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  • Watch Ukraine's Largest Munitions Depot Transformed Into Massive Fireball

    03/24/2017 6:07:15 AM PDT · by Freeport · 42 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 24, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Ukraine's largest munitions depot literally blew up yesterday, sending mushroom clouds rising and rockets flying in every direction. Most the city of Balakliya, around 20,000 people, were told to evacuate following the initial blasts, causing a chaotic exodus including gridlock traffic as secondary explosions continued to erupt at the nearby depot. At this time, no deaths have been attributed to the ongoing incident. There has been a six mile exclusion zone established around the depot and a 31-mile radius no fly zone above it. Ukraine has called on NATO to help them deal with the runaway disaster. The government...
  • Munitions go missing from recruit school (Aarau, Switzerland)

    09/12/2016 7:58:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 12 Sep 2016 16:17 GMT+02:00
    A military investigation is underway after several kilos of munitions were found to be missing from the infantry recruit school in Aarau. The Swiss defense ministry said a check on ammunition supplies last week had led to the discovery, according to newspaper reports. It said the investigation had begun last Friday and had so far produced no results. Army spokesman Daniel Reist could not say what type of explosives were affected. …
  • U.S. Military Drops Munitions to Syrian Rebels: Officials

    10/13/2015 7:32:45 AM PDT · by gtx960 · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 13, 2015 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    <p>The U.S. military airdropped 50 tons of ammunition to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS on Sunday — the latest maneuver in the United States' attempt to help turn the tide of a chaotic civil war.</p> <p>The airdrop, consisting of AK-47 rounds, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds, targeted rebels in ISIS-held territory in northern Syria, senior defense and military officials told NBC News.</p>
  • ISIS attacks Ramadi: It’s way worse than we’re being told

    04/17/2015 7:52:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies ^ | April 17, 2015 | Allen West
    One of the best lessons I learned in my years of service in the military is a quote often share with y’all: “the enemy has a vote.” You can try and sell the American people — and others — a politicized line such as “al-Qaida has been decimated and destroyed” or “we have reached the framework of a deal with Iran” or “ISIS is not Islamic,” but the bad guys are not affected by empty rhetoric. And here we go again with the Obama administration and the conflagration against Islamic terrorism. We’ve been told that ISIS has stalled. Their recruiting...
  • Taiwan develops ‘smart’ munitions against China

    09/22/2013 10:27:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies ^ | 9/21/13 | staff
    Taiwan’s air force will be armed with “smart” munitions before the year’s end that could be used against any Chinese invasion by striking airfields and harbours on the mainland, media reported Saturday. The new weaponry, developed under a project codenamed “Wan Chien” (Ten Thousands Swords), is scheduled to be carried by dozens of Taiwan’s fighter jets. The island nation began developing its own smart weapons after the United States - Taiwan’s main arms supplier - refused to sell them guided bombs. Taiwan’s air force plans to upgrade 60 fighters before the year’s end, with the last six being refitted and...
  • Palin: Washington buying bullets for us ('We're going to default eventually and that's why feds....)

    02/27/2013 10:30:35 PM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Garth Kant
    Imagine the worst-case scenario if the sequester goes through. The market nosedives. The economy implodes. Empty shelves. Riots. The feds hit the streets in force to restore order in a “national emergency.” Sounds like something in a Third World country or Greece. It could never happen here, right? Think again, says Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee believes the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.” Palin says the feds are afraid of what might happen if the sequester goes into effect. She writes on her Facebook page: “If we are going to...
  • Sudan: Israel is 'Legitimate Target' Now

    10/27/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/10/12 | Gil Ronen
    Sudan's Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, has warned that his country would take "resolute steps" against Israeli interests following the bombing of an ammunitions factory in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Osman told the BBC that his country now sees Israeli interests as legitimate targets for attack. He said that Sudan possesses proof that Israel is behind the attack on the Yarmouk weapons factory, and said that experts who combed the location of the blast sound evidence that Israeli arms were used to destroy it. Australia's ABC News quoted the minister as saying: "We have to reply because this is too much....
  • India not sold on closer military ties with U.S.

    06/06/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. | David S. Cloud and Mark Magnier
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urged India on Wednesday to build a closer military relationship with the United States, but Indian leaders appeared more interested in buying U.S. weapons than in aligning strategically with Washington. Senior Indian officials made it clear in two days of talks that they will continue to set their own course on U.S. national security priorities, including isolating Iran and building up Afghanistan's military forces, sometimes in tandem with Washington and sometimes not. Panetta is visiting Asia this week to bolster military ties as the Obama administration, wary ofChina's growing clout in the region, seeks to...
  • Poland Requests F-16 Support and Additional Weapons Munitions

    02/07/2012 9:55:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 2/7/2012 | US Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 2 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of F-16 support and munitions, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $447 million. The Government of Poland has requested a possible sale of 93 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II Tactical Missiles, 4 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 65 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 42 GBU-49 Enhanced PAVEWAY II 500 lb Bombs, 200 GBU-54 (2000 lb) Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Bombs, 642 BLU-111 (500 lb) General Purpose Bombs, 127 MK-82 (500 lb) General...
  • Huge blast kills 27 at Iran military base near Tehran

    11/12/2011 2:18:50 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 27 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 12, 2011 | Reuters
    TEHRAN: A massive explosion at a military arms depot near the Iranian capital Tehran killed 27 elite Revolutionary Guards on Saturday and wounded 16 others, state broadcaster IRIB said. Officials said it was an accident which happened as troops were moving ammunition at a base in Bidganeh, near the town of Shahriar, some 45 km (28 miles) west of Tehran. While there was no indication of any attack, the explosion shook homes and rattled windows for miles around at a time of mounting tensions with Israel over Iran's nuclear programme. "So far, 27 personnel of Revolutionary Guards have been martyred...
  • Royal Navy finds 61 bombs in two day sweep at nudist beach

    10/15/2011 9:40:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Oct 2011 | unattributed
    Experts were called in after 26 bombs - including two submarine depth charges and at least six 10lb mortar bombs - were washed up on Leysdown Beach last month. And last week, during a two day search of the beach, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent - the Navy found another 61 bombs, taking the total to 87. The team found mortars, submarine depth charges, a string of 10lb bombs, bullets and a string of other ordnance, some dating back to the late 19th century, during the sweep. The east side of the beach - often called Shellness -...
  • SDBs Aimed At Lebanon

    11/15/2010 12:12:51 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/8/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Israel has received the first of the thousand new U.S. 250 pound (actually 285/129 kg) Small Diameter Bomb (SDB, or GBU-39) it ordered earlier this year. Apparently these weapons arrived quickly, and it's believed that some SDBs have already been used during Israeli air raids on Gaza. Earlier, the Israeli had received a few SDBs for evaluation, and some of these were apparently dropped as well. The SDB is not cheap, Israel paid about $77,000 for each one. It was believed that Israel wanted this weapon not just for its precision, and low explosive (17 kg/38 pounds) power, but also...
  • Multipurpose Bomb Rack program reaches Milestone B

    04/11/2010 9:24:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 541+ views
    U.S. Navy Press ^ | 4/10/2010 | U.S. Navy Press
    he U.S. Navy’s first bomb rack design effort in four decades recently met a new milestone. The BRU-69/A multipurpose bomb rack (MPBR) received a Milestone B approval, which authorizes the program to move into the System Development and Demonstration phase. The Navy awarded the Engineering Manufacturing Development contract to Raytheon March 29. The 210-pound rack will replace the current inventory of BRU-33, BRU-41, BRU-42 and BRU-55 racks. “By replacing four racks with one, the MPBR will significantly reduce the Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) logistical footprint, aircraft turnaround time and life-cycle cost,” said Capt. Carl Chebi, NAVAIR’s Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201)...
  • U.S Navy to deploy APKWS

    04/10/2010 7:30:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 784+ views ^ | 4/10/2010 |
    U.S. Marine Corps will initially deploy Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) from AH-1W Cobra helicopters, developed by BAE Systems in partnership with the U.S. government. APKWS provides aviators with a highly precise weapon that is effective against soft and lightly armored targets while minimizing collateral damage. It is mainly important in urban areas and other situations in which non-combatants or friendly forces are near hostile targets. “The weapon system, which transforms standard 2.75-inch unguided rockets to smart, highly precise laser-guided missiles, "is a game-changer for our nation's war fighters," said Mike Lewis, vice president and general manager of soldier...
  • U.S. Navy Goes LJDAM

    03/07/2010 10:34:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 97+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 03/06/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Navy has ordered 23 of the new U.S. LJDAM (Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions) for evaluation. This is the GPS JDAM system, with the more accurate laser guidance in addition to GPS. It's economical because the only difference between JDAM and LJDAM is the additional laser seeker. The navy expects the LJDAM to pass all its tests, and plans to order 11,000 of them, starting next year. The only problem with LJDAM is that laser light can be blocked by rain or sand storms. However, laser guidance is more accurate (hitting within a meter or two of the...
  • Iran making new smart bombs

    03/03/2010 8:28:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 426+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/3/2010 | UPI vis Space Daily
    With defense and acrimony building in the Persian Gulf, Iran announced plans to test a new laser-guided bomb. Iran's Fars News Agency reported that a prototype of the 2,000-pound smart bomb would be tested "in the near future," the country's air force commander Brig. Gen Hassan Shahsafi said. He said the smart bomb, dubbed Qassed-2, had a longer range and better vision than its earlier version, the Qassed-1. That weapon made its debut four years ago and has since then been in mass production. Qassed is interpreted as "messenger." It was not immediately clear how advanced the prototype is and...
  • US to boost up Pakistan's defence capability: Report

    03/03/2010 8:02:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 361+ views ^ | 3/3/2010 |
    US will supply sophisticated laser-guided-bomb kits, 12 American-made surveillance drones and 18 late-model F-16 fighters to boost Pakistani forces capability to strike in remote tribal areas, a development which could spark unease in New Delhi. The new arms supply, Wall Street Journal said was part of efforts by Pentagon to boost Pakistani forces capability to take on Taliban and Al Qaeda militants. Islamabad is also to receive equipment capable of converting 1,000 traditional munitions into "smart bombs" that can strike targets with precisions, the paper reported. With this new arms aid, US counterinsurgency assistance fund for Pakistan is slated to...
  • The Emergence of Smart Bombs

    03/02/2010 12:36:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 908+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 3/1/2010 | John T. Correll
    The Dragon’s Jaw bridge at Thanh Hoa was the toughest target in North Vietnam. It was 540 feet long and crossed the Song Ma, a river 70 miles south of Hanoi. A railroad track ran down the middle, with a highway lane on either side. The bridge rested on a massive center pillar of reinforced concrete, 16 feet in diameter. The abutments were solidly anchored in the hills on both sides of the river. This bridge was a replacement for the original one built by the French before World War II. Viet Minh insurgents managed to destroy the first bridge...
  • Aerial bombardment,The calibration of destruction.

    01/30/2010 6:06:26 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 24 replies · 1,504+ views
    The Economist ^ | jan 28 2010 | The Economist
    On April 2nd 2003, during the second Gulf war, a hundred or so Iraqi armoured vehicles approached a far smaller American reconnaissance unit south of Baghdad. Responding to a call for help, a B-52 bomber attacked the first 30 or so vehicles in the column with a single, historic pass. It dropped two new CBU-105 bombs, and the result shocked the soldiers of both sides—and, soon enough, military observers everywhere. While falling, the CBU-105 bombs popped open, each releasing ten submunitions which were slowed by parachutes. Each of these used mini rockets to spin and eject outward four discs the...
  • Boeing's Laser JDAM Draws International Interest

    10/13/2009 12:49:58 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 455+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/13/2009 | Staff Writers
    Boeing has signed Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contracts with the U.S. government to provide Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) to two international customers. The FMS contracts are part of a $98 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for Laser JDAM production and integration that Boeing received in August. The weapons are scheduled for delivery in 2010. "There is strong international interest in Laser JDAM because it engages both stationary and moving targets with tremendous precision," said Dan Jaspering, Boeing director of Direct Attack Programs. "There are more than 20 countries that have JDAM, and we expect many of them...