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  1. GR66

    Drones, the Air Littoral, and the Looming Irrelevance of the USAF

    From the article: Not sure what other weapons are being defeated at a 75% rate...artillery rounds? ATGM's? Rockets? I'm certainly not suggesting that drones are not a major new threat (and opportunity) on the battlefield, but I'm not sure how much of the fixation on drones is because unlike...
  2. GR66

    Drones, the Air Littoral, and the Looming Irrelevance of the USAF

    https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2024/06/19/small-drones-will-soon-lose-combat-advantage-french-army-chief-says/
  3. GR66

    The War in Ukraine

    All restrictions need to be taken off the Ukrainian use of Western-supplied weapons. In order to defeat Russia the Ukrainians need the ability to hit everything that supports the Russian war effort - factories, airfields, rail lines, oil infrastructure...everything. The Russians need to be...
  4. GR66

    GBAD - The return of 'FOBS'

    It seems that it's not as easy as it seems to re-purpose existing weapons in new applications. https://breakingdefense.com/2024/06/army-prohibited-soldiers-from-using-longbow-hellfire-with-m-shorad-on-strykers-due-to-safety-concerns/ I wonder what other missile/rocket systems might face...
  5. GR66

    Canada's tanks

    Sounds similar the Staff & Support Company of a Swedish Mechanized Battalion which contains: 2 x Mortar Platoons each with 4 x Mjollnir (CV-90 with 2 x 120mm mortars) AA Platoon with 4 x Lvkv 9040 SP AD vehicles (CV-90 with 40mm autocannon and PS-95 radar)
  6. GR66

    A Deeply Fractured US

    Umm....Biden WAS at the G7 summit (from the Wikipedia page on this year's G7 Summit)...you know the one with the fake news video of Biden supposedly "wandering off" during the parachute demo? There's plenty of real stuff to be critical of Biden about without made up BS. Core G7 Members The...
  7. GR66

    British Military Current Events

    I agree with you in general but the one notable difference between WWII and now is the length of time, technical skill and specialized materials that it takes to produce modern weapon systems. You can't just hire a bunch of "Rosie the Riveters" and increase combat aircraft production 30-fold...
  8. GR66

    A Deeply Fractured US

    If you actually read the CNN article I originally posted you'd have noted: He was looking at the several parachutists beyond the rigger. I'm not a Biden fan by any means but FFS making up crap about Biden (or any other politician - including Trump) to suggest something that simply didn't...
  9. GR66

    A Deeply Fractured US

    :rolleyes:
  10. GR66

    A Deeply Fractured US

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/06/14/politics/media-outlets-use-deceptively-edited-video-to-claim-biden-wandered-off-at-g7-summit/index.html Oh, that misleadingly cropped video?
  11. GR66

    Hamas invaded Israel 2023

    He wasn't talking about Covid masks. Many protesters in the pro-Gaza rallies have been wearing face coverings to hide their identities.
  12. GR66

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    In my opinion you don't need to turn the AOPS into a Frigate in order to make it useful during heightened tensions or an actual conflict. As other have noted we're not about to see a Chinese or Russian invasion armada appearing over the horizon any time soon. However, enemy submarines and...
  13. GR66

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    100% agree and that's why we have ships like the MCDV's and AOPS in addition to the Halifax-Class and subs. However, I think it's also fair to say that the likelihood of open conflict between major powers slides along a scale through time and the weighting between combatant and non-combatant...
  14. GR66

    Hamas invaded Israel 2023

    It looks like this "statistic" is from a Save the Children report repeated in this CBC article: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/gaza-child-death-toll-1.7012927#:~:text=By%20comparison%2C%202%2C985%20children%20were,on%20children%20and%20armed%20conflict. The stats used are from Gaza's...
  15. GR66

    The War in Ukraine

    It could also be a training formation and taking out experienced instructors (along with the mobiks) would be a win as well.
  16. GR66

    Trust in our Institutions

    If you read the article it was actually $2,200 not $20,000 and they decided to do the dock rather than the originally planned crosswalk which would have cost $6000. They also noted that the (unfortunately inevitable) vandalism which was expected to take place (and in fact did take place on the...
  17. GR66

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    I see where you're coming from, but... - countries will have military needs that don't necessarily match what would be required to face Russia in a NATO scenario. What is ideal for the Polish frontier might not be what is ideal for the Sahel. - there's something to be said for complementary...
  18. GR66

    The War in Ukraine

    From one of the articles on the planned M1E3 Abrams:
  19. GR66

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    And all with a population of 6 million. Here's a list of their Army equipment.
  20. GR66

    The War in Ukraine

    My source is the first line in the linked article from the Kyiv Post. From Wikipedia: And I'm pretty sure the Israelis will have a clear idea of what's on the Syrian side of the border.
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