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    US Military awards EADS USA helicopter contract

    http://www.al.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-22/115171825765390.xml&storylist=alabamanews You need to register (it's free), but I will give you a quick excerpt: The picture of the helo: The other competitors: Bell 412 (CH-146 Griffon): AgustaWestland AB139: Lockheed/MD...
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    CF warships arrive at Hawaii for RIMPAC exercises

    http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=bc_home&articleID=2303930 From the myTelus poll, 67% of people who responded are glad that the CF joining the exercises. Good luck to all ships present.
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    Taliban commander defects... after recieving help from Canadian soldiers

    http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/06/16/taliban-defection.html Well this is an unexpected sight... however, we can't always wait for Taliban commanders to fall ill for us to treat them and turn them to our side...
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    EADS proposing a maritime partrol variant of the Airbus A319 airliner to India

    http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/2006/05/30/Navigation/190/206931/EADS+proposes+maritime+variant+of+Airbus+A319+with+bomb+bay+doors+for.html How it will look like: This can get interesting. May also provide a worthy western competitor the P-8 MMA when we get around to replacing our Aurora...
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    Aussies considering cancelling Seasprite project

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/NATIONAL/Govt-to-blame-for-chopper-problems-ALP/2006/05/15/1147545231093.html Wow, this sounds worst than the much maligned Victoria subs we have. Wonder who was the bright lightbulb in Australia to buy ex-US Navy Seasprites and refurbish them, as the New Zealanders...
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    Mexican Navy picks Sukhoi's for “strategic surveillance”

    http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/2006/05/09/Navigation/177/206478/Mexico+selects+Sukhoi+Su-27+for+strategic+surveillance.html Looks like the Americans will have Russian-built fighters in the backyard of another neighbour. Anyways, nice surveillance aircraft.  :o
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    Taliban searching for heavier AT weapons: Coalition sources

    http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/060507/w050714.html Excerpts: Sounds like we have some severely frustrated Taliban, no? Even the AT-1 Snapper mentioned here is fairly primative, as it is a first generation guided AT missile (meaning it is controlled by a joystick)... and once you understand the...
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    Fire at Brussels airport: 1 Belgian C-130 toast, plus other airplanes

    Didn't know where to put this, so I will place it here: http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/2006/05/05/Navigation/177/206430/Pictures+Sabena+Technics+hangar+blaze+destroys+C-130H+Hercules+and+Armavia.html 1 C-130 totally destroyed by the hangar fire at Sabena Technics at Brussels airport, plus...
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    SIRIUS sensors for FFH are a-go

    http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/2006/04/canada-holland-order-17-sirius-shipboard-longrange-infared-sensors/index.php#more 12 SIRIUS sensors for the Halifax frigates, plus a land based trainer, for a total of 13 systems, while the Royal Netherlands Navy at the same time has placed an order of...
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    The USAF Tanker Replacement Programs- Merged

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060414/bs_nm/arms_usa_tankers_dc_2 It's a basic competition between EADS (with their Airbus A330 MRTT design) and Boeing (with their KC767 design). Even though EADS has the better design, they have a really poor chance of winning, due the the fact that the EADS is...
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    T-72 discussion, split from "Bring back something like the CF-5"

    Don't forget that all Russian tank designs have a nasty tendency when hit to cook off ammunition blowing the tank up when a round penetrates the fighting compartment... Don't want to be too close to a Russian tank when it is it...
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    Royal Navy strongly considering Rafale over JSF...

    http://yahoo.reuters.com/stocks/QuoteCompanyNewsArticle.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20060226:MTFH87317_2006-02-26_14-53-00_L26730600&symbol=AVMD.PA The British Defence Minister made a verbal order for 150 Rafales in the naval model while in Paris during meetings with the French Defence...
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    Aussie LAND 17 Artillery Replacement Project a go ahead

    http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/2006/02/australias-a-450m600m-land-17-artillery-replacement-gets-goahead/index.php#more Current contenders is Bofors with FH77 Archer SP gun and the towed gun, and GIAT with their CAESAR SP gun. Both contenders are 155mm systems. Watch this project closely, as...
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    Victoria contaminated by lead....

    http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2006/02/24/lead-submarine060224.html The CBC is reporting that HMCS Victoria's overhaul was suspended after the overhaul crew detected excessive amounts of lead in the officer's mess area. The good news is that it appears that none of the overhaul workmen...
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    F-117 to the desert in 2008

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Feb-16-Thu-2006/news/5907352.html The end for the world's first stealth fighter is now closer than ever before. Heading right for the desert, most likely never to return from the desert again.
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    Sea King replacement project mess continues...

    http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?F=1506230&C=america Oi, will this ever go away? It was a done deal; Sikorsky got the bid. AugustaWestland may not like it, but Sikorsky got it. Now they are sueing the government for a billion dollars in damages... or restart the bidding process all over...
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    First Type 45 Destroyer for Royal Navy to be launched soon

    http://www.type45.com/#article102 1st of Feb, 2006 at 2:45pm GMT. She will be HMS Daring when launched. HRH The Countess of Wessex will be the ship's sponsor at her launch. Just got this off Jane's Defence news briefs.
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    Military can absorb Tory recruit promises if there is money: Hiller

    http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=canada_home&articleID=2157653 Thoughts? Comments? Hiller is definetely optimistic about absorbing the promised troops.
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    France threatening nuclear response if attacked by state sponsored terrorists...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4627862.stm Anyone freaked out by this statement? Possible nuclear response to a state-sponsored terrorist attack on France? And I thought France wasn't the trigger happy ones. :o
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    US Air Force clears F-22A Raptor for combat

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-14-2006/0004249092&EDATE= So... after 16 years from the prototype's first flight to now operational status... wonder how many are they getting, as they won't have enough cash to replace all of the F-15C's...
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