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  1. GR66

    CAN Enhanced (Permanent?) Fwd Presence in Latvia

    For some reason when I read the opening paragraph of the interview... ...I pictured this
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  3. GR66

    AOR Replacement & the Joint Support Ship (Merged Threads)

    I think we SHOULD think of our military as part of a greater alliance rather than just look to our own requirements. Due to our unique location in the World our actual domestic military requirements are really fairly limited and thinking only about our own needs is exactly what leads to the...
  4. GR66

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Obviously you're 100% right that makes sense to try and have domestic access to our own source of replacement parts for our gear, but there is also a HUGE advantage to having the parts you need already flowing into theatre via the largest and most efficient military supply chain there is in case...
  5. GR66

    Leo 2A6M CAN - are they in service?

    Maybe we need to think outside the box. We decide we need "X" number of tanks for both our Reg Force and our Reserves. However we really only need "Y" number for day to day training purposes (and don't really have the full-time maintainers available to keep all "X" up to high readiness...
  6. GR66

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Personally I'd wait until the US decides which wheeled SPG they buy for their SBCTs. I continue to be a big fan of commonality with the US for simple logistics purposes.
  7. GR66

    Trudeau Popularity - or not. Nanos research

    Didn't you just describe the CBC?
  8. GR66

    AOR Replacement & the Joint Support Ship (Merged Threads)

    I've always thought that these kind of capabilities would be an easy sell but high value investment for the CAF. More JSS, MRTTs, P-8s, etc. would check the domestic political box of defence spending that isn't on things that "hurt people" (God forbid that our military be armed!) while at the...
  9. GR66

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Saw that...but TAPV is what we currently have so simply looking at options for it. As @FJAG has mentioned it could perhaps use a SHORAD turret as an AD Artillery vehicle for a portion of the Reserves (or an ATGM turret for Reserve Armoured), but it might be too much weight up top for the design.
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Unfortunately with the rear mounted engine on the TAPV I doubt there would be enough room to mount the Ragnarok in the middle of the hull. The roof mounted spare would definitely need to go as well. Not sure it would even work with the rear-mounted fold-down mortar system that I've seen...
  11. GR66

    Photo from KSVI-TV shows a massive Chinese spy balloon over Montana

    Here's a link to the actual story on KSVI TV. Nothing in the story saying it's Chinese. Also guessing that since it's at an altitude well above commercial air traffic that if it were downed it could land over an extremely wide area.
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    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Yes...Close Support is what my brain meant but my fingers didn't get the message! LOL
  13. GR66

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    Yes. You need some of Column A and some of Column B. As always it the ratio between the Columns that causes the debates. If we go off the assumption that at minimum Canada should be able to field a Brigade Group then as a start I think you need to focus first on the following: Enough...
  14. GR66

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    I don't think it's so much that new solutions are being discounted but rather that they are sometimes seen as being "niche" additional capabilities that go beyond a more basic capability. For the CAF though we don't have those basic capabilities to build on so they are seen as a very low...
  15. GR66

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    I guess that's the question. The fact that literally every country on the planet is striving to live the kind of life that we in the collective West have is telling though. I don't see any countries choosing to step back from the supposed advances we've made and making the conscious decision...
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    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    From the article below: Feel free to blame the Boomers for not properly planning for their future, but then also feel free to blame them for the "remarkable improvements on just about every metric of wealth, health and happiness.". The modern, high-tech, interconnected World we currently live...
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    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    There are a number of factors involved. Firstly, there is the inbalance between a large group of older, retired/retiring people compared to a smaller cohort of younger people. As people age they become a larger drain on the economy (pensions, health care, etc.) and cease paying into the...
  18. GR66

    British Military Current Events

    We're not "missing"....it's just that our spending is so low that we're on Page 2 of the chart. :(
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    Museum Donations?

    I've got no idea on a donation process but I'd hardly say "They are not anything exciting". Your grandfather fought and survived the most devastating war the World has ever seen and despite the hardship of that made the choice to continue to serve his country afterward. Those medals symbolize...
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    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    You know...it's that thing they use to funnel money from the PMO to McKinsey!