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  1. 122mm actually occupies a nice niche with good effect and the ability to carry more rounds and sustain a higher ROF than 152/155. My guess is that most of the 122's are wearing out and not enough parts in the system to sustain the fleet.
  2. Judging the quality on MSM domestic reporting , I take their stuff with a bag of salt. A lot of the costs are shipping, training and no way is the Ukrainians going to release all the information they have to the media. I suspect the US DOD and other Defense Departments gets a much more detailed accounting of where stuff goes. The Ukrainians have been fairly tight lipped about everything, which is a good idea in the information age.
  3. Sounds just like the Nazi party not wanting to inconvenience the German civilians, by going to war production.
  4. That is consistent with our 105's using the same ammo. These guns may not be the perfect answer, but when your short of artillery you are happy to have anything and there is a lot of 105mm ammunition available and easily produced.
  5. By train with the advance party flown into Russia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea–Russia_border#:~:text=The terrestrial boundary between Russia,signed on April 17%2C 1985.
  6. Hey don't forget the Imperial aspirations of the Canadian troops that came over in an effort to grab yet another frozen Province...
  7. Our 1960 Howitzers used oil and nitrogen for the recoil system, using a ancient oil pusher to get it in. The Gas top up had to be done by the gun plumbers, basically a pickup truck with a gas bottle, hose and fitting.
  8. Likely there are poison pills in it. The Dems want illegals to be able to vote, vote correctly and often.
  9. Save a few dozen for us dumb Canucks
  10. an older report on them https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GAOREPORTS-NSIAD-96-59/html/GAOREPORTS-NSIAD-96-59.htm
  11. Bogan would it be possible to make new barrels for the 152mm's in NATO 155mm, so they can use the existing gun carriages and recoil systems?
  12. The Iranians want anything newer than their current heritage flight.
  13. I suspect the best use of a autoloader in a SPG is the ability to spit out several rounds before the first one lands, thereby increasing the effect of the barrage and then allowing the gun to hoof it out of the CB kill zone.
  14. Possibly, we never operated a MRLS system. Many years before me we had the Honest John Rocket system with tactical nukes, but I am unaware of any MRLS system operated by Canada since WWII.
  15. It was merely an unfortunate excess that won't happen again, till it happens again. Marxism will never prevail unless we take all the steps required to implement the glorious revolution.
  16. Somebody was aware and likley reported it and the report was put away as "We will deal with that later, much later" Except "Later" has arrived much earlier than expected. You can bet a few careers will quietly end as a result of embarrassing the government.
  17. We were taught to minimize our tracks and also to do decoy tracks, so rather than one group of tracks into one forested area, you might send trucks to two others to make decoy tracks.
  18. Ran two almost identical engines in our Museums Crashboat from the 1950's What a difference in power, running and economy when we upgraded to newer style injectors
  19. With an invasion estimated to have about 1.5 million causalities and clear evidence on how the Japanese treated everyone else from Nanjing to Burma to every island captured. Had the US been truly bloodthirsty it would have been smart to take out Moscow immediately with a nuke before the Soviets were able to respond. Look how fast the US disarmed after WWII to the point that it struggled to respond in Korea a few years later.
  20. Going back to my navigation days GPS had 27 satellites with 3 of them in "reserve", now they have 31. Arctic GPS was very bad in the 90's. The Soviets focused GLNOSS on their areas of operations, so strongest over the Northern hemisphere, there was intent to make it more global, but unsure how far they come for usefulness in other areas. There more than these two systems as well: BeiDou / BDS (China) Galileo (Europe) GLONASS (Russia) IRNSS / NavIC (India) QZSS (Japan)
  21. As I recall most was bought by the USSR, because the Collective Farm system was an utter failure. I know we gifted a bunch of grain but I am not sure if any went to the Soviet Union, likley North Korea. The fact that Russia managed to be the worlds top grain exporter shows the potentiel that the country has, but it is the people you elect that decide how competitive you can be. The Chinese have always been industrious and business minded. Likely the Serf to Communist mindset forced onto much of the population did not encourage the average Russian to innovate as much as they should have. At the end of the day, Russia should have focused it's efforts on improving life for it;s citizens and not going on ill planned military adventures.
  22. That is a Russian on Russian own goal, blaming the West for lack of infrastructure within your own country is avoiding taking responsibility for bad decision making in the Soviet and post Soviet times. There are lot's of region in Canada that don't have access to NG and really could use it, hell a lot of communities don't even have water systems, shall we blame that on Moscow? When the USSR was our enemy, the West still sent you grain so you could feed your people, I remember the grain ships in our harbour here. The West bent over backwards for the USSR in WWII, then they bladed us. Promoted a political system that caused mayhem around the world, exported arms everywhere, caused massive environmental damage at home and aboard and when your country collapsed because of piss poor domestic management, we tried to help. That the same people who were screwing you got rich screwing you under new management is not our fault. Russia would never have accepted the West administrating Russia. We are not perfect by any means but for the love of god stop blaming us for all your own problems.
  23. Building a pipeline is an expensive effort, and if done and maintained properly could last 40-60 years. So yes they will want to maintain that infrastructure as a lot can change in that timeframe.
  24. Shutting down a gas pipeline is not easy, it needs to be filled with something and possibly the supply agreements within Russia to get the gas to the central pumping point are still in force, the company is likley hoping they eventually get paid for that gas and don't have trigger Force majeure with their suppliers.
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