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    More is not always better, there was something...

    More is not always better, there was something about "too many cooks...…"
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    It is always good to compare; New Zealand: Pop...

    It is always good to compare;

    New Zealand: Pop 4.7m, GDP $206bn, area 268,000 sq.km
    Rep of Ireland: Pop 4.9m, GDP $385bn, area 709,273 sq.km

    We don't have to start the discussion about is GDP...
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    Sticky: Poll: Where will the mines/underwater IEDs come from? ...

    Where will the mines/underwater IEDs come from?

    a) Left overs from the world wars?
    Well any that were missed have since sunk to the bottom of the sea where they meet the 1,000,000 tons of...
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    Sticky: Poll: The RAN currently has a 2 of its MCMV laid up as...

    The RAN currently has a 2 of its MCMV laid up as they cannot crew them. They have said that even if they could find crew tomorrow it would be several years (5 to have both back) before they could be...
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    Sticky: Poll: These new vessels are 2800t and the cost of a...

    These new vessels are 2800t and the cost of a single one is the same as all 4 P60s.
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    Well the DT got it right and Babcock have won! ...

    Well the DT got it right and Babcock have won!

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-49670332
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    Sticky: As we discussed in Feb this is a copy of the US...

    As we discussed in Feb this is a copy of the US ship the MV Ocean Trader, converted to support SOF operations. It is not intended for HADR or anything like that but for the RN to be able to transport...
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    This debate is as old as firearm. At the start of...

    This debate is as old as firearm. At the start of WW1 it was believed by the British Army that their rapid rifle fire was all they needed and machine guns where used similar to artillery. The Germans...
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    I would not expect a big price difference, except...

    I would not expect a big price difference, except you have to pay for the development of the pattern
    Looking at the US firm Crye who supply multicam commercially there is no difference. But it is...
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    The DoD will most likely have much more than €1m...

    The DoD will most likely have much more than €1m to hand back at the end of the year due to the low numbers of those serving!
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    Talking of NLOS, there was even a light weight...

    Talking of NLOS, there was even a light weight version developed with a weight of 1350kg, easily within the capability of am AW-139. The idea behind is to have mobile artillery for SOF's.
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    Totally agree with a lot, but the question is and...

    Totally agree with a lot, but the question is and it is not just for ports; why could it not be accomplished by a semi-state if the political will was there.
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    The French took their GCT-155mm SPGs with them to...

    The French took their GCT-155mm SPGs with them to UNIFIL and IFOR, they also have deployed the CAESAR systems to Lebanon.
    The Italians have often deploy Centauro tank destroyers on peace-keeping...
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    A bust week for the contenders for the Type31,...

    A bust week for the contenders for the Type31, first H&W,
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49291622

    now Ferguson,
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-49299585

    I...
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    We are indeed an island but one made of small...

    We are indeed an island but one made of small silos. I do not think that the State should be in control of everything but there are certain strategic infrastructure items which need the state to be...
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    Caesar is on the silly money side of things, what...

    Caesar is on the silly money side of things, what the French ask for that system is beyond me, an alternative would be the 8x8 version of the ATMOS which can use the MAN HX-77
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    Sticky: The Vard is OK, very much modelled on the New...

    The Vard is OK, very much modelled on the New Zealand ship. It might be time for Damen to do a Gen2 of the Enforcer as it should incorporate a flexible mission bay like we see on the Cross-over and...
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    London is still one of the biggest ports in the...

    London is still one of the biggest ports in the UK even if it never has recovered from the Blitz. Tilbury is the main terminal used today but London has the advantage of a large number of ports in...
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    Well actually they have test fired it a lot. One...

    Well actually they have test fired it a lot. One of the reason why they did test firing was to see if they could get away with having no additional supports, and due to the massive weight of the...
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    Are you suggesting a further development of...

    Are you suggesting a further development of Belview Port? The biggest limitation will be draught, this is currently 8-9m at Belview.
    Ringaskiddy has 13.4m which might not seem like a lot but...
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    The is an excellent video from the Irish "Real...

    The is an excellent video from the Irish "Real Engineering" youtube channel where the problems related to green energy are discussed. What becomes very clear is the focus on the generation is not the...
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    Well KMW one of the makers of the Boxer family...

    Well KMW one of the makers of the Boxer family think a bit different, they are pushing a 155mm howitzer version based upon their 155 AGM module....
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    Well the US Army did trial the LAVIII (cousin of...

    Well the US Army did trial the LAVIII (cousin of our MOWAG) as a SP Artillery piece....
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    Today it is normally far more expensive to remove...

    Today it is normally far more expensive to remove a feature for a small market rather than buy the full spec version. If the DoD went to Apple and requested new iPhone but without a camera but they...
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    The T-50 family is very similar to the T38/F5...

    The T-50 family is very similar to the T38/F5 family both of which were developed from the N156. Trainer, ground attack and low cost fighter. Also the FA-50 could be seen as a cheaper version of the...
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