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  1. UK is looking ahead to the next generation: https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/uk-awards-design-and-concept-contracts-for-next-generation-ssn
  2. Curious as to what the actual boat will eventually look like. Presumably US combat system and Mk 48 torpedoes?
  3. War with China? Wal-Mart would never allow it.
  4. That's a surprising turn of events. Wonder what prompted this? Maybe price? https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/09/05/parting-shots-after-only-a-decade-idf-retires-tavor-rifle/
  5. Is there any one that seems to be a frontrunner? https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/09/02/three-vendors-submit-final-offers-for-multibillion-dollar-czech-armored-vehicle-race/
  6. Possibly by re-opening the competition the USAF is simply trying to light a fire under Boeing's behind to get them to resolve the problems quicker?
  7. I would think that items such as radios and certain other avionics might be US-specific. But I believe final assembly and checkout would be in Alabama (?).
  8. The USAF originally preferred the Airbus product, but of course politics and NIH intervened.
  9. At least Airbus seems to have gotten it right with their tanker.
  10. At first I thought this was a mistake. Given the politics involved, would Airbus even want to re-enter this competition? https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-reopen-boeing-airbus-bidding-050729747.html
  11. The AR-15 started out with relatively small orders for the USAF, Airborne/Special Ops, and an evaluation in Southeast Asia. Then progressively became the standard US service rifle. Who knows, maybe the AR platform will impress enough people to get wider distribution in the UK armed forces. Assuming a reasonable price, of course. And the usual complimentary hats, T-Shirts, and coffee mugs.
  12. With the AR there's an almost bewildering array of configurations, optics, accessories, etc. The UK could join Estonia and New Zealand in the LMT club.
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