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  1. Kirkhill

    Kratos's Hypersonic Aussie "Drone"

    From Breaking Defence - 18 F-35s = 300 Valkyrie LCAAT Drones. How about, instead of 88 F-35s Canada buys 1500 Valkyries? Or a dozen Wedgetails, a dozen P-8s, a couple dozen F-35s and a few hundred Valkyries along with the MQ-9Bs. And let's not forget some NASAMs and HIMARS launchers that...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Scholz has been getting a lot of FLaK over both his slow pace on upgrading the Bundeswehr and supplying Ukraine. He pledged about another 100 BEUR per year. But what if there just isn't that much stuff to buy? What if that amount of cash were to be dropped into a supply chain that is already...
  3. Kirkhill

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    HIMARS-GLSDB combination getting closer to the field? But why string Ukraine along until Spring 2023? Unless there is actually a production issue? Unloading M26 pods. Removing warheads. Replace warheads with SDBs, reload pods. Distribute pods...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Conditions in the field
  5. Kirkhill

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    Might want to look up Keith Davey Rainmaker
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Bakhmut trenches -
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    The M777 was originally marketed as the Ultra Light Field Howitzer and as a light alternative to the FH70 and the AS90 SPH. Much like the L5 was an ultra light version of the M101/C1/C3. The Light Gun was more akin to the old 25 pdr in terms of durability. I understood a number of compromises...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    No Shorts, No Socks, No Docs... Russia https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1702052/ukraine-live-vladimir-putin-russia-reinforce-east-Donetsk-Luhansk-Kherson Possible Russian evacuation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant...
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    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    IIRC one line stood out from testimony for me. An Ottawa MP declared "her" fear. She felt that the protesters hated "Liberals". This coincided with JT's disdain for those people that had been protesting him and his government since at least the previous federal campaign. Their concern was...
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    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    https://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/public_relations/themen_im_fokus/rheinmetall_hel_live_fire/
  11. Kirkhill

    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    Brits training in Oman - planning on rotating 2 light battlegroups annually through the training area. Ukrainian lessons learned and applied? Apparently? Small batteries to enhance mobility. 3 and a half minutes to get rounds on target and be off position. Navigation in protected vehicles and...
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    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    The civil market overlaps with the C-RAM market. The detection systems are comparable. The effectors can be graduated. They can be acoustic or directed thermal for dissuading people and birds, They can be directed jammers. Or directed high energy lasers. All short range that are not likely...
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    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    How about we think instead of a bit of grit in the gears? Small, understated events that make life difficult. Not events that bring the universe as we know it to an end but things that discourage investment, insurance underwriters, use of ports. Things that occur in the grey zone. Leaky...
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    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    North America is NOT far away. And the threats are not just ICBMs and Bombers. They can be long and short range missiles, ballistic and cruise, locally launched or even locally manufactured. Already ports, cities and airports have to manage UAVs the same way they manage birds, as a...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think the Ukrainians would likely consider it a win if, through offensive action, they can keep it as "no-man's land". Just like WWI trench raids. If they own the river and the marshes they can keep the Russians pushed back and away from artillery range of Kherson and Mykolaiv.
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    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    So this image accompanied an article about a unit being stood up with 40 Pickups and 40 UAVs. The inclusion of the two helicopters stood out for me. Shortly after the US authorized the transfer of 40 armoured riverine/littoral patrol boats to the Ukraine (concurrent with reports of Kinburn...
  17. Kirkhill

    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    Helicopters, helicopters and more helicopters... https://warontherocks.com/2022/11/how-can-marines-learn-from-the-falklands-war/
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    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    See also https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/indigenous-homicide-saskatchewan-1.6273828 Strong correlation between indigenous population and homicide rates.
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    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    Doug Ford is already taking steps that would create a Toronto City-State. The expansion of the GTA. The Golden Horseshoe. The more powerful mayor. All he needs to do is reallocate taxing powers to John Tory.
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    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    Yup. Agreed. So the units need to be on alert and need to master the equipment. What portion of the staff needs to be full time, what portion can be integrated with the civilian world, what portion can be permanently locally based, what portion can be hired on a part-time, shift-work basis...
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