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  • AtW
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    Originally posted by OwlHoot View Post
    I think passive IR night vision gear needs regular liquid nitrogen refills, presumably in special modules.
    I don't think so (for goggles), we are not talking about Javelin missiles here that do indeed require cooling down of IR matrix before firing it.

    That kit that was left was certainly lower grade than in current elite units use, but having mass night vision capability is going to be a big problem regardless, plus there will be plenty of night vision scopes left behind also.

    Radios left behind are also probably not particularly good - unlikely US would have trusted proper NATO kit with frequency hopping and good encryption since Taleban lacked kit to do heavy interception anyway.
    Last edited by AtW; 1 September 2021, 15:19.

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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by AtW View Post
    Won’t be a problem to maintain 16k night vision goggles (batteries not included, but oh well).

    That alone will change calculus for night SoF operations
    I think passive IR night vision gear needs regular liquid nitrogen refills, presumably in special modules.

    And they'd have to be bonkers to risk using illuminated IR, as anyone else using night vision would be able to pinpoint them as surely as if they were waving a torch around shouting "Yoo hoo - Here I am!"

    Western radios (lots of them) also likely to be far better than what Taliban used
    Wouldn't military radios these days rely on time-limited encryption modules and keys? Maybe not British radios, as we're probably still using valve models from the Boer war, but the Yanks would have the latest kit.

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  • AtW
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    Won’t be a problem to maintain 16k night vision goggles (batteries not included, but oh well).

    That alone will change calculus for night SoF operations - they will become a lot more dangerous, especially without good air-support.

    Taliban might also switch to Western rifles - more accurate than old AKs

    Western radios (lots of them) also likely to be far better than what Taliban used

    Taliban now needs modern anti-aircraft weapons to stop any violations of their airspace - Iran (and likely Russia) will gladly assist

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  • Paralytic
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    Originally posted by d000hg View Post
    Army equipment is designed to be rugged and easy to maintain, and presumably the US also left loads of manuals and things behind.
    They just need to Google "Embraer EMB 314/A29 Super Tucano User Manual". They might get a few sponsored sites that try to charge them a few quid for the manual, but scrolling down will get them to the sits with the free downloads.

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  • d000hg
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    Army equipment is designed to be rugged and easy to maintain, and presumably the US also left loads of manuals and things behind.

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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by lorakeen View Post

    most of them are made in China, and China's very cozy with the Taliban. I think they'll manage
    And samples of the few not made in China will soon be in Chinese labs, being analyzed for weak points or good ideas to pinch!

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  • lorakeen
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    Originally posted by OwlHoot View Post

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    most of them are made in China, and China's very cozy with the Taliban. I think they'll manage

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  • vetran
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    Originally posted by OwlHoot View Post

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  • OwlHoot
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    Originally posted by BigDataPro View Post
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  • BigDataPro
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  • vetran
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    Originally posted by AtW View Post
    Why would not they release names of those "senior operatives", as they are supposedly dead now anyway? It's not like it's now secret that they were known to US

    Only sensible explanation is that they are not senior, maybe not even operatives.

    Oh God I hope I can afford my tin foil hat1
    FTFY

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  • AtW
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    Why would not they release names of those "senior operatives", as they are supposedly dead now anyway? It's not like it's now secret that they were known to US

    Only sensible explanation is that they are not senior, maybe not even operatives.

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  • vetran
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    as predicted.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...g-tuk-tuk.html

    'Vaporised' on a tuk-tuk: Two ISIS-K Kabul bomb plotters were killed by US drone strike while riding on the back of a three-wheeled motorbike in northern Afghanistan
    • Two senior ISIS-K operatives who plotted the Kabul airport carnage were killed in an American drone strike
    • Pair were riding a tuk-tuk and died immediately and an associate was injured
    • Defence chiefs at Pentagon refused to release the names of the dead terrorists

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  • OwlHoot
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    Turns out one of Pen Farthing's stray animals was on a watch list!

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  • AtW
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    Sudden withdrawal is a check on Biden’s mental abilities

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