Friday, August 26, 2016

That Indian sub leak IS serious!

The report carried specifics on the entire sonar systems used to identify and target enemy vessels, forcing India to accept that a few pockets of concern remain in the establishment. Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said, "It is my understanding that there are a few pockets of concern, assuming that what is claimed to have been leaked has actually been leaked."
And this."The Navy is just trying to control the public relations damage of the leak, so they are trying to play it down. If they claim there is no damage, then maybe we should now put all 22,400 confidential documents on the net," he told Indian newswire IANS.
There is definitely more to this sub leak than the Indian Navy is telling us.

Pic of the day. Marine Corps Sikorsky HR2S (H-37) Mojave helicopter

Thanks to Galvars for the pic!

I love this helicopter.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Open Comment Post. Aug 26, 2016. What will the ramifications be for dissing the Kurds?

This is an early "Open Comment Post" because the situation in Syria is becoming even more alarming to me.

We are seeing a circular firing squad with the added insult of the US abandoning one of its most important allies in the supposed fight against ISIS.

Think about it.

Just a month ago all we heard was how the Kurds are the most dependable friends we have in the fight against ISIS and Assad.  Pics (above) leaked of US Special Ops personnel wearing YPG patches and fighting alongside them.

Actions have consequences.  I wonder what the consequences/ramifications be for dissing the Kurds?

Turkey-backed rebels, U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds clash...the circular firing squad continues.

Turkey sent more tanks into northern Syriaon Thursday and gave Syrian Kurdish forces a week to scale back their presence near the Turkish border, a day after it launched a U.S.-backed cross-border incursion to establish a frontier zone free of the Daesh and Kurdish rebels.
Skirmishes broke out between Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, raising the potential for an all-out confrontation between the two American allies that would also jeopardize the fight against Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) in the volatile area.
Turkey’s incursion Wednesday to capture the town of Jarablus was a dramatic escalation of Turkey’s role in Syria’s war and adds yet another powerhouse force on the ground in an already complicated conflict.
But Ankara’s objective went beyond fighting extremists. Turkey is also aiming to contain the expansion by Syria’s Kurds, who have used the fight against Daesh and the chaos of Syria’s civil war to seize nearly the entire stretch of territory along Syria’s northern border with Turkey.
Above all, Ankara seeks to avoid Kurdish forces linking up their strongholds along the border. The U.S. has backed its NATO ally, sending a stern warning to the Syrian Kurds with whom it has partnered in the fight against Daesh to stay east of the Euphrates River. The river crosses from Turkey into Syria at Jarablus.

“The U.S. is interested in stopping this from becoming a confrontation between the YPG and Turkey. That would be a huge detriment to the anti-IS (Daesh) campaign,” said Chris Kozak, a Syria researcher at the Washington-based Institute of the Study of War, referring to the main U.S.-backed Kurdish faction fighting Daesh. Turkey accuses the group of links to Kurdish groups waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.
Now we're seeing hints of the truth.

With the removal of ASSAD being taken off the table, things are heating up.  The Kurds are the first victims in all this but there are many more to come.

Forgotten Marine Corps Legends. Colonel Joseph Biddle, Master of Unarmed Combat

via Bowie Knife Fighters Blog.
A pot-bellied fellow with eagles on his shoulders and store teeth up-stairs pointed his bayonetted rifle toward a hard-boiled regiment at Ft. Bragg.

"All right, now," he shouted, "kill me."
Nobody moved.

The chicken-claws pointed to the ranks.

"You, come and get me." But the kid he singled out was scared. "Dammit, I want you to cut my throat."

The Private made a half-hearted bayonet thrust.

"You're yellow," the Colonel yelled, prancing up and down in his black sneakers. "I want a man who's not afraid to kill. Step out, you there," he commanded a tough-looking 30-year-old sergeant. The buck stepped from the ranks.

"Now come running at me with your bayonet," he ordered, "and go for my throat."

The sergeant wet his lips. He clenched his gun and lunged full speed at the Colonel's neck.
Col. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, who knows more about bayonets, knives and jiujitsu than any other man, parried the thrust with his own bayonet. Before the sergeant could mumble, "Holy smoke," Biddle had his own bayonet alongside the sergeant's throat, and the big buck was sweating.
"That's how it's done," the Colonel said. "Now let's all try it."
Read the whole thing here.

Secret info on India's Scorpene Subs leaked.

The 22,400 pages of data seen by The Australian contain the key secret stealth capabilities of the Indian submarines. Some information included what frequencies the submarines gather intelligence at, the levels of noise they make at various speeds, their diving depths, range and endurance, where on the submarine the crew can speak safely to avoid detection by the enemy, magnetic, electromagnetic and infra-red data, and the specifications of the submarine’s torpedo launch system and combat system, the speed and conditions needed for using the periscope, noise specifications of the propeller and radiated noise levels that occur when the submarine surfaces.
Do you see that tidbit of the info leaked?  I guarantee that EVERY navy on the planet made hard copies, is comparing it to estimates and is putting the info into new battle simulations.

Further you can bet that China, the US (yeah...we gather info even on allied nations gear) and Russia are digging thru it hard.

If India is smart they'll cancel this contract.  Those subs will be damn near useless if delivered with the current specifications.

British Military Working Dogs are plain fierce! Pic of the day.

Geez!  If I saw that dog when I came around the corner I would head the other way.  I wouldn't want to die from puppy kisses. Brit MWD are fierce!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Video of EItan 8x8 APC!

Mark my words gents. You're seeing a new standard in wheeled IFV/APC design.

The death of an 8x8 IFV. Is situational awareness the most important factor in armored warfare now?

Below you'll see screen captures of the vid that Drinas gave the blog links to (you can see it in an earlier post).  Putting aside the fact that the Saudi's are piss poor soldiers...putting aside that they're getting taken apart with basic and I mean BASIC soldier skills...ignoring that those three vehicles possessed more firepower than the people firing at them from the hilltops....

The question needs to be asked.  Is situational awareness (optics, sensors, etc...) the most important factor in armored warfare now?  Armor nuts (myself included) debate firepower, mobility, armor protection...wheels vs tracks...but we never debate vehicle sensors.

Check out the pics below and the video I posted earlier.  We weren't there so we don't know but my bet is that those poor bastards didn't even know where they were taking fire from.  If they had state of the art sensor systems then maybe they could have returned fire and gotten out of that killbox.

Lead vehicle hits a rut in the road and loses its axle.  Trail vehicle following too closely for the speed being traveled rear ends it.  Apparently the crash causes the two back tires on the right side of the vehicle to deflate.  This should not have been a mobility kill.  I'm sure the driver of the LAV probably sustained serious injuries in the crash.

The third vehicle in this tragic comedy zooms around the first two.  This was the chance to assist his comrades but he was having none of that and simply unassed the area at high speed. I guess the thought was better "you than me".

The survivors of the crash realizes they're in deep doo-doo.  I can't even imagine the conversations going on inside the vehicles at this time.  The radio communication back to whatever HQ is probably laced with profanity.  I'm sure prayers were said.

Didn't notice it the first time I saw the vid but the turret attempts to orient toward the enemy.  I never saw it fire and the fact that the rear hatch is open means that at least one person in the vehicle has made a decision to leave on foot.  The fate of one guy trying to hoof it out is shown on vid.  He sprints for what looks like a half mile to me (world record fashion) and is finally clipped in the ankle and sent to Allah.

The death of the 8x8 IFV.  I never saw rocket fire and it appears that they killed it with small arms.  I have to repeat.  Not counting personal weapons, but with the 90mm on the LAV, plus the 50 cal on the Hummer, the ambushed force had FAR MORE FIREPOWER than the enemy.  They quite simply had no idea where to fire.

Saudi Armor keeps getting beat up in Yemen (video)

Thanks to Drinas for the video!

The tragic comedy starts at 12:50.  What is that 8x8 IFV?  So much for the vaunted durability!  It lost 2 wheels on one side just from the crash.  I never saw its main gun fire and those guys were in full retreat.

The Saudi's are some pathetic soldiers.

Iranian speedboats harass US Destroyer...

Story here.

There will be an incident at sea soon.  Just sit back and wait for it.  Our naval strategy of "forward presence" and freedom of navigation exercises might seem like a great idea in meeting rooms but out on the ragged edge it has consequences.

Take this incident for example.

One wild eyed Iranian zealot in one of those speedboats.  That's all it would take.  What if that zealot decided to show the "imperial dogs" and raked the superstructure of that destroyer with 50 cal fire?

How do we expect our Destroyer skippers to react?  Should they tuck tail and run or defend their ship?

Between incidents with Russia, China and Iran...this shit will get out of control and we will see an incident.  Mark my words.

And the hits just keep Putin offers to host Middle East peace talks.

Thanks to Joe for the link

via WarNewsUpdates.
President Vladimir Putin is pushing to host peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in the latest sign of his ambition for Russia to replace the US as chief powerbroker in the Middle East.
Mr Putin made his overture to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who said that it would involve a meeting at the Kremlin between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ­Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
“Putin has told me that he is ready to receive Abbas and ­Netanyahu in Moscow to carry out direct talks to find a solution,” Mr Sisi told the state-owned newspaper Al Ahram.
Gawd Damnit!  I'm really getting tired of our so called best and brightest being out maneuvered by Putin.  Either the guy is a freaking genius or our people are idiots.

Lets take it by the numbers....He props up Assad, brings Turkey to heel, gets Iran to furnish most of the soldiers taking the hits in the fight against the moderate terrorists (is there any such thing?), blunts US strategy against ISIS, curb stomps Kurdish ambition for a state carved out of the carcasses of Iraq/Syria...and now he wants to play peace maker between Israel and Palestine.

The optics on this are terrible.

We are on a serious losing streak in the Middle East and Putin is raping us with a cactus.