- Finnish Defence Forces have started researching [Uutiset] how to replace an aging Hornet fighter fleet, for an estimated €6B. Greater air defense cooperation with Sweden could give the JAS-39E/F Gripen a “second time lucky” edge; the original JAS-39A/B Gripen lost to Boeing’s F/A-18C/D Hornet.
- Sweden has been investigating for several days sightings of “foreign underwater activity” which is a euphemism for “Russian submarine”. The Russians said maybe the Dutch confused Swedish surveillance, which the Dutch of course deny. BBC | FT.
- This reminder that we’re running our yearly readership survey is not so stealthy, but we’re blaming the Estonians for putting it there anyway. Thanks for your time and input.
- NATO would like [Navy Times] to see more US ships in the European theater, as Russia becomes more aggressive and active in the region. The USA would like to see Europe spend more and take its own defense seriously, as Russia becomes more aggressive and active in the region. That’s a tall order, when the French government can’t figure out the math [Le Monde, in French] to back up supposed savings necessary to stop its healthcare system from bleeding billions of euros every year.
- The modern Royal Navy as seen by the Daily Mirror: 22 surface combatants and assault ships, 33 admirals. You can’t fire admirals at the enemy. Well, you can, but the kinetics are really poor.
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