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Everything posted by Kilemall

  1. Not good enough to whack us, but good enough to whack everyone but Japan in the region and protect their subs from unescorted antisub air. Or third world intervention that threatens their resource flow.
  2. The point is the Spratlys, oil is involved.
  3. PM me or Hg if you want to join up.
  4. I didn't say the F-18 was a SMART buy for the Aussie situation, merely that your nation had fewer choices one of which was not keeping the F-111s like you seemed to insist upon, and the Russian choice is not as reasonable as you portray it. Now, that's just downright ugly.
  5. Hey, you're the one speculating on buying alternatives to trad Western options and wanking about the price. Gotta get creative and open up new lines of supply. Both Korea and Japan HAVE built jet fighters. Has Australia? Try again. The financially flush and motivated Chinese can already get twice as much flight hours out of making their own copies, and they aren't particularly good or top of the line either. 900 hours? That's what you want to commit to? That's your standard of fixing? Really? The Japanese built the Yamato and a fiercesome fighter plane and torpedoes and optics we never matched before they ever got smashed and rebuilt by us. They have a fanatical work ethic and pride in precision that continues to culturally elude the Russians. Not a valid comparison. If I want rugged, reliable, and built to do one thing well, I'll go Russian. Otherwise, ya let's see where they are in 20 years. Better get cracking then. Course, you're complaining about ready built, check the prices when you build your own infrastructure. My lord, I've just become acquainted with your railroads, and heavens those things are scary behind (well except for that super ore train bit). It all says 'do it cheapest' and 'hand me down' and 'strange government decisionmaking', kind of 1930s US railroading with 1960s tech. I'm sure it's all very clever and efficient given your economic performance, but I don't know if you guys are really up for jet engines, just on the pop/scaling thing alone. Hey, I'm not the one looking to cut corners on national existence. And make no mistake, it's coming. But I do agree UAVs are not ready for real EW primetime, a fact the USAF and CIA is going to learn to its chagrin one of these days. I noted you blew off the SLCMs. That is a VERY problematic weapon system for most countries to deal with. These Block IV Tomahawks are cheaper and more capable then ever. Australia could even go with the GLCM versions since there is no nuclear treaty issues. And airfields, your intended targets, are pretty much immovable objects.
  6. And the helicopters/aircars in every garage. The future turned out to be a gyp.
  7. Japan is working up an aeronautics industry as are the Koreans to a lesser extent, but they are finding I think that it's not so cheap to do so even with the shot in the arm from some tech transfers from the US. Doesn't matter if it's Aussie techs or Russian when you are dealing with harsh realities of Russian builds. Russian engines fall apart quickly. Real quickly. So if you aren't keen on being dependent on Russians selling you disposable engines, you are going to replace the engines with a Western build AND the electronics you will be wanting, well you are getting on up into the range of 'might as well buy Western'. Playing the airpower game ain't cheap. Likely what you really want given your strategic shopping list is SLCMs and UAV strike craft.
  8. Got some bad news Frosty. Euros aren't selling better, cheaper. Certainly not the Japanese. Russians are selling cheaper, maybe more capability, but sortie reliability? What you want doesn't exist on the market. Perhaps you think Australia can do it on it's own? Be my guest. Want to pit your existence on UAV strike wings? Might be the thing to do, might not. But the market is what it is at this moment, and interim might be better then nothing.
  9. I dunno Mad, those Hornets loaded up on a lot of doodads. Hornets are designed for carriers, and can do for land-based limited range ops like the sheikdoms that have bought them, but really isn't a good medium range land-based solution. The real question then becomes how many tanker craft the RAAF operates. Payloads are less of an issue assuming you invest properly in PGMs, a smaller payload can actually be more lethal if it's in the 90% on target range. So I get Frost's issues, I just don't think anything is designed like the 111 and so you aren't getting that long-range sweet spot, and keeping those things operational would I suspect get more costly and undoable.
  10. PM me and we'll see about setting you up.
  11. Wah? I thought modularity and commonality was a big key design feature.
  12. Oooh sexah Allied bumpin!
  13. I thought half of the HCs were transvestites already. Or was that transsexuals? I forget.
  14. Join or die like a chump. With no style.
  15. Keep it up!
  16. We were back in the saddle as a squad doing interdiction. Ya I know, you wouldn't think it happens, but it does cause we dig it.
  17. French wiki finally has a decent 4RCA entry- Most stuff we already knew, but this has the regimental flag- These colors don't run.
  18. Oh, hot diggity, WillyTee is hosting that cartoon I asked him to do, maybe this can help with your post.
  19. I ended up with a set of pictures from some proceeding con, so someone is missing that.
  20. Good job man!
  21. Holy mackeral! We won the campaign TOO SOON!
  22. Okay guys, I've made up the new Volume 6 of the DVD I give away at Dallas cons/minicons. They are Battleground Europe Firefight Campaign60end CloudWarrior Cobra516CAS (strafing) Haltetdiestellung_0004 Missionimpossible Nijiyami ReturntotheFront Sesh609GoodbyeParadeJune2010 ww2action wwiiol Best of the best for VOL 6 is.... wwiiol by Svedala, just epic, shows a whole battle on both sides. Tatonka's ww2action and Grider's Firefight were very close. Please host this stuff as files I can get to, Youtube is convenient but your quality goes down and the intent here is to be an archive of the best videos, show them at your best please.
  23. I'd like to know too, I'm making a batch of my infamous game video DVDs, plus this year I chunked ALL the pictures I could find on my hard drive that isn't pure training or AHC related, 1 gig of game history, mockery, and terrifying OT material. You have been warned.....