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  1. $10,000 likely is not enough to fix her problem, maybe $20,000 immediately and monthly installments of $5000 after?
  2. All of mine were more than slight nudges, although not high speed by any measure. At a minimum I would have had to replace the bumper and likely more if I had not had the frame mounted tow bar installed.
  3. Concur with all. I have had several cars rearend crash into the back of mid and full size pickups in the USA. Little to zero damage to my truck but several thousand dollars worth of damage to all cars involved (three).
  4. That is always the vulnerability of a diesel electric submarine (having to be near the surface to recharge batteries on a regular basis). I prefer the US nuclear fast attack submarines, we make our own oxygen, and fresh drinking water, the only limitation to how long we can stay submerged is the amount of food we can pack onboard, and how often we are tasked to copy the broadcast.
  5. I am lurking on BE, living in Lahansai now. Short answer is yes, they are extremely difficult to detect if operated proficiently. If you are on a surface ship trying to kill one of these guys make sure your will is in order and you know where your lifeboat station is.
  6. What would be the point? If they cannot mix a two part drink correctly I seriously doubt that talking to the "management" would have fixed anything and it was much easier to shift over to a drink that is much more difficult to screw up, which was a beer.
  7. Never said or implied that "all drinking " establishments in Thailand couldn't make a gin and tonic but was merely relating what occurred in one fairly upscale establishment. I thought making an acceptable gin and tonic would have been something that any bartender could accomplish as long as they had the ingredients (which they did). I was incorrect.
  8. How many Chinese or Russian submarines have you ever detected and tracked? If the number is more than zero, or you have something more than a Wikipedia article to go with maybe you would have a point. Song and Yuan class diesels are quiet (the Song is more likely to be acoustically similar to the Thailand export version) but it will still be a very challenging ASW target. I have 24 years experience as a US Navy Submarine Acoustic Intelligence Specialist (google "ACINT NEC ST0416"), I kind of know this topic well.
  9. Which are based completely on MTU Diesels originally supplied for the Song Class SSK. Whoever makes them they have the exact acoustic characteristics as the original MTU engines on which they are based. Including quietness of the diesel signature.
  10. Possible, but the shallow Gulf of Thailand (average depth 80 m) is an excellent place to sink if you have to sink. You could swim out and the water is warm.
  11. Yes it will not have AIP, which allows it to stay submerged for extended periods of time without running it's very quiet German manufactured MTU Diesel engines. AIP (air independent propulsion) does make the platform more stealthy (do not have to be shallow charging batteries for long periods of time, but as I mentioned previously these platforms are hard to detect even when they are charging batteries running the Diesel engines. Submerged on the battery they are formidable anti-surface ship platforms, especially in a congested shallow water littoral area such as the Gulf of Thailand. Still questionable if Thailand needs submarines, but this choice is a good one.
  12. I cannot understand the Thai in the video, but here is a translation "the car was driving recklessly and slammed into the bridge support at high speed" Was I close?
  13. It is obvious from your post that you have zero knowledge of the acoustic signature of a Yuan class SSK. They can be very quiet and extremely difficult to detect (let alone track) and are among the quietest diesel submarines on the planet when operating on the battery or AIP, and not much noisier when running their diesels (thank you Germany for the MTU diesel technology).
  14. Even if they were not "new" the oldest Yuan class was commissioned in 2006 making the oldest one only 11 years old. Although the price is a lot of money that could be used (maybe) productivity elsewhere it really isn't that bad of a deal for a frontline, state of the art, quiet, diesel submarine. A German Type 209 (series) might have been a better choice, technology wise, but they have had issues operating in very warm water (i.e. Gulf of Thailand).