Started by AeroplaneDriver, February 09, 2022, 09:10:37 PM
Quote from: Sport21ing on February 10, 2022, 03:15:56 AMIn a what-if that Ireland joined WWII, imagining:- P-51D Mustangs, P-47D Thunderbolts, B-26 Marauders, Short Sunderlands, HP Halifax- M4 Shermans,, M5 Stuarts
Quote from: kerick on February 09, 2022, 10:47:02 PMDoes the Irish Armed Forces even have armor?
Quote from: AeroplaneDriver on February 09, 2022, 09:10:37 PMThe long anticipated report on the revamping of the Irish Armed Forces is out. And it calls for a dramatic increase in spending and forces, including three new ships, long range air transport and 12-24 fighters to patrol Irish airspace. The Irish Air Corps will also be rebranded as the Irish Air Force it seems. So whiffery potential here...?IAF Voyagers? 757s or 767s from the used market? A few IL-76s from Ukraine as they reequip with western gear?IAF Typhoons? Where are those RAF Tranche 1 machines going when they retire in the near future? Second hand F-16s as European air forces get their F-35s? Second hand Mirage 2000s? Rafale? Grippen? Second hand F-18Cs? I fear that my Irish Hawk 200 will be out of contention by this point. Max Decal need to start producing decals for us whiffers!
QuoteOh are you from Wales ?? Do you know a fella named Jonah ?? He used to live in whales for a while.
Quote from: Rheged on February 10, 2022, 08:34:42 AMEire doesn't have a huge population, so the availability of personnel to run any new kit will be a consideration. I'm assuming that the force improvements are for national self defence rather than offensive or foreign peace-keeping operations. A couple of dozen Typhoons with a commercial training/maintenance contract with the R A F are a possibility as are Merlins for ASW work and/or Wildcat Lynx. Three or four Atlas (A400m) sorts out the transport requirement, and it is an aircraft widely operated in European forces so maintenance should be no problem. Ideally, sharing a P8 Poseidon fleet (and possibly even bases) with the RAF makes sense for both parties. Three or four River class or Samuel Beckett patrol ships would be a quick and relatively cheap addition to maritime capability without needing a huge increase in sailors. In the longer term, Type 32 frigates built in Ireland might be an option. If the ground forces need armoured mobility they might consider buying a job lot of second hand Warrior APCs .
Quote from: zenrat on February 10, 2022, 03:06:43 AMMr Putin might like to offer the new IAF some cut price Sukhois. That would put the cat amongst the pigeons.
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