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  1. DE&S can’t help themselves. They’ll *have* to tweak it. Apparently no driver-training modules or simulators are in this buy.
  2. Interesting perspective. What vehicle design wouldn’t, in your opinion, constitute a serious RPG magnet?
  3. https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/boxer-armoured-vehicle/
  4. Had an opportunity to look at the mockup last week - very much OH-58 size (or Long Ranger, perhaps).
  5. The AS21 has the Elbit/EOS T-2000 turret and a hull that meets the protection requirements, as well as in-arm hydro-pneumatic suspension, & Soucy Band track. It’s a completely different vehicle (hull, turret, & powerpack) to the amphibious K21. Australia doesn’t - & hasn’t - had a policy of defence offsets, either direct, indirect, or counter-trade. Having worked in the Australian Defence sector (public & private sides, project management & procurement) for a while, “offsets” are a dirty word here, much to the confusion of some international partners.
  6. Apparently it’s a low cost design that’s not low-observable. No relationship to Sikorsky’s Comanche as this is by Bell.
  7. I guess landing on a carrier, day or night, fair weather or foul, isn’t flying. Nor, I suppose, is flying 2,800 nautical miles to deter an invasion. Its not a zero-sum game. The Buccaneer served well, as did its crews and maintainers. It’s not on the aircraft or service that there was (thankfully) no war to fight when it was being operated by the RN. Personally, I’d have preferred an S.1, then the RN S.2, then the RAF S.2. It’s good business to release the less popular version first, but I really wish the S.1 would get some IM love.
  8. Wouldn’t have had it at all were it not for the RN.
  9. Fair enough - this is the US, though, not the UK!
  10. Well, both AJAX & CV90 failed to make the grade in the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 competition. Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx & Hanwha AS21 Redback ate through to the Risk Mitigation Activity phase of the solicitation.
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    Poseidon MRA Mk.1

    Sixth mission workstation added to USN, RASF, & RNZAF P-8As. No mention of the RAF. https://adbr.com.au/first-four-raaf-p-8s-to-get-sixth-mission-workstation/ “The US Navy has awarded a number of contracts to ....install a sixth mission crew workstation on US Navy and RAAF P-8A ... aircraft. The contracts, totalling about US$34m (A$50m) cover the production and delivery of 56 Sixth Mission Crew Workstation (MCW) Retrofit B-kits. The additional workstation will enable increased mission capability, versatility, data analysis in high workload missions. The four kits will bring all 12 RAAF P-8As delivered or on order up to a common interior standard. The four RNZAF P-8As to be manufactured as part of Lot 11 will also have the sixth MCW.”
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    Poseidon MRA Mk.1

    Interesting. This came to mind yesterday while watching a camouflaged Royal Australian Navy MRH-90 conducting a fast rope demonstration at an open day: https://imgur.com/gallery/7hFQ4Cj Of course, here the RAAF don’t own any helicopters, so anything rotary wing is Army or Navy.
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