August 31, 2014

Iran claims successful operation of BAVAR-373 long-range SAM system

Senior military officials in Tehran announced a few months ago that the Iranian missile shield enjoys even better features than the Russian version, as it has better agility, mobility and precision capabilities and can intercept all targets in low, mid and high altitudes.

General Esmayeeli had stated in February that the Iranian missile system would have “higher capabilities than the (Russian) S-300" once it starts operation, adding that “the indigenized system will be more powerful than S-300 missile system”.

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri said in May, 2013 that Bavar-373 missile defense system had reached the production stage and its subsystems had been tested successfully.

Photos - FARS news agency

Fars news agency report:

Singapore Navy Frigate RSS Intrepid makes a port call in Ma Xie Naval Base in Zhanjiang, China

Earlier the Singaporean frigate had stopped in Japan on the way back to Singapore from RIMPAC

Photos - Singapore Navy

Siege of Amerli broken by Iraqi forces with Paratrooper landing

The town has been besieged for two months, with over 15,000 people trapped inside.

The advance follows US airstrikes around the town, and air drops of humanitarian supplies to the residents from British, French and Australian planes.The majority of the town's population are Turkmen Shi'ites.

Chinese PLA Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning leaves Dalian Shipyard after completing maintenance on August 31

On August 31, Liaoning aircraft carrier left Dalian shipyard after  completion of four months of routine maintenance work.Some Chinese enthusiasts around the shipyard shot the departure of Liaoning from the pier. 3 tug boats helped the vessel perform a U-turn and depart.

Liaoning arrived in Dalian for maintenance and re-painting in mid-April this year.

Photos - Chinese social media sources

Russian tanks and APCs arriving in Ukraine?

Leopard 2 MBTs and Marder IFVs arrive in Indonesia

Rheinmetall AG had shiped 24 MBT Leopard Tanks and 28 A4 Tank Marder to Indonesia earlier in August. Along with the tanks, Rheinmetall AG is to Supply the Indonesian Army With Leopard 2 Simulators.

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Will the Naya(new) Pakistan and Inqilab(revolution) end in Pakistan Army coup?

Protesters planning to enter  Pakistan's PMs house and parliament in a do or die effort.

In 1971, the Pakistan Army managed to lose half of Pakistan - which became Bangladesh. In 1977, the Pakistan Army was back running Pakistan.Six years was all it took. And if 1971-1977 happened, what’s 2008-2014?

Pakistan's PM had tried ex-Pakistan Army check Gen.(R) Mushy for treason and now Pakistan Army is paying back.

Attacking neighboring India like in 1999 or a terrorist strike in an Indian city , Pakistan army will be able to divert public attention and stage yet another coup to take control of Pakistan.

Speech after the coup is also ready.

Russian Navy to renovate 2 mossy Akula submarines

USS North Dakota (SSN 784), First Block III Virginia Class Submarine Delivered to US Navy

Photo - US Navy

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, on Aug. 29, two days prior to its contract delivery date. North Dakota is the first of eight Virginia Class Block III ships. Approximately 20 percent of North Dakota was redesigned as part of the Virginia Cost Reduction work done to lower acquisition cost and increase operational flexibility. The changes include a ship's bow redesign, replacing 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.

"North Dakota delivered ahead of schedule and under budget," said Capt. David Goggins, Virginia Class program manager. "When one considers the scope of design changes, this represents a tremendous achievement."Only six days ago North Dakota successfully completed Alpha, Bravo, and Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) trials, which evaluate the submarine's seaworthiness and operational capabilities. During the trials, the crew took the submarine to test depth, conducted an emergency surfacing, and tested the submarine's propulsion plant."North Dakota and her crew delivered an outstanding performance," said Program Executive Officer for Submarines Rear Adm. David C. Johnson. "It was almost 10 years ago that the first ship of the class, USS Virginia delivered on Oct. 12, 2004. Since then, this program has delivered 10 ships, with North Dakota the latest. We continue to meet the Virginia Class standard of delivering submarines early, under cost, more complete and ready for tasking right out of the shipyard. North Dakota set a new benchmark for excellence in what is the arguably the best performing program in defense acquisition."

The Navy postponed North Dakota's original May commissioning date because of quality issues with vendor-assembled and delivered components that required an unplanned dry-docking to correct. Additional design certification work was also required on the submarine's redesigned bow."Now that certifications are complete, and we're armed with lessons learned,we can move forward knowing that we are providing our fleet with the most capable, and battle-ready submarine possible," said Goggins.North Dakota will spend the next two months preparing for its Oct. 25 commissioning in Groton, Connecticut.

Virginia-class submarines are built to dominate the world's littoral and deep waters while conducting Anti-Submarine; Anti-Surface Ship; Strike; Special Operation Forces; Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; Irregular Warfare; and Mine Warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, firepower, and sensor suite directly enable them to support five of the six Maritime Strategy Core Capabilities - Sea Control, Power Projection, Forward Presence, Maritime Security, and Deterrence.

Iraqi Army receives Mil Mi-28NE gunship helicopters

Photos - Video grab from الجيش العراقي البطل Youtube channel

Mil Mi-28NE gunship helicopters before their delivery - in Russia

Prime minister of Lesotho flees to South Africa after coup

The prime minister of Lesotho - Thomas Thabane - flees to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger.Lesotho has seen a series of military coups since independence in 1966.

Russian robotic minesweeper

Philippines top defense and military officials focus on situation of peacekeepers in Syria

Philippine military says all soldiers rescued in Golan Heights. More details awaited

Top officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are hands on in monitoring the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights, as Syrian rebels started firing at their position today, August 30.

Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario, and AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr led the online video conference with 7th Philippine Contingent to Golan Heights commander LTC Ted Damusmog.They were joined by USec Natalio C Ecarma III, AFP Vice Chief of Staff LtGen John S Bonafos, Deputy Chief of Staff LtGen Virgilio O Domingo, Army Commanding General Hernando DCA Iriberri, Navy Flag Officer in Command VAdm Jesus C Millan, Air Force Commanding General LtGen Jeffrey F Delgado, and other staff of the AFP.

Same to shame - Chinese Aeronautical Engineering marvels - Part three

Clone the drone

Separating An F-16 From Its Engine

Maintenance on an F-16 fighter jet requires removing the bombs, missiles, and engine to replace a hydraulic line. Filmed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan - 2014.

Israel Air Force Apaches

August 30, 2014

Republic of China -Taiwan- Expeditionary Force Martyrs Memorial ceremony

Iraq situation report August 27-28 2014

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Image - Institute for study of war Nicole Dicharry

Indonesia Military

Chinese Tabloid says US Navy's P-8A 'interfered' with Chinese sub before intercept

Photo - PLAAF

A Chinese fighter jet that made a controversial intercept of an American reconnaissance aircraft earlier this month may have been forced to do so because the US plane had been "seriously interfering" with a Chinese submarine, says the Chinese-language version of the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily.

In yet another staunch defense of the intercept by the Chinese J-11 fighter from the People's Liberation Army on the US Navy's P-8A reconnaissance plane on Aug. 19, the Global Times questioned what other alternatives were available to China when the US had been conducting highly frequent close-in surveillance near Chinese waters and airspace.While Pentagon press secretary John Kirby labeled the intercept, in which the two planes came within nine meters of one another, as "aggressive" and "dangerous," Global Times said China had no choice, adding that the primary role of the P8-A is anti-submarine warfare, meaning it is designed to find, track and deter, damage or destroy enemy submarines.

Citing an unnamed Chinese military expert, Global Times said that the P8-A may have been intercepted because it was "seriously interfering" with the underwater movements of a Chinese submarine, stating that the reported intercept point was only 200 kilometers from Chinese airspace.The expert suggested that the incident has been completely overblown by US media, saying that the Chinese military has always been quite "restrained" when dealing with US planes and should have a "standard, professional" intercept process in place. Chinese pilots also have "very strong discipline," he added.

The expert goes on to deduce that the PA-8 may have deployed a sonobuoy, an expendable sonar system dropped from aircraft conducting anti-submarine warfare. This would have been a "very serious provocation," he said.

Poland Armed Forces Day Parade 2014

Full Army Segment

Full Air Force Segment - " Russian" aircraft for NATO aspirant.

Turkish T-129 ATAK helicopter set to be showcased at today's Aug. 30 Victory Day parade

The T-129 ATAK helicopter, which is co-produced by AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) joined the Turkish air force on June 10.

Turkey’s co-manufactured assault helicopter T-129 ATAK will be the first indigenous aircraft on display at the Aug. 30 Victory Day parade.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will showcase its latest inventory during the ceremony, which will be attended by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the first time as president and Ahmet Davutoğlu as prime minister.

Tunnel warfare in the urban scenario

Photos of tunnels found out and destroyed by IDF in Gaza. Cost of each tunnel is approximately $3 million.

Photos - IDF Mission Protective Edge

Tunnels In Houses

Tunnels Outside Houses

16th P-8A takes off from Boeing Field following delivery to US Navy

AH-64 Apaches and CH-47 Chinook during Operation Northern Strike 2014

Photo: U.S. Army by 1st Lt. Brian Anderson

A crew from the 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion tends to an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter following a live-fire exercise at the Grayling Air Gunnery Range during Operation Northern Strike 2014 while a CH-47 Chinook lands in the background.

Ukrainian Soldiers successful fight for survival after getting surrounded

The Donbass Battalion and other pro Ukrainian soldiers find themselves surrounded in a building. They must fight for their survival, and escape their seige. They are eventually successful in doing so.

How NATO Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance works?

NATO continues to develop key capabilities to protect the security and freedom of its members.
Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) is one of these capabilities. It is a combination of processes, systems, and people, including air, ground, maritime, and space assets, which feed into one “fused” report.

US airstrikes in Iraq 26th August

The video depicts a U.S. airstrike against an ISIL armed truck near Irbil on Aug. 26.

Same to shame - Chinese Aeronautical Engineering "marvels" - Part two

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