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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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    IMHO we should steer away from the % GDP and...

    IMHO we should steer away from the % GDP and instead once we have agreed that we need a DF and that we are prepared to pay for it that the value be set as a % of total government spending. At present...
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    Sticky: Poll: We got rid of coastal artillery but how many...

    We got rid of coastal artillery but how many coastal radar does the NS have? Yes everyone is required to have AIS but it is the ones who don't we should worry about. And as for knowing what is...
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    Sticky: Poll: You are barking up the wrong tree, there will...

    You are barking up the wrong tree, there will never be demand from "the masses". Defence is an insurance policy and like all insurance policies in this country unless you are forced to pay it most...
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    CAE are offering a lightweight boom mounted MAD...

    CAE are offering a lightweight boom mounted MAD for the Saab Swordfish. The idea of a towed MAD was for a long time standard on USN ASW helicopters, the SH3 Sea King had one installed on the...
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    Sticky: Poll: Totally agree, the Defence Forces by definition...

    Totally agree, the Defence Forces by definition should be first and foremost a military force. The Naval Service should be resourced with equipment and manpower to provide for the defence of the...
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    Modern 21st century MCM does not require all MCM...

    Modern 21st century MCM does not require all MCM vessels to be non-magnetic, the trend is not to put the manned vessel in harms way. The most modern methods are to utilize USVs and AUVs to search the...
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