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    They did load it into the C-130 with the turret...

    They did load it into the C-130 with the turret once as a media stunt in 2004 for the Minister but they had to bleed the hydropneumatic suspension to lower it. They never flew it as the aircraft was...
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    One thing a 17 tonne NZLAV cannot do is be air...

    One thing a 17 tonne NZLAV cannot do is be air deployed intact with the logistics required to support it by C-130 noting the huge distances the NZ Army has to travel and the time, equipment and...
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    Yes that is right. They are holding onto the...

    Yes that is right. They are holding onto the General Service variant. The problem has been with the Armoured variant.
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    The LAV's were ordered 18 years ago. The...

    The LAV's were ordered 18 years ago. The requirement set out in the DWP97 was for 72 LAV's to replace the M-113's. Due to a massive inter-service war (which I have neither the time or patience to go...
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    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/russia-to-deploy-a...

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/russia-to-deploy-a-new-over-the-horizon-radar-in-kaliningrad/

    .... the Kaliningrad-based radar should “be capable of monitoring the entire territory of Europe,...
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    You would then need 18 aircraft in the fleet so...

    You would then need 18 aircraft in the fleet so as to have those 24 pilots qualified as Basic Mission Ready based on the 1:1.25 ratio if you were trying an RAF level QRA capability.
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    https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/6827648...

    https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/6827648/bendigo-lands-75m-bushmaster-contract-with-new-zealand/

    This is what the NZ5.5 Bushie will look like.
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    The Columbians didn't want them either. I think...

    The Columbians didn't want them either. I think they should just give them to Fiji like Aussies gave them 11 Bushies. Better us give them free stuff than the PRC.
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    But the good news is that it can change. You just...

    But the good news is that it can change. You just have to get Cabinet or at least the ones with power, prepared to get the deadwood at the top removed and a Minister who actually knows or at least...
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    It is the NZ5.5 variant which essentially is the...

    It is the NZ5.5 variant which essentially is the MR6. In the photo op are the older Bushies used by E Squadron. Everyone is pleased to see the back of the Pinzer, which was never wanted, in fact...
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    NZ Army adds 43 more Bushmaster Protected...

    NZ Army adds 43 more Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to replace the 14 year old Pinzgauers.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122067489/new-armoured-vehicle-purchase-replaces-ageing-fleet
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    I am sorry if I interpreted your "take it with a...

    I am sorry if I interpreted your "take it with a grain of salt" comment the wrong way and that you had another meaning or intention, I am big enough to apologise to you. I mistook it as a dig against...
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    It is the same basic aircraft mate. They have...

    It is the same basic aircraft mate. They have simply a different level of avionic fit out that relates to their role.

    The FA-50 is a very good capable aircraft. The RoKAF fly 60 to do the very...
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    The early F-16 used the AN/APG-66 which is used...

    The early F-16 used the AN/APG-66 which is used in the basic T-50. The far more modern EL/M-2032 is used in the TA-50 and FA-50. KAI are currently working on integrating a AESA radar and at Block 20...
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    I am aware of that 2012 Rand study you are...

    I am aware of that 2012 Rand study you are obviously referencing which estimated that the CPFH of the Gripen C was USD$4750 for fuel burn, servicing, maintenance and personnel overhead, however the...
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    You would need a variation on that Gripen lease...

    You would need a variation on that Gripen lease to build it up in staggered tranches to match the sequencing of pilot training. Those current lease deals are with countries that already had a cohort...
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    A further alternative and albeit more affordable...

    A further alternative and albeit more affordable is to upgrade the PC-9M cockpits to the latest digital PC-21 LIFT configuration and upgrade the PT6A-62 engines to get a level of performance closer...
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    I am not sure if this made the news in Ireland...

    I am not sure if this made the news in Ireland but the Australians are going on a $270 Billion shopping spree over the next 10 years.
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    The Puma's last week had their support contract...

    The Puma's last week had their support contract renewed until 2025. So likely after that runs out in 5 years as a replacement will need to be found and will take that long to sort through.

    As for...
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    Just to give you an example RNZAF 75 Sqd usually...

    Just to give you an example RNZAF 75 Sqd usually had 12 A-4K's assigned sometimes more. However with 12, 2 aircraft will always be phasing through a Level O Depot Maintenance Activation Plan and...
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    Four roaring F-101's .... and sometimes they have...

    Four roaring F-101's .... and sometimes they have that old school Concorde crackle ... love it. The C-5A Galaxy's were another special sound, like 100000 screaming electrolux vacuum cleaners going...
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    https://www.flightglobal.com/rnzaf-chief-eyes-big-...

    https://www.flightglobal.com/rnzaf-chief-eyes-big-regions-broad-requirements/139039.article

    Flight Global interview with RNZAF Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark about RNZAF platforms and acquisition...
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    Indeed Dev. Disruption and disinformation are the...

    Indeed Dev. Disruption and disinformation are the key words. You may find this Canadian Global Affairs Institute perspective interesting as it relates directly to what has been unfolding off the west...
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    The multirole sustainment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa...

    The multirole sustainment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa has arrived at Devonport Naval base in Auckland following its delivery from the HHI shipyard in South Korea. The new vessel was greeted with a stirring...
  25. They did take quite a lot longer than expected to...

    They did take quite a lot longer than expected to both arrive and to get IOC with the RNZAF, but are now doing reasonably well. Still very expensive to buy, support and to operate.
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