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    True but they know full well that the gravy train stops the day the yanks leave and the real horror of total Shia v Sunni v Kurds and the rest will kick off in an unrestrained fashion. You think it's shit now? Wait 'til the last Huey clears the US embassy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    True but they know full well that the gravy train stops the day the yanks leave and the real horror of total Shia v Sunni v Kurds and the rest will kick off in an unrestrained fashion. You think it's shit now? Wait 'til the last Huey clears the US embassy...
    One thing that Yugoslavia, Libya and Iraq have in common is that the Tinpot dictator who was internationally despised was the only thing keeping the various local factions apart. Once they went, it all kicked off.
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    they also had dictators who did not favour one exclusive supplier for arms,which is why you had Mirages alongside Migs in Libya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    they also had dictators who did not favour one exclusive supplier for arms,which is why you had Mirages alongside Migs in Libya.
    And Iraq

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    If this story is confirmed then it is a worrying development especially for any future peacekeeping missions. It seems Russia is using the Wagner Group (Russia's Blackwater Group) to supply 4th gen fighters to rebels in Libya, a mix of MiG-29 and Su-24 aircraft. If the UN or the EU ever decide it is time to bring the fighting in Libya to an end then the presence of Russian mercenaries fly advanced combat aircraft could be a serious issue. It is one thing to be attacked by a Fouga quiet another if it is a Fencer protected by a Fulcrum.

    https://defence-blog.com/news/mig-29...ver-libya.html
    The Russian's have been in Libya with those MiG's and Sukhoi's since the end of May. They were deployed mainly to intimidate Turkey and make them stop and think twice about taking Sirte. The Russian aircraft deployed should be no problem for the Turkish F16's if it came down to it. Rumors have it that 1 and possibly 2 of the MiG's have crashed already, through action or a mechanical issue I don't know.

    The Turkish Bayraktar drones seem to be more combat effective than the older Russian Sukhoi's in the air to ground role. They are smaller so less noticable and unlike the SU's only employ guided ordinance.
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    A lot of the Russian stuff is old standard FAB-500 dumb bombs. They seem to be conserving the guided munitions.

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    The first Gripen for Brazil was delivered yesterday, by sea. The Aircraft was then towed to the nearby base for acceptance.


    Can you imagine if we had to tow any aircraft from Dublin Port to Dublin Airport?
    https://www.defesaaereanaval.com.br/...-de-navegantes
    Video and photos: Moving the Gripen E through the streets of Navegantes

    By Guilherme Wiltgen

    A true war scheme was set up by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to escort the F-39 Gripen FAB4100 through the streets of Navegantes, between the port terminal and Navegantes Airport.

    While moving slowly, several military personnel, heavily armed, guaranteed the safety of the modern fighter, which arrived by ship on Sunday from Sweden.

    The FAB4100 will remain at Navegantes Airport this week, where Saab technicians will make their flight readiness.
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    I see reports that the UK is going to cut its AWACs order from 5 to 3 airframes:
    https://twitter.com/LOS_Fisher/statu...19323312852993

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky42 View Post
    I see reports that the UK is going to cut its AWACs order from 5 to 3 airframes:
    https://twitter.com/LOS_Fisher/statu...19323312852993
    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 E3D, and then down to 3x E-7s!
    How are they meant to provide cover for our airspace?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post

    And an evaluation flight in Sweden
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZDTQXH7veo

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    Have to say, SAAB marketing is very slick.
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    Didn't know what thread to put this in, but as mentioned in the naval service section, here is an article from twenty years ago on what the Air Corps might have looked like, from an cosantoir (page 19-21).

    https://www.dfmagazine.ie/dfmag_pdfs...r_Apr_1999.pdf
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    Well, government doesn't stop just because the country's been destroyed!
    I mean, annihilation's bad enough without anarchy to make things even worse!

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    This piece is worth a read for the last line alone.
    https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...-fighter-jets/
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    This piece is worth a read for the last line alone.
    https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...-fighter-jets/
    I do like and agree, but for us it also applies to the maritime arena as well as the airspace.

    Still, not having fighters for emergencies will erode the country’s national sovereignty, and it’s hard to see how a country that relies on neighbors to police its airspace can be truly neutral.

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