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  1. Kirkhill

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Some current news on the Saab-Boeing system - They are targeting the Norwegian Army as a launch customer... NAMMO has been brought into the game to supply a more energetic rocket and another Norwegian company is looking at building ISO-shelters. This is a direct competitor to the 150 km...
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    A 2015 video on the collaboration between Boeing and Saab. Attaching the rocket from a decommissioned cluster munition dispenser to a Small Diameter Bomb The Finns bought up all the MLRS systems the Danes and the Dutch were disposing of, and a few more from the Americans. The Norwegians...
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    All Things CAF and Covid/ Covid Vaccine [merged]

    And we're at liberty to ignore the stuff we choose to ignore.
  4. Kirkhill

    All Things CAF and Covid/ Covid Vaccine [merged]

    Is it so difficult to understand? I don't find it so. Some governments I like. Some governments I dislike. I vote for governments I like. I applaud them when they win. I tolerate the governments I dislike. Surely that is the basis of a popularly elected government?
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    The larger cousins of the Company Swarm. What formation is 174 UCAV/Fighters? A Squadron? Wing? Group? Division? Force? And what is the person getting the God's Eye view through their virtual reality head set? A pilot? A commander? A Warrant Officer? A Corporal? A General? 600 targets...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    the government’s thematic guidance for the experiment was for expeditionary forces at the company level and smaller. Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman recently demonstrated the ability for a single user to control over 100 unmanned systems as part of a swarm in an urban battlefield...
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    Influence Activities Task Force - Nudging.

    By whose definition? Have they been convinced that it is in their best interest? And freely chosen? Or have they been nudged/coerced into acting in someone else's version of their best interest? Or is it just some else's best interest?
  8. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    I'm with C_p on this one. The problem is that most of the old Westerners will be only too happy to give up Poland, again. It is a play they have used for a thousand years or more. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Territorial-changes-of-Poland-1635-2009.gif
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    https://theconversation.com/the-euro-is-plunging-and-probably-wont-bounce-back-soon-172437
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I can't create an image of the flight path but it doesn't look like it was making any attempt to avoid "enemy" airspace. It looked more as if it was keeping just outside the 12 mile limit of the Crimea and the Russian coast. With a couple of interesting circuits thrown in for good measure. I...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think you wouldn't be wrong if you said it was his standard of play just now. He fences in the West. While China builds in the East. https://tenor.com/view/fencing-fence-olympic-sport-physical-chess-gif-12678663
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    For the record - the UK also manufactures the following missiles. Brimstone SPEAR Sea SPEAR Starstreak Martlet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brimstone_(missile) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starstreak https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martlet_(missile) Some of them have variants that need a...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Perhaps that is another argument against symmetry. The argument has been made that insufficient attention is paid to Combat Service Support and Logistics. If the Armour and Engineer heavy equipment is dispersed and co-located with their training areas then there is little need for support...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    NLAW / MBT LAW is manufactured in Britain by Thales UK. It was taken into service in 2009. It is a wooden round with a 20 year shelf life. The first rounds manufactured would be 12 years old now. They are ripe for divestment in any event. And now would be a good time to refresh the...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    That flight path is interesting for a cargo flight. They seemed to spend a lot of time "dragging their petticoats" just off Russian held territory on the Black Sea. The same kind of path the Type 45s followed when the QE was in the Med. HIt me if your dare?
  16. Kirkhill

    FWSAR (CC130H, Buffalo, C27J, V22): Status & Possibilities

    Love that look. Dan Dare flies. :D
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    Influence Activities Task Force - Nudging.

    News to me as well.
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    Influence Activities Task Force - Nudging.

    Nudging is apparently a thing. It appears to be an Influence Activities thing. Do we apply it externally or internally? https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/01/14/nudge-has-no-place-in-our-democracy/
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Re Force 2025 and Force 2030 Stumbled across this from Nov 30 2021 ABES.PROD.PW$$BW.B005.E28363.ATTA001.PDF Interesting bit is about the LVM (Hvy) requirement. It calls for 22x 72T transporters 48x 45T transporters 73x Bridging Pallet (BAP) transporters 22x Leo2? 48x Puma Level C or CV90...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Canada committed a Heavy Bde to NATO. Denmark has committed a Medium Bde to NATO One of the two is striving to meet their obligations. Canada comes up short even at the Medium Bde level. anti-armour weapon systems for the combat battalions equipment for electronic warfare new sensors a UAS...
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