Defence is important but defence can look suspiciously like attack. The War Department was an honest name. Now it is called the Ministry of Defence. Here are some sources.
Spitfire Lands Wheels Up
This was an American flying with a camera but no guns. They were used over Yugoslavia. They didn't find the tanks but they saw some nice beaches.
Military? Yes, mainly. Politically Correct? Not a chance.
Burma's Buried Spitfires
There are dozens(?) of Mk XIV Spitfires buried in Burma. They got there after the Japs surrendered. A man wants them.
Are they still needed?
Unmanned aircraft spy on people or shoot them with missiles such as Hellfire
ARRSE or Army Rumour Service - People and Peoples
Men who have been there or still are put their views.
A-10 Warthog Shows What It Can Do
It may be old, slow, ugly but it is very effective against tanks on the ground.
If wiring breaks down in flight it is a major problem and likely to be fatal at that. One answer is to ground the aircraft and buy new.
Americans In Afghanistan
Soldiering is not a soft option in Afghanistan. Hill men are brought up to it. We are not. 3 PARA is fighting as though it was the Second World War all over again.
America versus China
The world's only super power is not so very super after all. It is very vulnerable on the economic and military fronts. Those are just two pressure points that could bring it to its knees in weeks. Having a half wit mad man in the White House does not help.
PS That was then. This now, in November 2008. Bush is on the way out. An enemy alien is on the way in - maybe. If Obama is blocked by the Supreme Court America will have its very own Civil War II.
It was big in private security. It was mercenary, just like Wall Street with guns Then the publicity kicked in. The left hated it anyway, partly because it was slowing down their guerrilla operations. Now Blackwater has changed its name to Xe.
British Army Buying Drones From Israel
Ex Media Line — (Media Line)
Elbit, the Israeli aerospace giant, has just signed a $70 million deal to provide maintenance and logistical support for the Watchkeeper project. The project is the largest unmanned aircraft system in the world and is being designed to provide UK armed forces with essential intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance capabilities.
The deal was being worked out through U-TacS, a joint venture of Elbit Systems and the British Thales, and follows on a $500 million order to produce 100 Watchkeeper drones for the British Army.
Until they are ready, U-TacS has been providing the British Army with the Israeli Hermes 450s, which have been deployed in Afghanistan.
What is the point of having a major research set up if we have to buy kit from misbegotten thieves? Lewis Page of http://www.theregister.co.uk/ asks the question, of the MoD rather pointedly. He even got an answer - see Watchkeeper Numbers Revealed but then Lewis was Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army.
Casevac = Casualty Evacuation
Men go out, men die, men see casualties. Do they ask why? I hope so.
Carrier Operation In The Pacific
This is not news but it is history, in colour at that.
The Caspian Sea Monster
It flies low and fast under the radar carrying men, tanks, missiles, whatever. It could have been a very nasty surprise but USSR fell apart. Problem solved.
Chicken Hits Engine In Flight
They really do this test it seems. The Straight Dope is about as authoritative as it gets.
Cost Effective Defence
Is a subject that should be near to our hearts if we pay tax. It is one that appals generals, admirals and air marshals because they are highly paid to do nothing. They are keen on wasting our money on their hobby machines such as destroyers and frigates. They were the right kit once more or less. Now they are hugely expensive irrelevances.
It was all a long time ago but they had wars and they had technology. Built to last at that.
Darra Adam Khel
Is in the Tribal Trust Areas, a happy place where they make guns, nothing else just guns. Test firing is in the street, pointing up and the product is guaranteed until sunset. It shows what free enterprise can achieve. Sadly Englishmen can't go there or buy there. There are boring attitudes to this. An example is at Gun culture in Pakistan
This is luxury war. Carrying a rucksack and rifle involves hard work, getting shot at, danger, bad pay. These guys and gals never leave home for foreign lands full of nasty natives, disease, heat and flies. I did it the wrong way. Of course shooting people from two miles high means they do not really know who they are attacking. But the government does not care.
Defence practice is appalling because defence policy is bad. It stems from a total failure of politicians to get a grip of a corrupt monopoly manufacturer and a corrupt tripartite military management.
F16 Versus Woodpecker
A woodpecker takes on an F16 on a training flight. The woodpecker takes a beating.
F-35 From Northrop Grumman
Is seriously good kit. Northrop Grumman do not mention the price but you can't afford one.
Harriers On The Skids
Gun Shot Wound Made By A .223 NATO Round
He is not going to sit down for a while.
Foxbat or Mig-25
Foxbat looks rather impressive. One of them escaped and went to Japan years ago. The Americans took it apart to see what made it tick. They were impressed by the forgings in the engines. The electronics were not all that.
Iraq Going Wrong
Attack with overwhelming force to get a quick victory. That bit worked. Taking it was easy. Holding it is another ball game. Stealing the oil is not going too well either.
Fred explains air power really but the intelligence aspect is there too.
Now, the word “intelligence” sounds much better than “bureaucratized clandestine confusion,” which is more accurate. The intelligence agencies have enshrouded themselves in an aura of inexorable usually fatal infallibility. (“My name is Bond…Fred Bond.”) This is good PR. It is little else.
These are the same intelligence agencies, remember, that didn’t know where the Japanese fleet was in 1941 despite rumblings of war, agencies that were taken by surprise by the North Korean attack in 1950, and then by the Chinese entry into that war, that didn’t anticipate the behaviour of the Vietnamese in that war, despite Bernard Fall’s books and the highly documented experience of the French. When the military made a well-executed raid into Hanoi to free American prisoners at Son Tay, the intel people hadn’t noticed that the prisoners had been moved. They were surprised when the Berlin Wall went up, and when it came down. They failed to foresee the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Their reason for existence was to know about the Soviet Union.) They missed on 9/11. Earlier, when the Air Force bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, it was because the spooks didn’t know where the embassy was that day. (Granted, embassies are hard to locate. They roll about on wheels, creep down alleys at night, and wear dark-collared clothing, that sort of thing.) The intel weenies also didn’t foresee the behaviour of either Iraqis or Afghans, despite great archives of historical evidence (unless you think the US knew about these upcoming messes and invaded anyway). And so on.
You do not have to believe Fred. You do not have to believe anyone. But look at anything classified SECRET in the Public Records Office and wonder why.
Israel fourth largest weapons exporter
Israel has passed Britain to become the world's fourth largest exporter of weapons, Defence Ministry Director-General Pinchas Bucharis said on Sunday. Israel exported a total $4 billion in defence exports in 2007, Bucharis said. The United States, Russia and France lead the world's list of exporters. The Defence Ministry held a special session on Sunday to present to arms dealers and security export companies details of a new law set to go into effect at the end of the month regarding the supervision of defence exports.
Killing people is an industry. Do they care? Not a chance.
Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs
By Lewis Page is a first rate book and a strategic review. He tells us that the men are over worked and under paid while hundreds of very senior officers do little or nothing except demand more expensive and useless toys for their old regiments.
Military Procurement Is Grossly Corrupt
This is about the American air force in particular but applies equally to the American military and English ditto.
How Taxpayers Finance Fantasy Wars
Like much of the rest of the world, Americans know that the US automotive industry is in the grips of what may be a fatal decline.............. A similar, if far less well known, crisis exists when it comes to the military-industrial complex. That crisis has its roots in the corrupt and deceitful practices that have long characterized the high command of the Armed Forces, civilian executives of the armaments industries, and Congressional opportunists and criminals looking for pork-barrel projects, defence installations for their districts, or even bribes for votes.............
It is hard to imagine any sector of the American economy more driven by ideology, delusion, and propaganda than the armed services. Many people believe that our military is the largest, best equipped, and most invincible among the world's armed forces. None of these things is true, but our military is, without a doubt, the most expensive to maintain. Each year, we Americans account for nearly half of all global military spending, an amount larger than the next 45 nations together spend on their militaries annually.
An army needs men with rifles and that is about it. The procurement system is manipulating politicians nearly as much as Zionist Jews.
Nuclear Submarines And TridentDo we need another generation of nukes? Yes! Why? Lewis Page explains all.
Wizard Prang At Kandahar
It really did go off. I would have ejected before the flames started licked round the cockpit.
Pentagon plans to conduct warfare in world’s largest cities over the next 100 year
Weapons that take out one floor of a city building, but leave the structure standing. Robot spies that look like dragonflies that can fly into your apartment to scope its contents. Intensity sound transmitters - already tentatively deployed in the United States - to cause excruciating pain to crowds of thousands. Sensors that can "see" every person in an apartment building, and take out those targeted. The global spread of mega-cities, largely shanty towns of the dispossessed in poorer nations, and the ruler's unease at growing public discontent even in the developed world, have caused Pentagon planners and their hip-joined private contractors to conclude that urban warfare is the future.
The American Department of Defence has always liked high tech widgets. Defence contractors love them and the high priced contracts that go with them. House clearing the old fashioned way is not fun.
The Red Army is not a fun firm to be with. It is not like my outfit.
Royal Navy Kills Pirates In The Gate of Tears
Just this Tuesday, in fact, Royal Marine Commandos in sea boats got into a gunfight with the crew of a small pirate dhow which had previously attempted to seize a Danish merchantman not far away. Having been fired on by the foolhardy freebooters as they approached, the Marines killed two of the pirates and the rest surrendered smartly - but this doesn't signal the end of piracy in the area. Indeed, the following day, even as the news of the success broke, a Turkish tanker was seized in the very same waters. Somali and Yemeni buccaneers are a particular problem for international trade as they are ideally situated to prey on traffic passing through the Bab el Mandeb ("the Gate of Tears") - the narrow strait at the southern end of the Red Sea, which carries all the traffic between the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean....... Another well-known hotspot, for instance, is the Singapore Strait..... Nowadays piracy off the Somali coast is endemic, with gunmen in speedboats seizing entire ships as often as once a week - then often holding them for ransom in the infamous pirate port of Eyl. (So far there isn't all that much reselling of ships and cargoes, apparently. Ransoms are seen as simpler and more profitable.)
The Royal Navy got lucky. A frigate really is not the right option for sorting pirates with speed boats. Helicopters properly armed are. This is another time to play Spot The Agenda. The RN likes big warships, relevant or not. NB the writer, Lieutenant Page is not an embittered naval rating turned communist subversive.
PS Here is more from the same officer:-
Royal Navy won't fight pirates 'in case they claim asylum'
Royal Navy plans world's first running-jump jet
Analysis Could pen-sized GPS jammers paralyse UK shipping?
(Analysis Navy sonar dolphin 'massacre' - the facts
Royal Navy warships could run on sunflower oil - if fresh
Analysis Were the snatched Brit sailors in 'disputed waters'?
Analysis US-Iranian naval clash: Radio trolls probably to blame
Comment New BAE destroyer launches today on the Clyde
Video Royal Navy presses IT Crowd for nuclear missile 'servers'
Russian T34 Surfaces In Good Working Order
It went for a swim during the war. Now it is out.
Lefties don't like them. It goes with the territory. We don't like left wing government criminals with mass extermination programmes. That is part of the fun too.
Simo Häyhä - Super Sniper
Simo Häyhä (December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed "White Death" (Russian: Белая смерть, Belaya Smert; Finnish: Valkoinen Kuolema; Swedish: den Vita Döden; German: der weiße Tod) by the Red Army, was a Finnish marksman. Using a standard iron-sighted, bolt action rifle in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number (505) of confirmed kills in any major war.
505 confirmed plus another 200 with a submachine gun means the boy done good. The SMG also means close quarters every time. 50 yards is about it with one.
Surgical strikes are a reality with good shooting. See Simo Häyhä on the point.
Sonar 2087The Royal Navy's underwater sonar gets given a number rather than a name. It comes at a price. It comes late. It works, maybe. It is likely to be irrelevant to fighting a war and it is always grossly overpriced.
SR-71 Blackbird Working Low
SR-71s being made. The one in the foreground is a two seat trainer.
Is Italian and fairly obvious. It show s what a Mk 48 torpedo from aforesaid submarino can do to a destroyer. It is a surplus destroyer. The result is horrifying to anyone who goes down to the sea in ships of the Royal Navy.
XeWas called Blackwater but they had a choice; change their name or clean up their act which is why they are now calling themselves Xe.
Israeli Army Claims That It Is Investigating Top Officers After Gaza Air Strike Killed 21 Innocents
Senior army officers are under investigation for authorizing an air strike in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead that killed 21 members of the same family despite possibly receiving warnings from subordinates that there could be civilians in the area. One of those involved in authorizing the strike was then-Givati Brigade commander Col. Ilan Malka.
A security source told Haaretz that the Military Police probe into the incident turned out to be particularly complex, and added that this is "explosive and highly sensitive material," which casts a shadow on senior figures in the military. If a decision is made to bring charges against those involved, the source said, there will be deliberations on the broader question of the rules of engagement during the operation. The rules of engagement had been described by officers who participated in Cast Lead as both excessive and overly lenient.
This is propaganda designed to make the Jews look as though they are not ruthless murderers, trigger happy thugs who kill for laughs. Look at the Goldstone Report to see how annoyed they were about an honest Jew telling the truth about the Gaza Massacre.
A Jew Betrays His Own
This was after I had mentioned a book by Ben Hecht, Perfidy, that recounted the last days of the Hungarian Jews, during 1944, and their alleged betrayal by a fellow Jew, one Rudolph Kastner...............
The particular charges against Kastner were, first, that during WW II, as a prominent member of the Jewish Agency who was supposedly undertaking negotiations with the Nazis to obtain the release of Hungarian Jews, he actually collaborated with the Nazis, arranging for his family and several hundred prominent Jews to escape while accepting that the rest of Hungary’s Jews be sent to the camps.......
Second, after the war, Kastner testified on behalf of several Nazis prominent in the liquidation of Jews, including Kurt Becher, thus prompting Becher’s release. Why in the world would he do such a thing? After the war, Kastner ended up in Palestine, eventually occupying prominent positions in the Israeli government after independence.
A Jew betrayed his own; a Jew collaborated with Nazis. To be fair Nazis are nicer people.
Demise of British tank industry
foretoldadmitted [ 30 December 2008 ]
Can't make flintlock muskets any more, either Comment Oh woe! The country which invented the tank (Blighty) may soon no longer have a tank industry! The end of yet another era is at hand. It's just like Concorde! And the Vulcan, Lightning, etc. Let gloom be unconfined - Santa won't be bringing any more British tanks for Christmas in years to come.
Or so says the British tank industry, anyway. The last fortnight has seen several reports in the business press on the possible imminent doom of UK tank-making, following a recent MoD budgeting announcement by Defence secretary John Hutton. In addition to pushing back any serious spending on the Navy's planned new aircraft carriers, Mr Hutton also effectively kicked into touch the long wrangled-over Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) "Utility Vehicle" (UV).
The FRES UV was to be something of a miracle: an armoured off-road ride tough enough to keep our soldiers safe, yet light enough to be air freighted. Given that even 60-tonne Main Battle Tanks like the current Challenger - too heavy for realistic air freighting - can be opened up by basic roadside bombs or buried mines, this was always going to be difficult to build............
It's true that Blighty invented the tank, but in strict point of fact our tanks have never done us much good. World War I was won without making any serious use of them. The most successful British tank of World War II was actually a US import, the Sherman. Perhaps as soon as 1944, close air support was beginning to elbow tanks and artillery off the battlefield throne, before the armoured juggernaut had even properly come together..........
Certainly by the 1970s, just as fully-equipped armoured warfare was starting to become a reality, it was becoming more and more obsolete. General Sir Rupert Smith, commander of the last division-strength armoured force ever put into the field by the UK in 1991, stated in his recent book The Utility of Force that the last ever battles to be settled by tanks - as opposed to air support - took place in 1973. Not in the Iraq invasion of 2003, nor under his own and Norman Schwarzkopf's command in 1991: but in the Sinai and the Golan Heights, nearly four decades ago.
Tanks look rather imposing. Then you look at the anti-tank mines, the anti-tank guns, the anti-tank missiles, the anti-tank aircraft and get the feeling that walking might be safer.
RAF Trying To Take Over The Fleet Air Arm Again [ 30 December 2008 ]
In a bizarre repeat of history, reports have it that the Royal Air Force is once again seeking to take over the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy - a sure sign that the economy really is in desperate trouble. Just as it has meant more than once in the past, a successful RAF bid to grab a greater share of the taxes in tough economic times is likely to mean soldiers and sailors dying unnecessarily in years to come.............. We've been here before, more than once.
In the dark days of the 1920s and 30s, against the background of the General Strike and the Jarrow March, the cry for economies placed the Fleet Air Arm under RAF ownership in just the sort of plan now developing. There was one nation, and one air force. As one would expect, the Fleet Air Arm was the Cinderella of the RAF, neglected in favour of the strategic deep bombers which the air service institutionally loved (and continues to love) more than anything else. In 1939, on the eve of war, when the Royal Navy finally regained control of its own aircraft, it was left with pitifully weak air cover. The fleet's main strike plane - the famous Swordfish, aka "the Stringbag" - was an aged biplane, almost a flying antique. The service never acquired a proper carrier fighter through the whole war, as the pre-war RAF had seen no need for such a thing - indeed, had felt little enough need for land based fighters in some quarters. The fact that carriers had served since World War I as bases for the RAF rather than as warships had led the navy to buy too few of them and to hope wistfully that big-gun battleships might retain their old dominance.
As the wasteful, murderous strategic bombing campaigns by the Luftwaffe and RAF began, slaughtering civilians in droves at the cost of thousands of heroically brave airmen, achieving almost nothing in the process, the Navy was cut to bits for lack of seaborne air cover. The battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse were sunk by Japanese air attack, with more than eight hundred men lost. Another nine ships were sunk and many more battered almost into wrecks in the evacuation of Crete, where again no air cover was forthcoming. In addition to almost two thousand sailors killed, a thousand soldiers died in the land fighting and thousands more were captured.
All through the war the RN suffered from lack of carriers and lack of planes to fly from them, and had to make desperate efforts to catch up. By the end of the fighting, every convoy finally had an escort carrier - largely ending the horrifying bloodletting of the early Atlantic war. Every fleet had a fleet carrier. The aircraft carrier had finally replaced the battleship as the main unit of naval power in all sensible people's minds..............
If all that doesn't save enough money, frankly I'd join the decorated Iraq hero and SAS officer Colonel Tim Collins and say break up the RAF, not the Fleet Air Arm. I'd say "one nation, one army, one navy - that'll do fine". As a way of having aircraft, the RAF is an unbelievably expensive and troublesome to deal with. (The Israeli air force has about the same number of useable combat aircraft, many of them actually better than the RAF's. It has less than half as many people. The Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps manage to operate highly sophisticated aircraft with far fewer bodies per cab.)
With just two services, you only have scope for one inter-service dispute, after all. As it is we have three, allowing a triplefold fight which threatens to paralyse us even in good times - and cripples us outright when money is tight.
Let's try and remember the lessons of history just for once, here. Let's remember all our thousands of soldiers and sailors dead in the Repulse and the Prince of Wales, at Crete, on the Atlantic and Arctic and Malta convoys - and all over again, heartbreakingly, in the Falklands. Let's remember that every time a British fighter has shot down an enemy aircraft since World War Two, that fighter took off from a ship to do it.
The Royal Navy writes. The Royal Navy is right.
US M1A1 tank penetrated in Iraq by mystery round, Oct 2008 [ 20 November 2008 ]
A round was fired from 100 yards and penetrated deep into the tank. The hole was about as big as a pencil. This was not an amateur widget.
Israel And Germany Develop Missile Warning System [ 17 November 2008 ]
Working in secret, Israel and Germany have jointly developed a nuclear missile detection system, according to the Defence News Web site. Code-named Project Bluebird, the system is based on the prototype of an aerial infrared sensor designed to identify a nuclear-tipped missile speeding toward a target amid a cluster of decoy missiles.
Military planners work under the assumption that in a nuclear strike, decoy missiles could be launched along with those carrying nuclear warheads to confuse and overwhelm missile defence shields. According to the sources, Project Bluebird is designed to avert such a scenario.
Colluding with Zionist thugs cannot be good. They will steal the technology and give bad value in return.
Pakistan Cuts Supply Lines To NATO Forces [ 20 September 2008 ]
BARA: In a major development, the federal government on Friday announced disconnection of supply lines to the allied forces stationed in Afghanistan through Pakistan in an apparent reaction to a ground attack on a border village in South Waziristan agency by the NATO forces. Political authorities of the Khyber Agency claimed to have received verbal directives to immediately halt transportation of all kinds of goods meant for the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan for an indefinite period. Authorities claimed the decision was taken in the wake of the growing unrest in the Khyber Agency that provides for the only ground link of the country to the war-torn Afghanistan................... The US government had accepted responsibility for the attack but did not offer any apology for the same and instead announced to launch more such attacks against the militants across the border, if so required in future.
Vicious dangerous war criminals is the best you can say of them. A fighting withdrawal through the Khyber Pass and down to the sea will be an ugly business. Bush and Cheney should hang for this along with Blair and Brown. The western main stream media did not bother to tell us about this one. The agenda matters. Truth does not.
Israel to pay $77 million for 1000 bunker-buster missiles to attack Iran [ 17 September 2008 ]
The US Department of Defence has approved the sale of GBU-39 small diameter bunker-buster missiles to Israel. Congress has 30 days to stop the deal, but that prospect is considered highly unlikely.
Everyone knows that the reason for 1000 GPS-guided missiles is for a potential attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. The notification to Congress of the pending sale was made over the weekend by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the branch of the Pentagon responsible for evaluating foreign military sales. The deal is valued at $77 million and the principal contractor will be Boeing Integrated Defence Systems.
Israel has also asked for 150 mounting carriages, 30 guided test vehicles and two instructors to train the Israeli Air Force how to load the missiles on its aircraft. In its recommendation to Congress, the DSCA wrote that Israel's strategic position was "vital to the United States' interests throughout the Middle East." Full story in the Jerusalem Post.
If Israel is going to pay actual money for American kit it has to be desperate to have it. The claim that they will come across with $77 million is probably just propaganda. At $77,000 each for some explosive and a small computer defence outfits are robbing the American tax payer blind as normal.
Chinook blunders cost MoD £500 million [ 4 June 2008 ]
The Ministry of Defence is accused today of a litany of mistakes after it was revealed to have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on eight Chinook helicopters which are still not airworthy 13 years after being ordered..............
Incompetence or corruption? Either way both it is gross and absolutely normal. The Army's rifle is just another example but civil servants still get their knighthoods, gold plated pensions and the very well paid jobs with the firms they gave the contracts to.
73,846 Men Dead In Iraq [ 23 June 2008 ]
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ISSUES OFFICIAL REPORT CONFIRMING 73,000 U.S. TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ..........
The Department of Veterans Affairs, May 2007, Gulf War Veterans Information System reports the following:
Total U.S. Military Gulf War Deaths: 73,846
– Deaths amongst Deployed: 17,847
– Deaths amongst Non-Deployed: 55,999
Total “Undiagnosed Illness” (UDX) claims: 14,874
Total number of disability claims filed: 1,620,906
- Disability Claims amongst Deployed: 407,911
- Disability Claims amongst Non-Deployed: 1,212,995
Percentage of combat troops that filed Disability Claims 36%
Telling the truth happens but only by accident. The link has been broken and the main stream media are going to keep quiet about it. They are propaganda machines and the war for Israel's oil is top of their agenda.
How America Nukes Its Own Troops [ 24 October 2007 ]
What “Support Our Troops” really means
Bush-Cheney have delivered upon 17 million Iraqis tons of depleted uranium (DU) weapons, a “liberation” gift that will keep on giving. Depleted uranium is a component of toxic nuclear waste, usually stored at secure sites. Handlers need radiation protection gear.
The writer quotes many sources. The Wikipedia's article is more relaxed and comes from someone who has good background.
Blackwater’s bullets over Baghdad [ 6 October 2007 ]
Blackwater USA has sprayed more bullets over Baghdad than any government contract killers, er, cowboys. Nearly 200 shootings in Iraq since 2005, mostly from moving vehicles, no stops for body counts, let alone helping the wounded. This according to a new report from Congress. In fact, Blackwater is almost an insurgency unto itself. Whatcha think?
Blackwater is persona non grata with anyone who doesn't like mercenaries which means most lefties. But they have made the thick end of US$1 billion so what the Hell. Walk away with the loot. It was only tax payers money.
PS See Blackwater
U.S. Nuclear Weapons Being 'Guarded' by Israel [ 29 September 2007 ]
American supporters of Israel were delighted to learn that an Israeli company, Magal Security Systems-owned in part by the government of Israel-is in charge of security for the most sensitive nuclear power and weapons storage facilities in the United States...... What all of this means is that the government of Israel will actually have control over the security of America's nuclear weapons.
Interesting or maybe worrying, even frightening. Bush tried to ship six nukes to the Middle East to attack Iran. The Jew, Chertoff controls the American security department and lets in thousands of illegal immigrants a day. That is policy of course. Government is not the answer. Government is the problem.
Blackwater - THE Mercenaries
Enter a world where the military has become a business – where citizen soldiers work for a private company whose currency comes from conflict. It’s a place some salute and others fear. And it’s right in our backyard.
Mercenaries do a lot of the work that armies do but do it better. They pay much better too. There are people who dislike private armies but they still want to be protected from rough people. Given that the American army is dreadful going private is the way to go. This long article has snide comments and one or two down right lies.
Australia's SAS stretched to limit [ 21 September 2007 ]
THE country's special operations commander has warned that the crack Special Air Service Regiment is at risk of being over-committed because of deployments to Afghanistan and the Middle East.
They might be asking themselves why they have been sent to war. They will not have had any honest answers. It is good training though. The real thing is the only way to get up to speed.
Russian army 'tests father of all bombs' [ 12 September 2007 ]
Russia has delivered a belligerent message of defiance to the West after army generals claimed to have tested "the father of all bombs". Developed in secret, the unchristened bomb, a vacuum device capable of emitting shockwaves as powerful as a nuclear weapon, was unveiled with great theatre on state television's main evening broadcast.
With a vicious lunatic in the White House controlled by Zionist thugs it all makes sense. If you want peace prepare for war.
Russia to build new base for monstrous nuclear submarines [ 12 July 2007 ]
Three nuclear cruisers will be used in the Pacific Ocean. According to the project, each of the subs will be outfitted with 12 Bulava ballistic missiles. The missiles are capable of delivering ten nuclear warheads at a distance of up to 8,000 kilometres. Russia launched the first nuclear submarine (Yuri Dolgoruky) of Borei class in April of the current year
This is a pity but if you want peace prepare for war. With a drunken mad man controlled by Jews in the White House it does make sense.
No longer a gleam in the Pentagon's eye, ray guns — or radiofrequency (RF) weapons, to be exact — officially have arrived. As troops are increasingly forced to serve as an ad hoc police force, nonlethal weapons have become a priority for the military....
Governments love power. Disarming people so that they can oppress them is a big part of it. Weapons to use against them are part of the game.
Russia to deliver 300 tanks to India for one billion dollars [ 7 June 2007 ]
The T 90 may not be the world's greatest tank but it does look the part and the pricing proves that American and English offerings come at rip off prices.
Nuclear Threat Preparations in America [ 19 May 2007 ]
To the greatest fear of the American War Leaders regarding the Israelis are the ‘alleged’ nuclear weapons that Israel’s Mossad Intelligence service has secreted around the United States, and to which President Bush has prepared his government to survive by issuing of new commands for an American ‘Shadow Government’, and as we can read as reported by the Washington Post News Service in their article titled "Bush Changes Continuity Plan", and which says....
Nukes launched from Kamchatka have a known origin and reprisals will result. The 40 foot container with a bomb could have come from anywhere. It is just too easy for the international people, the ones who stole Palestine. Sorcha Faal is the source and not the world's most reliable but she could well be spot on this time.
Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs by Lewis Page
The past blunders which he highlights - for which no one has been forced to accept the blame, so opaque is the accountability of both armed services and the MoD - are history. What matters more are his pointers for the future... It is all here. Lewis Page details the ridiculous excess of senior officers for our shrinking services (over 40 major-generals for just two army divisions, 46 Royal Navy admirals and 88 commodores, 340 RAF group-captains and 40 air marshals). He describes the fantastic procurement blunders. There was the decision that Britain should build its own Apache helicopters, at a cost of £40 million apiece, while the Israelis bought theirs off the shelf from the Americans for £12 million. There are the scandals of the Merlin anti-submarine helicopter and the SA80 rifle, and the fact that the RAF possesses 150 uniformed men per deployable aircraft, more than double the ratio of the Israeli air force.
Defence procurement has a track record of gross incompetence and that is he kindest thing that can be said for it. Look at the diaries of a major general in his last eighteen months, the contracts he signs and the well paid job that he gets when he leaves. Then wonder about corruption.
Beware! The new Goths are coming [ 13 April 2007 ]
In an apocalyptic vision of security dangers, Rear Admiral Chris Parry said future migrations would be comparable to the Goths and Vandals while north African "Barbary" pirates could be attacking yachts and beaches in the Mediterranean within 10 years.
Europe, including Britain, could be undermined by large immigrant groups with little allegiance to their host countries — a "reverse colonisation" as Parry described it. These groups would stay connected to their homelands by the internet and cheap flights. The idea of assimilation was becoming redundant, he said.
The warnings by Parry of what could threaten Britain over the next 30 years were delivered to senior officers and industry experts at a conference last week. Parry, head of the development, concepts and doctrine centre at the Ministry of Defence, is charged with identifying the greatest challenges that will frame national security policy in the future.
If a security breakdown occurred, he said, it was likely to be brought on by environmental destruction and a population boom, coupled with technology and radical Islam. The result for Britain and Europe, Parry warned, could be "like the 5th century Roman empire facing the Goths and the Vandals".
Admiral Parry is quite right of course. It hasn't done his promotion prospects any good though. Telling all of the truth; that politicians are inciting illegals might well have gotten him early retirement.
WMDs from someone who knows
WMD is the latest acronym to be taken up by politicians and the media. It stands for Weapons of Mass Destruction and it sells newspapers as far as journalists are concerned. Politicians use it to sell wars which is worse. Men died in Iraq for lies, not just exaggerations. The armed forces talked about ABC then NBC or Nuclear, Biological and Chemical. The chemical bombs are a minor nuisance compared with HE or high explosive. This is from someone who has been there.
Anti-rocket flares can brighten up the day and save lives.
India buys cutting-edge Russian warplanes
This warplane, now undergoing flight tests, was developed especially for the Indian navy's aircraft carrier "Vikramaditya," formerly called the "Admiral Gorshkov," which was sold to India several years ago and is currently being upgraded at the Sevmash machine-building plant in Severodvinsk
This is the carrier borne version of Fulcrum and it does look seriously useful. Why does India want carriers? To threaten foreign countries at a distance. This does not mean Pakistan but does mean a lot of countries in the Far East.
Russia will be able to beat American ABM systems [ 17 March 2007 ]
The Russian leaders have apparently formulated their so-called asymmetrical reply to the comprehensive American anti-ballistic missile (ABM) program.
The United States is working to deploy a global ABM system [ Why? Bush is mad but still why? - Editor ] that would be effective against intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and intermediate-range missiles with a range of up to 5,000 km (3,107 miles)...... whose creation will cost Washington some $60 billion [ Sheer lunacy - Editor ] by 2015. Although Russia's defence budget is several times smaller than the American one, it can nevertheless maintain superiority in terms of cost-effectiveness and feasibility.
Merchants of death like a bit of sabre rattling. It is good for sales but this is madness.
First S-400 missile regiment to go on combat duty in Russia [ 28 February 2007 ]
The first air defence regiment equipped with new S-400 Triumf ground-to-air missile systems will be put on combat duty in the Moscow Region in the middle of 2007,...... new S-400 systems considerably differ from S-300 systems by their effective firing range, firing capacity and other parameters.
They like to tell us about defence systems rather than attackers. The S-400 is not all bad. It makes it harder for Bush and his Zionist handlers to threaten Russia.
Colonel Mendonca had no case to answer [ 15 February 2007 ]
Col Jorge Mendonca, who was commander of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, had been charged with negligently performing a duty after an Iraqi died in his battalion's custody in 2003. The most expensive court martial in British history, estimated to cost more than £20 million, has sparked criticism of the Army Prosecuting Authority and the conduct of the Attorney General in supervising the prosecution.
The judge dismissed the charges because there was no case to answer. Newspapers are not saying that it was malicious prosecution because they have to worry about libel. It was like Christmas every day for the lawyers. The message to the Army is: Politicians are the real enemy.
Australia to host US signals base [ 15 February 2007 ]
The base would serve as a ground station for communications with American military forces throughout the world.... Australia already hosts a major satellite communications base at Pine Gap outside Alice Springs, which is jointly manned with the US.
Pine Gap was picking up signals from Russia by way of satellites.
Iraq What works and what doesn't
War is the only serious test of men and machines. Here are some results.
E-bombs: Death to modern civilization [ 14 February 2007 ]
The electromagnetic pulse that knocks out ALL things electrical would put us back centuries. It may be more than hypothetical.
Iran Set to Try Space Launch [ 27 January 2007 ]
Iran has converted one of its most powerful ballistic missiles into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be....... for testing longer-range missile strike technologies.
If they can put anything into orbit they can hit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and anywhere else in Israel. This is a bit of sabre rattling and quite reasonable given the murderous threats from Israel and their puppet in the White House.
World War III [ 13 December 2006 ]
Men serving in Iraq are going to come back disenchanted. They are men who have learned about guerrilla war the hard way, by being at the receiving end of it. Some will not see the funny side of being treated as pariahs as men were after Vietnam. It doesn't take many men to carry out covert operations. It is all too easy to look round the ghettoes of America and seeing them making trouble. The French have created their very own ghettoes. Look at the consequences. Blair is doing the same to us in England but he has the sense never to go near one without armed guards. Trouble is being stored up for us using ethnic time bombs and there ain't no accidents involved. The source for this is Bill Lind. He knows of what he speaks.
UK talks on £40bn nuclear deterrent [ 22 November 2006 ]
Submarines with nukes are an option. The world is not getting to be a nicer place. Beefing up the army would make a lot of sense too but with a grossly corrupt government it is unlikely to happen.
America easy on China's new navy [ 18 November 2006 ]
THE revelation this week that a Chinese submarine surfaced in the middle of a US battle fleet in the Pacific Ocean last month demonstrated that China is rapidly developing a powerful blue-water navy.
If you have a serious navy with world class sonar this shouldn't happen. Was the Chinaman playing it for laughs? He got away with it. The Americans won't be quite so amused.
How Hezbollah Defeated Israel Part 2- Winning the ground war [ 13 October 2006 ]
Israel's decision to launch a ground war to accomplish what its air force had failed to do was made hesitantly and haphazardly. While Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) units had been making forays into southern Lebanon during the second week of the conflict, the Israeli military leadership remained undecided over when and where - even whether - to deploy their ground units.
Incompetence is the obvious theme here. The ground attacks were a political decision just like Adolf's decision to attack Russia. It failed too.
How Hezbollah defeated Israel, part 1 - Winning the intelligence war [ 12 October 2006 ]
Knowing where the enemy is matters. Knowing where is supplies are matters. The Israelis were fat, arrogant and sloppy. Hezbollah communications were hardened. Their security was good. They turned spies and fed back misinformation. They did well. Israeli attacks on civilians were an admission of defeat and an admission of evil.
Israel's plan for a military strike on Iran [ 13 October 2006 ]
The Middle East, and possibly the world, stands on the brink of a terrible conflagration as Israel and the United States prepare to deal with Iran's alleged ambition to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel, it becomes clearer by the day, wants to use its air force to deliver a knock-out blow against Tehran. It is not known whether it will use conventional weapons or a nuclear warhead in such a strike.
The Israelis are grossly irresponsible hooligans, perfectly prepared to start World War III without good reason. They control Bush and Blair which makes them far more dangerous. They are bright enough to use other nation's armies to do their dirty work for them when they can. Their own is an arrogant bunch of incompetents. See the previous item.
Build a Cruise Missile for $5K
Building your own cruise missile for US$5,000 may sound like a fantasy if you know how much the tax payers get screwed out of for anything airborne. It is not. $5,000 covers the parts and one objective was to buy them without getting noticed. It happened and a lot of them were exported from America to New Zealand without problems. The man doing this one has solid back ground in model aircraft, jet engines and computing.
China blinds US satellites with laser [ 26 September 2006 ]
It sounds quite easy do with a high power laser and a good aim. It does not blind them permanently so far. It just means they cannot spy on China.
PS Chinese espionage carries on apace and with a Chinese take away in every high street it is that much easier.
RADAR Beats Stealth Technology [ 23 September 2006 ]
The Ukraine has a radar system that detects stealth aircraft out to 500 miles. This is useful and a blow to American superiority. This article has suffered in translation by someone who does not quite know what the numbers mean. See also Ukraine Offshore Outsourcing In Ukraine which is a sales pitch.
India tests new missile [ 10 July 2006 ]
India yesterday test-fired its longest-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the Agni III, which can hit targets deep within China, a senior Defence Ministry official said. The missile has a range of more than 3000km..
Sabre rattling is getting fashionable. When America was strong the second line thugs kept quiet. Now that America is controlled by Zionists and wasting its strength in Israeli interests they are trying it on.
China Deploys Nuclear Submarines...Capable of Nuclear Counterstrike [ 10 July 2006 ]
Their subs carry cruise missiles with nuclear war heads unlike nasty little Saddam's non-existent WMD. With Bush as a crazy run by Zionists it makes life more interesting.
The covert war to strangle North Korea [ 10 July 2006 ]
Spying on them. Stopping their ships. Stealing their goods. Harassment generally. Invasion is not on because they really do have WMD unlike little Saddam Hussein.
Military expenditure increases dramatically all over the world [ 24 June 2006 ]
The United States keeps taking the lead, spending a trillion dollars on arms; its military expenditure amounts to nearly four-fifths of the world total.
It is noteworthy that authors of the yearbook assume that Washington could cut down on such huge military spending by taking a more active line over its cooperation with other important players at the world political scene. However, the U.S. seems to opt to handle all issues relating to international security on its own. The effectiveness of this strategy is yet another question.
80% of the world total is absurd. Give peace a chance? Was John Lennon on the right lines? We have been lied to big time in re Iraq just for starters.
Stealth fighter project 'flawed' [ 24 June 2006 ]
Have you heard this one before? Lots of times? I have. It is going to be the greatest thing since the Sopwith Camel then things don't fit together. So they add a few billion to the price. It comes in late and crippled. We get screwed and the defence contractors laugh up their sleeves. Meanwhile perfectly good kit is sitting idle in Arizona. See Where Warbirds Go To Die
F 22A Raptor [ 12 June 2006 ]
This the next American front line, stealth fighter with all of the latest and greatest. At $350 million each it should be superb. Who is it going to fight? Pass. Grotty little ethnics with Kalashnikovs are not going to be affected. Guerrilla operations are the way to go. That is why Zionists are infiltrating millions of them into civilization.
Chinese AWACS prangs [ 12 June 2006 ]
Get a work horse like a Hercules. Stick a radar dish on top and send it off to spy on things. It will not look pretty but it works well - sometimes. The Chinese captured an American equivalent so their version my have been carrying cheap copies of American super technology. They might even have had dodgy versions designed to fail at a crucial moment. Americans do things like that.
New parachuting technology [ 10 June 2006 ]
HALO was the way to go. Jump at High Altitude with a Low Opening. The parachute would fly quite well with a following wind. Now a rigid wing is doing the same only better. It means getting to interesting places faster without being seen by radar. The technology gets better and the SAS just has to be interested.
A new biological warfare race begins in Maryland [ 2 June 2006 ]
The United States has come along way since our British ancestors used small pox poisoned blankets as a biological weapon against Indians. But, sadly, biological weapons are still with us--indeed they are becoming a major thrust of the U.S. military and a threat to humanity.
Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD is going through a massive expansion into the largest bio-weapons facility in the world..... The National Interagency Biodefence Campus (NIBC) is likely to ignite a bio-weapons arms race.
This is bad news. It is also likely to be wrong. THE major biological warfare outfit is in Israel firmly under the control of the Zionist thugs who control America.
China broadens espionage operations [ 24 May 2006 ]
'China is running aggressive and wide-ranging espionage operations aimed at stealing U.S. weapons technology that could be useful against U.S. forces, according to the nation's top spy-catchers..........
'The possibility of a U.S.-Chinese military confrontation over Taiwan looms in the background of the espionage, said Ronald Guerin, the FBI's East Asia section chief.' (USA Today article).
A spy catcher is telling the truth for once. The Chinese really do want Taiwan. Aggro could ensue. And why do you think they have a take away in every high street?
New U.S. Fighter/Interceptor Jet [ 22May 2006 ]
See the first pictures of the F37. It has stealth technology, a top speed around Mach 3.5 and a woman flying it which means that they are not serious or that the feminists are still getting away with it. A serious point is what it is for. The Israelis is the likely answer. To be fair it looks like a good bit of kit. The government has not released these pictures but men who are serving have.
Israel carried out nuclear test in 1979 [ 19 May 2006 ]
They are the ones complaining bitterly about Iran making nukes even though they are not. They got their uranium by theft. They got the technology by theft. They have had them up and running since 1979 at least. See Israel tested nuke in 1979
Martin Van Creveld & Israel the mad dog [ 19 May 2006 ]
Let's hand it to Martin Van Creveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, for speaking the mind of nearly half of all Israelis. "The Palestinians should all be deported," declared Van Creveld in 2003. "The people who strive for this (the Israeli government) are waiting only for the right man and the right time. Two years ago, only 7 or 8 per cent of Israelis were of the opinion that this would be the best solution....... now, according to a Gallup poll, the figure is 44 percent."
Such a "Final Solution" to the fact millions of Arabs live in Palestine-and have for centuries-would be a serious violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and 1977 Additional Protocols, not that Israel believes in humanitarian law when it comes to Arabs and Muslims.
Moreover, Van Creveld boasted "Israel had the capability of hitting most European capitals with nuclear weapons," a remark especially pertinent now, as the Israelis and Americans claim Iran will do likewise the moment it develops a nuke. "We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets of our air force." Iran has never made such a remark (or threat) and yet we are told the country is a threat to world peace. "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother," Van Creveld explained. "Our armed forces are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that this will happen before Israel goes under."..........
Our problem is Israel, not Iran. I fear Israel and its 46 percent of ethnic cleansing and Islam hating fanatics-who are essentially racists, no different than troglodytic members of the KKK or the millions of deluded Germans who believed the racial theories of the Nazi Alfred Rosenberg. I am more worried about our bought and sold Congress-almost all prostituted down to the man and woman-on the AIPAC food chain and the Neocon leash. I fear the rabid Van Creveld and his fellow citizens more than I fear Ahmadinejad and the Iranian mullahs. Rosenberg, at least, suffered the noose as a war criminal at Nuremberg.
Creveld reads like Adolf in his nastier moments. Will the main stream media tell you about him? No! Why not? Ask who owns them.
Oz faces a systems failure [ 16 May 2006 ]
There is plenty of tax payers' money. There has to be with incompetents like this running the system. The new submarines cost $1 billion extra to get them right. British cock ups like this are normal. Do they care? Not really. Civil servants get their knighthoods regardless. With patronage like this and cost increases merely dependent on a bit of patter it is easy to see that favours might be involved.
240 Diggers to Afghanistan [ 9 May 2006 ]
Oz is sending 240 men to Afghanistan. This is down right silly. When the tribesmen finish fighting ours they will go back to fighting each other. There men soldier well or not very long.
Rumsfeld grabs more power [ 24 April 2006 ]
Having fouled up beyond belief in Iraq, Rumsfeld is taking power from the CIA [ DrugRunners'R'Us ] and the State Department in order to wage war here, there and everywhere. Does Bush take the this thug seriously? Are they both mad or is it their Zionist handlers?
US Navy's fleet increasingly irrelevant [ 20 April 2006 ]
Carriers are hugely expensive. Destroyers at $1 billion up are not cheap so when a couple of Arabs with a rubber dinghy full of explosives hit one it is VERY cost effective. The price of a few camels to the widows makes a lot of sense. Russian missiles aren't cheap but they are effective and cost effective. Is there a lot of point in having a navy?
Outsourcing F-111 unit [ 14 March 2006 ]
F111s are effective but getting on in life. Outsourcing is the fashionable approach that makes a lot of money for business men prepared to snivel to politicians and give them very well paid little numbers later on. There is a better answer. The world's third biggest air force is sitting quietly in Arizona. See Where Warbirds Go To Die. They could spare us a few B52s or even F111s.
More US subs to counter Chinese threat [ 7 March 2006 ]
Subs are being secretly transferred to the Pacific to threaten China rather than Russia. They will be based in Pearl Harbour, San Diego and Bremerton in Washington state. This will be in case of sabre rattling over Taiwan.
U.S. Plans to Modernize Nuclear Arsenal [ 7 March 2006 ]
So do India, Pakistan and Blighty. The Israeli nuclear upgrade does not get a mention, far less any of its NBC [ nuclear, biological, chemical ] capability.
Spitfires roar and soar seventy years on [ 6 March 2006 ]
Seventy years ago to the minute the nameless prototype flew. This time it was a Mk IX twin seater with the original pilot. The Hurricane did well early on but the Spitfire had the looks and did the job. People paid for them at £5,000; serious money then.
Pentagon to sell fighters to India [ 4 March 2006 ]
But they give them to Israel for free. Do the Indians get to pay double? Possibly. It is a part of Bush colluding with the Indians on nukes. It is all right for Indians to have nukes and threaten Pakistan. It is not all right for Iran to have nukes so that they can defend themselves from Israeli nukes.
Israeli sub fleet chief- We can hit targets overseas [ 2 March 2006 ]
Nuclear subs with cruise missiles can hit more or less anything in Western Europe and all coastal regions of North America. Add in anywhere a few hundred miles inland in a country that annoys them and you are looking at a strategic weapon. Of course almost anywhere is vulnerable to the 40 foot container with a bomb and a long fuze. They can easily be pre-positioned and might well be in place NOW. It is a two way passage though.
PS They are not fool enough to have women onboard.
Israel Buys Two Dolphin Class Submarines [ 2 March 2006 ]
For $1.17 billion and putting the frighteners on. They were German Kriegsmarine surplus. They already had three boats.
Australia to buy Lockheed missiles for fighter jets [ 29 February 2006 ]
They have a range of 250 miles which is useful. Cruise missiles can attack land and sea targets. Oz has 71 F18 Hornets. They will cost A$400 million so they are not cheap which is why they will not be carried by maritime surveillance aircraft - a pity. See also Missile purchase to upset region Indonesians will not like the idea that we can defend ourselves against them. They will help to fill the gap between the going of the F111s and arrival of F35s.
Brazil poised to join the world's nuclear elite [ 12 February 2006]
Do we care? It seems not. North Korea gets threatened. So does Iran regardless of what it does. So what is the score? It ain't the fairy stories that the media are feeding us.
Where Warbirds Go To Die
The world's third largest air force sits and waits in Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
'Aussie' Abrams tanks roll off line [ 19 February 2006 ]
Five have been made. There will be 59 and all second hand. Heavy tanks seem fairly irrelevant for Oz but would be more useful for invading Iran or other places that Zionists want attacked.
Amid China threat, U.S. to hold mammoth naval operations in Pacific [ 17 February 2006 ]
Exercising the fleets on China's door step is a provocation in Chinese eyes or a comfort to Taiwan. Four carriers is a lot of fire power. Do we really need sabre rattling from a draft dodger like Bush or anyone else? BTW, you need to read the Tehran Times to see what the rest of the media are not telling.
Defence Strategy Review
Leads to news and views. Read for yourself. Think for yourself. Decide for yourself.
Quadrennial Defence Review 2006
The [ American ] Secretary of Defence takes a public position. It is a public relations offering and part of the propaganda war.
E-Weapons Directed Energy Warfare In The 21st Century [ 20 January 2006 ]
High powered lasers could really spoil your day and they can be controlled from far away. It sounds as though those computer games will pay off. To say the obvious these projects are humungously expensive but they are always cheaper than losing.
Britain's sci-fi tanks to fend off attack with force-field [ 9 January 2006 ]
This sounds good or, at least, high tech and expensive. The real battlefield is in politics, education, law and the churches. We are losing because we don't even know that they are making war on us. See Invisible Enemy and Subversion for more on this.
Why is the U.S. Navy Leasing a Swedish Submarine? [ 7 January 2006 ]
With Russian submarines rusting at their moorings there are not many credible enemies left but there are some genuine threats which need the US Navy to train for. Using Swedish technology is the answer.
Australia gets spyplane drones [ 15 December 2005 ]
They sound useful. The customs and fishery protection people need them too. At A$145 million they ain't cheap. They are from Israel with stolen(?) American(?) technology.
Australian Forces Becoming Invaders [ 15 December 2005 ]
The RAAF is getting the heavy lift capability to move their main battle tanks by air. That means invasions just like the Russian army when it was in East Germany. All of their tanks were equipped for river crossings and you don't do those when you are falling back.
Jewish choppers in service of drug cartel [ 12 November 2005 ]
American made choppers went to drug runners. American officials are asking questions. Does this get worldwide media attention? Not on your life.
India to buy Zionist drones in 220 million dollar deal [ 5 November 2005 ]
Selling American technology to China annoyed the Americans. They are still doing it. See the previous entry.
Venezuela upset with US over arms veto [ 3 November 2005 ]
Upgrading F16s blocked so Hugo is going to give them to Fidel in Cuba or that bloke with an odd name in China. Bush gives F16s to the Jews for free. Bush invades Iraq for them for free. Jews matter. Others do not. See Free Jets for Israel: Bush OK's 102 Fighters at $45 Million Each
Revealed: Blair's nuclear bombshell [ 17 October 2005 ]
Blair is going to update our nukes. I think this makes sense although he is doing it for the wrong reasons. Nuking Tel Aviv is an important option. The Army is not keen and Brown is moaning about the cost. He has got plenty of our money to waste when he wants.
BTW, the English newspapers are so excited that they are saying nothing.
Free Jets for Israel: Bush OK's 102 Fighters at $45 Million Each [ 1 October 2005 ]
This is so that they can attack Iran but it is only American tax payers' money that is being used to help Jews murder foreigners. Source Israel gets new F-16I fighter/bomber
Colonel saw engine blast before air disaster
Fly Air Ethnic and take your chances? Not me. American air lines are quite conscientious. They can't take the bad publicity. Remember PanAm? Nor does anyone else after Lockerbie and it wasn't even their fault. Brits are all right for the same reason. They can't hide from the publicity. Europeans? All right but after that get very selective.
Russia's new X-555 cruise missile operates better than its predecessor
With a range of 1,250 miles and serious accuracy it sounds like good kit. It is air launched so you have to be a long way away to be safe from it or well hidden. It is the electronic side that makes the real difference. How well can it avoid the opposition's defences? We will never really know unless it is for real. Just hope that it doesn't come to that.
STEALTH SECRETS OF THE F-117 NIGHTHAWK
Its development was kept under wraps for 14 years, but by 1991, the F-117 Nighthawk had become a household word.
Aviation History is a bit more accurate but it is seriously advanced technology and it worked well in Iraq. To be fair Iraqi technology was probably not good but they meant it and the USAF's aircraft all got back.
Vladimir Putin flies Tu-160 bomber plane, tests cruise missiles and advertises ice cream [ 18 August 2005 ]
The Moscow air show was fun. Vlad went there.
Russia responds to Le Bourget with MAKS-2005 Air Show in Moscow region [ 16 August 2005 ]
This is the second Moscow air show and they have some super kit. The Mig-29 [ Fulcrum if you are in NATO - see NATO reporting names ] has vectored thrust making it highly manoeuvrable. I don't quite see why they need such advanced goodies but if you want peace prepare for war and the Chinese are not always nice. The USAF will be there too.
B2 Bomber's Radar Frequencies Sold. Changing Will Cost $1 Billion [ 16 April 2009 ]
If a multinational organization that few have heard of, headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali, managed to disable the radar of a major U.S. combat system, you would think someone would make a fuss. Apparently not: When the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, acting in accordance with the International Telecommunication Union, inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber's Raytheon APQ-181 radar to a commercial user, nobody panicked, even though installing new radar arrays on the 20 surviving jets will cost well over $1 billion.
Politicians get very nonchalant about billions these days. After all it is only other people's money and they come in for the golden hello, the brown envelope or what ever. Civil servants see it the same way.
Oz Beefing Up Armed Forces [ 13th May 2009 ]QUOTE
Why, despite the slump, Australia wants to lavish money on its armed forces
FLANKED by Australia’s senior soldiers, Kevin Rudd, the prime minister, stood on a navy frigate in Sydney Harbour on May 2nd and talked of likely future tensions in Asia and the Pacific....... The show of naval muscle was calculated. His government plans a military build-up over the next 20 years as a hedge against the tensions, which it worries are most likely to come from China.
There will be only a modest rise in the number of military personnel, of about 3,000 to 57,000. But the navy and air force will get the hardware to build what the paper calls a “heavier and more potent maritime force”. The submarine fleet will be replaced and doubled in size to 12. There will be a new fleet of 11 frigates and air-warfare destroyers, equipped, like the submarines, with cruise missiles. The air force will get about 100 new fighter-bombers. Mr Rudd calls the build-up “the most powerful, integrated and sophisticated set of military capabilities” Australia has had. It is estimated to cost around A$100 billion ($74 billion).
But what is it for?........ This implies China has now replaced Indonesia as the main strategic threat to Australia........ The new hardware’s priority will be defending Australia’s northern approaches from the Indian Ocean via the Timor Sea to Polynesia.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The last big attack was through the Northern Approaches. That was the Japanese air raid on Darwin. Holding them off would be better than fighting on land.
Britain's Fighter Force Cut By A Third [ 31 July 2009 ]QUOTE
The service will buy 160 instead of the 232 planned, it was announced in Munich today at the contract-signing ceremony involving the four nations of the NATO Eurofighter Tornado Management Agency. Britain signed up for a third and final tranche of Typhoons but agreed to buy 40 instead of 88. Britain ordered 55 in the first tranche and 89 in the second but 24 of these planes were immediately sold on to Saudi Arabia. Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, who retires today as the Chief of the Air Staff, has made it clear that he expects the RAF to operate on the basis of a Typhoon fleet of 120 aircraft..........
The traitors who inhabit Downing Street have plenty of our money when they want. But making the men fight a war in Iraq for enemy aliens and refusing them the kit to do it is even worse than usual.
India's first stealth fighter to fly in 4 months [ 2 September 2009 ]
In less than four months from now, India's first stealth fighter will fly for the first time. It is called the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft or FGFA being developed in Russia by Sukhoi. The FGFA is designed to have a top speed of approximately Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound. It has the ability to super-cruise or operate at speeds beyond the speed of sound without engaging systems such as afterburners which consume huge amounts of fuel.............. India, which has partnered Russia in the development of multi-role fighter Sukhoi Su-30 MK 1, [ NATO reporting name is Flanker - Editor ] is a key player in the FGFA project and is expected to pay a sizeable chunk of the $3 billion needed to fund development of the fighter.
India moves on and Her Majesty's Government still subsidises them.
Brazil Needs Atomic Bomb [ 26 September 2009 ]
Brazil's vice-president and former defence minister has said his country should develop nuclear weapons. Jose Alencar, who led the defence ministry from 2004 to 2006, said in an interview with several Brazilian news media broadcast on Saturday that his country needed atomic weapons. "The nuclear weapon, used as an instrument of deterrence, is of great importance for a country that has 15,000 kilometres of border to the west and a territorial sea where oil reserves have been found," he said..... Brazil has also signed the 1988 Tlatelolco Treaty that bars nuclear arms in South America.
The man has a point, what with the murderous hooligans to the north. They have invaded dozens of countries. Stealing oil is just one reason as Iraqis know all too well.
Unmanned Craft Soon In Service With Jews [ 5 October 2009 ]
The Israel Navy plans to begin using unmanned naval craft in the coming months for patrols along the Mediterranean coast, senior IDF officers said on Sunday. Called unmanned surface vehicles, the ships are operated by remote control from a land-based station and are highly manoeuvrable, allowing them to conduct a wide range of missions, including patrols of the coast, without endangering navy personnel. One system that the navy has already purchased is the Protector, which was developed by Rafael Advanced Systems Ltd. The navy has also procured a second undisclosed system. The craft can carry a wide variety of payloads, including cameras, sensors and weapons.
Both systems saw action for the first time during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip earlier this year, when the navy deployed the unmanned surface vehicles off Gaza to enforce the sea blockade aimed at stopping weapons shipments.
Robots fight so nobody gets hurt. That is the theory. The machines cost lotsa money so somebody winds up happy about it.
American Air Force Run By Israeli And Run For Israel [ 17 April 2010 ]
One would expect the Air Force’s top civilian adviser to be someone who has spent some time in the US military or who has a very particular educational or skills set that brings something special to what is, after all, a very senior and sensitive position. Not so. Dr. Lani Kass, who is the senior Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force General Norton A. Schwartz, was born, raised, and educated in Israel and then served in that country’s military where she reached the rank of major. She has a PhD in Russian studies but advises Air Force Generals on Cyberwarfare, terrorism, and the Middle East. And Kass appears to have close and continuing ties to her country of birth, frequently spicing her public statements with comments about life in Israel while parroting simplistic views of the nature of the Islamic threat that might have been scripted in Tel Aviv’s Foreign Ministry.
Just how did an enemy alien get top level security clearance? By something like total enemy infiltration is the answer. Do Jews need to spy on America? Not when they are running it.
Jews Buying Nuclear Attack Submarines [ 22 April 2010 ]
New reports say Israel is planning to establish a deep-sea navy and is negotiating with Germany over the purchase warships and submarines. According to a report published by United Press International, Germany will supply Israel with three more Dolphin class attack submarines, several warships, and possibly two MEKO A-100 corvettes. The MEKO variant sought by the Tel Aviv regime costs an estimated $300 million. The warship, with a range of 4,635 miles, can carry one medium-size helicopter and 24 weapons systems — 16 ship-to-shore and eight anti-ship missile launchers adapted to US weapons as well as air-defence missiles and automatic cannon. Citing an unnamed Israeli source, the UPI report said that the Israeli navy would like even more Dolphins. “Our ideal number would be nine — enough to ensure we have the necessary assets at sea to cover all relevant threats and targets,” UPI quoted the source as saying.
What are the relevant targets? The Jews says not but take your pick of European capitals. Add in Washington. Just make sure you are some place else if there is a sudden exodus from your local synagogue.
Saudis Will Allow The Jews To Attack Iran [ 14 June 2010 ]
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are not scrambled and missile defence systems not activated. Once the Israelis are through, the kingdom’s air defences will return to full alert.........
Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one...
The four main targets for any raid on Iran would be the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz and Qom, the gas storage development at Isfahan and the heavy-water reactor at Arak. Secondary targets include the light water reactor at Bushehr, which could produce weapons-grade plutonium when complete.
The targets lie as far as 1,400 miles (2,250km) from Israel; the outer limits of their bombers’ range, even with aerial refuelling. An open corridor across northern Saudi Arabia would significantly shorten the distance. An air strike would involve multiple waves of bombers, possibly crossing Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Aircraft attacking Bushehr, on the Gulf coast, could swing beneath Kuwait to strike from the southwest..........
Israeli intelligence experts say that Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are at least as worried as themselves and the West about an Iranian nuclear arsenal. Israel has sent missile-class warships and at least one submarine capable of launching a nuclear warhead through the Suez Canal for deployment in the Red Sea within the past year, as both a warning to Iran and in anticipation of a possible strike. Israeli newspapers reported last year that high-ranking officials, including the former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, have met their Saudi Arabian counterparts to discuss the Iranian issue. It was also reported that Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, met Saudi intelligence officials last year to gain assurances that Riyadh would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during the bombing run. Both governments have denied the reports.
One has to believe that Saudis hate Jews for the unmitigated evil they do. Loathing Iran to that extent is a bit of a surprise but that is what The Times is telling us. If they are fool enough to swallow the Jews' story they are feeding us duff gen.
Fuel What A Stinker [ 5 July 2010 ]An office shared with an escort agency above a shop in the Finchley Road, contracts worth over $700 million, a congressional investigation and a president's son on the run. Sounds like a plot for a novel. But it's true life and real news. That is why the main stream media are keeping quiet about it. Private Eye is an honourable exception. It is only the American tax payer being robbed. Perhaps that is why nobody is babbling.
How are we going to get the men out of Afghanistan when the politicians decide to end a pointless war? Not through the Khyber Pass and 1200 miles down to Karachi for starters. Through the stans to the north sounds better. Read this and know that banditry has gone over to heavy metal. It is not just Kalashnikovs and land mines.
New Army Chief Is Ready To Pull The Plug On Grossly Over Priced UK Defence Firms [ 18 July 2010 ]
General Sir David Richards said the Ministry of Defence should not ‘prop up ailing industries’ with lucrative orders for overpriced tanks and helicopters. Britain’s most senior military figure, appointed to his new role last week, said the Government should instead buy equipment from cheaper foreign suppliers...............
His comments, made at an MoD meeting on the future of the Afghanistan war last month, are likely to infuriate industry giants including QinetiQ and BAE Systems, which is worth £10 billion and employs more than 107,000 people worldwide...........
Last night, senior Conservative backbencher Douglas Carswell, who campaigns on defence procurement issues, said: ‘The General deserves 100 per cent backing. Pathetically weak politicians and hopelessly compromised officials for too long have allowed our defence budget to be spent supporting arms companies rather than our Armed Forces.’with a blatant track record to prove it. See Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs for the appalling details. If General Richards is an honest man he will get a grip of the MoD which is just as badly featherbedded, idle and wasteful.
Defence spending is grossly wasteful. BAE cannot or will not deliver a quality product on time at an honest price. They are deeply corrupt con men
Germany Sold Murder Machines To Jews With 80% Discount [ 25 July 2010 ]
Germany and Israel have failed to agree on a sale's deal of a German submarine to Israel, a Berlin source said on Friday........... The U.S. journal Defence News reported this week that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government had turned down Israel's request for a discount of up to one-third on the price of a $1.6 billion package including two other warships and torpedoes. Germany funded more than 80 percent of the cost of Israel's first three Dolphin submarines in the 1990s, and is currently accounting for a third of the cost of two more submarines being manufactured in Germany.
The full cost of the diesel-powered Dolphin class submarine would be some $700 million. Others already in Israel's fleet were extensively underwritten by Germany, which is dedicated to Israel's security, founded in the aftermath of the Holocaust.
Jews want nuclear submarines so that they can attack anywhere in Europe - or America for that matter. They are vicious hooligans. German politicians are moral cowards who have allowed themselves to be intimidated by the Holocaust® story
Afghan War Diary, 2004 - 2010 [ 26 July 2010 ]
25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary, an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010. The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers, and mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail. The document collection is available on a dedicated webpage.
The reports cover most units from the US Army with the exception of most US Special Forces' activities. The reports do not generally cover top secret operations or European and other ISAF Forces operations.But WikiLeaks have cleverly put the source into a strange format so that we cannot read it. An update on this one when, if it becomes accessible.
This is going to cause massive sense of humour failure in the American high command and political circles.
Royal Navy Buys Inferior Rubbish For Twice The Price Again [ 24 November 2010 ]
Apart from a possible ability to shoot down the latest Russian ship killers, however, there are few reasons to buy PAAMS as opposed to Aegis/Standard. The Euro offering is hugely more expensive: putting Aegis/Standard in our Type 45s would have cut their costs by half or more. They would then be able to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles against enemy warships or targets hundreds of miles inland, and also Standard SM-3 interceptors capable of knocking down ballistic missile warheads or even satellites sailing far above the atmosphere.
As it is, we will pay at least double and get none of these things. Our Type 45s will have no serious ability to strike targets ashore, and we will continue to have no capabilities against ballistic missiles. Most glaringly of all, the Type 45 will have no weapon other than its guns with which to fight enemy ships - Sea Viper has no surface-to-surface mode.
You might feel that preservation of British high-tech jobs in some way justifies such horrific overspending for such lamentable amounts of capability, but in fact the relatively few Brit workers concerned have now mostly been fired anyway. So actually it's pretty hard to agree with Captain Powell and General Robison that this is a story of excellent cooperation between MoD and industry. It seems more like industry taking the MoD for a long and lucrative ride.
It is not always easy with these things to know quite who are fools and who are rogues. Salesmen are there to sell. Tax money is easy money so nobody really cares. Do the public get value for money? Never. Nor do the men who serve at sea. Of course admirals retire to become salesmen on their own account. Then we get robbed again. See Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs for more and better details.
Royal Navy Submarine Runs Aground Off Scotland [ 22 October 2010 ]
A £3.5bn nuclear submarine has run aground off the Isle of Skye, the Ministry of Defence said today. Early reports suggested no one was hurt in the incident involving HMS Astute – the Royal Navy's newest and largest attack submarine. An MoD spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident involving one of our submarines off the Isle of Skye. This is a not a nuclear incident............ Submarine HMS Trafalgar sustained millions of pounds worth of damage when it ran aground off Skye in 2002.
Oh no, not again. It is getting to be a habit. Doing it just after Trafalgar Day does not help.
They were vague about who they were picking up or dropping off. SAS are the obvious.
Brazil Will Build Nuclear Submarines [ 18 July 2011 ]
Brazil to build nuclear submarines which will dramatically alter balance of power in South America The Brazilian government has started work on a submarine programme which will include the construction of South America's first nuclear subs. The move will boost Brazil's claim to be the strongest force in the region, and strengthen the country's military assertiveness. This new-found power may harm Britain in the event of another flare-up over the Falklands, according to U.S. news agency Global Post, as Brazil thinks the islands should belong to Argentina. The defence plan was announced in 2008, and will eventually involve the construction of five new submarines. Each will cost around $565 million.......
Government officials claim that the subs will be used to protect the country's offshore oil reserves, and the exploration platforms which are intended to expand those reserves. However, Brazil is an outspoken advocate of Argentina's right to claim the Falkland Islands - or Las Malvinas, as they are known in South America.
This happens as Cameron is weakening our forces. He would claim that he is not a traitor. By their fruits shall Ye know them.
RAF Buys 14 new Chinooks For £1 Billion [ 25 August 2011 ]
RAF to get 14 new Chinook helicopters
The Ministry of Defence is to buy 14 Chinook transport helicopters at a cost of £1bn, the defence secretary has announced.
The contract, which will increase the number of Chinooks operated by the RAF to 60, will also include development and support costs for five years.
In a speech at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where the British Chinook fleet is based, Liam Fox said the deal showed that the government was bringing "reality" to the defence budget, enabling it to provide real equipment....... There have been persistent complaints by the RAF of shortages of helicopters and spare parts during the Afghanistan operation. Three years ago it was reported that only 17 were fit for active service of the-then fleet of 40.£700 million each is grossly excessive. We should be getting ten times the number for that price. Fox is a fool or a rogue. Ditto for the MoD wallahs who did the negotiating. How many will walk into golden helloes from Boeing? Quite a few sounds right but by that time we will have forgotten, won't we?
A price over
NATO Oil Tankers On Main Supply Route To Afghanistan Hit Again [ 25 August 2011 ]
Gunmen atop motorbikes opened fire on the narrow main highway at Kolpur village in Pakistan, 15 miles south of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province. The tankers, carrying tonnes of fuel, were heading through the southwestern Pakistan region en route to NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan when they were fired upon in an attack that has become all too familiar to coalition forc
The main supply route into Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass is vulnerable, very vulnerable. Bribing locals works - sometimes. When they want a pay increase they lay on an attack or maybe do it for the fun of the thing.
We can win there quite easily by walking away but corrupt politicians send men to death without a twinge of conscience for reasons known unto them. Was it bribes? Stupidity? Will we ever know?
Kalashnikov Rifle Is Being Updated [ 1 March 2012 ]
Russian army stops ordering 'out of date Kalashnikovs'... but won't tell inventor in case shock kills him.......... Soviet hero Mikhail Kalashnikov, a former Red Army conscript, designed the AK-47 in 1947, since when more than 100 million have been sold worldwide. Later he produced the AK-74. [ with a smaller round - Editor ].
He was conscripted into the army in 1938, where he rose to become a senior sergeant in the 24th Tank Regiment........ After the end of the war, he set to work designing a new sub-machine gun and after a number of attempts came up with the AK-47 - short for Avtomat Kalashnikova model 1947........
Russia's Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov said he is already awash with Kalashnikovs but needs a more modern gun, which is still on the drawing board at the brand's Izhevsk plant in central Russia.
The AK is good kit. It works under military conditions, which means mud, snow, dust, rough usage. A better sight makes lots of sense. Mikhail Kalashnikov [ one of 19 children ] is a decent man who have preferred to invent a lawn mower.
Merkel Helps Israel Strengthen Their Nuclear Forces While Jews Whine About Iran's Non-Existent Bomb [ 23 March 2012 ]
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday for the agreement to provide Israel with an additional submarine.......... Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that "the sixth submarine multiplies the force and capability of the IDF and the [ criminal ] State of Israel in the face of the growing challenges. The agreement indicates our cooperation with Germany and the German government's obligation [ What obligation apart from that of servile fools? - Editor ] to the security of Israel.".......
According to the deal struck between Israel and Germany, Germany will finance a third of the submarine's costs. Two of Israel's other Dolphins were paid for by Germany, while the third was half-funded by Israel. Two more are under construction.
It is not clear whether Merkel is a fool or a rogue. She could be both. These Dolphins have 25.5 inch tubes to fire their nuclear cruise missiles. These are variants of the Popeye standoff missile with a known range of 930 miles. These means they will able to hit any capital in Europe. That includes Berlin. They will also be able to do Washington. Netanyahu is laughing up his sleeve.
Russian Warships En Route To Syria [ 18 July 2012 ]
The first warships of the Russian naval flotilla bound for the Russian base at Tartus, Syria, are putting into the Cypriot port to re-supply and rest their crews – a naval auxiliary vessel Monday, followed by the Smetliv frigate Sunday. More Russian warships are expected to stop over in Cyprus in the coming days.
These men are on their way to what might the opening round of World War III. Recall that Zionist crazies have been leveraging American politicians to invade Iran for them. Americans have not been quite stupid enough to cut off the Oil that flows out of the Gulf. Syria involves sabre rattling. It is all rather pointless but the thugs running Israel do want to run the world. They are the Puppet Masters. It is not difficult to think that Adolf got them right.
Smetlivy, Russian ASW destroyer.
SAS Going Back To 7.62 NATO Round [ 19 March 2013 ]
SAS to use bigger bullets to kill enemy outright after claiming 'shoot-to-wound' policy put their lives at risk
The SAS are being issued with new ammunition designed to kill the enemy outright after they condemned a ‘shoot-to-wound’ policy that put their lives at risk.
The elite troops will now use bigger, heavier rounds to overcome Islamic insurgents who are determined to fight to the death.
The bullets upgrade – and a new range of rifles designed to fire them – were recommended in a top-secret report on SAS operations in Afghanistan. It called for a return to a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy and for heavier rounds to be issued to troops. The report’s authors described bloody clashes with Taliban jihadists who managed to ignore their bullet wounds and carry on shooting.....
The rounds currently issued as standard to SAS troops for their rifles are 5.56 mm calibre. In future, the troopers will be given 7.62 mm rounds – which are almost twice as heavy and designed to kill with a single shot...........
‘The need for a heavier round was highlighted in the regiment’s post-Afghanistan report. Tests are now taking place on at least three rifles specially designed to fire the 7.62 mm rounds.
The Mail demonstrates in depth ignorance again. The 7.62 NATO round is good kit. It was proved in the Falklands, in Borneo and plenty of other exciting places. The Ministry of Defence is demonstrating its enthusiasm for wasting money while preventing men from getting good rifles. They were, at best the incompetents who allowed BAE Systems to foist off shoddy rubbish, grossly over priced years late in the form of the SA80. This when we had tens of thousands of L1A1 SLR, the self loading rifle beloved of many. Add in a decent optical sight and give them to every man.
PS Those who remember their history will know that the Army converted the new fangled .303 British round to soft nosed Dum-dum because the small calibre rounds were not dropping the nasty rough Pathans in Afghanistan. Now it turns out that even smaller 5.56 NATO are no good against their great grandsons. Some lessons just do not sink in.
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