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by GDB
Thu Dec 08, 2022 7:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Switzerland's neutrality is founded on reducing the risk of being attacked Switzerland's neutrality is founded on the principle of playing both ends against the middle as they did in WW2. Switzerland has no ethics, they never have had ethics. Also not neutral when it came to assistance with the ‘ra...

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by GDB
Wed Dec 07, 2022 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYXXwv0RNcA

More Ukrainian innovation, for the battlefield;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l4n3FkW8RE
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Better images of the airfield attack;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYXXwv0RNcA

More Ukrainian innovation, for the battlefield;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l4n3FkW8RE

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by GDB
Wed Dec 07, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 169
Views: 9925

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

I remember when this program was canceled. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/M247_Sergeant_York bt So do I, aside from the 'issues' with the fire control system, it was supposed to keep up with the latest generation of M1 tanks and Bradley AIFV's, yet used an old M48 tank chassis? If that were not en...

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by GDB
Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It sounds like the long range strikes into Russia conducted by Ukraine were done using Russian kit. Does Ukraine have enough of this kit for strikes to make a military difference or are they just symbolic? A bit like the Doolittle raid on Tokio early on in WWII? Even if it is symbolic, it is not us...

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by GDB
Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 169
Views: 9925

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_GDApRoFx8
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Gephard interception from yesterday, though it did not look like, as far as I can tell, a cheap Iranian drone;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_GDApRoFx8

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by GDB
Wed Dec 07, 2022 12:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

An update on the airfield attacks; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBD8YaBEvHA Denys Davydov has a slightly different take on this; he suggested that Ukraine might have trying to hit the ammo storage location. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eus6sJ_eGK8 Yes, we await better satellite images, in a r...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 6:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: The Story Of The Soviet 'Top Gun'
Replies: 0
Views: 352

The Story Of The Soviet 'Top Gun'

This year has seen the sequel released to perhaps the most famous film about military aviation ever made, it is also the year where the Russian air force has been in action with poor results, the reasons cited being low flying hours compared to NATO, a lack of large scale exercises or even much beyo...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/ ... kraine-war
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Bund 2.0, or why some usually very prominent members are notable by their absence on this thread;
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/ ... kraine-war

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBD8YaBEvHA
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An update on the airfield attacks;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBD8YaBEvHA

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Ukraine has those old drones, however they used one early in the war and it went badly, hitting, without any casualties a NATO member. So might be true, might be a desperate attempt at a face saving measure. Are you suggesting this was a desperate Ukrainian attempt? No, by the Russians, the second ...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 169
Views: 9925

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

I wonder if a low cost version of the Gepard or similar AA system will be developed. It appears to give good results with inexpensive consumables. Turkey or India come to mind as possible developers. Not so relevant to the Ukraine conflict, given that is unlikely to last for several more years, but...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Definitely a cool weapon system, and a generous donation from DE. Too bad it relies on Swiss ammo, not sure the problem was understood in advance or not. Laughed about having to reboot the computer if data input was not done correctly -- really? Clip embedded at https://www.reddit.com/r/RussiaUkrai...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I still cannot wrap my head around the fact the Swiss refuse to allow munitions made in their country to be sent to Ukraine. Did it ever enter their minds that those munitions might be used in anger one day? My understanding is the sale to Germany, for example, was intended so that Germany could us...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 169
Views: 9925

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

This system, in use in Ukraine, is reported as being effective against suicide drones. 16km radar detection range.The operator says 6 35mm shells will down a drone. Is it too expensive to be used in large numbers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWJ97KcnmA They were first deployed in the 1970's to...

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 12:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrttTAEEkYA
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Wreckage found of a Russian SU-24;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrttTAEEkYA

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by GDB
Tue Dec 06, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

More on those attacks deep inside Russia, Engels Air Base housing elements of their strategic forces, was penetrated by a drone, moreover not one built by a major power but most likely crash developed in Ukraine. Their AD sucks, even at such a sensitive target; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbdqOQ...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 11:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?
Replies: 169
Views: 9925

Re: How to defend against slow unmanned strike vehicles?

This system, in use in Ukraine, is reported as being effective against suicide drones. 16km radar detection range.The operator says 6 35mm shells will down a drone. Is it too expensive to be used in large numbers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWJ97KcnmA They were first deployed in the 1970's to...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 9:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qboAJO78rZk
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Odessa got the worst of the attacks today, plus the drone school in Ukraine;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qboAJO78rZk

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 8:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWJ97KcnmA

More on the now two attacks in Russia, the second being another 'fuel explosion'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFug2Wf3DcU
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With a Gephard crew;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PWJ97KcnmA

More on the now two attacks in Russia, the second being another 'fuel explosion'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFug2Wf3DcU

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Thq-ewROxc
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Yesterday I posted a video of a KA-52 being shot down, now new enhanced footage, what most likely brought it down and even the crew's details;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Thq-ewROxc

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Thq-ewROxc
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Yesterday I posted a video of a KA-52 being shot down, new enhanced footage, what most likely brought it down and crew details;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Thq-ewROxc

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Then there was the annexation of the Baltic states in 1940, Poland got it from both Nazi Germany and Soviet Union in WW2, less well known is that Poland won a war against the USSR in the early 1920's, Stalin never forgot, or forgave that. Under the cosh of the USSR in the Cold War. This year marks t...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments
Replies: 510
Views: 58781

Re: SLS / Orion - Tests, Launches, & Developments

Orion completed it's lunar close approach burn, and is now on an Earth reentry trajectory. The burn was nominal. Some great imagery of the lunar surface, again. There will be a media briefing at 5 pm ET to discuss the lunar flyby, status of Orion, and the re-entry preparations. All good, I was watc...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Done recently, a look at how the German response to Russia changed, due to not counterfactual history, not any perceived threat to Russia (unless you count being successful liberal democracies a threat, which Russia seems to, has always done so in fact), how events in real life, this year, has chang...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 4:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: B-21 Rolling out on Dec.2
Replies: 52
Views: 9481

Re: B-21 Rolling out on Dec.2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9IT-Omx5cI
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Ward Carroll in discussion with a former F-15E WSO on the B-21;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9IT-Omx5cI

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Movement on the push for what would be a war crimes tribunal; https://www.theguardian.com/law/2022/dec/04/russian-war-crimes-draft-resolution-circulated-un-ukraine-zelenskiy Last week, the Ukrainian First Lady addressed the UK parliament, the actual event starts at around 20.00, other streams had po...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

In some respects yes, they clearly don't need a navy. It's a waste of money and resources. It isn't to protect just Belgium, it's to contribute to the defense of all of Europe. They have one of the largest ports in the EU (Antwerp) so sea trade is important to their economy. They should contribute ...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Now you're being an idiot, the end of the cold war was wasted, it was the perfect opportunity for the world to disarm, we screwed that up. There is absolutely no reason to suggest Russia would have tried to expand if NATO didn't exist. An EU on friendly terms with Russia would be a far better outco...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

You're another one fooled by "their size". The Netherlands, while small in area, have a relatively large population. They have a population almost twice that of Sweden and three times that of Denmark, Finland or Norway. They choose to have a small military because that's what they want, t...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

There is absolutely no reason to suggest Russia would have tried to expand if NATO didn't exist. Other than the fact that they did try to expand on Feb 24, 2022, just as the hawks predicted that they would in the early 90s . Putin isn't the first tyrant to lead Russia, and it's a good bet that he w...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

More on the winter, really reiterating some of the points in the last Perun video; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/05/ukraine-war-winter-phase-russian-troops And on the Engels attack; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/dec/05/explosions-russia-airbases-far-from-ukraine-frontline-bombers

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

As posted in Non Av; Breaking news of what looks like an attack on Engels Air Base in Russia, home to their bomber force, which includes aircraft such as the TU-95 which have been firing cruise missiles at Ukraine from protected airspace; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMMxaqkCzi0 https://bulgarian...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 8:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Breaking news of what looks like an attack on Engels Air Base in Russia, home to their bomber force, which includes aircraft such as the TU-95 which have been firing cruise missiles at Ukraine from protected airspace; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMMxaqkCzi0 https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2022/12/...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 7:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2022 Football Thread
Replies: 255
Views: 8389

Re: World Cup 2022 Football Thread

It’s amusing to see how a silly football song by a pair of comedians irritates some people. Even better that they are effectively taking the FIFA line on the origins of the game, something they doubled down on when a major UK TV channel made documentaries and plenty of other investigative journalis...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

The Dutch also have out of area responsibilities and were not shy in contributing to coalition operations either, let's face it, after decades of conflicts of mostly uncontested air superiority, NATO nations as a whole downgraded their AD, which now puts a limit, even with the US, in supplying and ...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for termination of Constitution
Replies: 50
Views: 2911

Re: Trump calls for termination of Constitution

Side note: if having dinner with anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers will not make Republicans turn their back on him, nothing will. But, we already knew that... Weird isn't it, in the US these people sit to the right, in the UK they sit on the left, or at least the Labor party does. What? A few wei...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Defending against Putin's attempts at cultural genocide; https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/04/our-mission-is-crucial-meet-the-warrior-librarians-of-ukraine British MoD report on Russian support for the war; https://twitter.com/DefenceHQ/status/1599295144825704448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcam...

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by GDB
Mon Dec 05, 2022 12:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

In fairness and perhaps rather forgotten about, was that the Cold War brought a whole new burden for a now reunited Germany, the East, it's problems, regeneration, a huge task it seems lost from recent history. It wasn't all just a 'peace dividend' for them. Germany was just an example. I could've ...

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

In fairness and perhaps rather forgotten about, was that the Cold War brought a whole new burden for a now reunited Germany, the East, it's problems, regeneration, a huge task it seems lost from recent history.
It wasn't all just a 'peace dividend' for them.

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDoo_7b2lM8

The Demographic impact;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMk_ZxrrJOs
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At the opposite end of the age and capability scale to those reactivated T-62's;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDoo_7b2lM8

The Demographic impact;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMk_ZxrrJOs

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

I keep hearing about President Trump saying that Europe should not buy Russian oil and gas. What is less clear is if he was saying buy more US oil and gas. Not really relevant, as that is the stated intention of the EU and of almost all of its members anyway – Hungary may be the last Putin-dependen...

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI3PpsM3NOI&t=2430s
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Winter is indeed coming, as this week's in depth look at the war by Perun explores;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI3PpsM3NOI&t=2430s

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 4:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CPwrry5lgg
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And another KA-52 down today, 4th Dec;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CPwrry5lgg

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Little chance then of liberation before next spring for the people occupied due to the invasion? Very unfortunate for them. Their nightmare looks set to continue for many months. Did they not hint that they hope achieve liberation sometimes in summer of 2023? I seem to recall one or two military an...

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 60
Views: 1553

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

I agree, worth a thread, to expand on my points in the other one; https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/one-mans-vision-ernest-bevin-creation-nato/ To expand a bit, on the domestic front too in both the UK and US; https://tidesofhistory.com/2022/03/01/ive-ad-enough-of-this-i-ave-bevin-nato-and-the-ru...

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The British MoD noted that: Despite the Russian authorities’ efforts to enforce pervasive control of the information environment, the conflict has become increasingly tangible for many Russians since the September 2022 partial mobilisation. “With Russia unlikely to achieve major battlefield success...

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by GDB
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:55 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1235
Views: 184292

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFY8tJoWSMQ
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Another shot down SU-34, discovered by it's wreckage;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFY8tJoWSMQ

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by GDB
Sat Dec 03, 2022 11:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10438
Views: 777837

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Worth pointing out that NATO was in fact the result of a sustained diplomatic offensive by Europe, substantially led by the UK, from 1947 onwards, it took two years, Stalin breaking promises he made to the West, culminating in the Berlin Airlift, plus a new Secretary of State, George Marshall. Prior...

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