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    Poll: Over the past few years MATS has been around 50...

    Over the past few years MATS has been around 50 missions with around 200hrs. EAS adds around another 20 missions.

    However the number of cycles is not will be important but more the number of...
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    Only the Army numbers

    Only the Army numbers
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    Sticky: In terms of landing craft they usually start with...

    In terms of landing craft they usually start with LCVP, then go up to LCM and finally LCU. After that it is a landing ship.

    LCVP
    most common design used by Dutch and RN...
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    Sticky: On the VARD design they have 2x 15m LCVP, so...

    On the VARD design they have 2x 15m LCVP, so something that could take some Toyota Land Cruisers but nothing bigger.
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    Sticky: A design such as the VARD is fine for the mission...

    A design such as the VARD is fine for the mission of equipment transport where RoRo facilities are available at port of departure and arrival. And as we are not in the business of doing opposed...
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    I just found an old Jane's Pocket Book of mine...

    I just found an old Jane's Pocket Book of mine from 1981: Armies of the World, and thought it would be interesting to see how some of the armies have changed in the last 40yrs.
    (Figures are rough...
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    see post #213

    see post #213
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    Commercial fights allow the carriage of both...

    Commercial fights allow the carriage of both firearms and ammo. This is how sports shooters and hunters are able to transport their weapons. There are some specific rules related to the packaging,...
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    Did anyone ask Air France about weapon and ammo...

    Did anyone ask Air France about weapon and ammo transport?
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    French unit??? Is France still a western...

    French unit???
    Is France still a western nation?
    All the media hype was we are the only westerners left there.
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    Sticky: Why did the USN have such ships in the first...

    Why did the USN have such ships in the first place? Well they had plenty of destroyer escorts and not a lot for them to do in the Pacific. While we all focus on the big actions like Tarawa, Makin,...
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    Sticky: The Naval Service is not been left out, in fact...

    The Naval Service is not been left out, in fact it is the only one which has an active project. The MRV project remains active and will likely see the light of day before any airlift capability is...
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    Poll: How many do we have?

    How many do we have?
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    There are certain items which need to be handled...

    There are certain items which need to be handled at the national level such as strategic infrastructure, ports, airports, motorways etc. But it seems that the body politic is only active at the local...
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    Poll: Given that there are 335hr/year not utilized it...

    Given that there are 335hr/year not utilized it could still be possible to join, it is like a wet lease with benefits. Asking one of the current partners can we use some of their hours does not...
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    And perhaps a second base in Dun Laoghaire would...

    And perhaps a second base in Dun Laoghaire would help, just look at the catchment area. If you look at the size of the population that live with a 1hr drive it is more than double that which is...
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    Dún Laoghaire not big enough? It is several time...

    Dún Laoghaire not big enough? It is several time the size of the basin at Haulbowline.
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    Sticky: Just for info, here is some details on what the...

    Just for info, here is some details on what the Philippians Navy wants from its next to LPD's (SSV). Keen eyed will notice the expensive stuff is "fitted for but not with".
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    Poll: I was only responding to the technical...

    I was only responding to the technical feasibility of a fixed wing solution.
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    Poll: Not quiet true. Most large military transporter,...

    Not quiet true.
    Most large military transporter, C130 included, are design to air drop large loads; a case in point is the M551 Sheridan Light Tanks out of the back of a C-130, normally with LAPES....
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    Just looking at some of the "old" pictures it...

    Just looking at some of the "old" pictures it seems the accumulation of "junk" has a long history:...
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    In 2007 they got a sensor system and avionics...

    In 2007 they got a sensor system and avionics upgrade. Any structural work would have been to get them to their expected out of service date.

    If now the aircraft are to serve beyond the expected...
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    See post #162 There is no €10m budget, it is...

    See post #162
    There is no €10m budget, it is widely reported in the media but was not raised during the debate on the subject.

    As for the conversion of the CN-235 this has been debated at length...
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    https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0523/1140179...

    https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0523/1140179-government-formation/
    The HSE might need to put a few emergency response units on standby in Newbridge!
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    UN Arms Embargo, what embargo? It might have been...

    UN Arms Embargo, what embargo? It might have been agreed in New York but in reality it means nothing and no-one is going to enforce it. The only thing will be some dressing to say "look we are...
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