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  1. IIRC Norwegian Bell 412 pilots do have some experience with flying Blackhawks since parts of their training programme takes place in the US. It’s also one of the leading candidates to replace the Bell 412s in the Army & SOF role, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if both types are ordered at the same time.
  2. Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead. https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/06/norway-terminates-its-contract-for-the-nh90/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=norway-terminates-its-contract-for-the-nh90
  3. They seem to like the M109: https://mil.in.ua/uk/news/golovnokomanduvach-zs-ukrayiny-rozpoviv-pro-efektyvnist-sau-m109/
  4. I find it interesting that there has only been sightings of M109A3GN so far. I thought that most of these would be of the more modern M109A3GNM variant (easy to ID due to lack of indirect fire sight and spades on the back of the hull, as well as the presence of larger storage boxes and APU) since those were the last to be placed in storage, but they haven’t made appearance yet, which makes me wonder if someone has come to the realization that 24 K9s (and 6 K10s) is actually way too little...
  5. Thanks! Since they’re up for sale I guess the Ukrainians could also purchase them themselves with means from that weapons fund that has been established for them.
  6. It still cracks me up to this day that since 2004, when the Army and Air Force retired their last RB-70s, the only place where you could still find Manpads was on the Skjold-class corvettes where they weren’t even all that popular (the 76mm Super Rapido was always considered the real anti-air asset on that class, while Mistral was just some extra AA you could set up while the vessel was stationary).
  7. I asked him earlier if he was a member from MP.net. Now that guy was Russian-Canadian if I recall correctly, and unfortunately of a kind similar to all of those Erdogan supporting 2nd/3rd/etc generation Turks in the Netherlands and Germany.
  8. I guess we'll just have to wait and see then. In the meanwhile, a Norwegian and/or Belgian transfer of other/older M109 variants would at least get them somewhat familiarized with the platform, even if these aren't identical to the A6. The M109A3GNM is probably the closest since it's a 2007 upgrade that featured an inertial navigation and positioning system developed by Vinghøg (now Rheinmetall Norway), but there are only 14 of these. "Fitted for but not with" autoloader maybe?
  9. M1299 ERCA looks like a completely new system to me (new A7 hulls + new turret with the new gun and autoloader), so there is probably very little if anything they can/will re-use from the old M109A6. On the other hand, is it possible that those 250 A6s are still needed for the current and/or future army structure until the new M1299s have been delivered or can the Army make due without them?
  10. @glenn239A bit OT, but did you ever have an account on the old militaryphotos.net forum? You remind me a bit of a Canadian poster there, Sephirox or something. He had this famous photo as his avatar for a while.
  11. Thanks for the reply and clarification, @Josh.
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