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by Aesma
Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Not and "ally"? What does it take to be an ally with France? Does it require a formal agreement of some type? So any nation that is invaded by another, you would take no action, have no issue with the invading nation unless France had some type of formal agreement in place? We're talking ...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 119
Views: 4856

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

Am I the only one finding it strange that the police had put the guy in a hotel and left the girl sleeping alone in the van ?

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mapping France's Global Military Presence
Replies: 1
Views: 238

Re: Mapping France's Global Military Presence

Aside from Arabia and Africa (where we're actually waging a war) all the other places are French territories. Subsidizing them costs much more than the military presence does. One day the massive EEZ might pay for this but not at the moment. There is probably oil offshore of Guyane but it will stay ...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

So you're saying France should look after the US's interest, for what in return, an occasional trade war ? Politicians in France who argued that we should have actually delivered the ships instead of cancelling the contract under US pressure are vindicated now. US interests? Wait, you do know that ...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Every country does what's in their best interests. What's the old saying? There are no friends, just shared interests. Sorta like when France was going to sell amphibious assault ships to Russia. So you're saying France should look after the US's interest, for what in return, an occasional trade wa...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Anyone suggesting this crazy plan has no concept of the issues faced by Navy maintenance today. A basic google search, clearly beyond the capability of a Forbes reporter, makes this clear. What's funny from the article is that you get the idea that nuclear submarines, and the Los Angeles class in p...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 90
Views: 5115

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Can you explain more? Why would LM lose the ability to bid on other projects if they don't bid on this one? It's not a matter of not being able to bid on other project. It is a matter of being able to effectively lobby Congress (which or better or worst is still legal). You provide the bid to allow...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

par13del : it seems indeed that very few people knew something, including in the Australian government.

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Did Trump gut the State Department by any chance ? No decent diplomat left would explain how this played out... The things they own in other nations are only useful if they are on good terms with those nations. They cannot "take back" any ports or building or land they own. That's an impor...

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by Aesma
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Purdue Pharma Family Wins Bankruptcy Protection, Opioid Addicts Cannot Sue
Replies: 20
Views: 885

Re: Purdue Pharma Family Wins Bankruptcy Protection, Opioid Addicts Cannot Sue

With political prosecutors and judges, and unlimited money flowing to politics, what do you expect ?

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by Aesma
Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Purdue Pharma Family Wins Bankruptcy Protection, Opioid Addicts Cannot Sue
Replies: 20
Views: 885

Re: Purdue Pharma Family Wins Bankruptcy Protection, Opioid Addicts Cannot Sue

Don't care much about the money, if only they had gotten life behind bars...

I wonder if some angry victims will find other ways to get "justice".

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by Aesma
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

We are currently observing more and more airborne military tasks being allocated to relatively inexpensive drones that remove their valuable operators from the risk of being killed on service. Is not a parallel situation not going to happen in submarine warfare in the next 20 years rendering those ...

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by Aesma
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

This is a pretty good commentary on the situation there. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/aukus-alliance-fallout-from-french-subs-snub-will-haunt-us/news-story/eff3566ab5355418bb00b4d717e08f9b Tugg Is that Greg Sheridan piece (noting that, being in Australia, the Murdoch paywall won't le...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 90
Views: 5115

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

Because LM wants to bid on many other programs for decades/centuries to come. And to keep Boeing honest.

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

It has been unofficially admitted through journalists that France knew something at least since June and had queried the US and Australia about it. That's partly the reason for the rhetoric though, because instead of admitting to it, even partially, they blatantly lied about it, said the Attack cont...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 119
Views: 4856

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

Not really I know a Mechanic named Scotty Kilmer who you do not want to see in a bikini and he makes much more than they do. I have fun watching his videos even if very little applies to my life since most of the cars mentioned aren't sold here, the engines aren't the same, the transmissions either...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Airports
Replies: 1
Views: 1124

Re: Paris Airports

What kind of aircraft are you talking about ? LBG is only used by private aircraft (and official ones occasionally) not scheduled carriers. Vatry is mostly for cargo, it's nowhere near Paris, it's half way towards Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium. BVA is Ryanair and a couple other low costs. Paris' actual...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: French Bee: PPT-YYZ?
Replies: 22
Views: 4833

Re: French Bee: PPT-YYZ?

How about this one ? https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/tx5717 PPT-PTP-ORY Flight chartered to evacuate 8 ventilated COVID patients, with 37 medical staff and 2 tons of medical hardware over 16000Km, a record. The PTP stop was not needed for fuelling reasons but to replace 18 oxygen cylinder...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin now clearly in the minority
Replies: 17
Views: 905

Re: Putin now clearly in the minority

For a long time he had a lot of support despite already employing such tactics. It's easy for example to be popular if you don't allow free journalism, imprison or kill opponents, etc., and with the economy doing OK. Now the economy isn't doing OK, and many finally open their eyes. They might also r...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin now clearly in the minority
Replies: 17
Views: 905

Putin now clearly in the minority

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58614227
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He had to ban his main opponents from running, stuff ballots on a massive scale, employ all kinds of fraudulent tactics, to only get "nearly 50%" of the vote...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58614227

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

I think going nuclear is not just a technical change, so it's possible that France wouldn't provide the capability in one context, but would in another. For example if that was the tender, and the US and UK were also offering it, or were OK with it. From my understanding the US and UK had never cons...

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by Aesma
Mon Sep 20, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

I don't know, I've read about one ethanol/oxygen based system that isn't about producing electricity, but burns the ethanol with compressed oxygen, making vapor to run a turbine. Also about "brown water/blue water", one thing the Australian wanted during the Attack program was the ability ...

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

What I don't get is why the Attack-class didn't have an air-independent propulsion system, when this is well developed technology, that France offers on the Scorpène-class. Maybe because of the size of the boat, too big ? JayinKitsap : are you willing to bet that whatever Australia will get will be ...

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best multi-national program
Replies: 51
Views: 1933

Re: Best multi-national program

No mention of the A400M and Tiger, too troubled ?

C-160 Transall ?

ATR ?

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker
Replies: 90
Views: 5115

Re: Lockheed reveals new LMXT refueling tanker

I hope LM is footing the bill (and that it's a small bill).

There is still an incentive for Airbus, keeping Boeing honest, or even make them lose money.

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

2. Yes, Europe should provide for their own defense. That's what we've been saying for years. Yet, they keep acting like the 2% level is the goal (several years away), when it's really the minimum. But the US has done everything it could to prevent this from happening. If we are going to spend more...

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina
Replies: 18
Views: 845

Re: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina

Here in France we get a small paper card in the mail, every few years, that lasts for a number of elections. In small villages it's enough to vote as it's assumed "everyone knows everyone", however for cities you need a photo ID to go with it : National ID card, passport, driver's license....

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1688

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

Let's say that we're upset enough about it, that we make shows of contrition and remorse, that are immediately used by our enemies. The Taliban sure, but even Russia does it. Meanwhile Russia drops bombs indiscriminately in Syria without blinking.

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The first step for this government to government planning is for each country to remove ego and accept their position in terms of what they can and can't do. Australia has taken this step perfectly asking for help. I've seen nowhere where they admitted they couldn't build subs, do you have a source...

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by Aesma
Sun Sep 19, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 119
Views: 4856

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

To me it's similar to wanting to be some kind of artist. Get your kids to get a useful degree first, if possible. I actually have a cousin who is a professional Fortnite player in the US, hired by a team etc. just like a pro athlete. Not sure how long it will last, but at least he has a degree.

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1688

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

I don't think that's it, simple farmers were still plentiful. But used to an organized, centralized, civilized society, yes. When the war was over, it was over. There was not thousands of nazis conducting guerilla warfare for years, or same with Japanese soldiers (well, there were a few of those, ac...

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA B739 tail tip incident
Replies: 110
Views: 21416

Re: UA B739 tail tip incident

A B739 taking USC football up to Washington State had a tail tip incident with people still onboard. Reg: N78448 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E_h5wclVIAAtmxC?format=jpg&name=900x900 https://twitter.com/DSJR1/status/1439033962853109765?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E14390339...

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 119
Views: 4856

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

These are youtubers not influencers. Influencers are mostly on social networks, and more specifically Instagram and Tik Tok. They also exist on other platforms or are multiplatforms, but the stereotypical influencer is a bimbo posting selfies of herself in various stages of undress, at various locat...

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Maybe because the French-Australian subs had plenty of US content so they were involved already ?

Also the UK has no presence in the Pacific (except Pitcairn, 47 inhabitants...).

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brian Laundrie is missing
Replies: 119
Views: 4856

Re: Brian Laundrie is missing

Any reason this story is making the news (I had stumbled on it already) ? Good looking blonde girl involved maybe ?

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters
Replies: 25
Views: 4222

Re: Taliban Upset that the US disabled Aircraft and Helicopters

Afghanistan is bankrupt and begging for money to buy food, how would they afford Chinese support/aircraft ? And to do what ?

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

That last point is why I think France wouldn't have been interested in the alliance even if offered. We happily share intelligence with allies, but this is a manual process, not letting the US run our intelligence and spy on our people. We have our own assets, our own satellites, our own people on t...

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

The French should have seen this coming; there were signals from Australia indicating that they wanted out of the deal since at least June: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/defence-department-considering-a-plan-b-to-french-subs-senate-estimates-told/news-story/778969b5d3f1c5498e62bf0c...

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K
Replies: 41
Views: 1688

Re: Drone strike killed innocent civilians not ISIS-K

That's the issue when you're not fighting a just war, and by that I mean you're not fighting for your people and your territory. The Talibans were, even if they might not be popular amongst many people over there, and might have trouble holding to power. If we think we were on the good side of that ...

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by Aesma
Sat Sep 18, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

This could have been handled much better by the US and especially Australia. France has every right to be angry. France also is a major player in the Indo Pacific area and it would be wise of the US and Australia to have good relations with France . This was not helpful. I think from France's POV t...

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges
Replies: 149
Views: 4913

Re: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges

In America, the States have most of the power. The feds are supposed to be limited in what they have jurisdiction over. Of course the feds have slowly chipped away at what power States have left, but that what is supposed to be. You can't wage a major war if you need to ask permission for every mov...

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Yes, Grande Terre in New Caledonia is about half the size of Taiwan...

From what I can find Australia didn't want nuclear subs, they wanted to keep their options open for when it would be politically palatable, so the Barracuda order allowed them to change their mind on that later.

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

A lot of talk about the ‘stab in the back’, but this project has been on a downward spiral for some time. And that’s not even including issues over the French insistence on taking their full 1hr lunch break. The price has rocketed from $40b to $50b, then $90b and is expected to be more. The entry d...

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

I feel that France is really over-reacting. "Drama queen" kinda stuff. And dragging on the USA for it? Any problem is completely between France and Australia. And with their "agreement" being 5 years along and Australia doing this, something tells me the agreement wasn't as agre...

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges
Replies: 149
Views: 4913

Re: Opinion: General Milley Should Face Charges

At least people have stopped trying to associate these actions with a coup, though I did see one pundit on the right continuing to use ‘junta’ yesterday on Twitter. It’s like these people have never seen news from overseas before - or opened a dictionary. Also, the military taking over is usually s...

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Except the contract was won 5 years ago ! There are hundreds of Australians (with families) working on it in France, plenty of French people in Australia too.

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

In the meantime the US is asking its European allies to come to the Western Pacific to do "freedom of navigation" stuff. Acting like this towards the only one aside from the UK which has nuclear subs, nuclear ballistic missiles, and a carrier group, doesn't seem like a good way to get that.

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Australia isn't exactly keen on a war with China, though. China is a mere 39% of Australia's exports, and it has a healthy trade surplus with it !

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 174
Views: 7914

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

There is no plan to develop any kind of nuclear industry so it doesn't seem to be the goal. France would of course be willing to help otherwise, we sold nuclear reactors to China after all.

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by Aesma
Fri Sep 17, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 207
Views: 9414

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

Yes that's my point. Not France leaving NATO, but pushing very hard for the EU to become less dependent on it, buying less US tech etc. Lets talk about the deal they had with the french: "The total cost of the program, which includes the production of 12 submarines, has also risen from $40 bill...

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