October 26, 2014

Iranian equipment and advisers in Iraq during fighting near Jurf Al Sakhr

At least 2 Iranian HM27s were also provided to Iraqi forces fighting in Jurf Al Sakhr

New video of Iranian Qaher rocket in action AlYaseri media on the same battle field

Video of Hadi Al Amiri ( Badr's SG) on Jurf_Al_Sakhr's front line

Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is back near Jurf Al Sakhr along with Hadi Al Amiri ( Badr's SG)

Iraqi army operations near Baiji

Video of  IS suicide vehicles launched against Iraqi army trying to push toward Baiji

Suicide vehicles caught on camera

Iraq MOD video

Australia selects EC-135 for Army, Navy helicopter training system


23 October 2014

A modern helicopter training system for Navy and Army personnel has been approved by the Australian Government, Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced today.Senator Johnston said the new training system would better prepare Navy and Army aircrew to transition to the ADF’s current combat helicopter fleet, as well as the advanced helicopters entering service this decade.The Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) will be based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, NSW. The preferred partner for HATS, Boeing Defence Australia, has proposed a training system that will include purpose designed syllabi based on 15 Airbus Helicopter EC-135 twin-engine ‘glass cockpit’ training helicopters; three full-motion Thales EC 135 Flight Simulators and addition of a flight deck to Navy’s new sea-going training vessel. Final contract negotiations with Boeing will conclude directly.

“This will deliver a fully integrated modern training environment with both in-flight and virtual environments on contemporary twin-engine helicopters and flight simulators.“These will prepare both Navy and Army for the new generation of advanced combat helicopters such as the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, MRH-90 Taipan, MH 60R Seahawk Romeo and our new CH-47F Chinook Foxtrots.”Senator Johnston said the joint service approach would benefit the ADF because of the reduced training burden on operational aircraft and enhanced Navy and Army operations from the new amphibious ships.“Defence will also achieve a significant efficiency now that all Army and Navy aircrew will do their initial helicopter training in the one location.

“Being based at Albatross will also bring the advantage of aircrew being able to train in realistic conditions at sea including ship deck-landing and search and rescue skills.”

Senator Johnston said there were significant opportunities for the Australian defence industry, with the local component valued at more than 65 per cent of the acquisition and support contracts of the training system.The approval allocates over $700 million to acquire the new training system which includes around $200 million in new and refurbished facilities at Albatross.He said he expected that in excess of 380 short term and more than 80 long term jobs will be created because of the project in the Shoalhaven area.Initial Operating Capability for HATS is late 2018 but the systems will begin to receive students before then, with a mature training capacity of up to 130 students a year covering pilots, aviation warfare officers, aircrewmen, sensor operators and qualified aircrew returning for instructor training.

Two Lebanon soldiers killed in Mhammara clashes

Lebanon Army has said that 2 Islamic State fighters have been killed in Tripoli Lebanon during ongoing clashes with the Lebanese Army since yesterday

October 25, 2014

India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over US Javelin for $525 million

Spike hitting a window at 20 KM

Spike as anti-Tank missile

India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival US offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win.

India will buy at least 8,000 Spike missiles and more than 300 launchers in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million), the source said after a meeting of India's Defence Acquisition Council.Spike is a man-portable 'fire and forget' anti-tank missile that locks on to targets before shooting. It is produced by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.It beat out the rival US Javelin weapons system, built by Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co, that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had pitched during Modi's visit to Washington at the end of September.Senior US officials had said they were still discussing the Javelin order as part of a broader push to deepen defence industry ties with India by increasing the share of production done in the country.

Analysts estimate that India, the world's largest arms buyer, will invest as much as $250 billion in upgrading its Soviet-era military hardware and close the gap on strategic rival China, which spends three times as much a year on defence.

German NH90 helicopters cannot support a Nato deployment till 2016

Die Welt reported on Friday that a medical evacuation flight from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan in June had to make an emergency landing in the Uzbek city of Termes after an engine exploded just four minutes into the journey.The crew were only able to land the stricken machine by the skin of their teeth as many of the aircraft's electronic systems immediately failed.Engineers later found that a drive shaft in the engine was bent. The helicopter is still in Uzbekistan awaiting repairs, as it could not be moved to Afghanistan to be flown back to Germany by plane with the rest of the fleet.

In a report to the Defence Ministry seen by Die Welt, experts from the P3 engineering company said that a “temporary total flight ban” might be needed for the Bundeswehr's 35-strong fleet.
They found that there were problems with several machines, especially those whose engines had been started several times in one day.So far the Defence Ministry has not grounded the helicopters, but told Die Welt that checks had been ordered on all of their engines.Welt reported that special instructions have been issued to pilots on how long they should allow their engines to cool off before starting them again.

Convoy from Tibet military depot department near Mai Pai Lung bridge October 22, 2014

Enroute from Sichuan to Tibet

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Fighting in Benghazi, Libya

Fighting between Ansar al-Sharia and Libyan Army in Benghazi