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This is a discussion on Australian Army Discussions and Updates within the Army & Security Forces forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by Stryker001 I like the new Australian stance on Afghanistan, prove to us you are going to win ...


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Old March 21st, 2008   #946
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I like the new Australian stance on Afghanistan, prove to us you are going to win or no more troops. Which really means a reduction at some stage similar to Iraq. Starting to sound like the local tribes always switching sides if they think the other side will win.
Do you actually believe the twaddle you've just spouted or are you trolling for a response?

Your response is deeply offensive and utterly stupid.

The same "threats" have been made by Canada and Holland and reflect the immense frustration Australia has with what is supposed to be a NATO-led force in the 'ghan in particular. Seems like some parts of NATO actually believe in the concept and others just posture when it suits their home political needs. The image of a lack of leadership and cohesion this gives to arses like Al Queida and the Taliban is what leads to a continuation in hostilities.

IF you knew more about Aussie politics then you would know this has more to do with actually getting clear direction from NATO etc as to what the strategy is. Aussies are never too fond of being left on the sidelines and not being told anything.
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Control your province; rebuild the infrastructure and Government services, so you can leave or have minimal troop numbers on the ground, or move to another province. I know enough about politics to know that any angle that leads to disengagement is an option.



So the solution to the NATO problem is to threaten to limit troop numbers. You wait it will back to painting rocks.



I'm not casting aspersion in regards to the boots on the ground.
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Control your province; rebuild the infrastructure and Government services, so you can leave or have minimal troop numbers on the ground, or move to another province. I know enough about politics to know that any angle that leads to disengagement is an option.



So the solution to the NATO problem is to threaten to limit troop numbers. You wait it will back to painting rocks.



I'm not casting aspersion in regards to the boots on the ground.
I'd go and look see what they have done in Iraq. To be blunt they are a wasted asset where they currently are.

They need to be out of Iraq to be used in Afghanistan.

Your second sentence is as dumb as your initial remarks and by the way, the new Defence Minister that made the remarks is a dumb mutha little regarded by most here.

He has the typical political tendency to shoot his mouth off before extracting his foot from his mouth.
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have the australian steyrs been upgraded to a 'modualr' weapons system across all forces? or is it just in selective units at this stage?
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What the f#*k any of these comments now have to do with the Australian Army I have no idea..............get a grip on reality people and stop this national flogging/name-calling, we all know we cannot trust any politician, and mistakes have been made galore whether in Iraq OR Afghanistan. Nobody is "clean" on this matter and the on-going problems we are all going to have is going to be varied and difficult to resolve successfully.

I'd suggest this thread be closed for a while if matters don't cool down..............and please stick to the Australian Army!
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have the australian steyrs been upgraded to a 'modualr' weapons system across all forces? or is it just in selective units at this stage?
They have been modified across ADF. Australian Steyrs are now of the F-88A1 standard and can be fitted with a range of "add ons" including Night Aiming Devices (NAD's...) M203 PI Grenade Launchers and the "F-88A1 S" variants have Picatinny rail systems fitted which allow the carriage of different sighting systems including night vision scopes, thermal imaging scopes and more capable optical scopes (wildcat scopes etc).

A program to upgrade them further is just around the corner to. I expect they will be known as the A3 or A4 version by then...

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Pic of a F88 rifle w/ m203, elcan sight, flashlight and night fighting equipment. Unless there's a change in standard infantry calibre, I don't see anything dramatic happening.

http://www.defence.gov.au/opcatalyst...638_094_lo.jpg
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Pic of a F88 rifle w/ m203, elcan sight, flashlight and night fighting equipment. Unless there's a change in standard infantry calibre, I don't see anything dramatic happening.

http://www.defence.gov.au/opcatalyst...638_094_lo.jpg

every single weapon should be exactly that. (standard issue)
(as per photo)
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With a M203 for every trooper?
A little bit too many 40mms for me.
One has to remember that with such an outift every trooper has to carry a full load of 40mm rounds.
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jezza...if the bloke in the photo was a number 2 gunner, he would be carrying a spare barrel and 4-600 rounds for the gunner, as well as all his own kit,300 rds for his styer..where would you suggest he carry his 40mm rounds (16) as well as his claymores or 66, or stinger? the rifle is now modular, so can be modified for specific roles in the section. not nessasary for every one to have 40mm as well as torch....in the dark green (jungle0 the last thing i want strapped to my rifle is a torch! and unless i can get canister rounds, i dont want the 40mm either! its flexible as it is, and has come a long way from the the origonal F88,s we got. i suspect with the new Govt, we will be stuck with what we have for a very very long time to come. i joined in 1985, and we were still useing vietnam hand me downs...rations included! hawke govt.
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i joined in 1985, and we were still useing vietnam hand me downs...rations included! hawke govt.
Isn't it like that everywhere? I remember having to sort out all pre-June-1964 tents from my platoon's stocks in the Bundeswehr one sunny day in 1999.
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An M203 with a KAC Quadrant sight and a red dot sight makes the gun really front heavy, somthing not that good if you need to run fast, besides usually the members of the squad without the M203 carry a LAW-66...
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A British Study in the 50s suggested a 6.4 or so mm round, MAybe the West could adopt around in 6.8mm size BUT with less power like the 7.62mm Soviet for the AK-47 and RPK vs. The 7.62 Mosin Nagant round for the Dragunov and RPD.

is the 7.62 in the PKM the same as the Mosin Nagant Round?

For the Steyr, on paper it looks pretty good (I haven't fired it), and it's bullpup so that helps with the weight.
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