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    Unless they've got a pouch on the left side, it...

    Unless they've got a pouch on the left side, it looks like you're correct. Those AKs are older Chinese production, I believe.
  2. Glad to see you have returned and that the blog...

    Glad to see you have returned and that the blog has been updated with new articles.
  3. Mr Barlow hasn't updated the blog for some time. ...

    Mr Barlow hasn't updated the blog for some time. It is a worthwhile read, though.

    I wouldn't expect any updates for some time, as I understand he is quite busy with STTEP in Nigeria at the...
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    Saw this...

    Saw this last year:
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    I'm not aware of the specifics of what they're...

    I'm not aware of the specifics of what they're sending, but is it possible that there are still East German AK variants in storage?
  6. Thread: Platoon Weapons

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    I sense the spirit of John Moses Browning...

    I sense the spirit of John Moses Browning spinning in his grave every time I read that sentence.

    I see merit in having light machine guns and precision rifles in a common calibre, but only in the...
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    That picture is precisely what I had in mind. ...

    That picture is precisely what I had in mind.

    I would imagine that achieving a low weight whilst also being sufficiently durable and cheap would be somewhat difficult, although I acknowledge that...
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    Question #1: Do the bikes necessarily need to be...

    Question #1: Do the bikes necessarily need to be ridden, or is it enough to strap a load to them and walk alongside? I'm thinking of PAVN troops on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, not so much mounted Swiss...
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    I don't think that this will ever happen. I...

    I don't think that this will ever happen. I can't see a way for Russia to save any semblance of face after more than a week of obvious lies.
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    Bizarre. So an AA regiment presumably...

    Bizarre.

    So an AA regiment presumably including at least one battalion-sized Buk unit, with multiple surveillance and fire control radars, having full knowledge of civillian traffic, attempted to...
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    I haven't found anything about why some have red...

    I haven't found anything about why some have red noses. Unlikely to be a training variant because most launchers I see with red tips have more than one. Different guidance system is my best guess. ...
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    There might have been an imperfect use of...

    There might have been an imperfect use of language. Remember MH370 and the confusion generated when there was an informal exchange between the pilot and the ATC?

    Considering (as I understand) the...
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    Those two links are very informative. I wonder...

    Those two links are very informative. I wonder what form of resupply they were using, in terms of fuel and missiles, given that something very Buk-like shot down that An26 on July 14. Noting that...
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    To be fair, most of the western media aviation...

    To be fair, most of the western media aviation experts are at least equally as ridiculous.

    If this spy plane wasn't Ukraine's (why shoot your own), and it wasn't Russia's (because it's impossible...
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    The benefit of hindsight. Even without silly...

    The benefit of hindsight.

    Even without silly self-incriminating comments by over-excited rebel troops, there would probably be enough evidence pointing at them.

    An-26 at the very extreme edge...
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    Good report to watch. I think the line between...

    Good report to watch. I think the line between recovering bodies and recovering incriminating evidence is quite blurry here. I'd really like to think that there was a body that the gentlemen with...
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    Very. One might wonder who they thought they...

    Very. One might wonder who they thought they were fooling.
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    I don't know that I'm brave enough to say that...

    I don't know that I'm brave enough to say that the fire control radar is necessarily shorter-ranged, but it certainly sees only a much smaller patch of sky. Imagine that the surveillance radar it...
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    That is a good question. My suspicion that a...

    That is a good question. My suspicion that a Frogfoot was nearby is based entirely on the Russian narrative - why claim a Frogfoot is present if you could say it was a Flanker? Only logical answer...
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    Not so far as I am aware. They're responsible...

    Not so far as I am aware. They're responsible for not closing down the contested airspace when they lost a Buk system. This alone should carry some significant form of consternation.

    What is...
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    True about a very short period of time elapsing...

    True about a very short period of time elapsing between tracking and launching, but there's the issue of searching for a target. It takes four seconds for a sweep of an area covering a six degree by...
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    Perhaps you're right, perhaps a hard response is...

    Perhaps you're right, perhaps a hard response is unlikely. I just have a hard time believing that Russia would do nothing about a TELAR going live not very far from the border. Especially given the...
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    I'm going to go with what the bulk of the...

    I'm going to go with what the bulk of the evidence suggests at this time. I don't agree with every single one of Kaur's points, and I think they're oversimplified, but thus far everything is...
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    Perhaps it would be worth revisiting Kaur's post...

    Perhaps it would be worth revisiting Kaur's post from yesterday.

    Moral culpability is ultimately without consequence at this level. It still exists, though. I will be interested to see whether...
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    Technically, no, I don't believe that closing the...

    Technically, no, I don't believe that closing the airway segments on the Russian side would legally close the segments on the Ukrainian side. In practice, I would assume that those airway route...
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