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    The UK swapped production slots of the F-35 with...

    The UK swapped production slots of the F-35 with Israel - they wanted airframes asap, we didn't need them at that point because a) we were inbedded in the US testing programme and were getting crew...
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    There's no such thing now - and we've discovered...

    There's no such thing now - and we've discovered that it doesn't matter.

    Lots of people, me included, wear the Aku base boot for general mooching, but once you're out on the range or whatever it's...
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    Financially I'm not sure it will - back in the...

    Financially I'm not sure it will - back in the day when we we issued the old DMS high leg, and after that the assault boot, no one - and I mean no one - wore them on exercise or ops. That meant they...
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    They will, after a year of anything non-office...

    They will, after a year of anything non-office based use, look pretty ropey...

    They'll be entirely serviceable, but bristle-headed, red-faced shouty men won't be very happy...
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    Haix make good quality boots, these are an...

    Haix make good quality boots, these are an excellent, all round, robust boot for training and ops in temperate and warmer climates.

    The gore-tex lining means it will be a bit stuffy in really hot...
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    Sticky: Well, you could put a roof on the flight deck I...

    Well, you could put a roof on the flight deck I suppose...
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    Conversely of course, you could ask why...

    Conversely of course, you could ask why applicants for other militaries are prepared to wait months on end for a joining date - and go through a recruitment procedure that can take more than a year...
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    The SLAM programme has had the odd failing, but...

    The SLAM programme has had the odd failing, but it's been an overwhelming success. The 'rip it down and start again' ideology has been worth its weight in gold in allowing the project to be...
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    Does it matter? If you are squabbling over the...

    Does it matter?

    If you are squabbling over the fate of 20 pairs of combat trousers then you probably ought to close up shop - if 'losing' 20 sets of uniform places that much strain on your...
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    I'm afraid that the 'corporate image' thrust is...

    I'm afraid that the 'corporate image' thrust is flogging a dead horse - how many times have journalists described RAF helicopters (with ROYAL AIR FORCE in 2 ft high letters helpfully written all over...
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    Handsome, witty, charming...

    Handsome, witty, charming...
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    Wrong way around. The UN is sufficiently...

    Wrong way around.

    The UN is sufficiently desperate for competent forces that will fulfill the mandate that they will take what they're offered.

    If the Irish government says that they they will...
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    So that journalists can recognise them as 'not...

    So that journalists can recognise them as 'not Army'. This is critical deconfliction for budgetary purposes...
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    We used three interlocking models in Afghanistan...

    We used three interlocking models in Afghanistan - a) numerou static, two/whatever 105mm gun firebases on hilltops to provide a network of fires over the AO, b) mobile two/whatever gun firebases...
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    One of the huge advantages of Caesar is that...

    One of the huge advantages of Caesar is that you're buying something that has been combat proven, mobility proven in harsh environments, and that is in service with a major western military - and...
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    Manufacturers trials fill me with more confidence...

    Manufacturers trials fill me with more confidence than you could possibly imagine...

    If I was DF I'd be pretty much sold on the Caesar gun-truck. Personally I think it's too compromised in favour...
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    Ireland building an NP station is about as likely...

    Ireland building an NP station is about as likely as Ireland building a 6th gen stealth fighter - and for the same reason: you don't have the people to design it, certify it, build it and operate it....
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    It looks like the unholy bastard lovechild of a...

    It looks like the unholy bastard lovechild of a Mowag and the USS Missouri.

    I, for one, would be hugely confident that it wouldn't fall over when fired on even the steepest ground...
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    I disagree with your first point - while it's...

    I disagree with your first point - while it's true to say that 105/120 can provide intimate fire support out to 17km, and that with dismounted troops they are likely to be within that range - ish,...
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    It's bizarre actually - 105 and 120 only really...

    It's bizarre actually - 105 and 120 only really work with a doctrine of high mobility, so you use diesel and aviation fuel instead of propellant. The longer ranged stuff on the other hand can be much...
  21. Thread: Soldier 2017

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    So is body armour only issued for overseas tasks,...

    So is body armour only issued for overseas tasks, or is that just different?
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    Nope. Introducing, or keeping on, a weapon...

    Nope.

    Introducing, or keeping on, a weapon system has a huge tail cost - training people to use it, training people to maintain it, training people to train people to use it, training people to...
  23. It's some years ago, but I think it was @tempest...

    It's some years ago, but I think it was @tempest who dug out some figures from the DOD that showed that the PC-9M's were being flown at about one third of the rate that the decision to by them was...
  24. I think the cost stuff is just galaxy - housing...

    I think the cost stuff is just galaxy - housing costs in Australia are no more, and often a lot less, than in Dublin, or the UK, or France, or Switzerland, or Sweden. If the pilots (and thier...
  25. If the system is already broken, it seems...

    If the system is already broken, it seems somewhat odd to be determined to preserve it.

    You need something new, whether that's the system, the offer - which is more than just the money - or both....
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