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    The debate over GDP, GNI, GNI* is almost as old...

    The debate over GDP, GNI, GNI* is almost as old as the hills, so to give a different perspective one could look at defence expenditure as a % of total government spending. For those that are...
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    Ireland's sons have a very long and proud history...

    Ireland's sons have a very long and proud history of fighting in European Armies; Spanish, French, Austrian, Swedish, Russian, German (well the states that make up Germany) and of course the British...
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    Within the EU GDP is less and less used. GNI is...

    Within the EU GDP is less and less used. GNI is more often used as in calculating our contribution to the EU budget. If is good enough for that then it is good enough for defence spending.
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    True, but where night air ambulances are operated...

    True, but where night air ambulances are operated it is usually by the local military as they are normally only the ones who have the equipment to do so.
    Normally it is a helicopter with an NVG...
  5. My contenders would be the following; From HK...

    My contenders would be the following;

    From HK the G28
    https://www.heckler-koch.com/en/products/military/precision-rifles/g28/g28/technical-data.html

    From FN the Scar Mk20 (aka Scar 20S)...
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    This should be a no-brainer, but as we all know...

    This should be a no-brainer, but as we all know it is and will not be.
    The AW-139's are "fitted for but not" (well not always) with FLIR turrets which should make night landings relatively easy....
  7. Not such Amazon will be happy when the future Air...

    Not such Amazon will be happy when the future Air Corps AUDS system starts knocking down their delivery drones!
  8. The battle for Baldonnel was lost many years ago...

    The battle for Baldonnel was lost many years ago when the first unit in the business park was given approval.
    While many do and will continue to argue that local authorities should be responsible...
  9. It was the US Army with the Compact...

    It was the US Army with the Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System which became the M110A1, (HK417, G28).
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    Both could be maintained to be able to support...

    Both could be maintained to be able to support helicopter operations with stuff like refueling facilities and as a minimum runway lighting. Gormo could handle the PC-12 as well as the runway is long...
  11. Should this be a stand-alone tender? Should a DMR...

    Should this be a stand-alone tender? Should a DMR not be part of a wider modular weapons system to replace the FAL and AUG?

    There has been a move for many years to modular weapons systems whereby...
  12. This could be a easy selection, the HK-417 is...

    This could be a easy selection, the HK-417 is already in-service and several variants are available covering the DMR/SSR roles, G28 in German use or the M110A1 in US usage.
  13. 2020 was a year that threw us many challenges...

    2020 was a year that threw us many challenges some of which we are still dealing with, but should we now take a step back and look how things might improve in the future? Could for example there be a...
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    Even if we do not have any ab-intro pilots at...

    Even if we do not have any ab-intro pilots at Rucker the price is a fantastic deal, 4 for €850,000, that is hard to beat.

    So rather than everyone focusing on that they should be focusing on why...
  15. Can Scotland make a territorial claim? It is not...

    Can Scotland make a territorial claim? It is not a sovereign nation merely a constituent country of the UK. And as such the power to make territorial treaties lies with London, even if they don't...
  16. Remember the SNP is the Scottish Nationalist...

    Remember the SNP is the Scottish Nationalist Party, Scotland first!
    The Scots will need friends inside the EU if they ever expect to be accepted, some nations will be not so welcoming. Those in the...
  17. Would this have anything to do with the 6th of...

    Would this have anything to do with the 6th of May?
    There is an election this year in Scotland, this lets the SNP make a claim that they are fighting for Scottish fishermen.
    If we want we have a...
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    Both the US Army and the RAAF are professional...

    Both the US Army and the RAAF are professional who are intent on having a good relationship with us. They are just as likely of not more likely to wash someone out as we would. Training foreign...
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    There is nothing new on "The Times" report, it...

    There is nothing new on "The Times" report, it has been in the public domain for a long time now, we have even discussed it already.
    We are all aware that we have pilots doing helicopter training in...
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    Nigerian Air Force maintenance, what is that?

    Nigerian Air Force maintenance, what is that?
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    I know there are some MiG-21 fanboys around so...

    I know there are some MiG-21 fanboys around so here is an offer that might just get the juices flowing:

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38059/nigerias-mig-21-fighter-jet-force-is-up-for-sale...
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    Based upon size and configuration it could be a...

    Based upon size and configuration it could be a Wescam MX-15, if it is then it can support up to 9 different sensors.
    In any case it seems to be good enough to track a L/O target trying to slip...
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    The topic is potential, so in the future, this...

    The topic is potential, so in the future, this IMHO should not be just what we can do tomorrow but also next week. Yes we have the AW-139s and yes they do not meet the requirements of the UN for...
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    These only reinforce my point, what the UN has...

    These only reinforce my point, what the UN has problems sourcing is not foot-soldiers but higher end resources. In almost ever mission it lacks helicopters, not just transport but also attack...
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    Poll: True, but we can see the same lack of a national...

    True, but we can see the same lack of a national strategic plan for the use of the state's resources. Let's take it a bit further, in the future we may end up having a lot more patient transfers to...
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