that The aircraft has a published payload of 6 tons.
    Max cargo is a lot less than 6,000kg, maybe a bare-bones cargo Casa could get off the ground with that weight be certainly not an MPA.
    Plus you're also limited by available space onboard in an MPA.
    As for cost, to charter an aircraft would cost considerably more.

    Quote Originally Posted by TangoSierra View Post
    Great example of OSINT source:

    1.5t ordnance (ammo) = 1500kg (Twitter)
    Weight of 5.56mm ammo can = 15.1kg (1000rds) (Google)
    Total ammo boxes = 1500/15.1 = approx 100 cans
    Battlevest has 4 X double magazine (30rds) pouches = 240rds per soldier +30rds on rifle = 270rds per soldier (wiki)

    100cans X 1000rds = 100,000rds ÷ 270per soldier = 370 soldiers

    436 Irish soldiers serving in UNIFIL (330 before extra 106)
    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/poli...anon-1.3618484

    OC No1 Ops Wing could have just said they delivered cargo!
    Who says its 5.56mm ammo? "Ordnance" could be anything from a Steyr rifle to a Javelin anti-tank missile.

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    Never suggested it would be carried in the hold, just that 1.5kg of ordnance could just as easily be carried on a pallet(or two), and loaded into a flatbed or back of a truck. If you put it into the back of a 20 foot you have to secure it in an otherwise empty box so it won't move as it is loaded or unloaded from the DROPS vehicle.
    No matter what vehicle you load cargo onto its still going to have to be secured, unless its something like backpacks you wouldn't worry about too much.

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    It wasn't ammo. 'Nuff said.
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    I know. I served on the things. The mission equipment takes up most of the room in the aircraft. As you rightly point out, ordnance means a lot of things. Boots, beans, bullets,etc. For that weight, you'd probably fill one or two ULDs in a Fedex or DHL aircraft and it would probably go Dublin-Frankfurt-Beirut inside 24 hours. Naturally, you have security to consider, it being a UNIFIL job. Running the Casa all the way to Beirut just to shift a ton and a half is inefficient; short legs, multiple fuel stops, crew rest. If all they needed was a few thousand bullets, why not buy it from the Lebanese Government? I expect there was a training element involved in that they might have been showing new pilots the ropes.

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    “Ordnance” could cover a lot of different things could be a replacement RWS for example

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    The CN235 cannot take a ISO 20ft container, the smallest aircraft that could do that would be a C-130. As for the 6000kg payload, even the non-MPA version would not be able to fly far with that onboard. The MTOW is fixed so more cargo is traded for fuel, this mean if you fly 6000kg then your range drops a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    It wasn't ammo. 'Nuff said.
    We know it was cigarettes

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    Admit it, it was the new boots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    The CN235 cannot take a ISO 20ft container, the smallest aircraft that could do that would be a C-130. As for the 6000kg payload, even the non-MPA version would not be able to fly far with that onboard. The MTOW is fixed so more cargo is traded for fuel, this mean if you fly 6000kg then your range drops a lot.
    It's perfectly capable of taking more than 1.5T but the MPA can't take the universal ULD as it's too full already. I'd imagine it was flight planned to make stops every three or four hours over two or three days. it also doesnt mention if there were extra people on board as pax. Once again, it highlights the inability of an MPA to act as a proper cargo aircraft. The Cargo container in the photo was brought there by the DROPs truck.

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    Yes, a dedicated transport would be better, but it is all we have at the moment and it is always to do a training flight such as this just in case there is another case like Libya again.

    The CN-235 can still take at least one ULD on the ramp, one 436L (ULD Type B) and has a rating of 3400kg. The 20ft ISO shown with the DROPS would be able to take 2 436L pallets.
    As for stops, looking at the CN-235 Payload/Range diagram and routing restrictions etc they should have been able to make the trip with one stop-over, most likely in Italy.

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    With all the talk on another thread on the RBS 70 I thought I'd post this recent video on French air surveillance and defence in Lebanon with UNIFIL using the Mistral missile.
    English subtitles in settings.

    The radar seen I think is the MARTHA NC1 system.
    Ive also seen the COBRA Counter Battery Radar up on Hill 880.
    The French also use the VAB with 20mm gun seen in the video for air defence alongside the Mistral.

    Its a very good example of how air surveillance and defence could be carried out using the RBS 70 and Giraffe radar on a peacekeeping mission.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    Genuine question - are there many Polish speakers in the Army at present, given the large Polish population in Ireland? Could be useful if there were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post
    Genuine question - are there many Polish speakers in the Army at present, given the large Polish population in Ireland? Could be useful if there were.
    definitely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post
    Genuine question - are there many Polish speakers in the Army at present, given the large Polish population in Ireland? Could be useful if there were.
    A handful at most that won't have any major influence over proceedings ..

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    I know at least one Romanian prison officer, and its good to see diversity in any walk of life

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    "WATCH: Excerpts from 'Lebanon Stories - 40 Years of UNIFIL'

    This video features some of the collected oral histories contributed by soldiers who served with UNIFIL over the course of four decades. It also includes accounts from local Lebanese civilians who highlight the positive impact that Óglaigh na hÉireann have made to their lives and their country.

    142 extracts drawn from approximately 36 hours of interviews have been selected for this release to provide a first-hand account of Irish soldiers’ experience serving with UNIFIL. These clips also explore some Lebanese experiences living and working alongside Irish battalions over the course of the last 40 years.

    The MAOHP page can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2SMJ9Ax

    The Military Archives Oral History Project (MAOHP) began officially in 2015 with the aim of digitally recording memory, oral history and tradition associated with Óglaigh na hÉireann since its inception in 1922."


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