October 31, 2014

RAF Typhoons intercept Russian Tu-95 'Bear' bombers on on Oct 29th

over the Baltic Sea

US Army RDECOM - Army Evaluates DARPA's Futuristic Lightweight & Soft Robotic Exosuit

Real quick Middle East updates - Kobani, Prince Turki Al Faisal and more

Twitter @deSyracuse  30 October 2014

Keynote Address by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal at the 2014 Arab-U.S. Policymakers 
He "prophesies and warnings" include new wars in Lebanon,Jordan and Israel.
Complains about Iran, Assad, Shia Houthis in Yemen, Russia and the usual supply arms to "moderate" fighters in Syria.

Energy food recipe for ISIS fighters


ISIS launches "al-Zawra'a for Media Production" devoted for Mojahidat wives and female relatives of ISIS fighters"

Activities include food recipes on how to prepare full-of-energy food for ISIS fighters.

ISIS with M1A1 Abrams

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani sitting on a Badr improvised fighting vehicle near Samara front

Iran has supplied unspecified number of Badr improvised fighting vehicles to Shia militia.

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani seems to be all over the place assisting Iraqi militias fighting ISIS.
His demeanor seems to be calm and relaxed with a sense of victory.

General Qassem Soleimani was seen on 25-26th October in the batttle of Jurf al-Sakhar

U-2 Spy Plane Flight - Cockpit Video

Cockpit video and piot view from a U-2 Spy Plane on takeoff, flying at high altitude, and landing with chase car support.

Film Credits: A1C Benjamin Bugenig

Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan's $350M presidential palace with 1,000 rooms

Neighboring countries Iraq and Syria are still fighting militants whom Sultan Erdogan sent as guests.

The Turkish president has unveiled his new presidential palace amidst huge controversy.Turkish Environmental activists say complex has been built on one of the city’s best preserved green spaces by cutting down hundreds of trees.

It was originally planned as a palace for the prime minister but once Erdogan stepped down as prime minister and was voted in as president, the plans changed.

Russia delivers all 63 Mi-17V5 helicopters to Afghanistan

Representative Photo - Wikimedia commons

Russia has completed delivery of 63 Mil Mi-17V-5 helicopter gunships to Afghanistan's army.

Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan for an overall contract is worth $1.2 billion. The helicopters supplied assist with the successful formation of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) 

Iran Oil Revenues Drop by 30 Percent due to drop in global prices

90% of Saudi Budget also dependent on oil prices.

Iran oil revenues dropped by 30 percent because of the recent decline in global oil prices, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“International conditions are such that the country’s main source of income, i.e. oil revenues, has been cut by some 30 percent,” Rouhani told Majlis. “We have to deal with the new conditions and the global economic conditions.”The benchmark Brent crude has plunged nearly 25 percent since peaking in June at about $115 a barrel, as supply boosted by U.S. shale production outpaced demand. Brent traded at $86.52 today.

Meanwhile, the Joint Organization Data Initiative reported that Iranian oil exports fell to the lowest level on record in August, mainly due to slowdown of the economy and energy demand in China, Iran’s biggest customer.