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  1. Didn't see that one coming: https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/Press Release - Croatia 20-84 CN.pdf
  2. What would be involved in building this kit as a United Arab Emirates example?
  3. UAE just gifted 80 of their expensive LeClerc tanks to Jordan.
  4. Yeah, Slovakia has 14 F-16 Block 70's on order. So, basically a squadron.
  5. I would imagine that secondhand F-16 Block 30's would be the cheapest, although I'm not sure how much an upgrade/refurbishment would cost: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/croatia-receives-best-and-final-fighter-bids
  6. Not sure if they'll get everything on the wish list, but evidently Israel is OK with the F-35 purchase. 802 AMRAAM's is a healthy amount. https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/UAE_21-01.pdf https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/UAE_21-03.pdf https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/united-arab-emirates-mq-9b-remotely-piloted-aircraft
  7. "The Starfighters" with humorous commentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dDumDN3Y5I
  8. Supposedly, new Block 70/72 aircraft coming off the production line have a structural life that is 50% greater than previous versions. What was changed/modified to achieve this?
  9. Depending on what you're willing to pay (and assuming approval is granted), these days a customer has the option of a new Block 70 or a refurbished older variant.
  10. Aren't Block 15 aircraft fairly old airframes? https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/romania_20-83_cn.pdf
  11. Note that the AGM-65 versions with the shaped-charge warhead (such as A,B, and D) have a black band around the warhead section instead of the familiar yellow 'high explosive" marking. Black denoting "armor defeating".
  12. I wonder if a propeller aircraft would meet requirements?
  13. Trainer aircraft seem to have long service lives. USAF's T-38 has been in use even longer, entering service in 1961.
  14. Looks like a pretty detailed requirement if they expect the winning contractor to supply everything down to the pilot's individual kit. Is this typical for this type of tender? https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/sweden-halts-trainer-aircraft-procurement-citing-no-suitable-candidates
  15. I believe TAC took over from ADC the year before (1980)?
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