July 24, 2014

Drone watches sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia leaving Giglio island

India, U.S., Japan joint naval exercise in Pacific today

Rajput class destroyer INS Ranvijay (D55) and stealth frigate INS Shivalik(F47) diverted to Japan after completing INDRA War Games with Russia.

Photos: Wikipedia.
Stealth frigate INS Shivalik(F47)

Rajput class destroyer INS Ranvijay (D55)

Deepak-class INS Shakti (A57)

US navy
Arleigh Burke-class USS John S. McCain (DDG-56)

Ticonderoga-class USS Shiloh (CG-67)

Nimitz class USS George Washington (CVN-73)

Japanese Navy -
Shirane-class destroyers JS Kurama

Japanese Navy JS Ashigara

Navies of India, the US and Japan will kick off their trilateral Malabar naval exercises in the Pacific Ocean from Thursday.

The The July 24-30 naval wargames will begin with the harbour phase of drills in Sasebo city of Japan and then move to high seas in the Pacific Ocean for the sea going phase of the drills.

The exercises will include three Indian ships a frigate, a destroyer and a supply ship- INS Ranvijay, INS Shivalik and support tanker INS Shakti along with 700-800 personnel.Among the US ships taking part in the wargames is its latest aircraft carrier USS George Washington, destroyers USS Shiloh and John S McCain and nuclear submarine USS Columbus. Japan has also fielded its destroyers, JS Kurama and JS Ashigara, besides US-2i ShinMaywa amphibious aircraft.

US Army - Ironman 500 Round Ammunition Backpack

Watch only from the 4th minute onwards.

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Tibet Military Region air defense brigade drills in Gobi desert Fire -2014 SHANDAN

Japanese navy to get 2 more Aegis equipped Kongo-type destroyers

The government will start building two Aegis-equipped destroyers with the latest missile defense systems starting next fiscal year, in light of the progress seen in missile development by North Korea.The Defense Ministry will include related expenses in its budgetary requests, informed sources said. The government will start building one destroyer in the next fiscal year and the other in fiscal 2016, aiming at reinforcing the defense system by increasing Aegis-equipped vessels from the current six to eight in fiscal 2020, sources said.The government had unveiled its policy of introducing two more Aegis-equipped destroyers within 10 years in the National Defense Program Guidelines, adopted by the Cabinet late last year.Earlier this year, North Korea continually test-fired what were believed to be short- and mid-range missiles.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera recently said, “While the deployment of missiles in readiness for battle proceeds (in North Korea), the country is carrying out exercises to further improve the capability (of its missile system),” leading the government to conclude that the number of Aegis-equipped destroyers should be increased as soon as possible.It will cost about ¥150 billion and take five years to build one Aegis-equipped destroyer.Four of the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s six Aegis-equipped destroyers are Kongo-type destroyers equipped with the missile defense system.An Aegis-equipped destroyer carries an advanced detection and information processing system capable of striking multiple targets such as aircraft, missiles, destroyers and submarines. The government is also bringing forward reinforcement of the defense system because China has been strengthening its development and deployment of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles capable of attacking vessels.

Iraq Army's proactive operations to defeat Caliphate

Iran to Launch New Home-Made Destroyer Soon

The Iranian Navy plans to launch one of its advanced home-made destroyers, named Damavand, in the country's territorial waters in the near future, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Tuesday."Destroyer Damavand will join the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy in the near future," Sayyari told FNA.Elsewhere, he referred to the Iranian Navy's deployment in the international waters, and said, "Iran's 31st fleet of warships is sailing towards the region of its mission to replace the 30th fleet."
He said that the 31st fleet of warships consists of Bayandor destroyer and Bandar Abbas warship.In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

Tehran launched an arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes.Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country.
In June 2013, Iran launched its overhauled and modernized destroyer named Bayandor in the Southern waters of the country in the presence of Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi and Rear Admiral Sayyari.

Army officials said the Iranian Navy's power of safeguarding the country's territorial waters as well as maintaining security in regional and international waters will increase after the launch of Bayandor.Overhauling the main engines, heat exchangers and fuel and oil systems as well as optimizing the monitoring control systems are among the measures adopted before launching the destroyer.Navy experts have also mounted a fire control system for the destroyer's weapons, a 76-mm and a 40-mm canons and a surface-to-surface Nour (Light) missile system on the destroyer. 

SAAB RBS15 MK3 Anti Ship Missile

July 23, 2014

HMS Illustrious comes home to Portsmouth for the last time

Built during the Cold war to hunt Soviet Subs in the Atlantic, HMS Illustrious is set to be retired after 32 year of glorious service to the Royal Navy.

HMS Illustrious carried Harriers attack aircrafts and sub hunting Sea Kings on board.

Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels shoot down two fighter jets - no information about pilots

Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.
A spokesperson for Ukraine’s military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks ambushes by the Soviet army on occupying Nazis during World War Two.

He said he did not have any information about the pilots. Igor Strelkov, who is now in charge of the rebel ranks in the eastern city of Donetsk, said the separatists had brought down one plane and that the pilot had ejected. He gave no further details.Fierce fighting raged near the rebels’ two main centres in Donetsk and nearby Luhansk, where they have been pushed back by Ukrainian government forces, who have taken control of villages and suburbs around the cities.

Boeing Delivers Upgraded French AWACS Aircraft

Boeing press release.

Boeing on July 17 delivered on schedule the first of four upgraded French Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft. The upgraded aircraft will increase the fleet’s surveillance, communications and battle management capabilities.The Mid-Life Upgrade – the largest set of modifications to AWACS aircraft for France – will provide the crew with more actionable information and better situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness and efficiencies.“The focus, commitment and hard work among Boeing, Air France Industries and French and U.S. government teams were key in achieving this milestone on schedule,” said Steve Swanz, French AWACS program manager for Boeing.
Delivery followed ground and flight tests at Avord Air Force Base and qualification by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement.

“The French Mid-Life Upgrade program is a model for enhancing intelligence and surveillance capability within the armed forces. This program also demonstrates Boeing’s enduring commitment in providing the French Air Force with a superior air battle management capability,” said Yves Galland, president of Boeing France.Modifications to the other three French AWACS aircraft are scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2016.


Pakistan update

No electricity on the other side of Wagha Border in Pakistan.
Pakistan can afford increase in atomic weapons production but no electricity for its citizens.

Rains in Lahore - Ancient Indus valley civilizations of Mohenjodaro and Harappa 5000 years ago had better drainage systems.

Palestinians taking pleasure in seeing tripping Israeli soldiers

New Interceptor Crafts For The Malaysian Navy

The BM5 In Port Klang In June 2014

The Royal Malaysian Navy has recently announced that they have acquired new high speed interceptor boats that will operate out of the Bunga Mas 5 (BM5) that will act as the mother ship in her role to protect the Sabah east coast against potential threats.

The BM5 which will serve as a forward sea base equipped with high-speed interceptor boats, radar surveillance and helicopters. The three interceptor combat boats (CB90) will be used together with the rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that are currently being used by the navy’s elite sea commando unit (Paskal) and two new boats that were recently acquired by the navy – the Silver Brize and P38 craft.“The Bunga Mas 5 is the right choice to be placed in the area as it has a surveillance radar system and is equipped with helicopters to carry out night operations over long distances,” said navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

The P38 craft seems to have been purchased from UES Marine, a division of United Engineering Services LLC, Oman. Their Signature Interceptor Vessel the P-38, these UES interceptor boats can be tailor made as per the customers' requirements. The P38 is a high performance interceptor craft designed for interdiction of hostile vessels in coastal and offshore waters. It is an open boat well-suited for boarding, beaching and interdiction operations. It features advanced deep V step design hull which is 3D infused with advanced composite materials in epoxy resin for optimum power to weight ratio and maximum strength. The hull form and design affords maximum comfort for this type of craft allowing the crew to operate effectively with minimum fatigue. The P38 is designed to accommodate up to 12 crew and is equipped for missions of 12 to 24 hours.

Syrian War - Free Syrian Army weapons failures

Caliphate Army slows after air attacks from Iraq Air Force

Iraqi air force chasing after terrorists attempting to attack on Camp Speicher

Chinese army shows off latest toys at the Armoured Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing

The exposition, held at the Armoured Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing, was touted by senior People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officials as an opportunity to burnish civilian-military and international ties ahead of Army Day, the August 1 commemoration of the Communist-led army’s founding.

A promotional guide for the event, described as the first of its kind at the academy that foreign media had been allowed to attend, noted that “cadets, instructors and commanders would like to be interviewed”.
Young soldiers chatted with reporters while showing off technological projects including drones and small Transformer-like robots in bright primary colours.

Israeli army Merkava tank + Trophy Vs RPG in Gaza

Video does not show what happened to the Israeli army tank later, if the tank got hit and exploded into flames then Hamas would have filmed this for propaganda.

In our opinion the Rafael trophy system took care of the RPG, notice how the fireball appears just like those that appear in the second video about the Trophy system. Study both the videos and lets us know your views in the comments section below this post.

In normal configuration Trophy system is installed on the gun turret. I cannot be confirmed if the presence of walls or obstacles impedes its ability to detect incoming projectiles.

We had reported that the Trophy has made its debut in Gaza

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said.The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s drills started Monday and wrapped up Tuesday.The preceding exercise took place in South Korea’s southern waters in October.The U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington, which arrived in South Korea on July 11 for joint exercises, also participated in the search and rescue drills.North Korea’s recent firing of rockets, short-range ballistic missiles and artillery shells into the sea off its eastern coast has further raised tensions in the region amid ongoing talks over the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang.

Hamas Use Ambulance for Transportation in Gaza

Afghanistan unimpressed by  Pakistan Army's Waziristan operation 

because the Haqqanis (Pakistan's strategic assets in Afghanistan).Pakistan Army has not given up fiddling in the affairs of neighboring countries.

Afghanistan has claimed that Pakistan’s operation in the tribal region of North Waziristan is unacceptable as no action has been taken against the Haqqani Network.Pakistan launched the long-awaited military offensive on June 15 against local and foreign militants. The army claims that all ‘terrorists groups’, including the Haqqani Network, are the prime targets.However, the Afghan foreign ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Shakib Mustaghni is entirely unconvinced by Pakistan’s commitment to eradicate militancy.Speaking at his weekly press briefing in Kabul, he billed the ongoing military offensive as unacceptable to the Afghan government.
“The operation is only against the Pakistani Taliban and specific action has not been taken to suppress the Haqqani Network,” he said.

The Afghan government has blamed the Haqqani Network for last week’s deadly car bomb attack in the eastern Paktika province that had killed over 80 civilians. Afghan Taliban denied involvement and blamed the Afghan intelligence for attacks in public places.Mustaghni’s remarks came shortly after adviser to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz told US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins that Pakistan is taking action against all militants.“The adviser highlighted Pakistan’s monumental effort to address the threat of terrorism and underscored that the military operation was addressing this menace without any discrimination or distinction,” a foreign ministry statement cited Aziz as saying to Dobbins.Mustaghni pointed fingers at Pakistani security agencies when a journalist asked who was to blame for last week’s car suicide bomb attack.

“Our security agencies have evidence that Pakistani security agencies are involved in the recent wave of terrorism in the country,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman said.Mustaghni said the Haqqani Network received support from Pakistani intelligence agencies in carrying out the Paktika attack.He added that the Afghan government raised the issue with Pakistan through diplomatic channels. The international community and special representatives were engaged through a trilateral mechanism.However, these efforts have not produced any results and the security situation has worsened, Mustaghni said.The Foreign Ministry spokesperson did not comment on the Afghan Foreign Ministry’s criticism. However, she simply reiterated that the operation is against all terrorists.“Afghanistan should adopt measures on their side of the international border to ensure terrorists do not have sanctuaries on Afghan soil,” she said.

Two PLA Navy 052D destroyers docked side by side

052D PLAN Ship Kunming in the foreground.

Iraq War - Iraqi Special Forces In Heavy Combat Action Against ISIS

July 22, 2014

Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter crashes

Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters says investigation has commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to the  crash of  a Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on training mission Monday afternoon.The  Mi-35 Helicopter, according to the Defence Headquarters crashed due to a technical fault at a location South of Bama.

It is not clear if any life was lost but the Defence Headquarters has ruled out possibility of any attack.“The Bama Crash is not as a result of any enemy action.  Further details will be made known as Investigation continues,” the Defence Headquarters stated on social media 

US Marines Testing Unmanned Support Vehicle

Video footage of Marines maneuvering the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS), experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab during Rim of the Pacific 2014 at Kahuku Training Area on Oahu, Hawaii. The GUSS is a multi-purpose support vehicle based on the ITV equipped with sensors to allow operation with or without a driver. GUSS is one of many technologies being experimented in a field environment during the Advanced Warfighting Experiment looking at new technologies and war fighting concepts for the Marine Corps of the future

China will send three Su-30s to competition held in Russia

Three Chinese Su-30MKK fighters have been dispatched to the Russian city of Lipetsk to participate in the Aviation Dart 2014 pilot competition, according to colonel Shen Jinke, the spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army Air Force as cited in the state-run China News Service.

The participation of the PLA Air Force in Aviation Dart 2014 will help Chinese pilots to establish a closer relationship with their Russian counterparts and allow Chinese and Russian pilots to learn how to work together in a combat environment, said Shen. Their navigation, aerobatic, aerial combat and ground attack skills will all be tested during the competition. "It serves as a platform for Chinese pilots to exchange their experience with others," said Shen.

Shen said that China's participation in this international pilot competition can also demonstrate the openness and confidence of the PLA Air Force 65 years after its establishment in 1949. As the air force is considered a strategic service of the PLA, Shen said it is better for it to learn more experience through communicating and exchanging with other superpowers which have strong and powerful air forces, such as Russia.

Various aircraft from the Russian Air Force, including attackers like the Su-25, Su-25SM, tactical bombers like the Su-24 and Su-34, fighters like the Su-27 and MiG-29, strategic bombers like the Tu-22M3 and cargo planes like the Il-76 will be in the exercise as well. Shen said that the exercise is being held to improve the coordination between Chinese and Russian pilots, but not directly or indirectly against any third nation in the northeast Asian region

SpaceX launches ORBCOMM OG2 Mission 1

AIM 9 Sidewinder on USAF F 22

THE VERY LAST F-22 aircraft built for the US Air Force

India's Mars orbiter completes about 80 percent of its journey - Indian Space Agency tweets

Inching closer to the red planet, India's Mars orbiter spacecraft has covered more than 540 million kilometres, about 80 percent of its journey for its rendezvous with the planet scheduled for 24 September. In the last crucial milestone, ISRO performed the second Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre on the spacecraft on June 11 by firing the spacecraft's 22 Newton thrusters for 16 seconds. Mid-course corrections are done to keep the spacecraft on course. Another trajectory correction manoeuvre is planned for August before ISRO performs the Mars Orbit Insertion in September.

After ghosts in London hotels, Lords pitch too has ghosts.

Farnborough 2014 display Royal Air Force Vulcan strategic bomber

Hamas Shooting from Within Homes to cause civilian deaths

IDF Thwarts Hamas Infiltration into Israel

MH17 Wreckage Photo Shows Evidence of Shrapnel

The Financial Times posted a photo of what appears to be wreckage from the Malaysian Airlines jetliner peppered with shrapnel damage from an anti-aircraft missile.SAM systems destroy aircraft by exploding in the airspace in which the aircraft is flying. The resulting shrapnel destroys the aircraft.

Stupid sky news reporter Colin Brazier, reporting from the scene, rummaged through victim's suitcase.
He appears to be picking up what appears to be a bottle of shampoo.


HQ-16 SAM in Tibet

HQ-16 SAMs of 651st Independent Air Defense Brigade.This will be a permanent deployment of HQ-16 in Tibet.

May 2014 photos of air defense drilll in Tibet

New maps for Chinese armed forces created

These maps show South China Sea and Arunachal Pradesh as part of China.