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    So fuel cells then must be 1830's tech, wind...

    So fuel cells then must be 1830's tech, wind turbines 1880's tech, solar cells from the 1940's ... the corrosion issue was solved 45 years ago at Oak Ridge by using Hastelloy-N in the molten salt...
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    Uranium-233 other than the odd research project...

    Uranium-233 other than the odd research project has rarely been used for nuclear weapons as it is much shorter-lived than the uranium-235 and does not produce enough yield. There is no eureka moment...
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    Most of the general public are unaware of the...

    Most of the general public are unaware of the progress in nuclear energy.

    Interesting presentations here on future energy requirements via Gen IV Thorium technology such as Molten Salt Reactors. ...
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    In fact it is the modern take of A-4 Skyhawk as...

    In fact it is the modern take of A-4 Skyhawk as well as the F-5 because it has great A2G capabilities and will soon integrate the Taurus KEPD-350 K2 for Block 20 in the maritime strike role. KAI-LM...
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    It is not all LM's doing, the MDE cost of the...

    It is not all LM's doing, the MDE cost of the proposed Bulgarian airframes are possibly not dramatically different to the Slovakian deal. A lot has to do with the steep prices from other suppliers of...
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    And to think that $800m is just the MDE cost of...

    And to think that $800m is just the MDE cost of the 14 aircraft. Nevertheless $57m MDE for a Viper 70 is pretty reasonable.

    Sounds as though the Slovakians got some discounting since the original...
  7. The RAAF regularly provide specialist training to...

    The RAAF regularly provide specialist training to a number of foreign military forces from around the Asia Pacific and Middle East. They do not and cannot under Australian immigration law actively...
  8. In exceptional circumstances, if a position...

    In exceptional circumstances, if a position cannot be filled by an Australian or one with FEVY's citizenship requirement may be waived and applications may be accepted from Permanent residents with...
  9. Unless they are Australian citizens or from the...

    Unless they are Australian citizens or from the UK&NI, Canada, NZ or the US with military experience that wont happen.
  10. The RAAF frequently train in the Pacific and New...

    The RAAF frequently train in the Pacific and New Zealand which pretty much covers the entire topographical range. These guys are going to get global training opportunities including tier 1...
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    I will be interested to see if they get posted to...

    I will be interested to see if they get posted to 35 Sqd who fly the C-27J.

    I am really pleased to see them being sent off to Australia. The RAAF are a world class outfit. I could not think of a...
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    There will still be 46 Hornet airframes up for...

    There will still be 46 Hornet airframes up for grabs as the Cannucks are taking 25 and flying 18. They paid just A$95m for the actual airframes (But the total project will be around CND$350m). They...
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    But does the MCCU really matter any longer. A...

    But does the MCCU really matter any longer. A decision made 7 years ago during a year when Defence budgets were cut? The last 15 years may have been awful for the NZDF but the next 15 years in terms...
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    They the MinDef pissed up a wall a hell of a lot...

    They the MinDef pissed up a wall a hell of a lot more than that back in the Noughties. A veritable roll call of stupidity.
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    The current DefMin is a former Army Officer, a...

    The current DefMin is a former Army Officer, a noted MCCU critic in opposition and has thankfully sorted the MCCU mess out noting that 7 years was enough to time in a VfM sense to write off a $13m...
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    To be fair it is 7 years since the MCCU was...

    To be fair it is 7 years since the MCCU was introduced and the manufacturer is ceasing production so rolling replacements are over anyway. Was a good opportunity to make the change as the soldier...
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    Is this going to be again vacant? General Claudio...

    Is this going to be again vacant? General Claudio Graziano was only appointed last November and has over 2 years to run on his appointment. The Director General of EU Military Staff is coming vacant...
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    Two to three Type 26 mooted for the RNZN future...

    Two to three Type 26 mooted for the RNZN future Anzac frigate replacement.

    https://www.ft.com/content/c1364ce4-a3ed-11e9-974c-ad1c6ab5efd1

    With the RAN, RCN and RN using it does make sense with...
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    With less active vessels in service and with just...

    With less active vessels in service and with just 2 air surveillance assets the political will may challenge them not to mention the environmental and financial cost to Ireland and the food security...
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    I see that this bloke Kehoe has been in his role...

    I see that this bloke Kehoe has been in his role for 8 years. He must really be quite the house trained hamster by the civil service after that period of time.
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    The Save the Royal Navy Blog published a new...

    The Save the Royal Navy Blog published a new article on July 5.

    In focus – the Arrowhead 140 Type 31e frigate candidate
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    The latest edition of NZ Defence and Security...

    The latest edition of NZ Defence and Security sector quarterly magazine Line of Defence is now out.

    https://defsec.net.nz/2019/07/01/winter-2019/

    You can link to a pdf download from there.
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    Would it be impertinent to suggest that in...

    Would it be impertinent to suggest that in Ireland, Department of Defence positions generally have more to do with shuffling civil servants around various departments to build career experience and...
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    And the not inconsiderable effort in bring the...

    And the not inconsiderable effort in bring the three Hobarts into service is also a factor is another mitigating aspect.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCzHs0j0pYs&t=302s...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCzHs0j0pYs&t=302s

    Take a 360° Tour - HMNZS MANAWANUI
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