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by vr773
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Leaving Europe would be a financial windfall for the United States. Right, if Mexico pays for it. Russia has their own economic problems to deal with and those problems would be much worse if Germany wasn't rewarding them with oil contracts. Looks like Germany isn't the only country rewarding Russi...

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by vr773
Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

- It‘s not a “peace deal“. No peace has been accomplished by its signing. Just ask the people of Jemen...or the Palestinians. - Iran is much closer to the bomb now than they were before Trump. Nothing is contained. Why would I ask other parties about a peace deal when they aren't involved in it? Ye...

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by vr773
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Trump has been good for NATO and for the US in general. Has forced NATO countries to pay up. Obama and Bush politely asked many times for them to do so. Sometimes it takes a rude, brash person to get things done. - Military spending of NATO members increased the years before Trump. Trump has not ca...

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by vr773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The political fight in Germany is about to escalate and it will likely center around nuclear sharing. Latest development: AKK contacted Esper to inform him about Germany‘s “intent“ to buy F-18s. Some media articles and the SPD claimed that she “confirmed“ the purchase when communicating with Esper. ...

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by vr773
Sat Apr 11, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Decision delayed until “some time after Easter”. SPD claims they haven‘t seen a solid justification for the f-18 purchase yet: https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/corona-entscheidung-ueber-nachfolge-von-tornado-jagdbomber-vertagt-16718928.html Could result in a a political fight over nuclear ...

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by vr773
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 60676

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

Yes they are ancient 70’s-era machines. Readiness per 2019 report is around 25% which is actually very good for the Luftwaffe of today. “ Parts on PUMA are obtained via cannibalisation. Readiness ~25%. -NH-90 helo readiness just a fraction of airframes (no details). Project 134 months behind schedu...

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by vr773
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The US has a very clear financial interest in a slow process to certify the Eurofighter. Using some common sense, let us suggest that tomorrow Germany announces that they are ordering an additional 90 Eurofighters to replace the Tornado and will start the formal certification process with the US fo...

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by vr773
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

In Germany, gridlock over nuclear-capable fighter jet https://amp.dw.com/en/in-germany-gridlock-over-nuclear-capable-fighter-jet/a-51897327 Interesting read. Most interesting to me is the prediction that Germany's Minister of Defence ("AKK")---who is also head of the governing party CDU--...

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by vr773
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

How long will Airbus take to hand over crucial documents and systems knowledge to the US to allow them to certify the Eurofighter, even before the physical modifications occur? The US has a very clear financial interest in a slow process to certify the Eurofighter. Airbus has a very clear financial...

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by vr773
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)
Replies: 51
Views: 12639

Re: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... for-combat


Tabloid quotes an even worse tabloid. Numbers not verified. Zero context. That’s not journalism.
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texl1649 wrote:


Tabloid quotes an even worse tabloid. Numbers not verified. Zero context. That’s not journalism.

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by vr773
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Also, where is the evidence that Airbus altered a military procurement RFI? That would be a pretty big scandal.

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by vr773
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Planeflyer wrote:
Nonsense, the only category it is superior is as a target drone.


We‘re talking about the Eurofighter. Stop posting about your mom.

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by vr773
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

That the politicians do not want. If operational capability would matter, Germany would buy 200 new F-35 to replace both obsolete systems, but operational capability does not matter. Repeating this argument sounds like whining and doesn’t make it true. The Eurofighter is the superior aircraft in cr...

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by vr773
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I personally think that political realities rule out the F-35 (a real theoretical first strike capability is bad- especially with Germany completely in control by left wing parties) and financial realities will rule out a fighter buy completely in the end, as the economy is falling into a recession...

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by vr773
Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/bundeswehr-kampfjet-f-18-eurofighter-1.4625463 It seems like, that Germany has to buy the F/A-18 to keep the nuclear capability. The certification of the Eurofighter will take too long. Which is in my opinion not very surprising. I guess at the end they will buy ...

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by vr773
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)
Replies: 51
Views: 12639

Re: Readiness Level of German Luftwaffe (Air Force)

Summary of this year's report: - Average readiness of 70% - Most systems have improved readiness, despite increased deployments. Particularly GTK Boxer and A400M have seen improvements in both readiness and capability. - CH-53, Tornado and U-Boats are the most critical systems - The units that are ...

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by vr773
Mon May 27, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 15885

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

And how are they not fixing it? If you buy something that’s broken you return it. That’s what the German navy did according to the 2017 article you linked. Weel of course they are going to do that. However with all the problems the German Navy is having I think their funds should be used to fix tho...

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by vr773
Thu May 02, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 226
Views: 64142

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

German and British AF trained together as part of the handover of the Baltic Air Policing. The training included re-fueling of British Eurofighters using a German A400M:
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by vr773
Thu May 02, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M Update Thread 2019
Replies: 226
Views: 64142

Re: A400M Update Thread 2019

The Luftwaffe is using an A400M for Angela Merkel's West Africa trip. She's had stops in Ougadougou, Niamey, and Bamako but the A400M was necessary for landing in Goa in northern Mali when she visited Bundeswehr troops there. https://i0.gmx.net/image/480/33722480,pd=1/chancellor-merkel-africa.jpg

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by vr773
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

I sometimes also wonder why the SPD and the majority of Germans are against these exports to Saudi Arabia. Then the news comes on and shows the atrocities and suffering in Yemen and I know why. @Ozair: the article you quoted is from a guy who you claimed "has a good habit of not actually logica...

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by vr773
Sun Apr 21, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 15885

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

They might want to fix the issues the German Navy currently has first. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17185/the-german-navy-has-decided-to-return-their-new-frigate-to-the-ship-store-this-christmas And how are they not fixing it? If you buy something that’s broken you return it. That’s what t...

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by vr773
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 15885

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Planeflyer wrote:
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Trump is calling for a stronger NATO.
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He’s not calling for a stronger NATO. He’s using a NATO agreement that he doesn’t understand to appear tough to his shrinking base domestically.

That’s the only thing that motivates his entire “foreign policy”.

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by vr773
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier
Replies: 154
Views: 15885

Re: Germany proposes joint European aircraft carrier

Norway alo has a brand New replenishment ship: HNoMS Maud https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a4/Knm_muad.jpg The suggestion made by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer intended the aircraft carrier to be a joint EU project. Though the German and Norwegian navys are cooperating on multiple leve...

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by vr773
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Luftwaffe A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019-2022
Replies: 28
Views: 12468

Re: Luftwaffe A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019-2022

Is this is so they can claim they are upping their defence spending?! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk No need to “claim” that. It’s a fact that Germany has increased defense spending every year since 2015 and yep, this will be part of the math though it won’t make much of a difference. My advise...

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by vr773
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

No, for Germany it would mean "They cannot mobilize more than 8000 men and 96% of the aircraft are unflyable." Seems to me the F-18 with a support contract to Boeing would be advantageous then. At least with Boeing maintaining the airplains, the frames would at least be combat ready. Avai...

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by vr773
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

On a serious note, the average German almost certainly doesn’t have any idea of the F-35 and Super Hornet, they will likely both simply be seen as US aircraft that aren’t made in Germany and there would be no difference politically acquiring one over the other. I’d almost go as far as to say dress ...

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by vr773
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Yes, announcing the possibility of an F-35 purchase at this point is likely considered to be the riskier move politically. I can only speculate why. Perhaps because it would cause a greater media reaction (in Germany, France, and the US) and Merkel’s and vdL’s advisors may pursue the strategy of kee...

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by vr773
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

A not unexpected decision to pursue the Eurofighter but the decision to short list the Super Hornet probably wasn’t done with any serious consideration. The current nuclear weapon being rolled out is the B61-12 which was trialled on the Tornado but as far as I am aware is not slated for integration...

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by vr773
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

As I predicted a couple of months ago, government coalition party SPD just published a statement that they intend to block any purchase from a US manufacturer: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/ruestungspolitik-die-spd-will-nicht-bei-trump-kaufen-1.4311002

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by vr773
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

The BMVg just announced what they had initially planned to announce in December. The replacement for 85 Panavia Tornados that are still in use will either be the Eurofighter or the F/A-18. This means that the F-35 is not being considered anymore. Separately, the Bundewehr is planning to replace 33 o...

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by vr773
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German AF H145M used to trigger controlled avalanches
Replies: 0
Views: 1512

German AF H145M used to trigger controlled avalanches

I couldn't find a thread for the Bundeswehr's recent procurement of the H145M. Maybe there isn't one because it was on time and within costs. The helicopter was in the news in Germany this weekend because it was used by the Bundeswehr to set of avalanches in Bavaria. The region has seen an unusual a...

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by vr773
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Let's do shots every time Planeflyer says "contested environment" ;) Here is a hypothetical I was thinking about today: let's say Germany decides that it is indeed really important to get a bunch of F-35s to have the ability to drop bombs on Russian soil and let's also make the wild assump...

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by vr773
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 9279

Re: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

The 7 aircrafts of the German government white fleet had 16 non-take offs out of 5200 flights over the past 2 years. (source: today's government press conference). While the Luftwaffe should always work towards lowering that number further, it's not as scandalous as some people on this thread want i...

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by vr773
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN
Replies: 65
Views: 9279

Re: Merkel's A343 diverts to CGN

German AF investments have been wholly inadequate, it would appear, across the spectrum of missions. I’d pity Merkel were she not largely responsible for the decisions. Your post is a great example of unsubstantiated bashing. What investments would you have liked to see when and into which type of ...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Clearly the US isn’t opposed to a non US plane carrying B-61s given the Tornado carries it today. It was a different time when that decision was made. The playbook of this and recent US governments has been to advance the interests of their domestic defense industry when these types of decisions we...

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by vr773
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

Next steps on Tornado replacement to be announced by the BMVG before the end of the year: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-military-fighter/germany-sees-next-step-on-fighter-jet-replacement-by-end-of-year-idUKKCN1NR1SZ That’s much sooner than what I would have expected. I expected them to w...

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by vr773
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement
Replies: 1638
Views: 220779

Re: Germany Considers Tornado Replacement

https://app.handelsblatt.com/politik/in ... 63798.html
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Differences between Airbus and other industry partners re: FCAS work share have been resolved:

https://app.handelsblatt.com/politik/in ... 63798.html

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by vr773
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Kiwirob has a point. Generally, because investments in education or infrastructure tend to yield a much higher macroeconomic ROI. But of course one could use that argument against any military spending which would ignore the risks armed forces are supposed to mitigate. However, in the case of Belgiu...

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by vr773
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Yes. The Eurofighter representative had to say what he had to say from a PR perspective. My claim is not out of the blue. It's based on credible reporting and precedent. You keep making this claim but don’t provide any evidence of such other than veiled references to thin reporting that you haven’t...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205974

Re: F-35 news thread

What I found interesting in the article and what was new to me is the reference to Adam Ciralsky's Vanity Fair piece where he argues that "1,400 separate subcontractors" have been "strategically dispersed among key congressional districts." These are the kind of political confli...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

You are vastly over thinking it. Europe has no nuclear deterrent. Europe has basically no blue water naval capability. Many European nations that used to have a reasonable mechanized land force don’t have that anymore. EU nations needed the US to kick in the door in North Africa so their aircraft c...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

There are credible allegations and this kind of behind-the-scenes pressure has happened before - in Norway. And there's evidence for that. So your only evidence for this is Norway. You do realize Norway was a partner in the program since 2002, And yet the United States felt the need to apply diplom...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-35 news thread
Replies: 1350
Views: 205974

Re: F-35 news thread

A very poorly sourced and factually inaccurate opinion piece from the Washington Examiner. The F-35, the great white whale of defense waste Despite the pronouncements of the White House, wasteful government spending is endemic and shows no signs of abating anytime soon. The military, which accounts...

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by vr773
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

It does bother me when political pressure is applied because it's wrong and illegal to spend taxpayer money that wouldn't have been spent otherwise. vr773, you have absolutely no evidence that US political pressure was exerted against Belgium over and above what European nations and political force...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

And Eurofighter, a consortium of several massive European companies several of them with considerable government ownership exerts no pressure and engages in no backroom agreements right? Just want to make sure I am following correctly. I don't think you're just making sure you are following correct...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Good grief, if their was pressure you don’t think this would have come out..... in Belgium? Somebody please explain to me how any 4 th gen ac is in the interests of Belgium? It's naive to think that attempts to hide backroom arrangements will be futile just because Belgium is a small country. But y...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Norway is consdiering cancelling troublesome order ...
Replies: 55
Views: 11258

Re: Norway is consdiering cancelling troublesome order ...

Apart from the aldrimer.no article posted by the OP, is there any recent indication that Norway still considers cancelling orders? I haven't been able to find anything. This fairly recent FFI report indicates that the NH90 meets the requirements: https://www.ffi.no/no/Rapporter/18-01722.pdf The Coas...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

Plz explain why air forces who have the choice, opt for the F35. No problem. Because of political pressured exerted by the US government on behalf of Lockheed Martin and their lobbyists. Good grief, if their was pressure you don’t think this would have come out..... in Belgium? Somebody please expl...

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by vr773
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon
Replies: 218
Views: 50454

Re: Belgian F-16 Replacement RFI To Be Issued Soon

And if that was not enough no 4 th gen ac can penetrate contested airspace which means greatly reduced deterrence. Remember the Maginot line? It doesn’t worn any better in the sky? Ignoring the real possibility that the F-35 can be detected makes your contested-airspace-argument a tautology. Plz ex...

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by vr773
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: German Heavy Lift Helicopter Replacement Program News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 158
Views: 60676

Re: Germany To Choose Between Chinook And CH-53K

German STH Helo Competition May Face One-Year Delay http://aviationweek.com/defense/german-sth-helo-competition-may-face-one-year-delay It seems very much political at this stage. Objectively an updated Chinook seems a very strong contender. But there's LM, Airbus Militairy, Airbus Helicopter, the ...

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