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    ...and there's a 76mm turret in front of that...

    ...and there's a 76mm turret in front of that 30mm turret,to do the senior hurling.
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    That's probably including at least one major...

    That's probably including at least one major overhaul of the airframe in it's life as well as the usual mechanical and electronic upgrades.
  3. So, there's no NSR engineering set up? If a...

    So, there's no NSR engineering set up? If a former ERA or electrician wants to offer his services to the NSR, he won't be entertained?
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    Temporary. they'll be back in operation soon....

    Temporary. they'll be back in operation soon. Others of the fleet will be going back to the lessors and some will go to the desert for deep storage.
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    With regard to currency, what some countries did...

    With regard to currency, what some countries did was give the pilot half of his expected annual flying on the primary fighter and the other half of the advanced trainer,soyou got situations where the...
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    The Phillipine AF has used the FA 50 to drop LGBs...

    The Phillipine AF has used the FA 50 to drop LGBs and guided missiles on rebels in Mindanao; it's streets ahead of anything else they have,but they are unusual in using it as a LIFT and a combat...
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    The way it is now with aircraft like the...

    The way it is now with aircraft like the PC-21,the putative Gripen pilot need not fire a shot in training, right up to and including flying the fighter. Modern air arms took basic gunnery and...
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    Well, there's nothing stopping you leasing in...

    Well, there's nothing stopping you leasing in fighter pilots as well as fighters,instructors as well as instructional aircraft. There is no shortage of jet qualified pilots who have retired or been...
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    If you leased in a quantity of fighters,then you...

    If you leased in a quantity of fighters,then you could operate a variation of the "power by the hour" scheme,which is very common for leased aircraft; ie, for every hour of engine life used in...
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    I recall an old study of hourly flight costs and...

    I recall an old study of hourly flight costs and one of the big factors,believe it or not, was tyres and brakes. The aircraft in the survey was the EE Lightning and it would consume it's main tyres...
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    I doubt that very much. A lot of the recent...

    I doubt that very much. A lot of the recent motorways have stretches of greater than 5 km or more that are certainly straight enough. I can think of at least half a dozen places on the M system that...
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    It's 1100 metres.

    It's 1100 metres.
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    that's as long as they don't want outsiders...

    that's as long as they don't want outsiders coming in and taking cushy posts. There have been quite a few attempts to bring in civvies into the DF to "improve" things and the civvies were essentially...
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    Sligo is not for the faint hearted in a Fokker 50...

    Sligo is not for the faint hearted in a Fokker 50 or an ATR, so popping a Gripen in there would be eye-watering. Think Knock or Shannon instead.
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    The State has proved,many times,that it can do...

    The State has proved,many times,that it can do big infrastructure when it has the will to do so. Ardnacrusha, Turlough Hill,Moneypoint, M50 (the part where seven bridges, aqueducts and water pipes...
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    Austria only fielded the cheapest,most basic...

    Austria only fielded the cheapest,most basic version and even that cost cartoon money. As for Gripen range, carry more drop tanks or get Saab to come up with conformal tanks. You'd have to be able to...
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    They'd tie you in knots with restrictive support...

    They'd tie you in knots with restrictive support packages, loaded heavily in their favour. At least with Gripens,you're somewhat tied to American kit but you'd have a bit more flexibility because of...
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    The Viggen engine was basically a Pratt and...

    The Viggen engine was basically a Pratt and Whitney JT-8 with an afterburner and a reverse thruster added on,quite the innovation for it's time,but not really a turbofan compared to the Pegasus in...
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    Draken was worse! two of them in the Don for an...

    Draken was worse! two of them in the Don for an airshow and we asked them to throw a few shapes on the Monday morning, as they departed. So they did, waking up everyone in Tallaght (ah, wassda...
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    well, then, the pilots would get real time...

    well, then, the pilots would get real time ejection experience, the fire crews would get practise on putting out aircraft fires and landowners would get new ornaments,albeit smoking a bit from a deep...
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    That's proper noise,that is. None of yer Fouga...

    That's proper noise,that is. None of yer Fouga screech here. If you are going to go deaf, do it in style. V Rossii,Mig oglushayet tebya!
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    Base them in Shannon;no problems there with...

    Base them in Shannon;no problems there with Russian aircraft.
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    Lease or buy a few of those upgraded MiG-21...

    Lease or buy a few of those upgraded MiG-21 Lancers from the Romanians? I bet they'd bite your hand off for the chance to flog them off. Run them for ten years and throw them away afterwards.
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    this kind of shit pops up every decade. Have a...

    this kind of shit pops up every decade. Have a read on the Rudelscandal some time.
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    with regard to the DF actually running their own...

    with regard to the DF actually running their own budget, would you really trust VSOs with the cheque book? What financial training have they, that wouild justify giving them the keys to the safe? Are...
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