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by Planeflyer
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Ireland needs airspace defence capability
Replies: 102
Views: 3091

Re: Ireland needs airspace defence capability

They’ll get an AF if they ever have a disaster that could been prevented by same.

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by Planeflyer
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3584

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

I’m no expert but it just seems to me spending tens of billions of $ to come up with a F35 + 20-30 years from now is not a smart move. Who else is going to buy it? Whoever wants to and comes up with the money. But that's secondary to the first and foremost reason: technology independence and job cr...

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by Planeflyer
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3584

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

But why is developing that specific military component absolutely necessary? If the partners used that money and developed technology that the US could not live without then they can balance those sanctions with their own or prevent them even happening in the first place. We are in make believe worl...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3584

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

Spain gained access because they paid for it as per the contract. In both their and the US defence, the life cycle for jets essentially tripled with the fourth generation and these issues became more important. Exactly, and that's OK as long as there's no alternative. As long as resources can be po...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3584

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

those were never released despite repeated demands. 3 out of 40 computers, I believe it was the line at the time. Agree that is what the article says but that was also the agreement of the acquisition. Spain gained access because they paid for it as per the contract. In both their and the US defenc...

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by Planeflyer
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1111
Views: 120538

Re: F-35 news thread

The problem is that many of those systems being touted as “widening the gap between 4th gen aircraft” either can theoretically be applied to 4th gen aircraft or are actual upgrade packages worked on. LM marketing at its typical. Doubt it, most involve software and these upgrades are much easier on ...

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by Planeflyer
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain
Replies: 49
Views: 3584

Re: New FCAS Unveiled by Dassault for France, Germany & Spain

So best case scenario is that 25 years from now there will be a f35+....... boring.

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by Planeflyer
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jet fighters and afterburners?
Replies: 24
Views: 3566

Re: Jet fighters and afterburners?

is There a distinct signature to AB?

I live right over the flight path out of Miramar and have always wondered if the different type of sound generated by F18 on takeoff is related to thrust levels or environmental conditions.

Love the noise!

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by Planeflyer
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution
Replies: 15
Views: 4142

Re: F-14 Tomcat - design evolution

Still remember seeing them flying over Robert Moses state beach one or two summers in the early 70’s.

Maybe these sightings sparked my interest. Never thought of this until just now.

Thanks for starting the thread.

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by Planeflyer
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF Considering New Build F-15X
Replies: 705
Views: 67529

Re: USAF Considering New Build F-15X

spar your arguments would be all the stronger with a bit less rancor.

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by Planeflyer
Thu May 30, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137521

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

F4 =injured baby seal, mig29= newborn seal, SH/typhoon = seals

F35= Orca

Seriously the typhoon and SH will have survivability rates a lot closer to the 29 and F4 than they will to the 35.

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by Planeflyer
Tue May 28, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137521

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

If I understand it correctly the idea is have a two seater for complex missions but what is more complex than to be detected by enemy radar and to be under missile attack almost upon take off? The AC they are proposing to buy was obsolete 10 years ago.

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by Planeflyer
Mon May 27, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 2901

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

Ok sounds reasonable assuming the bombers are flying w/o weapons. Anyone no for sure on this?

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by Planeflyer
Mon May 27, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russia plays near Alaska
Replies: 28
Views: 2901

Re: Russia plays near Alaska

Maybe using a B-52 to intercept next time! No, those are flying into Russia border area's , exercising their right to fly in this internation airspace. https://www.polygraph.info/a/b52-intercepted-russian-jets-fact-check/29836853.html These don't really hit the headlines, do they? I’m sure they mak...

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by Planeflyer
Sat May 25, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137521

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Germany is to significantly enhance the capability of its simulator-based training for the Panavia Tornado, as it looks to continue operations with the strike and reconnaissance type until at least 2030. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/simulator-update-to-boost-german-tornado-fleet-45840...

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by Planeflyer
Tue May 21, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2011

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

Thanks for the explanation. Very helpful.

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by Planeflyer
Tue May 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2011

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

Sorry, I was not clear at all. My working assumption Is that any all new AC has stealth Incorporated into it so at what speed in a stealthy ( let’s F35 like) platform are all current missile defense systems obsolete?

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by Planeflyer
Mon May 20, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2011

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

So is it fair to say that top speed is not critical unless and until an AC can achieve mach 3.2 and maybe not until mach 3.5( margin of error) for sustained periods of time?

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by Planeflyer
Mon May 20, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2011

Re: How important is top speed to a fighter these days ?

What speed does an AC need to outrun or avoid missiles?

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by Planeflyer
Sun May 19, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sukhoi SU-57
Replies: 120
Views: 21490

Re: Sukhoi SU-57

Why are the Russians having such difficulty with this?

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by Planeflyer
Fri May 17, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137521

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Any thoughts on development costs?

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by Planeflyer
Thu May 16, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137521

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Let’s assume the stays a Franco/German program. What do we all think entry into service will be?

I’d say 20-25 years but I’ll admit this is a guess.

Anyone else?

Could we then assume adding 3-5 years for each incremental partner nation?

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by Planeflyer
Wed May 15, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1111
Views: 120538

Re: F-35 news thread

Very comprehensive report from the Heritage Foundation on the current state of the F-35 program and some very clear recommendations available below. Clearly the USAF has a lot of confidence in the aircraft, as do the aircrew. The F-35A Fighter Is the Most Dominant and Lethal Multi-Role Weapons Syst...

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by Planeflyer
Sun May 12, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1111
Views: 120538

Re: F-35 news thread

F-35 aggressor squadron formed. Interesting paint job, very Chinese. https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-decided-to-create-f-35s-aggressor-squadron-at-nellis-air-force-base.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true That is a good use of the early airframes, I believe these will come from Lots 3 to...

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by Planeflyer
Sat May 11, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1111
Views: 120538

Re: F-35 news thread

F-35 aggressor squadron formed. Interesting paint job, very Chinese. https://defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-force-decided-to-create-f-35s-aggressor-squadron-at-nellis-air-force-base.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true Anyone have any info about just how badly 4 th gen aggressor units are being mauled...

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by Planeflyer
Sat May 11, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 17134

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

Given the black nature of the program army we making an assumption that no negative news is a big positive. Hope it’s true but it’s tough to say. Makes sense that w each new stealth ac it gets simpler but I wouldn’t count any chickens just yet. It isn’t just an assumption. The program has passed th...

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by Planeflyer
Sat May 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1222
Views: 137521

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I think the horse is not even born and already we have the cart out in front. This acid 25-40 years out if everything goes perfectly.

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by Planeflyer
Sat May 04, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Respectfully disagree, Germany is a cornerstone of Europe and NATO and its recent decisions weaken both.

This one in particular.

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by Planeflyer
Thu May 02, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Its a design that the UK put into play, why would the French and Germans use it when they can design their own, this project is too important to cut corners and go cheap. Thales is part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. It was the Thales design which won the Royal Navy Future Aircraft Carrier proje...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Yugoslavia. Read below to understand what security in Europe would like wo nato. As valuable as the EU is it will not long survive wo the common defense nato provides. Yugoslavia is the example of Europe without the EU, nothing to do with NATO. I don’t understand. In a previous post you argued that...

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

I think the assault capability suits the requirement. Think of third world emergencies, disasters, political unrest. No wasted space at all. A fleet of 5-6 ships would be required if we include training, maintenance, upgrades etc. over the years. Nucleair power improves flexibility. I think it woul...

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

WIederling wrote:
Planeflyer wrote:
We are speaking of Europe where the US track record is stellar.

ROFLMAO.
in respect to which objectives?


Security and peace which Europeans have never experienced prior to the formation of NATO.

The EU will cease to exist within 20-40 years if NATO is disbanded.

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by Planeflyer
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

As someone brilliantly stated those that don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it. Especially when you leave out relevant information: The US uparmed/provisioned various parties in the region to have this come to a nice boil. With a bit of backinfo "duh simple" historic causalitie...

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by Planeflyer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

annex the Baltic republics to "protect" Russian nationals living there. Is there a strategic reason to annex the Baltic States? Crimea has strategic value, enough to enter Ukraine And that has brought on much headache. With the melting of the polar ice and increase navigation in the Artic...

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by Planeflyer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Russia couldn't invade "Western Europe" but they sure could, one by one, annex the Baltic republics to "protect" Russian nationals living there. That would put some of the eastern European countries on notice and soon Russia could be pulling the strings behind the curtain. Look ...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Oh, so you think in today's world all military projects exist to advance defense needs? If that were the case I would have to wonder why it would take years to get actual units in the hands of the war fighter because production is based on what can be afforded versus the defense needs. If we revisi...

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by Planeflyer
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Well the UK used billions to preserve industrial knowledge with the building of its carriers, initially it was supposed to be a joint venture with France. Brexit ensures that the UK is no longer a trusted partner to assist with any knowledge transfer to Europe, and we can be sure that the French an...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

I have no idea how a carrier enhances German or NATO defense. Germany just recently committed to operate 4 th gen AC for the next 25-30 years and now they want develop naval capabilities where they have 0 experience. Baffling. Germans are rarely first adopters but when they do something normally it ...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

To answer those who question what the America brings to the EU via the NATO alliance: Supply lines I thought I already answered that earlier but maybe I didn't. Tugg No doubt supply lines are important but more important is that the vast majority of US military power is not based in Europe so is no...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider Production And Delivery Thread
Replies: 68
Views: 17134

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

Given the black nature of the program army we making an assumption that no negative news is a big positive.

Hope it’s true but it’s tough to say.

Makes sense that w each new stealth ac it gets simpler but I wouldn’t count any chickens just yet.

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

anytime W ponders anything to do w the USA reality fades away.

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Why do we need NATO when almost all European countries are linked together under the EU? The EU is what it is partly because of NATO. Take NATO away and w/i a generation or two the EU will change for the worse. I'd recommend a close review of what happened in the Balkans Bollocks the balkans was a ...

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 1979
Views: 225975

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments

Some more details: This was the DM-1 capsule which was recovered from the ocean after splashdown. They wanted to use it for the launch abort test. As these capsules aren't meant to be reused after the saltwater bath, there is a possibility that the water landing is the cause of the malfunction, rat...

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

For those that doubt the positive impact of NATO here’s a thought exercise; pick any year between 1000 AD and 1945 and more than likely you will discover a war being waged on the European continent. But after 1945 the Balkan conflict has been the only war to take place and this was the one time Eur...

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by Planeflyer
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

For those that doubt the positive impact of NATO here’s a thought exercise; pick any year between 1000 AD and 1945 and more than likely you will discover a war being waged on the European continent. But after 1945 the Balkan conflict has been the only war to take place and this was the one time Euro...

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by Planeflyer
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Anybody calling for an end to NATO hasn’t read enough of the right books.....or lives so far from Europe that they can afford cavalier views. Trump is calling for a stronger NATO. If you want too see what the future looks like w/o NATO look no further than the disaster in the Balkans( which few expe...

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by Planeflyer
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

I'm also in favour of EU countries abandoning NATO, Wow very refreshing to see someone actual say it, How are you expecting to replace the lost USD the security umbrella and logistic support of the US. and what of Canada and the UK along with the cooperation of non-member contributions. what impact...

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by Planeflyer
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 13771

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Surreal defense planning going on in France and Germany.

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