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    Poll: I take the view that buying one of anything,...

    I take the view that buying one of anything, particularly with the constrained nature of the Irish operating budget, ,is a disaster waiting to happen - crew training and currency, and the tech...
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    i think the fundamental obsticle the KC-390 faces...

    i think the fundamental obsticle the KC-390 faces - and its is an excellent aircraft - is that if an Irish/pooled C-130/A400M turns up to any European/mult-national op/exercise (think Malta in the...
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    50 blokes with rifles and a bulldozer, versus 2...

    50 blokes with rifles and a bulldozer, versus 2 blokes with clipboards.

    If timing is critical then you bulldoze it. If timing isn't critical you leave it there and wait - and if you can leave it...
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    Have you not got a bulldozer?

    Have you not got a bulldozer?
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    Poll: Ireland needs something like C-130 or A400M - the...

    Ireland needs something like C-130 or A400M - the intelligent way into that is with a joint purchace and operating/training/servicing pool with other European states. the expensive,...
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    so we know what the costs of having airlift are -...

    so we know what the costs of having airlift are - expensive, and work your way up from there - so what are the costs of not having airlift?

    what does the constant tendering for commercial airlift...
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    If you want to develop procedures, dip your toe...

    If you want to develop procedures, dip your toe in experience and doctrine, and see what would work for Ireland , then send some of your people on secondment to (for example) the French Air Force -...
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    Is there an answer as to why the 2 Officers...

    Is there an answer as to why the 2 Officers didn't/weren't able to go with other nationals who decided that Goma had run out of attractions?

    See, if Ireland had/had access to something large, long...
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    you confuse two different issues - yes, for...

    you confuse two different issues - yes, for regular trooping flights you'd just use any commercial contractor. using a C-130 or whatever to move people from one working international airport to...
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    this really - the capability the DF needs is...

    this really - the capability the DF needs is precisely the one that you can't hire from NetJets or wherever: its the capability to go to some unpaved hellhole in Mali or Chad with bullets, fuel and...
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    While the above is true, it fails to grasp the...

    While the above is true, it fails to grasp the central truth that in a situation where Ireland needs urgent, military airlift to assist an overseas operation, it's quite likely that any potential...
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    @EUFighter - that's not a bad proposal by any...

    @EUFighter - that's not a bad proposal by any means, but in real terms there would be one significant difference: the fleet would have to operate from one hub. You could certainly detach aircraft to...
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    And how regularly is it practiced?

    And how regularly is it practiced?
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    The obvious, and first questions, are 'is there a...

    The obvious, and first questions, are 'is there a Bde level combat/operating doctrine?', and then 'should there be?'

    The territorial defence scenario doesn't, to me, look like a runner - simply...
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    Isn't the white one leased for air and ground...

    Isn't the white one leased for air and ground crew training, and then once the full fat Spectres are on line it will be given back to Pilatus? - or is this an airframe that will stay on the books as...
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    No idea how... Anyway, while perusing ASDB...

    No idea how...

    Anyway, while perusing ASDB Flight Tracker this morning I saw IRL280 Irish Air Corps flying over Oxfordshire at 22,000ft doing 180kts.

    I assumed it was a CASA doing a patient...
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    One of yours? 8765 10.24 Weds 08 Apr

    One of yours?

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    10.24 Weds 08 Apr
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    Watch yourselves, whenever there's any mention of...

    Watch yourselves, whenever there's any mention of the US Army's WO ranks, some loon turns up demanding that members of other militaries salute them....
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    The fundamental, big, scary choice to make is...

    The fundamental, big, scary choice to make is whether the DF should be configured as a stand-alone force (in whatever form), or as a contributing ingredient into a wider EU defence capability (and...
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    Only if they travel on the surface. So, err....

    Only if they travel on the surface. So, err....
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    Don't confuse what India will want with what the...

    Don't confuse what India will want with what the US will offer.

    Turkey, a NATO country, was refused access to the top drawer PATRIOT system - what attitude do you think the US takes to its holiest...
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    I'd be hesitant in assuming that the...

    I'd be hesitant in assuming that the sensors/processing on the Indian P-8's have the same capability on the US and selected other operators P-8's...
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    I disagree - one of the problems with the RuAF...

    I disagree - one of the problems with the RuAF flights is the safety issue of flying without flight plans and transponders, as well as trailing several miles of ULF antenna. Decent, ground based,...
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    Yeah, the 'European solidarity' angle is likely...

    Yeah, the 'European solidarity' angle is likely to get a great big FO, given Ireland's attitude to 'European solidarity' on the EU's eastern frontier...

    Reap, sow...
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    The timing is likely to be something of a...

    The timing is likely to be something of a coincidence, as not least the BEAR F was talking to subs, and subs don't fly to the eastern Atlantic.

    The concentration is also coincidence - Sov, err......
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