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    I wonder if now the Swiss have decided they will...

    I wonder if now the Swiss have decided they will go for a new fighter with selection soon will it have an effect on Austria?
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    Sticky: Poll: Key will not be so much the ToRs but rather the...

    Key will not be so much the ToRs but rather the Chairperson and make-up of the commission, every set of ToRs can be interpreted differently bu different people. And how do we remember commissions, by...
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    I would hope the the Commission of Defence will...

    I would hope the the Commission of Defence will tackle the whole issue of the "Reserves" as it alongside pay & conditions is one of the biggest areas of shame in relation to the DF. Generations have...
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    The overall tax burden is Switzerland is one of...

    The overall tax burden is Switzerland is one of the lowest in Europe, they government spending is around 33% of GDP, this compares to 45% in Germany and a massive 55% in France. In some Canton's the...
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    If one looks at their geopolitical position they...

    If one looks at their geopolitical position they are even better protected than us, they are completely surrounded by friendly countries through which any aggressor would have to pass. The...
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    It was close 50.2% for new fighters

    It was close 50.2% for new fighters
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    Here is a good overview of the Gripen-E, the...

    Here is a good overview of the Gripen-E, the aircraft, its systems and weapons.

    https://thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/saab-gripen-e-details/
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    First flight of Gripen in Brazil ...

    First flight of Gripen in Brazil

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsPh2pmzkzM
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    A while back as a paper exercise I did an...

    A while back as a paper exercise I did an estimate of a fleet very similar to that proposed in the An Cosantóir article.
    It was a 12 year plan which would need to ramp up to on average €600 for both...
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    The British Empire had a different recruitment...

    The British Empire had a different recruitment scheme for hundreds of years, it was called the Press-gang Scheme, operated in every big sea port.
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    I do like and agree, but for us it also applies...

    I do like and agree, but for us it also applies to the maritime arena as well as the airspace.
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    If one looks at the other three major non-NATO...

    If one looks at the other three major non-NATO countries in the EU, Sweden, Finland and Austria each has some form of national service.

    Sweden did stop for a few years but found that it was not...
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    Interesting that in 1977 the then Minister said...

    Interesting that in 1977 the then Minister said 15 Ocean going ship and 10 Coastal Patrol vessels would be required!!
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    This is the document on TIMF website from 2014:...

    This is the document on TIMF website from 2014:
    https://theirishmaritimeforumorg.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/toward-balanced-defence-forces-for-an-island-nation.pdf
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    This debate is going on for some time here is an...

    This debate is going on for some time here is an extract from a memo from a lttle while ago, full memo in the link below



    https://www.difp.ie/docs/1926/Coastal-Defence/740.htm
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    As well as just thinking about the capital spend...

    As well as just thinking about the capital spend it must be seen how expanded and new capabilities could be added, and not just with the NS. Any serious plan would be on the 10-15-20 year range and...
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    Is there a link for the "fantasy fleet"?

    Is there a link for the "fantasy fleet"?
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    The question are they fit for purpose? They were...

    The question are they fit for purpose?
    They were designed and built in very different time, built when drill meant something different than today.
    Would the DF be better off devesting from all the...
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    It that turns out to be true it is not the best...

    It that turns out to be true it is not the best start for the New Great Britain World Power, even Turkey has managed to but 4.
    Way back when... the RAF was to get 11x Nimrod AEWs, then they got 7x...
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    The OH-58 is used for mainly scouting and...

    The OH-58 is used for mainly scouting and liaison, but they can be armed to perform escort duty also.
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    Thanks, I have read everything and they only...

    Thanks, I have read everything and they only speak about the replacement of the "Allouette" III.



    Which helicopters will the AW169M replace?

    It will replace the "Alouette" III which after 50...
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    Have you a source for the statement about the...

    Have you a source for the statement about the replacement of everything other than the Blackhawks?
    So far the press statements have only referred to the replacement of the 21 A3s not the 23 AB212s...
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    They did order 3 additional S-70s to be delivered...

    They did order 3 additional S-70s to be delivered 2020/2021 to bring their fleet up to 12 Blackhawks.

    The Blackhawks were first ordered after Galtür avalanche where the limitations of the older...
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    Poll: Hungary becomes the first nation to join the...

    Hungary becomes the first nation to join the German A400M Multinational Air Transport Unit which will utilise the extra A400M aircraft that Germany is committed to buying. It would be an option for...
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    Technically the answer is it is possible. Landing...

    Technically the answer is it is possible. Landing and take-off distances are to clear a 15m obstacle. The ground roll of a PC-12 at start is 452m, so with a good pilot and good weather, no crosswind...
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