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    Both could be maintained to be able to support...

    Both could be maintained to be able to support helicopter operations with stuff like refueling facilities and as a minimum runway lighting. Gormo could handle the PC-12 as well as the runway is long...
  2. Should this be a stand-alone tender? Should a DMR...

    Should this be a stand-alone tender? Should a DMR not be part of a wider modular weapons system to replace the FAL and AUG?

    There has been a move for many years to modular weapons systems whereby...
  3. This could be a easy selection, the HK-417 is...

    This could be a easy selection, the HK-417 is already in-service and several variants are available covering the DMR/SSR roles, G28 in German use or the M110A1 in US usage.
  4. 2020 was a year that threw us many challenges...

    2020 was a year that threw us many challenges some of which we are still dealing with, but should we now take a step back and look how things might improve in the future? Could for example there be a...
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    Even if we do not have any ab-intro pilots at...

    Even if we do not have any ab-intro pilots at Rucker the price is a fantastic deal, 4 for €850,000, that is hard to beat.

    So rather than everyone focusing on that they should be focusing on why...
  6. Can Scotland make a territorial claim? It is not...

    Can Scotland make a territorial claim? It is not a sovereign nation merely a constituent country of the UK. And as such the power to make territorial treaties lies with London, even if they don't...
  7. Remember the SNP is the Scottish Nationalist...

    Remember the SNP is the Scottish Nationalist Party, Scotland first!
    The Scots will need friends inside the EU if they ever expect to be accepted, some nations will be not so welcoming. Those in the...
  8. Would this have anything to do with the 6th of...

    Would this have anything to do with the 6th of May?
    There is an election this year in Scotland, this lets the SNP make a claim that they are fighting for Scottish fishermen.
    If we want we have a...
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    Both the US Army and the RAAF are professional...

    Both the US Army and the RAAF are professional who are intent on having a good relationship with us. They are just as likely of not more likely to wash someone out as we would. Training foreign...
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    There is nothing new on "The Times" report, it...

    There is nothing new on "The Times" report, it has been in the public domain for a long time now, we have even discussed it already.
    We are all aware that we have pilots doing helicopter training in...
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    Nigerian Air Force maintenance, what is that?

    Nigerian Air Force maintenance, what is that?
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    I know there are some MiG-21 fanboys around so...

    I know there are some MiG-21 fanboys around so here is an offer that might just get the juices flowing:

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38059/nigerias-mig-21-fighter-jet-force-is-up-for-sale...
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    Based upon size and configuration it could be a...

    Based upon size and configuration it could be a Wescam MX-15, if it is then it can support up to 9 different sensors.
    In any case it seems to be good enough to track a L/O target trying to slip...
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    The topic is potential, so in the future, this...

    The topic is potential, so in the future, this IMHO should not be just what we can do tomorrow but also next week. Yes we have the AW-139s and yes they do not meet the requirements of the UN for...
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    These only reinforce my point, what the UN has...

    These only reinforce my point, what the UN has problems sourcing is not foot-soldiers but higher end resources. In almost ever mission it lacks helicopters, not just transport but also attack...
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    Poll: True, but we can see the same lack of a national...

    True, but we can see the same lack of a national strategic plan for the use of the state's resources. Let's take it a bit further, in the future we may end up having a lot more patient transfers to...
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    It means looking deep into what we want the DF to...

    It means looking deep into what we want the DF to provide as contributions to overseas missions and then developing the forces in that direction. This would mean that the "jack of all trade approach"...
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    Poll: If a large ferry needed helicopter evacuation all...

    If a large ferry needed helicopter evacuation all helicopters on both islands would be mobilised not just those tasked to a sector.
    And as for the second scenario that is no different from today,...
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    Poll: I was thinking a more integrated approach, ...

    I was thinking a more integrated approach,
    Sligo 1x S92
    Shannon 1x S92 active, 1x S92 back-up
    Waterford 1x S92
    Dublin 1x H145 active, 1 H145 back-up
    Cork 1x H145
    Athlone/Galway 1x H145

    The...
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    Poll: Typical Irish government solution, lets get...

    Typical Irish government solution, lets get someone else to provide a service rather than tackling the underling problem; lack of a national helicopter EMS strategy. No attempts at generating a...
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    In the past 20 years the needs for troop...

    In the past 20 years the needs for troop protection has changed more then in the 50 years before. The Land Rover of old has changed into the Mowag Eagle with a V-shaped hull and coming in at nearly...
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    Poll: Yet again the government looking for a solution....

    Yet again the government looking for a solution. The Dutch send a C-130 today across to the UK, will we be using our airlifters again?
    ...
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    Sticky: Poll: The idea of getting some 40-50m vessels is a snap...

    The idea of getting some 40-50m vessels is a snap idea to cope with two short term issues, (a) the lack of crews, (b) the Brexit fishing mess. So some bright-spark comes up with the idea of a smaller...
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    What I was saying is that even the berthage at...

    What I was saying is that even the berthage at Haulbowline is not for free, it has cost associated with its maintenance, security etc. Just because the costs are internal does not mean they...
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    No berthage is for free, even in Haulbowline the...

    No berthage is for free, even in Haulbowline the NS has costs, in the latter case the upkeep of the facilities including thing like dredging of the basin. Dun Laoghaire port is no longer a state...
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