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  1. NavyShooter

    "Football, ice hockey ... shooting? Finland hopes hobby will boost national defence"

    Around the time of the Boer War, the British Army realized that they got out-shot. The result was a national drive towards marksmanship, with considerable funds put into ranges, and much support for marksmanship programs. Interesting to see that a world at war is thinking that having folks...
  2. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    There can be as much discussion as we'd like to have about the various things that we think the RCN 'needs'. To be blunt, we'll get what the GOC gives us, and it won't happen soon enough. The discussion of Mistrals, 280 replacements, MCDV replacements, the BHS, all of those ships 'have...
  3. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Agreed. As mentioned, a crew of 50 means actually about 20-ish people on watch at a time, and very limited ability to respond to other shipboard emergencies.
  4. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    So....back to the concept of the HMCS Bras D'or? With a bunch of fast, lightly armed, lightly crewed ships? A concept that was discarded decades ago....? I'm not sure what right looks like anymore on this. I do know that we need ships, and we need sailors. Truly, I think the...
  5. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Automation is good. It allowed the reduction of risk from having ship's crews in engineering spaces. IPMS/IMCS let the Navy move from having a bunch of stokers on watch in the spaces, to having a bunch of stokers watching the spaces. Looking at the civilian cruise and cargo ships, the...
  6. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    I would agree - but, based on the open-source info, it seems that US/UK are using missiles to engage drones that the Houthis are launching.
  7. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    TBH, as much as we might want to reach up and punch above our weight with a massive load of VLS cells, I have to ask the question. "Will we ever fire them in anger?" I was on CHA during the Libya Fracas, and we did not use any of our heavy armament in response to actual attacks. I know that...
  8. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    Yeah....those background things aren't very important...who needs cooling for a CIWS or power for a 3D RADAR?
  9. NavyShooter

    Canadian Surface Combatant RFQ

    "There is nothing new under the sun."
  10. NavyShooter

    Ukraine - Superthread

    So, like, 20-ish modern tanks (2x BTG's worth) plus 80-ish other older pieces of dubious tactical and operational capability. I'll observe that we haven't heard much about BTG's lately. That was a big thing at the beginning of the war - how many BTG's the RUS was pushing at the front. The...
  11. NavyShooter

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    TBH, anything would be better than the nothing that seems to be happening now.... "Dear all Commonwealth Nations, we are looking to setup a saluting gun battery, and would like to buy all of your old 25 Pdr field guns...please respond with numbers and prices ASAP." Cover off the saluting gun...
  12. NavyShooter

    Ukraine - Superthread

    So....the comments and concerns about RUS being able to generate 100-ish tanks per month....does this include the T-55's, or is it something newer? If they're able to generate 100-ish tanks, how many are actually combat capable AFV's? Having 100 new T-90's show up at the front is very...
  13. NavyShooter

    C3 Howitzer Replacement

    I think we've stepped a long way from the C-3 howitzer as we drift into SHORAD and such...any word on new artillery?
  14. NavyShooter

    CT-114 Tutor

    So....dumb question....the CT-114 Tutor was originally a jet trainer. Why not shift the Snowbird Mission over to that? Getting the red/white tails in the air with pilot trainees (and IP in the other seat) teaching new pilots how to fly? Cut the airshow circuit in half, and add a training...
  15. NavyShooter

    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think it speaks volumes about what may be happening to Russian EW systems near the front.
  16. NavyShooter

    Ukraine - Superthread

    "There is nothing new under the sun." King Solomon.
  17. NavyShooter

    Ukraine - Superthread

    @Petard , I must say that's almost the most polite way I've ever seen someone get told that they're talking out their 3rd point of contact. I look at the integration issues the RCN had with multiple sensor systems from different countries getting tied into the CMS330 system, and how long...
  18. NavyShooter

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Alex, I'll take "Why don't we buy used junk from other Navies anymore" for $1000?
  19. NavyShooter

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Order a dozen Visby's, straight off the shelf.
  20. NavyShooter

    AOR Replacement & the Joint Support Ship (Merged Threads)

    Remember - jobs program with ships being a somewhat useful byproduct.
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