October 24, 2014

Lockheed Martin Orion Heat Shield

The Orion spacecraft’s heat shield is the largest ever built, and is capable of protecting the crew from temperatures of nearly 5,000-degrees Fahrenheit, as well as the impact from splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Check out how Lockheed Martin is engineering the journey to Mars and protecting future astronauts on their return to Earth.

Fourth Chinese Type 071 amphibious assault ship in build stage

Photo - Chinese internet

Photographs released on Chinese websites since mid-October 2014 suggest that China may have started work on the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) fourth Type 071 (Yuzhao)-class amphibious assault ship (LPD).The photographs, allegedly taken at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, show the construction of a grey hull measuring about 200 m in length with a stern design similar to that of the Type 071.

The PLAN currently operates three Type 071s - Kunlunshan (998), Jinggangshan (999), and Changbaishan (989) - which were commissioned between November 2007 and September 2012. All three ships are currently deployed with the South Sea Fleet.

(PHOTO) Chinese South Sea Fleet Type 071 Yuzhao Class Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD). 

Kim Jong-un observes military combat training

North Korean possible new Self-Propelled Artillery type seen at Kim Jong Un directed army drills

Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, guided an actual drill between KPA Large Combined Unit 526 and KPA Combined Unit 478.
He was greeted at the drill ground by KPA Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, Army General Hyon Yong Chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces, Army General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff, and Army General Pyon In Son, first vice-chief of the General Staff and director of the Operation Bureau of the KPA.

Watching the drill were commanders of the services of the KPA, corps commanders, division commanders, brigade commanders and teachers of military universities at all levels.
Kim Jong Un received a report on the plan of the drill at the observation post and guided the drill.
Combatants of Light Infantry Unit of Combined Unit 478 of the KPA put under control the defence lines at a lightning speed through a bold attack in order to overcome various obstacles laid by engineering units of Large Combined Unit 526 of the KPA and pave the way for mechanized units. Then units supporting the advancing forces conducted combat actions to destroy different kinds of obstacles.

"Helicopters" which had flown to check the advance of mechanized units were destroyed to pieces by precision strikes of shoulder-fired rockets and various type self-propelled artillery pieces of Combined Unit 478 of the KPA blew up targets by volley firing.
As the drill was over, Kim Jong Un analyzed the merits and demerits in the drill and set forth highly important tasks which would serve as guidelines for developing the KPA into the invincible revolutionary armed forces by intensifying the training just as the anti-Japanese guerillas did in Mt. Paektu.

Iranian border guards again fire mortars into Pakistan

The latest attack came two days after a meeting between Inspector General Frontier Corps Major General Ejaz Shahid and Iranian Border Police Chief General Qasim Razai in Tehran.

Iranian border guards fired at least six mortar shells into Pakistani territory in the early hours of Friday. However, no loss of life was reported in the explosions.

“Iranian border guards fired four mortars at 4:00am on Friday which landed and exploded in open areas in Mashkail,” Assistant Commissioner Mashkail Asghar Syapad told .The explosions rocked the Mashkail town and startled locals. However, the back-to-back explosions did not claim any lives and has caused no damage to property said the commissioner.Security forces and Levies personnel have arrived at the site of the explosions.In retaliation, Pakistani security forces fired two mortar shells towards the Iranian border, sources said. However, there have been no reports of mortar attacks in Iran.

Former Afghan Intelligence Chief Amruallah Saleh: Pakistan Behind Terrorism in Afghanistan

Deir Ez Zur and Kobani

ISIS has taken in a lot of casualties in  Deir Ez Zor and Kobani, Syria during the past couple of days.

ISIS is currently being hunted by:

  •  FSA
  • Secretive ‘White Shroud’ Group 
  • Syrian Arab Army
  • NATO and Arab allies
  • Kurds
  • Iraq army
  • Shia militias

Photo - @GregoireChambaz 

Kobani - NATO bombs fall on ISIS as 200 Peshmerga troops arrive

Kobani has become a play at the casino slot machine. They are putting in coins in the hope of winning the jackpot.

Israel seals long-delayed $144 million missile deal with India

India will take possession of hundreds of Israeli-made Barak missiles for its battleships late next year, following approval of a weapons deal between the two countries that had been delayed for years. The purchase deal was approved by India’s cabinet committee on security matters, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the Times of India.Under the plan, India will take delivery of 262 Barak 1 missiles over the course of about five years, starting in December of 2015. These will be deployed on the country’s 14 battleships, which have suffered from dwindling missile supplies in recent years, according to the Indian navy.

The Israeli Defense Ministry refused to comment on Israel’s extensive military relationship with India. However, an Israeli source defined India as “a strategic state” with respect to Israel’s military exports and confirmed that the deal is indicative of the close relations between the two countries.
Israel sees the Barak missile deal as a significant step by the new government in India; one which could advance diplomatic relations as well as military ties. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Modi in New York last month and invited him to visit Israel. It was the first meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries in more than a decade. Among other things, Netanyahu proposed to Modi that the two countries expand relations in the cyber field. “We are excited about stronger and stronger relations with India, and the sky is the limit,” Netanyahu told the press after the meeting.

The Barak missile deal was at the center of a scandal in 2006, when suspicions arose of corruption on the part of Indian politicians in return for advancing weapons deals in the country. Indian opposition parties demanded an investigation of the Barak deal following allegations that Israel Aerospace Industries (then called Israel Aircraft industries) had bribed an intermediary in the deal in order to ensure the signing of the contact.The case was closed due to lack of evidence, according to the article in the Times of India.Israel has extensive security relations with India and is considered a major arms supplier to several south Asian countries. With a staff of six, its military delegation in India is second only to that of the United States. The Barak missile deal is estimated at $144 million.

The Indian minister of defense visited Israel for three days last July and talked with top Israeli officials about additional weapons deals, among them a control system for the India air force. Israel is also interested in selling India Israeli defense systems, such as Iron Dome, though it has not been successful so far. Last year, the Indian government approved the purchase of 15 Heron unmanned aerial vehicles produced by IAI. Israel is currently developing a more advanced model of the Barak missile, the Barak 8, in cooperation with India.

Syria war updates

Syrian rebels destroy an Assad regime 2S1 Gvozdika in Sheikh Yussuf east of Aleppo city

Syrian Army T-62 drives on after a rebel TOW strike near Morek. 
So another TOW is sent.

Syrian rebels fire Grad missiles at the northern Hama barriers

Surveillance video Ottawa Parliament attack