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  1. We would have been more surprised if we were...

    We would have been more surprised if we were involved.
  2. The Cyber sector could be one where Ireland takes...

    The Cyber sector could be one where Ireland takes a leading role in the EU. Given the amount of expertise in country and it would be an area where the left would have little to attack. And it should...
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    If we look at the issue of defence as a defence...

    If we look at the issue of defence as a defence issue rather than a source of jobs and something for photo ops in foreign lands then things need to be a lot different.
    Firstly we are an island and...
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    Will our new expensive toys the C-295's be able...

    Will our new expensive toys the C-295's be able to track Russian Akula class subs wandering their way through the Irish Sea?
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    There is a major difference between service...

    There is a major difference between service intervals and service life. The airframe of most Russian aircraft are built like brick sh**houses. And I know enough Russian aircraft designers to know...
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    The sensors maybe the same but I would wonder if...

    The sensors maybe the same but I would wonder if they had been given the same acoustic database as has been supplied to the RAF. I would also think that India has its own sound catalogue which it...
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    The USN claims they do not need a MAD as their...

    The USN claims they do not need a MAD as their acoustic sensors are now so good!
    However the Indians do not agree and they have added a CAE AN/ASQ-508A MAD as well as an aft radar, the Telephonics...
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    Big, big thanks for finding me one of me new fav...

    Big, big thanks for finding me one of me new fav twitter accounts, Mil Radar, so kool
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    If you want a great place to hide an Russian...

    If you want a great place to hide an Russian attack submarine look no further than the waters between Donegal and Islay. This is the main route out of Faslane and the old Holy Loch bases for SSBN's....
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    The Tu-95 & Tu-142 Bears may be old but they have...

    The Tu-95 & Tu-142 Bears may be old but they have been modernized in the past few years. Also unlike fighters their flight hours/cycle life is not so short especially as the Russian never tried to...
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    The Russian never entered our or any other EU...

    The Russian never entered our or any other EU sovereign airspace. They did however enter the FIR Shannon for which we are responsible.
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    Does the Minister for State with responsibility...

    Does the Minister for State with responsibility for Defence not have to pilot the kamikaze plane? Naturally with the Secretary General of the Department as co-pilot.
    If they make the rules then they...
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    The Russian state that they have always being...

    The Russian state that they have always being operating in "International" airspace and that is technically correct. What is not said is that the airspace concerned is controlled airspace and comes...
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    Asking the EU to provide cover like is done for...

    Asking the EU to provide cover like is done for the Baltic nations is unlikely to be greeted with open arms. First those nations are members of NATO, the defence alliance we try and stay as far away...
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    That is close; wonder if the Healy-Rae's could...

    That is close; wonder if the Healy-Rae's could have turned on the Kingdom of Kerry Imperial Air Defence Force's MEADS targeting radar to spook the Russians?
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    Was there any Russian delegation at the recent...

    Was there any Russian delegation at the recent defence conference we had?
    At least it gives the QRA crews something to do and they get to shadow the whole range of Russian long range aircraft this...
  17. Can the state afford to spend 2% on GNI on...

    Can the state afford to spend 2% on GNI on defence? Yes
    Will people find as ever excuses why not to do it? Yes

    The amount of money wasted by the state is criminal, and not all the blame is with...
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    Now we know why Mike O'Leary is so interested in...

    Now we know why Mike O'Leary is so interested in the Don, we all thought it was for B737 but in reality it is so he has somewhere for all his Eurofighters. Outsourcing will be the only way we ever...
  19. This is nothing new, there will be the excuse...

    This is nothing new, there will be the excuse that GDP gives a false impression, but even with the percentage of GNI it is not any better. For years the trend has been one way at a constant rate and...
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    The Russian explanation of why their aircraft...

    The Russian explanation of why their aircraft were where they were is classic: "to monitor the NATO Exercise in Northern Norway". Last time I looked Tromso was a long way from Donegal, they must have...
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    Some more details from the latest Russian Bear...

    Some more details from the latest Russian Bear incident;

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/military-aircraft-breach-irish-airspace-during-russian-interception-1.4196696
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    Bears are back again ...

    Bears are back again

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/raf-fighter-jets-repel-russian-bombers-off-northwest-ireland-1.4196550
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    Given how the two services are already at war...

    Given how the two services are already at war over who gets the F35 it might not take much to get the RAF to deal with the RN.
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    It is not the Spanish with whom we have had the...

    It is not the Spanish with whom we have had the most issues in the past years, the biggest issue has been with British registered vessels. With Brexit it will more likely be a RN Gunboat that will...
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    Under the EAW each EU nation would deport to...

    Under the EAW each EU nation would deport to another EU country their citizens. However some like Germany will not deport a citizen to a non-EU country, that is their law and they have no reason to...
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