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  1. The Long Range Land Attack Projectile has got to rank up there with the US Navy's major boondoggles. You have guns but you can't afford the ammunition for them.
  2. They should have called it the "Zagreb" or something similar.
  3. Looks like American bullpup fanciers will have another option: https://www.springfield-armory.com/hellion-series/hellion-rifles/
  4. In terms of the cost of these munitions, I'm guessing that a JP-233 pod was much more expensive than a complete Paveway III bomb. So the Saudis would seem to have come off much the worse in this trade? https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/1999-03-15/debates/27fe4566-0290-4dbd-ba15-a2237631945e/Jp233System
  5. I hope South Korea bought the extended warranty...
  6. Seems to have been restarted: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/german-court-resolves-sth-dispute-clear-heavy-lift-helo-to-proceed
  7. Is South Korea still trying to come up with a domestic powerplant for their AFV's?
  8. I believe the CH-53K is in the running for Germany's "Schwere Transporthubschrauber" effort. It is a very expensive helicopter, though.
  9. So, not much of a surprise there? https://defense-update.com/20211231_israel-to-get-the-first-of-12-new-ch-53k-helicopters-by-2026.html
  10. The F-15EX would seem to fill the role of long range heavy strike aircraft fairly well, if that's the mission you need addressed.
  11. Capability-wise, how do SU-35, Rafale, and F-15EX compare? https://www.defensenews.com/air/2021/12/22/indonesia-gives-up-on-russian-aircraft-purchase-instead-turning-to-us-and-french-options/
  12. Most, if not all, Patriot variants can be recertified to a shelf life of 45 years. This is apparently based on the newer technologies used in these missiles. USAF missiles accumulate hours in service (if they're being flown in training or combat), and this is used in many cases to determine their return to factory/depot for remanufacture or upgrade. Damaged missiles or components are rarely, if ever turned over to EOD for disposal unless they're dangerously unserviceable. Their price tag requires an automatic trip back to depot.
  13. This was the original Swedish Patriot request. In this case, it seems that Sweden received new manufacture items. Wonder if the original request differed from what was finally delivered? https://www.dsca.mil/sites/default/files/mas/sweden_18-01.pdf
  14. Heck, I didn't realize they'd been delivered: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/weapons-headlines/latest/swedish-patriots-reach-ioc
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