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    What he said. Most modern fighters can do lots...

    What he said.

    Most modern fighters can do lots spectacular things, but doing them burns through fuel, brakes, engines, pilots nerves and local goodwill like nobody's business.

    Most military...
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    i have a great deal of sympathy with that view,...

    i have a great deal of sympathy with that view, but does anyone see even a glimmer of a possibility that the body politic will bestow the DF with the resources to field a fully capable Bde with the...
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    i think this is overstated - you don't need HAS...

    i think this is overstated - you don't need HAS to operate fighters, you just need traditional hangers. HAS are for warfighting (and i'd question their efficacy at that). the AC - one hopes, already...
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    no, you're confusing tasks that are time critical...

    no, you're confusing tasks that are time critical and those that are fuel critical. if they are based near Dublin and have to go out on a Bear hunt you've used the best part of 300 miles of their...
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    i wouldn't get too mired in the location vs...

    i wouldn't get too mired in the location vs threat vs speed thing - Dublin is nine minutes flying time from Shannon at 900mph, stick Readiness 5 on top and you're looking at having a pair of Gripen...
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    worth noting that a Gripen E with three big...

    worth noting that a Gripen E with three big tanks, full internal fuel and two AIM-120/Meteor, and two AIM-132/AIM-9/IRIS-T is at pretty much MTOW. its not going to be doing any short take offs or...
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    while i think the solution you propose is the...

    while i think the solution you propose is the sensible one - out on the west coast, with big runways, far fewer people to annoy with noise, easy access to the BEAR routes etc... i think that the...
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    Given the well known problems with the DOD, a...

    Given the well known problems with the DOD, a number of the approaches are made minister to minister.
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    Why would a minister have to ask a CS for...

    Why would a minister have to ask a CS for approval?

    Sorry, but I think there's a streak of using the CS/DOD as a convenient target - and yes, the toxic/poisonous attitude that the DOD has towards...
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    @DeV - the offers were all made both in writing...

    @DeV - the offers were all made both in writing and in person to DF personnel at 1* level and above, and to ministers. I know about some of the UK invites because I did the logistics and joint...
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    Just to offer an element of realism to this...

    Just to offer an element of realism to this conversation, in the last couple of years Sweden has offered to provide Irish units with airlift for a couple of exercises - one a general Arctic Warfare...
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    thing is, if you're looking at protecting...

    thing is, if you're looking at protecting sovereign borders and knowing whats out there (within, roughly, the current resource envelope), we're effectively talking about abolishing the Army.

    i...
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    Sticky: I worked on RESCRIPT, we were planning for...

    I worked on RESCRIPT, we were planning for 500,000 fatalities in 4 months. At no stage did we consider usiing the freezers on HM ships - not least because getting a frozen body out of the storerooms...
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    Sticky: To be fair, this is ridiculous - does anyone...

    To be fair, this is ridiculous - does anyone actually believe that using a naval vessel, tied up,as a temporary morgue would be easier, cheaper and more efficient than hiring a couple of refrigerated...
  15. They might be worth looking at if you could join...

    They might be worth looking at if you could join with another user and piggyback on training, certification, maintaince, manufacturer support and upgrades - and if they were cheap - but if I were...
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    yeah, they are - but they are 10% of military...

    yeah, they are - but they are 10% of military flying, not 95% of military flying. it also fails to note that it deprives the rest of the DF of RW airlift, ISTAR, resupply...

    how many times have...
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    i'm not just talking about now, i'm talking...

    i'm not just talking about now, i'm talking historically - go back to @apod's post about the availability of helicopters for military exerises before the air ambulance service was set up: when 'green...
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    thats certainly the impression i got - one metric...

    thats certainly the impression i got - one metric is the social media posts the AC produce: anything air ambulance related gets the full treatment - even if all it was was was a 30 minute hop - but...
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    in which case, are you - and would you be -...

    in which case, are you - and would you be - recruiting the wrong people?

    are people joining for the wrong reasons, or are they joining for the right reasons and getting quickly disillusioned with...
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    real simple - book the airlift up a year in...

    real simple - book the airlift up a year in advance and use every single available flying hour to support the DF and wider defence, and get the DoD and political structures on board (freebies and...
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    the operation of recent times that - had airlift...

    the operation of recent times that - had airlift been available and organic - would have looked most different is Chad.

    in a way however this idea of '+airlift..' is misleading, because airlift is...
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    A400M would be a good choice on its own terms,...

    A400M would be a good choice on its own terms, but two of them, and the training and maintenance pipeline would hoover up the entire DF budget...

    I think describibg anyone who buys them as the ...
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    Sticky: If you want to lug bricks, you buy a van, not a...

    If you want to lug bricks, you buy a van, not a CBR 600.
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    Sticky: If you want to do HADR you need to be able to put...

    If you want to do HADR you need to be able to put JCB's ashore without the use of port facilities, that means an LCU. That also means you can bring in lorries with PSP and matting, and water...
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    It theoretically could, but you'd need to the...

    It theoretically could, but you'd need to the diplomatic service of X country to take possession of them, stick them in, take it to the airport, and put it on a carrier that flew that nations flag -...
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