October 22, 2014

Falcon 50 plane crash site

The CEO of France’s oil and gas giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was among four people killed in a business jet crash at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow after the aircraft hit a snowplow on take-off.

Total’s chairman and CEO was the only passenger in the Falcon 50 business jet besides three crewmembers who were also French citizens.During the taxiing before take-off, at around 0:10 am Moscow time on Tuesday, the light aircraft hit a snow-clearing machine, the head of Vnukovo’s press service, Elena Krylova, told the media.

Lebanese defense minister in Tehran to discuss Iranian military aid, cooperation

Photos - Tasnim News Agency

Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan shakes hands with LAF delegation, while Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (background, far right) looks on.

Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, to his left a brigadier general and colonel of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF)

Lebanon's defense minister on Saturday started a three-day visit to Tehran for talks expected to culminate in him securing military equipment to bolster Beirut's fight against jihadists.
Samir Moqbel's visit comes two weeks after Iran vowed to supply Lebanon's army with much-needed equipment following its deadly clashes with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front, on the Syrian border in August.
Moqbel will meet his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan to discuss how to improve military cooperation and combat regional security challenges, Fars news agency reported
Meetings with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, parliament speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme National Security Council Secretary [Rear Admiral] Ali Shamkhani are also scheduled, according to Fars.
Iran's offer of military support -- made when Shamkhani visited Beirut last month -- followed aid packages for Lebanon's army from Tehran's regional rival Riyadh as well as from Washington.

- DShK type heavy machine guns with 12.7×108mm ammunition
- BGM-71 TOW type ATGMs
- Night-vision optics
- 60 mm and 120 mm mortars, ammunition
- T-55 and T-62 tank main armament ammunition
- 155 mm howitzer type ammunition

Ukraine War - Donbass Arena has again been heavily damaged by shelling

Photo FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH twitter and shakhtar.com

Girl almost crushed by debris from above photo during attack at Donbass,Ukraine

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Donbass Arena suffered blast damage from shelling despite a ceasefire agreed between the Ukraine government and Russian-backed separatists.Photographs posted on Twitter showed damage to the glass facade of the stadium in eastern Ukraine’s separatist stronghold.A part of the facade glass crashed, a large area of it with critical damage. The inner facilities also were hit.

A statement on Shakhtar's official website read: "Donbass Arena was seriously damaged in the course of the ongoing, continuous shelling of Donetsk.

"The western part of the stadium, facing Chelyuskintsiv Street, took the brunt of the attack. As a result, metal structures of the building were deformed and destroyed, window panes broken, communications damaged.

"The fact that the attack at the Donbass Arena, as, indeed, at the entire city, was made during the so-called truce, gives the incident a particularly cynical colouring.

"In connection with the incident, as well as the fact that the tension in the region does not ease off, being increasingly built up daily instead, FC Shakhtar voices the strong protest to all parties to the conflict. Destroying cities and towns and killing civilians is a terrible crime, for which all those responsible will be inevitably punished.

"FC Shakhtar calls upon everyone to observe a truce in reality. We require all parties to the confrontation to abandon escalating it and begin peace talks. Stop destroying our city! People and history will not forgive you."


Hawk Attacks Quadcopter

At Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, MA

U.S. accidentally delivered weapons to the Islamic State by airdrop

The Islamic State has released a new video in which it brags that it recovered weapons and supplies that the U.S. military intended to deliver to Kurdish fighters, who are locked in a fight with the militants over control of the Syrian border town of Kobane.The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist social media accounts, drew attention to the video Tuesday. At one point, it appears to show a masked militant raking his hands through a crate filled with hand grenades.

A U.S. Central Command spokesman said he was looking into the reports. In a news release Monday, U.S. military officials acknowledged launching one airstrike near Kobane that they said destroyed “a U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies” to prevent “these supplies from falling into enemy hands.” “All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered,” the CENTCOM news release said, without specifying what was in the shipment. On Tuesday, the U.S. military announced another four airstrikes near Kobane, saying it hit Islamic State fighting positions, a building occupied by the militants, and “a large ISIL unit,” using one of the acronyms for the group. The U.S. has launched dozens of airstrikes around Kobane in the last week, as the militants besiege the town.

The incident highlights the difficulty in making sure all airdrops are accurate, even with GPS-guided parachutes that the Air Force commonly uses. Airdrops of food and water to religious minorities trapped on mountain cliffs in northern Iraq in August hit the mark about 80 percent of the time, Pentagon officials said at the time.

Austal lays final Cape Class keel

Photo - Austal

Austal Limited has recently celebrated another milestone with the keel laying for the eighth and final Cape Class Patrol Boat at Austal’s Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia.The vessel, Cape York, named after the northernmost point on the Australian continent, is the last of eight vessels being designed, constructed and sustained by Austal for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a contract valued at approximately $330 million awarded in August 2011.

The first three Cape Class Patrol Boats, Cape St George, Cape Byron and Cape Nelson have already been successfully delivered to enter border protection operations.The fourth vessel, the Cape Sorell, is undergoing sea trials and will be delivered by the end of the year.All eight vessels of the current Cape Class production run are on track to be delivered by August 2015 in line with the original contract.In addition to its role as a defence prime contractor in Australia, Austal is also prime contractor for two major US defence projects - the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) - for the US Navy.

Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel meets Indonesian army chief

Army chief General Raheel Sharif met Chief of Staff of Indonesian Army General Gatot Nurmantyo during an official visit to Indonesia, according to ISPR. Matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting between both army chiefs which focused on regional security issues, the bilateral military relationship between Pakistan and Indonesia and measures to further expand the defence and security cooperation.

On arrival at the Indonesian Army Headquarters Gen Raheel was presented the Guard of Honour by a contingent of the Indonesian Army.Later, the army chief visited the Indonesia Peace and Security Center where he held a detailed interaction with participants on counter-terrorism, and highlighted achievements of Pakistan in the ongoing fight against terrorism.Gen Raheel is in Indonesia on a three-day official visit.

Inside the PLA navy Liaoning aircraft carrier

Photos - CCTV

Liaoning aircraft carrier engine room photos