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More EU Follies

MoD announces air-to-ground upgrade for Eurofighter

This made me giggle a bit:

This enhancement will certainly make the Eurofighter more useful, but it’s questionable if anything can make it cost-effective. As a comparison, the UK plans to buy US-made F-35 Lightning II strike planes as well. These planes aren’t as manoeuvrable as a Eurofighter, but they can carry AMRAAMs perfectly well. In many ways they’re much better than the European super-jet: they’ll have stealth, for instance, and probably vertical-landing jump-jet capability too.

The price of a Lightning II? Currently estimated below £55m per plane, less than half the likely price of a Eurofighter. Against competition like this, it’ll take more than an upgrade to make the Typhoon look like a good deal.

I question that “aren’t as manoeuvrable as a Eurofighter” line–because the F-35 line does–not “probably,” include a VL model, but between the three F-35 iterations, my wallet says any Lightning II can blow any Eurofighter pilot out of the sky before the guy even realizes he’s in a fight.

TC watches way too much WarPorn TV to take the EU seriously in anything military… especially their toys.

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Another Bullet in the Old Gray Lady’s Ass

EU Declares War Against Jihad…

the word, that is (and a couple of others):

The European Union has drawn up guidelines advising government spokesmen to refrain from linking Islam and terrorism in their statements.

Brussels officials have confirmed the existence of a classified handbook which offers “non-offensive” phrases to use when announcing anti-terrorist operations or dealing with terrorist attacks.

Banned terms are said to include “jihad”, “Islamic” or “fundamentalist”.

Don’t confuse terrorism with Islam, says EU

Why not just bend over and accept your dhimmitude already, you useless bag of Brussells-based, politically correct, chickenshit bastards! Tear up that EU Constitution (that you haven’t been able to actually get passed anyway), replace it with Shar’ia Law, and stop acting like you haven’t already been entirely cowed into submission by the likes of those “youths” who run riot in Paris whenever the urge strikes them. Between the toothless Brit reaction to Iran’s act of aggression–an act against one of your own member states, which means against ALL of you–it’s clear there isn’t a set of brass balls to be found among any of you EU tools.

Except–unbelievably–maybe, finally! the Frogs themselves.

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