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  • China shows off advanced ship missile defence system

    09/11/2014 5:55:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | Thursday, 11 September, 2014
    A Hongqi-10 ship-based missile defence cell installed on a Chinese warship. Photo: SCMP Pictures China has shown off the People's Liberation Army's latest hardware on primetime state television, an advanced short-range missile defence system said to have a “high success rate” destroying incoming missiles and aircraft. The Hongqi-10 (Reg Flag 10) surface-to-air missile was shown in China Central Television's evening news bulletin Wednesday being fired from ships and land-based mobile launchers, and exploding in the sky on impact with its target. It will protect warships against rockets over a limited area, and will be used alongside an “area defence system”...
  • Michael Sam cut by Rams

    08/30/2014 1:08:15 PM PDT · by GreenAccord · 205 replies ^ | 8/30/2014 | Nick Wagoner and Adam Schefter
    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, according to multiple league sources. Sam's efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks. Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot. Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.
  • Chris Long didn't appreciate ESPN's Michael Sam shower segment

    08/26/2014 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 26, 2014 | Will Brinson
    Tuesday's SportsCenter featured an awkward break down of Michael Sam -- Rams defensive lineman and the first openly-gay player in the NFL -- and his shower habits. While Josina Anderson reported Kendall Langford said Sam is "one of the guys and seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of listening and learning at his own pace" she also reported one unnamed Rams defensive player's position on Sam's showering with teammates. "Another defensive player told me Sam is 'respecting our space' and from his perspective he seems to think Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower...
  • First Openly Gay NFL Draftee Michael Sam May Not Make the Team

    08/25/2014 7:50:02 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 92 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 8/25/14 | Adam Chandler
    Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team, has made waves in just three preseason games. But on a surprisingly deep St. Louis roster, Sam's spot is hardly guaranteed. "He’s no different than any other late-round pick or college free agent that we have. He’s just trying to make this team,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in his office the other day. “We have a reality that we can only keep so many players at that position. Is he better than that fourth or fifth defensive end? Right now, I can’t...
  • Investigators: MH17 black box data consistent with SAM shootdown

    07/26/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It took a while for EU investigators to get the black boxes from Malaysia Air 17 back fron Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, and for good reason. According to CBS News, the plane experienced “massive explosive decompression” while cruising normally at 33,000 feet — exactly what one would see in a surface-to-air missile attack: Unreleased data from a black box retrieved from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine show findings consistent with the plane’s fuselage being hit multiple times by shrapnel from a missile explosion, CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips reports.“It did what it was designed to do,”...
  • ESPN’s Wilbon: Influence..‘Religious Right’ in Footb' Preventing Players from Accepting Michael Sam

    07/23/2014 9:59:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 23, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    The NFL hasn’t been sufficiently accepting of Michael Sam, who came out as the first openly gay professional football player earlier this year, due to the religious Right’s influence in NFL locker rooms, says one ESPN commentator. On Tuesday, Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were discussing former NFL coach Tony Dungy’s recent comments that media attention would have pushed him away from drafting Sam. Kornheiser said he was optimistic that NFL players would be personally tolerant of Sam, though. “I’m more skeptical,” Wilbon countered. “I think there is a component, a subculture of the religious Right, that...
  • Why Tony Dungy wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam

    07/21/2014 2:27:34 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    SI ^ | July 21, 2014 | Doug Farrar
    "I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ That's what former NFL defensive back and head coach Tony Dungy told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune when asked about the prospects for rookie defensive end Michael Sam. Of course, Sam is the league's first openly gay player, and though many league executives and players may feel exactly that way, Dungy may feel the courage to speak to his own...
  • Downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 a story of claims and counterclaims

    07/18/2014 10:16:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/18/14 | Jim Emerson
    Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) over Grabovo, Ukraine and crashed near the Russian border killing all 298 souls on board. The national/political identity of the SAM battery that attacked the commercial airliner is unknown at the time of writing. The finger pointing, accusations and conspiracy theories are currently noise disguising the truth. Even the so-called recording of pro-Russian separatists is of questionable origin. Russian military intelligence would be unbelievably—that is, implausibly–sloppy to permit discussion of a civilian shootdown over unencrypted communications. (1) The New York Times reports that two witnesses near Grabovo claim...
  • US-made Stinger missiles have likely fallen into ISIS hands, officials say

    06/17/2014 6:21:18 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 16, 2014 |
    U.S. officials with access to the latest U.S. intelligence on Iraq told Fox News it "appears likely/probable" that U.S.-made Stinger missiles have fallen into the hands of Sunni insurgents. [....] Iraqi intelligence officials said ISIS fighters managed to take control of two big weapons depots late last week holding some 400,000 items, including AK-47 rifles, rockets and rocket-propelled grenades, artillery shells and mortars. A quarter of the stockpiles were quickly sent to Syria in order to help the group's comrades there, they said.
  • Michael Sam may have violated NCAA rules [Vanity]

    05/19/2014 12:48:50 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 44 replies
    self | 19 May 2014 | Bjřrn Radtke
    There was a discussion on FR about Michael Sam selling T-Shirts on his website. It got me thinking when was this website created? If it was created after he came out then he is an entrepreneirial capitalist but if it was created before then he's all about himself and his gayness. So I went to check on my local domain register and low and behold it was created October 13, 2013 but this where Sam might be in a little bit of trouble withe NCAA. The site was registered by his now agents Empire Athletes of Santa Monica, California and...
  • Michael Sam didn’t disclose doc plans, fearing it might hurt draft stock, per report

    05/16/2014 6:59:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    SI ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bryan Rose
    The Oprah Winfrey Network is set to begin production on a documentary series surrounding Michael Sam, a plan that Sam and his representatives knew about before the draft. The problem? The latter group didn’t disclose that fact to the St. Louis Rams or other teams. Per ESPN’s Ed Werder, Sam and Co. didn’t disclose their OWN documentary plans to teams ahead of the draft out of fear that he “might not be picked.” St. Louis scooped up Sam at pick No. 249 overall.
  • ‘I’m Done!’: Talk Host Storms Off Set After Heated Discussion Over Michael Sam’s Kiss With Boyfriend

    05/15/2014 10:22:42 AM PDT · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-15-2014 | TRN
    A Texas talk show host stormed off set Tuesday after a heated discussion was ignited when she expressed disapproval of coverage showing Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend. “Can we just agree that this was an opportunity to make news?” KTXD-TV’s “The Broadcast” host Amy Kushnir asked. “He has every right to do what he wants, that’s not my issue,” she added. “I just don’t want it in my face.” WATCH:
  • Free Speech Not So Free When Discussing Gay Rights

    05/15/2014 6:43:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | May 15, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Once, Social Security was the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality. Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood. Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team -- the St. Louis Rams picked him 249th in the last round -- is being treated by the media and those in the gay rights movement as the equivalent of an early American pioneer. Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones, apparently, didn't get the memo. Jones tweeted "OMG" and "horrible"...
  • Oprah acquires rights to Sam series

    05/14/2014 6:05:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 14, 2014 | Darren Rovell
    The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced on Wednesday that it had purchased the rights to a documentary series that will follow the life of Michael Sam. Terms were undisclosed, but sources said that negotiations to make the deal took two months. Sam became the first openly gay man to be taken in the NFL draft when he was picked Saturday in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. Cameras for the network were with Sam when he received the call that he was drafted and will follow him through training camp as he tries to make the team. The...
  • Michael Sam's boyfriend did time for sports betting..grandfather..mobster 'Willie the Rat'

    05/12/2014 12:19:43 PM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    Wiping away tears before sharing a passionate kiss for the cameras, new NFL pick Michael Sam and his boyfriend were the picture of joy on Saturday. As the photograph of their embrace quickly spread across the internet, Sam celebrated being the first openly-gay player drafted to the NFL - and viewers wondered about the identity of his man. He has now been named as Vito Cammisano, a 23-year-old fellow University of Missouri alum, who starred on the school's swim team - and who apparently comes from one of the state's most infamous mobster families. Online records indicate that he is...
  • First openly-gay NFL player Michael Sam and boyfriend pictured partying in Las Vegas...

    05/12/2014 8:50:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2014 | Staff
    Michael Sam and boyfriend Vito Cammisano partied Saturday night away in Las Vegas after the 24-year-old became the first openly-gay football player selected in the NFL draft. Sam's selection in the seventh round by the St Louis Rams became a landmark moment for the LGBT community when he and Cammisano celebrated with a kiss on live TV. That moment was recorded at Sam's agent's house in San Diego, and soon after Sam and 23-year-old Cammisano left to properly celebrate at Las Vegas club Tao.
  • 'I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen': former NFL running back (subject: Sam's kiss)

    05/12/2014 6:18:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 97 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 11, 2014 | Joshua Gardner
    A now-retired Super Bowl-winning NFL running back went on a Twitter tirade on Saturday after openly gay 2014 draft pick Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on television. Derrick Ward, 33, who was a member of the New York Giants Super Bowl XLII-winning team, didn't hide his disdain for ESPN's decision to air Sam's smooch with boyfriend Vito Cammisano after learning he would become a St. Louis Ram. 'Man U got little kids lookin at the draft,' Ward complained. 'I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen.'
  • Historic moment as Michael Sam becomes first openly-gay player EVER drafted into the NFL...

    05/11/2014 11:45:45 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/11/14 | RYAN GORMAN
    ... after getting seventh round call from St Louis Rams...and he celebrated with a kiss from his boyfriend College football star Michael Sam and the St. Louis Rams made history Saturday night when the team made him the first openly-gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team. The highly decorated defensive end was drafted in the seventh round, 249th overall, and famously kissed boyfriend Vito Cammisano after smashing cake in his face on national television. Sam was named as both an All-American and the SEC Defensive player of the year after a stellar senior campaign last season for...
  • Michael Sam: I should've been drafted in the first three rounds

    05/11/2014 7:19:37 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 161 replies
    cbs sportsline ^ | 5-11-14 | John Breech
    Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam became the first openly gay player in NFL history to be drafted when the Rams took him with the 249th pick on Saturday, but Sam almost didn't make history because he almost fell out of the draft. Sam was taken with the eighth-to-last pick, meaning he almost wasn't drafted at all, something he found rather shocking. The NFL's first openly gay player said he should've been picked higher. "From last season alone, I should've been in the first three rounds -- SEC Defensive player of the year, All-American," Sam said, listing off his 2013...
  • Another Dolphin in Twitter trouble

    05/10/2014 10:26:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 11, 2014 | James Walker
    DAVIE, Fla. -- It has not been a banner week for Miami Dolphins players on social media. Just 48 hours after Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey found himself in hot water over recent Twitter comments, Dolphins second-year player Don Jones tweeted a controversial reaction to the St. Louis Rams drafting Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL. Soon after Sam was drafted, Jones tweeted "OMG" and "horrible." Those tweets since have been deleted.
  • Rams select Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay player

    05/10/2014 4:40:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 207 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2014 | Sam Farmer
    NEW YORK -- It took nearly the entire draft, but Michael Sam and the NFL finally made history. The St. Louis Rams used the 249th pick in the seventh round to select Sam, who has officially become the league's first openly gay player. Being picked by St. Louis means Sam will stay in the state where he played college football as a standout at the University of Missouri.
  • U.S. government: Americans are 'killer zombies'

    03/18/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 20 replies
    WND ^ | March 18,2014 | Steve Peacock
    A bloodthirsty zombie version of the Uncle Sam character bites the neck of a foreign man in a promotional video the Obama administration is using to catch the attention of Pakistani youth. Voice of America, through a local cable company, currently distributes “Zindagi 360,” a program VOA uses to target young adults in Pakistan, but the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors is setting its sights higher. BBG now is aiming for a Pakistan-wide broadcast of the show, which “focuses on topics that resonate with young people in Pakistan,” such as music and “life in America.” The topics apparently include the...
  • Michael Sam unimpressive at NFL Scouting Combine, struggles in 40-yard dash and weight room

    02/25/2014 5:34:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 25, 2014 | Ebenezer Samuel
    Michael Sam — who is hoping to become the first openly gay player in NFL history — made a good impression during his media press conference on Saturday. But on on the field Monday he couldn't do the same thing. Sam needed to show he has more athleticism, but the suddenly scrutinized Missouri defensive end struggled to do that.
  • First 'out' NFL prospect Michael Sam captured on video dancing topless in Missouri gay bar..

    02/12/2014 6:37:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2014 | James Nye
    Footage of NFL hopeful Michael Sam dancing topless in a Missouri gay bar showing off his best moves has emerged in the week he dramatically came out to the nation ahead of the draft. Sam, 23, was videoed at the SoCo nightclub in Columbia in October - just a few months after he had told all his Mizzou team mates he was gay and received their overwhelming support. In the footage, Sam dances along to Michael Jackson's Rock With You alongside a group of excited looking women, who all seem to be enjoying themselves.
  • Tebow Vs. Sam: A Tale of Two Draft Picks

    02/11/2014 12:44:04 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 55 replies ^ | February 11, 2014 | Matthew Philbin
    Feel that? Something “historic” and “important” just happened. It might even be a “teachable moment,” and it’s certainly therapeutic. Why, liberals will be able to like their country just little bit more. Come on people, feel the love! A potential fourth round NFL draft pick has declared is “own truth,” and come out as gay. Having taken the “courageous” step of joining society’s most trendy and celebrated grievance group, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is now basking in the media adulation. ESPN’s Chris Connelly stressed to Sam, “You could become the first openly gay player in the NFL, that’s a...
  • DETROIT: Former businessman sentenced for brokering sham marriages

    10/30/2013 2:39:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    PRESS AND ^ | October 25, 2013 | by Joe Slezak
    SNIPPET: "Hussein “Sam” Nazzal, 59, was sentenced to 33 months by U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani on Friday. Nazzal formerly owned Shish Village restaurant and G&S Development, a real estate company, both of which were in Dearborn. He pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to defraud the United States. Federal officials also got two criminal convictions of those involved in the fraud, and two others have been deported from the United States to Lebanon."
  • Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libya border [incl 500 MANPAD]

    10/24/2013 4:01:40 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 3:47pm EDT | Lamine Chikhi
    (Reuters) - Algerian troops discovered a huge arms cache near the border with Libya, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday. ... The source said the cache was found in Illizi in southern Algeria, about 200 km (125 miles) from the Amenas gas plant, which Libyan-based Islamist militants attacked in January, killing nearly 40 foreign contractors. The weapons included 100 anti-aircraft missiles, more than 500 MANPAD shoulder-launched rockets often used against low flying aircraft like helicopters, and hundreds of rocket launchers, rifles, landmines and rocket-propelled grenades, the source added.
  • Brazil builds Russian defence ties with missile plan

    10/16/2013 8:14:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 16, 2013 | Anthony Boadle
    (Reuters) - Brazil is pushing ahead with a planned $1 billion purchase of anti-aircraft missile batteries from Russia in a deal that will cement a strategic defence partnership between the two BRICS nations, the Brazilian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Brazilian officials said they expect to sign a contract by the middle of 2014 for short- to medium-range surface-to-air Pantsir S1 missile batteries and Igla-S shoulder-held missiles. In December, Brazil bought 12 Mi-35 attack helicopters - a type dubbed the 'flying tank' - in its first purchase from Russia of military hardware. The rising Latin American power has traditionally obtained...
  • Uncle Sam: The Ultimate Negative Equity Borrower (US Government LTV = 446%)

    10/05/2013 3:14:41 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    After the housing crash of 2008, millions of US borrowers were suddenly plunged into a negative equity position of their homes where the amount they owed to lenders exceeded the value of the property. The problem was so bad that it has motivated cities to consider eminent domain to seize the underwater debt of borrowers (as in Richmond and San Bernardino California). Here is a recent map of negative equity from Zillow. zillowmapofnegeq These borrowers have nothing on Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam now owes $17 trillion to bondholders. GFDEBTN_Max_630_378 (3) Currently, Uncle Sam has public debt equal to 100.46% of...
  • Son Of Sam: The Rise Of House Prices And The Return Of Shared-Appreciation Mortgages

    09/18/2013 10:31:24 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/18/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Rapid increases in house prices have spawned unintended consequences. One of the unintended consequences in the return of the shared appreciation mortgage. Jeff Uter would have needed to sell stocks or pull cash out of his consulting business to afford the down payment on a $780,000 home in Orange County, California. FirstRex is seeking to benefit from homebuyers who need extra cash as values climb at about the fastest pace since 2006 and lenders require larger down payments after loose mortgage underwriting helped fuel a global crisis. Instead, he paid half of the 20 percent required and got the other...
  • Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon [ MANPADS]

    06/11/2013 8:21:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies
    AP ^ | June 11, 2013 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) -- The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class. Except that the students in this case were al-Qaida fighters in Mali. And the manual was a detailed guide, with diagrams and photographs, on how to use a weapon that particularly concerns the United States: A surface-to-air missile capable of taking down a commercial airplane. The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests...
  • Proof Positive - In My Opinion (who created Innocence of Muslims)(Obama)

    09/20/2012 10:33:42 PM PDT · by TigersEye · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 20, 2012 | Montagraph
    Proof Positive - In My Opinion True Source Found For "Innocence of Muslims." (Obama)This is a Youtube video produced by user Montagraph who speculated that "Innocence of Muslims" was a false flag op. So did I. He has done a lot of work tracing numerous websites connected to the original uploading of the now famous video. His narrative starts out very slow but give it a chance. He does explain it all in detail and has sourced it all with URLs below his vid. Montagraph declines to say that his evidence is definitive so you be the judge. The internet...
  • Major Bank SAM Security Breach

    03/16/2013 2:40:56 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 6 replies
    General Services Administration | Mar 16 2013 | vanity
    Major Bank SAM Security Breach This is real time, big, big money. If you or your company or governmental sub unit(State, county, foreign nation) do or have done business, grants or contracts with the Federal Government, you should start checking your accounts now. This is the email I got today. 'Dear SAM user The General Services Administration (GSA) recently has identified a security vulnerability in the System for Award Management (SAM), which is part of the cross-government Integrated Award Environment (IAE) managed by GSA. Registered SAM users with entity administrator rights and delegated entity registration rights had the ability to...
  • The Genius of Sam Donaldson

    12/25/2012 7:51:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | David Garth
    Old Sam Donaldson is back in the news. You remember Sam, don't you? Physically, he tends to remind one of an eagle. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have the vision of one - particularly in regard to our future. Here's what Sam had to say last weekend: "It's the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don't know something about the way the country's changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back...

    09/28/2011 5:44:34 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 58 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 9.28.201128 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    For twenty years – long before 9/11 – the danger of terrorists armed with surface to air missiles shooting at passenger planes has been the secret fear of many top political leaders. In the late 90s, a terrorist network was nabbed trying to bring them into Newark Airport, but the airline industry and the government have done nothing to equip passenger airplanes with any defense against these always deadly missiles. Now Barack Obama has committed the ultimate sin: He has let 20,000 surface-to-air missiles escape from military depots in Libya. According to ABC News “U.S. officials had once thought there...
  • Russia to Test New Naval Air Defense System by Year End

    05/13/2012 7:46:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 12/05/2012
    Russia to Test New Naval Air Defense System by Year End Russian air defense systems manufacturer Almaz Antei hopes to complete testing of its new Poliment-Redut ship-based air defense missile system by the end of this year, the company’s General Director Vladislav Menshikov said on Saturday. Previous Russian media reports have claimed the development of the system has been delayed. Poliment-Redut is derived from the land-based Vityaz air defense system which uses the 9M96 medium-range air defense missile. “Work on the system is at a preliminary test stage. But to complete testing we need a ship at sea,” Menshikov said....
  • IDF considering interceptors for sea-based gas platforms

    04/09/2012 9:24:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/10/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF considering interceptors for sea-based gas platforms By YAAKOV KATZ Fearing missiles, Navy seeking budget for 4 new vessels to improve defense coverage of Mediterranean Sea; Israel concerned Hezbollah will try to attack platforms. The navy is particularly concerned about Syria’s recent purchase of the Russian Yakhont anti-ship missile, which could be transferred to Hezbollah and used to target the gas rigs. Syria already tested the Yakhont in recent maneuvers. The weapon is said to be a sophisticated missile with a range of about 300 km. Last February, the navy seized an Iranian arms ship whose cargo, Israel said, was...
  • In a B-52 Over Hanoi (Crew radio chatter, lots of SAMs)

    04/03/2012 5:00:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies ^ | March 30, 2012 |
    Operation Linebacker II, in a B-52 bomber over Hanoi, North Vietnam, on December 26, 1972.
  • South Korea unveils own interceptor missile

    12/15/2011 7:37:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2011-12-15
    South Korea unveils own interceptor missile 2011-12-15 21:23 South Korea on Thursday unveiled an indigenous interceptor missile built to counter North Korean jets and missiles. The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) introduced the Iron Hawk-II surface-to-air missile in a ceremony at its headquarters in Daejeon, about 160 kilometers south of Seoul. The ADD said it and 15 local defense companies built the missile after more than five years of work. Officials demonstrate how to load newly developed interceptor missiles onto missile launching pads at the Agency for Defense Development in Daejon, Thursday. (Yonhap News) According to the ADD, the Iron...
  • New surface to air missile ready for action: PLA

    09/27/2011 8:10:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Global Times, China ^ | September 28, 2011
    New surface to air missile ready for action: PLA (Global Times)09:35, September 28, 2011 Official military media for the first time acknowledged Monday that China's new land-based mid-range Surface to Air Missile (SAM) system has reached operational capability. Military observers say that deployment of this missile system will boost China's air defense capability. The new SAM system, dubbed by foreign media as the Hongqi-16, or Red Flag-16, has been delivered to an air defense unit in the Shenyang Military Region. In a recent drill, two HQ-16 missiles fired by the unit successfully hit their aerial targets, the official website of...
  • GM is back, thanks to Uncle Sam

    09/21/2011 7:00:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/21/11 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Have you noticed that one of the Obama administration’s most successful programs is also its most “socialist” initiative? Okay, the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was not socialist in the classic sense: The government was not looking to hold on to the companies over the long run. Their turnaround was accomplished in significant part by tough, capitalist management steps. But, yes, this was socialism — or, perhaps, “state capitalism” — because the government temporarily took substantial ownership in the companies when no one in the private sector was willing to put up enough capital to prevent them from
  • MBDA's Next-Generation Naval Missile System Prepares for Global Success

    09/13/2011 10:54:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    MBDA ^ | September 13, 2011
    MBDA's Next-Generation Naval Missile System Prepares for Global Success Artist's impression of MBDA' Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM) in flight. (Image: MBDA) 14:33 GMT, September 13, 2011 MBDA’s Future Local Area Air Defence System (FLAADS-Maritime) programme is achieving key development milestones that exemplify the high maturity and global market potential of the system. The FLAADS-M system will equip the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and future Global Combat Ship and can easily be integrated onto a range of alternative naval platforms. The heart of FLAADS-M is the Common Anti-Air Modular Missile (CAMM), a high performance missile intended to deal with...
  • Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (South Korea)

    08/31/2011 6:10:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (Source: Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense; dated Aug. 23, 2011) The South Korean Navy is planning to load man-portable Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), so-called Mistral, to all patrol boats in operation in due order to use them in antiaircraft and antiship defense purpose. “The Navy will load Mistrals onto patrol boats that are deployed in the Yellow Sea [near the Northern Limit Line] starting the end of this month,” said an official under the Naval Operations Command. “Eventually, all patrol boats will be equipped with such weapon and we...
  • Success of A-Darter programme opens way for two more SA-Brazil projects

    07/21/2011 9:19:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1+ views
    Engineering News, South Africa ^ | 22nd July 2011 | Keith Campbell
    Success of A-Darter programme opens way for two more SA-Brazil projects By: Keith Campbell 22nd July 2011 The Brazilian Navy is negotiating with South Africa on the joint development of a new version of the Umkhonto (‘spear’) naval surface- to-air missile (SAM). These are official talks, designed to establish the official framework within which the joint development programme would take place. In addition, there are less advanced discussions under way between Brazil and South Africa concerning the development of an SAM version of the A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), which would be for the Brazilian Army. The Umkhonto is a product...
  • Commander: Russians Stunned by Iranian Version of S-200 Air Defense System

    07/15/2011 6:15:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 49 replies
    Commander: Russians Stunned by Iranian Version of S-200 Air Defense System TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian military commander said that the country's experts have been able to optimize the Russian-made S-200 anti-aircraft missile system so well that the Iranian version of the system has stunned Russian experts. Speaking to FNA on Tuesday, Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli said that Iran's air defense specialists have been able to optimize the S-200 surface-to-air missile system to a remarkable extent and Iran plans to change the system's name due to the profound changes it has made in...
  • ...25 Years in Prison...Smuggling Schemes...Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States

    05/11/2011 2:32:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    NOTE The following snippet is a quote: Southern California Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Convictions in Smuggling Schemes, Including Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States LOS ANGELES—A Southern California man was sentenced this morning to 25 years in federal prison after being convicted on a series of federal charges related to schemes to smuggle many items into the United States, including surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft. Yi Qing Chen, 49, of Rosemead, California, received the 300-month sentence from United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. Last October, following a two-week trial, a...
  • South African Navy orders Umkhonto missile resupply

    04/20/2011 9:18:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1+ views
    South African Navy orders Umkhonto missile resupply 17:36 GMT, April 20, 2011 The South African Navy (SAN) has ordered what appears to be a R42 million resupply of Umkhonto surface-to-air missiles (SAM) for its Valour-class frigates. The order, for R41 986 000 [$6.17 million; €4.26 million - Ed.], was placed last week Thursday. South Africa in November 2005 joined a handful of nations to have fielded a functional operational anti-missile air defence systems with the successful firing of the Umkhonto-IR from aboard the Valour-class frigate SAS Amatola. Since then the SA Navy has regularly fired the 125kg, 12km-range weapon that...
  • Hardened Air Cover (new Israeli-Indian missile)

    02/01/2011 8:03:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Force India ^ | 02/01/2011 | Prasun K. Sengupta
    Hardened Air Cover Barak-2 surface-to-air missile will be available from 2013 in two versions By Prasun K. Sengupta If everything proceeds as planned, then the first strategic military-industrial joint sector partnership between India and Israel will soon witness its first success with the maiden test-firing in India of the Barak-2 surface-to-air missile. The Barak-2, also known as Barak-8 in Israel, will be available from 2013 in two versions — the 70km-range vertically-launched medium-range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) variant for the Indian Navy, and a 120km-range long-range (LR-SAM) variant for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Both variants are presently being co-developed by...
  • Designed to comfort China-wary public, Taiwan's missile test only fizzles

    01/17/2011 10:27:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Canadian Press via Google News ^ | 1/17/2011 | Johnson Lai
    President Ma Ying-jeou presided Tuesday over the unusually public test firing of 19 surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles, but about a quarter missed their targets, earning his dismay and raising new questions about Taiwan's readiness to defend itself against Chinese attack. The exercise followed last week's successful test flight of China's next generation J-20 stealth aircraft, a system expected to further widen its growing edge over Taiwan's own equipment-starved air force. Ma's presence at the base in southern Taiwan where the missile test was conducted was meant to underscore his commitment to the maintenance of an effective Taiwanese deterrent, but the...
  • Iran Keen to Export Air-Defense Systems

    01/02/2011 10:12:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    FARS News Agency ^ | 2011-01-02
    Iran Keen to Export Air-Defense Systems TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian military commander on Sunday stressed Iran's capability to supply the country's air-defense needs, and voiced Tehran's preparedness to export home-made air-defense systems to foreign countries. "We are supplying all of our needs in the field of air-defense domestically and inside the country," Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ahmad Miqani told FNA. He stressed that Tehran has the capability to export air-defense systems, and added, "When we start production of a weapon it means that we are mass-producing it and we can export our surplus products...