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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:05 am 
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http://www.janes.com/article/81406/bae- ... -australia

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BAE Systems to build nine next-generation frigates for Australia

Julian Kerr, Sydney - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
29 June 2018

BAE Systems has won an AUD35 billion (USD25.9 billion) competition to provide Australia with nine next-generation, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates for the country’s largest peace-time warship building programme.

Formally announcing the selection of the company’s 6,900-tonne Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) on 29 June, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the vessels, which will be known as the Hunter class, will provide Australia under Project Sea 5000 with “a maritime capability that will underpin our security for decades to come”.

“The Hunter class will provide the Australian Defence Force with the highest levels of lethality and deterrence our major surface combatants need in periods of global uncertainty,” Turnbull stated.

“The class will have the capability to conduct a variety of missions independently, or as part of a task group, with sufficient range and endurance to operate effectively throughout the region. The frigates will also have the flexibility to support non-warfare roles such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” he added.

The UK design was selected in a lengthy comparative evaluation process over the ASW variant of the FREMM multimission frigate offered by Italy’s Fincantieri, and an ASW evolution of the F-100 Alvaro de Bazan-class design – on which Australia’s three 6350-tonne Air Warfare Destroyers are based – proposed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.

Intended to begin replacing the eight workhorse Anzac-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 2027–28, the new Hunter class will be constructed by ASC Shipbuilding at Osborne on the outskirts of Adelaide. Turnbull said the programme would create 4,000 direct and indirect jobs in Australia and domestic industry content was estimated at 65–70%.

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USA really want to sell the F-35 to Finland.

In Finland the F-35 will be directly pitted against Russia's best and finest. FDF and FAF have a long history of information sharing with their American counterparts.

While the details of cooperation are not public knowledge and not available for public dissemination it is a fact that Finland and USA have a long lasting special relation facing a common foe.

While everything keeps changing, Russia is always a rival country to USA and a threat to Finland. Russia also keeps developing new assets with which it can threaten USA directly or one of it's many allies.

It is of paramount importance that USA gains as much experience not just from the capabilities, tactics and protocols that Russians employ - it is of great importance that they gain comparative analysis of how their own systems work when pitted against Russian ones.

Finland is a non-NATO country that has access to such technology exports that most other countries in the world don't.

As a non-NATO country it's FAF has closer to a century of experience of being confronted and provoked by Russian aircraft and vessels.


FAF pilots are not just trained with full exchange programs with Americans, they also have a staggering 200:1 applicant:pilot ratio for their fully professional pilots.

Finland was initially asking offers from five suppliers including Russia. As Russia was discreetly dropped off of the list and Macron tried to woo Finns to "embargo the Americans with a French alternative", the F-35A was offered to Finland being the second cheapest option costing only slightly more than the cheapest option which was the Swedish Gripen. The Gripen itself offers zero advantages over F-35A which has the following features:
- Insanely powerful engine (125 kN dry thrust, 191 kN with afterburner)
- World's most advanced control and information systems
- Full feature stealth
- Short take-off and landing
- Possibly world's best radar
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In comparison, F-35 is a fifth generation full-stealth fighter whereas Gripen and FAF's current F-18C/D are fourth generation.


It's not just that USA wants us to have these. FAF pilots are literally queuing up ready to give their legs to get to be a pilot for one.

Meanwhile Russia's massive misinformation campaign against F-35 program has stalled and is about to crash as it never gained much altitude. It amounted to little more than a desperate acknowledgement of the fact that the Russians are afraid of the F-35.

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Orange, squishy body armor material could save lives

Jun. 29, 2018 - 3:22 - It’s bright orange, it’s squishy, it stretches like taffy - and it is unlike any body armor you've ever seen. Defense Specialist Allison Barrie has an up close look at a new orange goo, developed by D30, which is the key to ultra-lightweight body armor that can deliver incredible protection.
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http://video.foxnews.com/v/580360025700 ... show-clips

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Orange, squishy body armor material could save lives

Jun. 29, 2018 - 3:22 - It’s bright orange, it’s squishy, it stretches like taffy - and it is unlike any body armor you've ever seen. Defense Specialist Allison Barrie has an up close look at a new orange goo, developed by D30, which is the key to ultra-lightweight body armor that can deliver incredible protection.
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http://video.foxnews.com/v/580360025700 ... show-clips


Materials like these could lead to Dune style of warfare where firearms are poor against armor but moving up and close and stabbing your opponent slowly enough with your sword would get the job done!

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Holy fuk that stuff sounds gool.

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Kameolontti wrote:
While everything keeps changing, Russia is always a rival country to USA and a threat to Finland. Russia also keeps developing new assets with which it can threaten USA directly or one of it's many allies.


What folks like Kameolontti just don't get is this simple thing regarding defending Europe. The US is done. It does not matter much to the existance and security of the United States if Finland is run from Helsingfors or Moscow.


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Listened to a podcast when I went for a run. It dealt with Ricky Philips book "The First Casualty – The Untold Story of the Falklands War". Missed this piece before. Suggests that the Royal Marines who opposed the initial invasion of the Falklands fought a hard battle with as many as 60-80 Argentinian casualties but that this was silenced for political reasons. In the podcast it was suggested that the
the UK government before the invasion figured the Royal Marines were a small enough sacrifice that could buy Britain sympathy...

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From conscripts to full naval commanders, the Argentinian veterans wanted to add their stories to the tale and more than a few said that the 'official' version had largely written them out of it altogether and made the whole action look like the merest of skirmishes:

"They made it sound as if we just turned up and the Royal Marines surrendered", one officer told me.

"It wasn't like that. This was a battle."


https://www.forces.net/news/did-royal-marines-really-surrender-after-falklands-invasion

In the podcast Philips compares the situation to the Irish at Jadotville 1961 and hopes for a (new) movie about the Battle for Stanley is to be made. He claims the British veterans absolutely hate the film "An Ungentlemanly Act" but so far all offers to take on the story of The First Casualty have sucked due to wierd agendas or unhistorical action packed approaches.

Link to the podcast, it's mostly in English:

https://fronten.podbean.com/e/the-first-casualty-forfattarintervju-del-1/


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wulfir wrote:
Listened to a podcast when I went for a run. It dealt with Ricky Philips book "The First Casualty – The Untold Story of the Falklands War". Missed this piece before. Suggests that the Royal Marines who opposed the initial invasion of the Falklands fought a hard battle with as many as 60-80 Argentinian casualties but that this was silenced for political reasons. In the podcast it was suggested that the
the UK government before the invasion figured the Royal Marines were a small enough sacrifice that could buy Britain sympathy...

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From conscripts to full naval commanders, the Argentinian veterans wanted to add their stories to the tale and more than a few said that the 'official' version had largely written them out of it altogether and made the whole action look like the merest of skirmishes:

"They made it sound as if we just turned up and the Royal Marines surrendered", one officer told me.

"It wasn't like that. This was a battle."


https://www.forces.net/news/did-royal-marines-really-surrender-after-falklands-invasion

In the podcast Philips compares the situation to the Irish at Jadotville 1961 and hopes for a (new) movie about the Battle for Stanley is to be made. He claims the British veterans absolutely hate the film "An Ungentlemanly Act" but so far all offers to take on the story of The First Casualty have sucked due to wierd agendas or unhistorical action packed approaches.

Link to the podcast, it's mostly in English:

https://fronten.podbean.com/e/the-first-casualty-forfattarintervju-del-1/


That book is available for Amazon Kindle download for $9.99
https://www.amazon.com/First-Casualty-U ... told+Story

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No Amazon in Sweden... :)


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wulfir wrote:
No Amazon in Sweden... :)



:shock:

I thought Sweden was a first world country!
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That said I googled Sweden and Amazon and saw that in October 2017 Amazon announced they were going to expand into Sweden but gave no dates (at least at that time).

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