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by DigitalSea
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Is there a possibility this is just smoke and mirrors? From which perspective? That the USAF/USN are further along than they are suggesting or that the House Armed Services Committee are just trying to justify their position and role in the process and the information requested isn’t required? Both...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Is there a possibility this is just smoke and mirrors?

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by DigitalSea
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement
Replies: 89
Views: 4794

Re: Germany cancels P-3C modernisation; looking for replacement

Maybe they could buy some Russian hardware to supplement their energy deals. :roll:

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by DigitalSea
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3531

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

889091 wrote:
If required, can/how does the crew bail out in-flight?


Crawl into the sonar buoy ports and egress the aircraft expeditiously.

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by DigitalSea
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 97
Views: 18580

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

South Korea has completed the selection process for the precision-guided munitions and guidance kits that it plans to integrate with its future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) multirole fighter aircraft. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/da27bd71-e47e-4cf6-81aa-456bf5824514 It sound...

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by DigitalSea
Sat May 30, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -
Replies: 8
Views: 845

Re: what are typical capabilities of missile propulsion systems -

[There are loitering munitions in service, although the lines between loitering munition/missile/cruise missile and "kamikazie" UAV are very much blurred and often arbitrary. It's no longer a technological limitation as it is a political one. There are major political ramifications to a m...

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by DigitalSea
Mon May 25, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2546

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

SuperiorPilotMe wrote:
DigitalSea has proven himself to be an idiot of the highest caliber imaginable so I do not doubt at all he means GE90.


It was a joke :) Lighten up there bucko!

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by DigitalSea
Sat May 23, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 97
Views: 18580

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

[ That is factually true, and they are engaging in a massive military build-up, but that's not to say the same thing as that they're our active enemies. We have competing interests with all of our closest allies including Britain, Canada and Korea. There are other means to compete strategically oth...

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by DigitalSea
Fri May 22, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 97
Views: 18580

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Keep drinking the OAN Kool-Aid. That's the attitude that starts wars (and global pandemics, so I hope you're feeling particularly comfortable right now too). I'm sorry but I don't know what OAN is. And the concern for China isn't something necessarily driven by the media, especially here in the Uni...

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by DigitalSea
Thu May 21, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2546

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

Ozair wrote:
Perhaps over the last twenty years GE has included some technology from the GE90 into the F110 but there is no GE90 that will ever power the F-15EX or any other fighter aircraft.


Just givin' ya a little run there mate!

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by DigitalSea
Wed May 20, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 97
Views: 18580

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Will China start rapidly subsidizing the military modernization of countries like Iran & NK in response to this? Absolutely no reason to. Don't read too much into "the enemy of my enemy is my friend:" China and the US are not necessarily enemies and I for one prefer a completely diffe...

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by DigitalSea
Wed May 20, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2546

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

There's nothing wrong with using the General Electric GE90 to power the F-15EX, PW can take a hike. Hah, assume you mean the GE F110, the GE90 is a little too heavy and wide for the F-15... GE & the USAF conducted a study that showed the GE90 fan blades can reduced significantly to allow for tw...

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by DigitalSea
Wed May 20, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P&W and the F-15EX?
Replies: 20
Views: 2546

Re: P&W and the F-15EX?

There's nothing wrong with using the General Electric GE90 to power the F-15EX, PW can take a hike.

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by DigitalSea
Sat May 16, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion
Replies: 97
Views: 18580

Re: Second tier advanced fighter projects news and discussion

Will China start rapidly subsidizing the military modernization of countries like Iran & NK in response to this? I know they think they can win the long game via a strong economic plan but there's nothing set in stone that says that strategy is guaranteed. At what point do they start pushing bac...

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by DigitalSea
Tue May 12, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories
Replies: 21
Views: 11236

Re: Crazy and bizarre military aviation stories

NE Iraq towards the end of 2012, had a tanker flying a standard refueling track, a glowing orange cigar shape object had passed within 500ft over their starboard wing and paced ahead of the aircraft before finally shooting up into the sky. Secure comms were unusable until it left the area, initially...

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by DigitalSea
Fri May 08, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Boeing Combat Drone
Replies: 71
Views: 16284

Re: New Boeing Combat Drone

It would be pretty awesome for the drone to be able to carry its own warhead as a suicide drone once its expended its armaments.

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by DigitalSea
Mon May 04, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan
Replies: 40
Views: 9323

Re: US to potentially sell F-16's to Taiwan

Can't imagine it would be too hard for China to throw enough financial incentive at a pilot to defect if they were ever given the F-35. Money grows on trees in China.

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by DigitalSea
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 40934

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Ozair wrote:
The USAF is close to selecting a first base for the B-21, both of the options being existing B-1 bases which makes sense given the B-21 will replace the B-1 initially before then replacing the B-2.

Anyone have a preference?


Hickam, it's time.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones
Replies: 18
Views: 2320

Re: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones

Additionally, I always find it amusing when commentary compares a manned fighter that has been tested and certified to its flight envelope against drones that today operate with significantly more restricted flight envelopes. I don’t see significantly more capable loyal wingmen emerging either, the...

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by DigitalSea
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 2 Syrian su24s shot down by Turkey's f16s
Replies: 36
Views: 3071

Re: 2 Syrian su24s shot down by Turkey's f16s

Turkey does not need air superiority over all of Syria. They just need to control the air space behind the front line in order to prevent Syrian Air Force from bombing the rebel. How close would the Syrian air defense be to the front line to clear the Turks from over the Rebel's air space without r...

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by DigitalSea
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones
Replies: 18
Views: 2320

Re: Musk on fighter jets vs. drones

He's not wrong and with where China's going, it's inevitable and we will adapt as necessary. In Top Gun 3, Tom will be the name of the fighter A.I.

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by DigitalSea
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Shenyang FC-31 / J-31
Replies: 56
Views: 11370

Re: Shenyang FC-31 / J-31

What are the chances that China will leapfrog full production of a 5th gen carrier platform in favor of a 6th gen (or 5.5) in order to keep pace with US developments?

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by DigitalSea
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 222
Views: 22784

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

My guess is the squadrons are likely trained, sufficiently manned and capable of conducting operations across their full mission set. The difference to FOC is probably that FOC is related to the finish of development and test phase. I don’t believe the USAF has declared that OT&E has finished a...

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by DigitalSea
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories
Replies: 86
Views: 12318

Re: Study of U.S. Air Force aircraft inventories

We are a long ways from a deployed directed energy system that can protect an airfield from something like a hypersonic strike/swarm. Israel doesn’t even have that for their urban areas. I’d be nervous to be living around such a system, frankly; it’s a lot of power to trust your computers to not er...

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by DigitalSea
Mon Feb 24, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 222
Views: 22784

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Hill AFB F-35 units have declared Full Warfighting Capability. Interesting that they have had a delivery schedule of 2 planes per month since 2016. Its a reasonably aggressive delivery schedule that would be matched by Canada if they order, Finland would be close and Australia has a similar rapid t...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2486

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

Well, sort of, but not really. The B-1A was designed for high altitude flying/missions, not nap of the earth low level penetrations as the B-1B wound up being adapted for (under Reagan). The evolution to low altitude missions only is interesting (discussion at second link). The Tomahawks ultimately...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

The key point I think though is the USN also doesn’t really have a good idea on what the aircraft will look like and capabilities it will bring, much like many of the USAF 6th gen concept and the nebulous details around FCAS and Tempest. I would wager the public vagueness can be attributed to the s...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s
Replies: 26
Views: 2486

Re: USAF budget reductions, less B-1s, A-10s, KC-135s, KC-10s, RQ-4s

So maintenance costs have gone through the roof and the USAF doesn't want to foot that bill or a life extension program either. Is this correct? More like Congress. It's like your boss asking you to buy a work car in 2000 that you planned on retiring in 2030, but you accumulated more mileage than y...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-16 crash in Germany
Replies: 7
Views: 8834

Re: USAF F-16 crash in Germany

With all of the large hills around Spangdahlem, coupled with the typically low cloud ceiling, I'd imagine that must have been a pretty terrifying experience for the pilot.

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by DigitalSea
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 40934

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

texl1649 wrote:
Using ‘standard’ fighter engines on long bomber missions isn’t really ideal; the B-2 has to refuel every 6 hours.


No kidding? Wow.

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by DigitalSea
Wed Feb 05, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 126
Views: 40934

Re: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread

Maybe the USAF/USG did it right this time, field something not incredibly exotic that can utilize existing technology to achieve high production numbers without the high price tag.

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by DigitalSea
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 222
Views: 22784

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Lockheed Martin Potentially Mixed Up Structural Fasteners in Most F-35s Hundreds of F-35s could have the wrong fasteners in “critical areas,” according to the Defense Contract Management Agency. But F-35 builder Lockheed Martin says the problem may not need to be fixed. “All aircraft produced prior...

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by DigitalSea
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Exits From XS-1 Space Plane Project
Replies: 2
Views: 1055

Re: Boeing Exits From XS-1 Space Plane Project

Not to be confused with X-37 Space Plane Project, Boeing is ending participation in the XS-1 Space Plane Project: I was not familiar with this project, and was a bit surprised that Boeing had participated in a space plane project other than X-37. This was meant to be the follow on to the X-37, it's...

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Ozair wrote:


Hmmm... wonder why.

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by DigitalSea
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

DARPA are looking to partner with Industry to develop an experimental aircraft that will not use traditional methods and moving control surfaces for manoeuvres. It is an interesting program and potentially a good lead in to a 6th gen aircraft that would be able to improve the shape aspects of a ste...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 222
Views: 22784

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

Would be an interesting job being on the F-35 rapid response team, would certainly see some different operating environments and locations. F35 Rapid Response Team mechanics prepared to deploy Eastern Carolina is home to an elite group of mechanics that make up a team ready to go at a moment’s noti...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 News Thread - 2020
Replies: 222
Views: 22784

Re: F-35 News Thread - 2020

It's absolutely astounding looking at the values of all of the contracts in support of the F-35 program, my oh my.

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by DigitalSea
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020
Replies: 253
Views: 28517

Re: Boeing KC-46 Production and Delivery Thread - 2020

How long do they intend to fly the KC-46s for?

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 915
Views: 127311

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

I'm not really crying anymore since the F-35 numbers weren't just maintained, but actually bumped up - however my initial thoughts of "if we injected that money into the F-35 program, we'd have more of THOSE planes, quicker than we'd ever get the F-15EX" still holds somewhat true. It's ki...

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by DigitalSea
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments
Replies: 112
Views: 16336

Re: United Launch Alliance - Tests, Launches, News, Developments

Geesh, if they couldn't even get this right, I can't even imagine if they had submitted & won anything for GBSD.

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by DigitalSea
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing MH-139 News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 11495

Re: Boeing to Build UH-1N Replacement in Philadelphia

It's kind of crazy how long those Hueys have been around for, had the privilege of riding around in one outside of F.E. Warren and experiencing some fun flight maneuvers.

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by DigitalSea
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 203107

Re: F-35 news thread

Australia has now committed to the 72 planned F-35As for the replacement of the Classic Hornet fleet. The RAAF has thirteen aircraft in Australia with a further five that are likely to stay at Luke AFB in the US to assist with the international pilot training program. The conversion rate will see 3...

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by DigitalSea
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Meanwhile, China only needs to put lots of cheaper and less capable obstacles and they will eventually simply drain US resources. And this is exactly what China is doing. They are doing to the US what the US did to the Soviet Union when Reagan ramped up defense spending. A look from the naval persp...

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by DigitalSea
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

There’s a few points I don’t think others have made so I’ll chime in. Cost effectiveness is going to be a much greater concern. As China’s GDP reaches parity and then maybe even pushes past the US, the ability to field and sustain capabilities that ensure American superiority in the Pacific will be...

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: This is what the F-32A would have been.
Replies: 50
Views: 5813

Re: This is what the F-32A would have been.

cpd wrote:
And the Rockwell design looked even better, although it wasn't as stealthy.


Oof, I don't know about that lol.

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by DigitalSea
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

Modular Design Concept for 6th Gen (plug and play):


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by DigitalSea
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters
Replies: 105
Views: 16647

Re: USAF PCA and other 6th gen fighters

https://www.defensenews.com/outlook/2019/12/02/italian-air-chief-time-to-think-about-next-gen-fighters/ To follow the above, if we separate the potential identified 6th gen capabilities already spoken about in the thread, are there any emerging technological sectors that people see changing fighter...

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by DigitalSea
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran arms embargo ends Oct 2020. Who will supply + what?
Replies: 61
Views: 20899

Re: Iran arms embargo ends Oct 2020. Who will supply + what?

Iran's future will be secured if they give into the PetroDollar, their resistance and reliance on Russia and China is a fool's gambit.

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