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Recent content by Wilfred828

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    Project Noctua & the Heron UAV - Interim capability to support Afghanistan Ops

    Rule #1: never reveal sources who don't want to be quoted. Only JUSTAS was killed by Cabinet in 2007.  There were high-level discussions (senior DND, even ministerial) about delivering a Reaper system to KAF by the end of 2008 through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case with the USAF. This...
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    Project Noctua & the Heron UAV - Interim capability to support Afghanistan Ops

    Wow! I'm tired of seeing this. This statement is simply not true. Every year since 2006, the Americans have offered to make available a Predator or Reaper system, training, and in-theatre maintenance support alongside their operations at KAF. That includes yet another offer for Reaper earlier...
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    Project Noctua & the Heron UAV - Interim capability to support Afghanistan Ops

    True and not true. The move to replace Sperwer began in earnest in 2005 during the first lease deal, which if it had gone through, probably would have been for the Heron as well. Going with another lease two years later that [perhaps not so] coincidentally reached the same conclusion was the end...
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    Project Noctua & the Heron UAV - Interim capability to support Afghanistan Ops

    The sad truth of the matter is that the Heron being leased is a fine reconnaissance asset, and a quantum leap beyond Sperwer, but it leaves much to be desired when it comes to the tactical support missions (strike coordination, close air support, convoy overwatch, etc.) that are the bread and...
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