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  1. Ping Monkey

    JUSTAS: the project to buy armed Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAVs

    Another successful IBP ASW exercise for the MQ-9B! Working on this program has been my favourite task since I left the CAF. :cool:(y) Really looking forward to seeing it conducting MPA & ASW operations in WESTPAC later this fall. SeaGuardian Used by USN in Support of Integrated Battle Problem
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    A Leaky Sieve: Retention in the ADF

    https://asiapacificdefencereporter.com/adf-members-may-be-in-line-for-bonus-payments-as-part-of-dsr/ Cue the Oprah giveaway gifs.
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Pilot Error After โ€˜Sierra Hotel Breakโ€™ Resulted in South China Sea F-35C Crash, Investigation Says https://news.usni.org/2023/02/21/pilot-error-after-sierra-hotel-break-resulted-in-south-china-sea-f-35c-crash-investigation-says
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    Mystery objects/ Balloons over north America

    #SnortLaugh :LOL:
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    Mystery objects/ Balloons over north America

    Interesting... looks nearly identical to the ones the US military was recently trialling: What We Know About The High-Altitude Balloons Recently Lingering Off America's Coastlines
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    The truth hurts... literally. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11265915/Furious-conscripts-turn-commander-officer-beaten-saying-cannon-fodder.html
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    Herc on Floats for Spec Ops?

    Looks like USSOCOM is shopping around... https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/09/shinmaywa-and-ussocom-comment-on-the-us-2-seaplane/
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    CP-140 Aurora

    If that's the case, perhaps DFS should have us affix appropriate warning placards on the wingtips & fuselage.
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    CP-140 Aurora

    The only suitable response. ** EDIT: A 'Pressed Ham' in the Observer window would also be appropriate. ๐Ÿ‘
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    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Indeed. OS news is limited, but I'm inclined to buy myself a ticket to Hawaii this summer to cheer on my GA colleagues. https://www.ga-asi.com/seaguardian-cost-effective-surveillance-for-the-vast-maritime-domain
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    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Very cool to see this capability quickly maturing. Should also be interesting to see it fully integrated into the RIMPAC Task Groups this summer! ๐Ÿ˜ https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/04/japan-selects-mq-9b-seaguardian-for-coast-guard-rpas-project/
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    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    Airbus continuing to impress with the caliber of its AAR (A3R) capabilities. Hopefully RCAF is monitoring this feature development closely...
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    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Some other interesting fielded (not paper) MPA options that have popped up just in the past 12 months: https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2021/09/first-sea-sultan-maritime-patrol-aircraft-joins-pakistan-navy/...
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    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    "Sea-130" has been proposed many times. No biters yet. https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-exhibitions/2015/dsei-2015-naval-show-daily-news/3113-lockheed-sees-its-sc-130j-sea-herc-as-the-affordable-solution-to-answer-uk-future-mpa-needs.html...
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    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    Japan has been eagerly trying to find an export customer for P-1 for many years. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-uk-arms-exclusive-idUSKBN0KG0WG20150107 I've been impressed by P-1 capabilities, but I think spares/parts availability would be a substantial issue for any international...
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    Spock the difference! Plans for a new RAF uniform are ridiculed for looking like Star Trek costumes as MoD chiefs say there is 'need for change' due t

    Coincidentally, I was just chatting with an RAF colleague this morning about this very topic. RAF has pushed out an email saying it was rejected outright. The alternative being bantered about now should look something more along the lines of... Much more aerodynamic. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ