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Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers

By 29 August 2014 2

It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept.  Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?

Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over budget, and hasn’t delivered a single product regardless of all we’ve paid), it makes me wonder just who is making the decisions for our nation’s defence, and what they’ve been smoking.

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Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers
neanderthalsis 2:39 pm
29 Aug 14
#1

Having previously carted 77sets, Ravens, batteries, aerials and a variety of other bloody heavy communications devices over all sorts of terrain, I would happily have shone a bit to lighten the load by a few kg. There may be a few issues with dense foliage and cloud cover though.

HenryBG 3:07 pm
29 Aug 14
#2

neanderthalsis said :

Having previously carted 77sets, Ravens, batteries, aerials and a variety of other bloody heavy communications devices over all sorts of terrain, I would happily have shone a bit to lighten the load by a few kg. There may be a few issues with dense foliage and cloud cover though.

Ever get a bit tired, forgotten you had the 10ft rigid aerial attached, and run under a low branch?

Incidentally, seeing as you mentioned the F-35, a quick recap is in order before I give you the update:
Everybody is aware that the F-35 is slow, single-engined, has poor aerobatic abilities and has not much range. It cannot carry much payload. It is almost non-functional due to the number of systems and components that have had to be removed to make its very poorly-aerodynamic shape fly and will therefore suck up vast amounts of money in maintenance time.
But everything is alright, because it is *stealthy*.

Read on:
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/the-f-35-vs-the-vhf-threat/

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