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  1. Regarding the percentage debate, remember that NATO countries are obligated to spend 2% of their GDP on defense but few major European countries do. There’s no obligation to spend it wisely but it’s at least a start. As for German military readiness, two examples painting a pretty bleak picture of the Sea and Air. http://www.businessinsider.com/german-military-fighters-jets-not-ready-for-combat-2018-5 https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2017/10/20/all-of-germanys-submarines-are-currently-down/
  2. I never said it could. But comparing the two is apples to oranges. MOAB delivery is a secondary capability of the MC-130 whereas the Blackjack is a dedicated bomber. I'm also fairly certain if there was a need that a B-1/2/52 could be modified to carry them (B-2 can already carry MOP which is bigger by weight but not explosive content).
  3. I can assure you that the MC-130 designed for SOF support and dropping these things has a much more elaborate defensive suite than the TU-160, of which the number of operational Blackjacks is in the single digit range. Both would certainly require a permissive environment to operate as non-standoff bombers so this is moot except for the speed issue (which doesn't matter at the altitude both have to fly at to drop this ordnance anyway).
  4. Gas turbines also get a lot more fuel efficient at altitude but again unless you plop an Abrams in the Himalayas you're not going to see noticeable changes.
  5. Mine was much less spectacular than hers. I fired my spotting round, told the NCO what I thought the correction should be. He, somehow coming across as bored, adjusts my adjustment and tells me to fire for effect. Obliterates the target. I don't think he even looked up to watch.
  6. That's pretty much what happened, a lot of crew coordination. Here's the interview with them afterwards. They all got medals for it, rightfully so. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/navy-pilots-recount-avoiding-crash-off-aircraft-carrier/
  7. In your opinion, would Russian public opinion regarding deployment of Kuznetsov (rather it's continued presence) have changed if either or both of those pilots died? Also, it appears that the majority of it's airwing has been flying from land bases in Syria even before this most recent accident.
  8. Sources said the wire snapped. This is really dangerous because often you've slowed down to the point where you can no longer hit the blowers and power out ("Bolter"), leaving about half a second to eject. Here's a recent maximum pucker factor incident from an E-2. Thing is this happens like once a year in US Navy aviation, which has a whole lot more sorties than a single Russian carrier. The Russians gambled by sending an antiquated and ill-prepared beast out for propaganda purposes. It's time for it to return to port. Here's the same type of plane (Flanker-D) doing the same thing in 200
  9. I think ours was the last class (I didn't finish with them) before they fully opened combat arms to females, so she's in a support unit somewhere. She was a math major though, hence the accuracy. Yup that's it! Although I swear ours was a lot larger. I had a video on my blackberry of it. Well sorta, an enlisted guy bet me $20 I couldn't stay facing it. The flames were so intense when it went up that we all ran away screaming in pain/excitement. I lost $20 and the video is terrible lol. I remember at the end of the day we had like way too much ammo left, so they called in a 50-
  10. That was a concrete bomb, if it had been live that tank would have been toast. But you can see that the KE alone of that would have ruined a tank. When we drop on armor we use tail fusing for the bomb, which will kill it very dead, including ex-Iraqi Abrams. I'd chock the "miss" up there to most likely being the EOTS on that F-35 being out of calibration, or just standard CEP stuff. This discussion reminds me of my own cadet war story though from when I did Army things. The second summer at USMA is a month in the field ("Buckner), meant to be more tactical and also expose you to the vario
  11. Broad, in-depth training is less common from my own experiences but familiarity exchanges happen frequently. You will have times though when say Germans hand Americans G36s at the range and say "have fun" often enough. When I was at USMA I did exchanges with the Royal Military College [of Canada] and the Austrian Army (3 weeks). We carried Austrian weapons, rode in Austrian vehicles, and embedded in Austrian Panzergrenadier squads. It was a great time. We also had exchange students who spent anywhere from 6 months to 4 years with us. Fast forward to the present day, it wouldn't be impossi
  12. The Russians almost certainly have a lot less of the bloated GMT training (heh, ATM Machine) than we do. I truly envy them of that. Side note but sorta related. Got to speaking with an Indian Navy MiG-29 pilot the other day at a bar. He said they get something like 20 hours a year. I can't even comprehend safe flying that low. I'm genuinely curious what Russia gets out side of Syria.
  13. What does Russia accomplish by smashing the Ukrainian Army and then exiting the country? That's not going to bring Ukraine back into Russia's fold (quite the opposite). I guess it would secure the DNR, LNR, and Crimea further bit the first two are hardly strategic (nor does Russia seem in any big hurry or desire to do so via easier methods) and the latter is already secure. I think an occupation of the country with the eventual goal of Russification is the only legitimate reason for a widespread Russian invasion. I see nothing to be gained and a lot to be lost by large smash and dash.
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