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Australia is to get the AGM-158c missile. It's basically an upgrade to the Harpoon anti-ship missiles they have had since the 1980's. From the media headlines this morning, "Australia to get new Long Range Missiles! - China, China China!" I thought we had just signed up for nuclear armed Trident ballistic missiles or something. Instead it's a good upgrade to an existing capability. Welcome, but hardly earth shattering news.

In fact thinking about it, we should have ordered Tomahawk cruise missiles years ago. They can be set for land attack and have a very good range, 1000 miles and more. That would have been worthy of making the news.

Some sort of ballistic missile defence is also being mentioned in the news (SM6?), that would be worthwhile doing.
 

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Presumably SM6 for the Hobarts.

TLAM is a bit dubious because, while ground-hugging, a jet propelled, waypoint guided, sub-sonic missile isn't the threat it was 30 years ago unless you're, like the US does a lot, bombing unguarded dirt huts. A bit like why conventional TASM is long gone.
 

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Good to see the first of the new Corvettes or OPV's taking shape.



Shows just how big the dry dock is at Garden Island. Of course it was built to look after aircraft carriers and battleships in WW2. Walking around the bottom with a ship above you is a bit of an experience.

















One of the F-35 sims. It looks like something Darth Vader would walk out of.



 

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Parramatta and Hobart (apologies if previously posted):
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Blast from the past. 842 was an S-2E that survived the hangar fire at Nowra in Dec 76 - one of just three survivors. She saw further service embarked in Melbourne after the fire:
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RN ring-in. Queen Elizabeth standing off Gibraltar:
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Arunta, Canberra and Stuart, with JS Teruzuki (Akizuki Class DDG):
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USS Mustin and Arunta:
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Teruzuki, Hobart and the two fat ships:
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E-7A Wedgetail, a Growler and 3 x F/A18As over the task group:
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If one tanker fuels another tanker and then that tanker fills the first tanker, can you create a perpetual motion machine?
 

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** An interesting question. You should check out the Black Buck missions from the Falklands War in 1982. I actually thought the V Bombers of the cold war era had better ranges, but apparently not if you look at how many aircraft it took to put one bomber over the Port Stanley airstrip. That said that one plane, using old unguided iron bombs was able to land one on the airstrip and prevent Argentinian jets from using it for the Falklands war. Mission accomplished, and it let the dictatorship government in Argentina know they could hit the capital as well..Even without using the British submarine launched nukes.
 

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But they could launch a conventional tomahawk missile with a 1,000 mile + range from a submarine and hit the airstrip with 100% accuracy.
 
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