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Old 01-08-2014, 08:03 AM   #1026
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Makes sense when you don't have enough experienced instructors. Not like they are taking new people off the street with problems.
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Yup, it's bad. We currently have an RAF Tornado and RN Harrier pilot at our squadron with another Harrier and an ALA (French Air Force) Mirage pilot on conversion to the F18 at the OTU. Plus some USN exchanges except we couldn't send anyone down so are just borrowing American pilots. With all the budget cuts all the training dets have been canceled so everyone's falling even further behind. The budget has cut our nuts off.

During the ice storm in Ontario the other week so much ice built up on the Hercs sitting on the tarmac in Trenton that....




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With all the budget cuts all the training dets have been canceled so everyone's falling even further behind. The budget has cut our nuts off.
Ya it's brutal, they cancelled all our dets down south, there were 3-4. Nothing until RIMPAC in June/July. Along with that they cut down the hours substantially. Canadians don't seem to want a fully functional Air Force, it's been a miracle that no one has died yet.

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I dono...there are some large Herc pilots, you sure they didn't just walk on the ramp?
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3 hours, and 5000L of de-icing fluid to de-ice the airbus. There was probably a good few feet of solid ice along the wing root. Winter ops suck.

We were supposed to go down south to in support of whatever training you guys were doing. I was looking forward to a few weeks of sun. Last year, San Diego was great. It was warm and sunny, it couldn't have been any better.
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Ya there's a lot of exchange instructors in Moose Jaw here as well. I would say that approx 1/3 of the instructors are foreign.
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I was looking forward to 4-5 weeks in San Diego where it's 18C right now, but staying in Cold Lake at 20 to 30 below is cool too
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Somebody gonna get hurt real bad....

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Old 01-12-2014, 10:15 PM   #1034
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Came across this on another forum, f18 firing its ordnance.
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Ya saw that the other day on my Facebook feed. Pretty ridiculous. What's the price of PMQ's out there anyways?
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:21 AM   #1036
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Ya saw that the other day on my Facebook feed. Pretty ridiculous. What's the price of PMQ's out there anyways?
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Exactly the same Q's in another fighter base in Bagotville are less then half that.
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Jesus no wonder everyone is releasing up there... Q's in Moose Jaw here between $550 for a row house and $650 for a 4 bedroom with a garage.

I love the military and all and I wish I could have stayed in but at the same time I see bullshit like this and i'm not dissapointed with my decision.

Worst part is that those prices are cheaper than comparable ones in town so members are "forced" to pay that, or live in shacks.
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The new Advanced Super Hornet took to the skies for the first time last summer and development continues. We'll take 80+ please.






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^ this should've been the government's choice of replacement for our aging fleet in the first place. I ain't no expert on combat operations or combat logistics, however, from a purely monetary standpoint it makes sense considering the typical size of Canada's fleet and our everyday uses.
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^ this should've been the government's choice of replacement for our aging fleet in the first place. I ain't no expert on combat operations or combat logistics, however, from a purely monetary standpoint it makes sense considering the typical size of Canada's fleet and our everyday uses.
So we should be replacing our current fleet of hornets with this new abortion because they look similar?
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I'm thinking I might try to plan a trip soon to England around an air show in the hope that I can see XH558 fly before it is finally grounded forever. I was born just after a Vulcan's last visit to Abbotsford and even though I've never seen one in person it's always gripped my imagination just as much as the SR71, F117, A-10 or B2. There are very few sounds that excite me as much as the scream of those 4 big Rolls...



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So we should be replacing our current fleet of hornets with this new abortion because they look similar?
From purely a technician's standpoint, less training required as the systems are (probably) very similar and a lot of our AMSE will (probably) still work on the new version (i.e. Hydraulic Test Stands, Power Units and such.)
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Russian Sukhoi Su -24 with the newest jamming complex paralyzed in the Black Sea the most modern American combat management system “Aegis” installed on the destroyer “USS Donald Cook”. Pavel Zolotarev, Deputy Director, Institute of USA and Canada, shares details about this version which is being actively discussed in the Russian media and by bloggers.
US destroyer “Donald Cook” with cruise missiles “Tomahawk” entered the neutral waters of the Black Sea on April 10. The purpose was a demonstration of force and intimidation in connection with the position of Russia in Ukraine and Crimea. The appearance of American warships in these waters is in contradiction of the Montreux Convention about the nature and duration of stay in the Black Sea by the military ships of countries not washed by this sea.
In response, Russia sent an unarmed bomber Su- 24 to fly around the U.S. destroyer. However, experts say that this plane was equipped with the latest Russian electronic warfare complex. According to this version, “Aegis” spotted from afar the approaching aircraft, and sounded alarm. Everything went normally, American radars calculated the speed of the approaching target. And suddenly all the screens went blank. “Aegis” was not working any more, and the rockets could not get target information. Meanwhile, Su-24 flew over the deck of the destroyer, did battle turn and simulated missile attack on the target. Then it turned and repeated the maneuver. And did so 12 times.
Apparently, all efforts to revive the “Aegis” and provide target information for the defence failed. Russia’s reaction to military pressure from the United States was profoundly calm, feels the Russian political scientist Pavel Zolotarev:
The demonstration was original enough. A bomber without any weapons, but having onboard equipment for jamming enemy radar, worked against a destroyer equipped with “Aegis”, the most modern system of air and missile defence. But this system of mobile location, in this case the ship, has a significant drawback. That is, the target tracking capabilities. They work well when there is a number of these ships which can coordinate with each other somehow. In this case there was just one destroyer. And, apparently, the algorithm of the radar in the “Aegis” system on the destroyer did not load under the influence of jamming by the Su-24. It was therefore not only a nervous reaction to the fact of flying around by the Russin bomber which was common practice during the Cold War. The reaction of the Americans was due to the fact that most modern system, especially its informative or radar part, did not work adequately. Therefore, there was such a nervous reaction to the whole episode.
After the incident, the foreign media reported that “Donald Cook” was rushed into a port in Romania. There all the 27 members of the crew filed a letter of resignation. It seems that all 27 people have written that they are not going to risk their lives. This is indirectly confirmed by the Pentagon statement according to which the action demoralized the crew of the American ship.
What are the possible consequences of the incident provoked by the U.S. in the Black Sea? Pavel Zolotarev forecasts:
I think that Americans are somehow going to reflect on improving the system “Aegis”. This is a purely military aspect. In political terms, there is hardly any likelihood of demonstrative steps by either side. That is enough. Meanwhile, for Americans it is a very unpleasant moment. In general, the missile defence system which they deploy involves huge expenditures. They have to prove each time that it is necessary to allocate funds from the budget. At the same time, the ground component of the ABM was tested in ideal conditions and showed a low efficiency. This fact is concealed by the Pentagon. The most modern component, the sea-based system “Aegis” also showed its shortcomings in the present case.
The system with which the Russian Su-24 shocked the American destroyer “Donald Cook” has the code name “Khibiny”. This is the name of the mountain range on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle. “Khibiny” is the newest complex for radioelectronic jamming of the enemy. They will be installed on all the advanced Russian planes .
Recently the complex has undergone regular testing exercises on the ground in Buryatia. Apparently, the tests which were conducted under conditions as close to real as possible, were successful.

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^a lot of military technology was created, marketed, and sold, only to fuel the military complex system.

most equipment doesn't work as well as people have been lead to believe.

in a real all out war, where both sides have roughly equal technology, most ships and planes will be sunk/shot down with ease with very little chance of defense.

prime example of something just for show/morale booster is the Phalanx CIWS (and variants). That thing won't stop any incoming missiles, if it does, it's just pure luck.
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