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  • Meet Boeing's new covert, flying gas station (USAF KC-46 'Pegasus')

    06/03/2017 4:00:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Money.CNN ^ | 6/01/17 | Jon Ostrower
    Boeing is set to deliver a refueling tanker that can gas up a jet in midair in complete darkness -- the first of its kind. The U.S. Air Force is buying 179 of the new KC-46 'Pegasus' tankers, which are set to begin delivery at the end of this year. The Air Force has had stealthy jets for decades, but even they have to turn on their lights when refueling in the sky. The KC-46's ability to gas up an aircraft in complete darkness is a first for any military.
  • "Get Out Of Your Trucks And Run Away": US Gives ISIS 45 Minute Warning On Oil Tanker Strikes

    11/23/2015 12:14:39 PM PST · by amorphous · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    Last week, in the wake of Russian and US airstrikes on ISIS oil convoys, we asked three important questions: 1.Who are the commodity trading firms that have been so generously buying millions of smuggled oil barrels procured by the Islamic State at massive discounts to market, and then reselling them to other interested parties? In other words, who are the middlemen? 2.Can it possibly be true, as officials now claim, that the Obama administration refrained from bombing Islamic State oil trucks because Washington thought the group was "only" making $100 million per year instead of $400 million? 3.Is it likely,...
  • Russian airstrikes destroyed numbers of ISIS road tankers and oil refinery

    11/18/2015 2:06:40 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/18/15
    Here are two videos of Russian airstrikes on the bad guys. I figured some Freepers would enjoy seeing this.
  • Death toll in S. Sudan's oil tanker blast tops 150: report

    09/18/2015 5:30:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2015-09-18 18:17:17
    "Our situation here in Maridi is not good," he said, pointing out that most of the injured people are women and children. He added that other badly burned bodies have also been found around the wreckage of the tanker. On Thursday, Information Minister of Western Equatoria State Charles Kisagna said over 100 people were killed and about 50 others injured in South Sudan when an oil tanker swerved and exploded. The minister noted that "those people may not survive because we do not have the facilities to treat the highly burnt people." The oil tanker was traveling from the South...
  • Iran Just Made This Deal with China… And It Means They’re Ready For War

    08/07/2015 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Alan West ^ | 8/7/15 | Allen West
    On Wednesday, Barack Obama made a weak plea for support to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran. He even went so far as to castigate opponents of this foreign policy faux pas as equal to Iran’s maniacal Islamists. Obama states the only alternative to accepting his deal is war. Well, we already reported Russia’s looking to sell Iran a fleet of aerial refueling tankers. Now, there’s another report about an Iranian weapons purchase — and the report is not coming from our media. As reported by the Jerusalem Post: Iran is beginning to reap the fruits...
  • Secret Service Investigating Alleged Bush Threat

    03/31/2002 7:54:16 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 21 replies · 310+ views
    Secret Service Investigating Alleged Bush Threat— WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said on Sunday it had no comment on a report that a trucker had been arrested outside Chattanooga, Tennessee after allegedly threatening President Bush. "The Secret Service is conducting an investigation and due to there being an active, ongoing investigation, I can't make any further comment about it," said a Secret Service official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Cable News Network reported the man told police he had a 3,000-pound bomb "... and the president has problems," in a telephone conversation that led to his apprehension...
  • First Iranian Ship Storing Oil Sails for Asia After Nuclear Deal

    07/16/2015 10:18:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    An Iranian supertanker with two million barrels of oil is heading to Asia after sitting in Iranian waters for months, the first vessel storing crude offshore to sail after a nuclear deal this week, data showed on Thursday. Iran and six major world powers reached a landmark nuclear deal on Tuesday, clearing the way for an easing of international sanctions on Tehran and higher oil exports. While oil analysts do not expect Iran to make a major return to the market until next year, it has been parking millions of barrels of oil on tankers for months.
  • Oil Storage Sinks as Price Bobs

    02/27/2015 6:27:18 AM PST · by thackney
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | ERIC YEP
    Fewer oil tankers are being used to store crude than traders and shipbrokers had expected at the start of the year, as a recent run-up in oil prices upended a popular trading strategy. “There were around 25 to 30 large tankers taken last month, but only around 10 of these are being used for oil storage now,” a Singapore-based shipbroker said, citing industry data. Many market watchers had expected big commodity-trading firms to capitalize on the price gap between different oil-futures contracts by buying physical barrels, storing them on ships and locking in profits by selling futures contracts for delivery...
  • Colorado's Epic Firestorm Reveals Danger of Air Force Cuts

    06/28/2012 6:56:13 AM PDT · by cookcounty · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 27, 2012 | Michael Auslin
    "All this raises concerns about President Obama’s defense budget, which cuts 65 C-130s,.."
  • FBI: Terror Suspect Plotted Fuel Attack

    06/03/2004 4:38:00 PM PDT · by Allan · 7 replies · 363+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 3, 2004 | John Solomon
    FBI: Terror suspect plotted fuel attackAl-Marabh planned to blow up tunnelJail informant reported `martyr' bid JOHN SOLOMONASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - Nabil al-Marabh, who ran a print shop with his uncle in Toronto, plotted to steal a fuel tanker truck and blow it up in one of the heavily travelled tunnels between New Jersey and Manhattan, FBI documents allege. Al-Marabh, 36, was arrested Sept. 19, 2001, in Chicago in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. His arrest prompted an RCMP raid of his uncle's copy shop on Charles St. in Toronto. The U.S. deported him...
  • NATO fuel tankers set ablaze in Pakistan

    12/08/2011 12:41:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/8/11 | Abdul Sattar
    Quetta, Pakistan - Assailants torched more than 20 tankers in Pakistan carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan on Thursday, in the first reported attack since Islamabad closed the border to protest coalition airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops last month. Several hundred trucks have been stranded at poorly guarded terminals around the country as they wait for Pakistan to reopen its two border crossings into Afghanistan. Around 40 percent of the non-lethal supplies for U.S.-led troops in landlocked Afghanistan travel across Pakistani soil.
  • How did they aim in the old days?

    10/30/2011 3:40:30 PM PDT · by NakedRampage · 36 replies
    10/30/2011 | NR
    My question is - how did tank gunners aim in the 'old days?' From wikipedia..."The Abrams is equipped with a ballistic fire-control computer that uses user and system-supplied data from a variety of sources, to compute, display, and incorporate the three components of a ballistic solution—lead angle, ammunition type, and range to the target—to accurately fire the tank. These three components are determined using a YAG rod laser rangefinder, crosswind sensor, a pendulum static cant sensor, data concerning performance and flight characteristics of each specific type of round, tank-specific boresight alignment data, ammunition temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, a muzzle...
  • Afghan militants torch 20 NATO tankers

    06/13/2011 11:46:14 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 6 replies
    Press TV ^ | July 13th 2011 | Agencies
    Taliban militants in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province have destroyed more than 20 NATO tankers carrying fuel to US-led soldiers stationed in the war-ravaged country. Taliban forces launched a prolonged and massive attack on NATO oil tankers in Sayed Abad city on Sunday, destroying more than 20 NATO tankers, Wardak province's police chief Haghnavaz Haghyar told Press TV on Monday. At least six Afghan soldiers were also left injured in the incident, the Afghan police chief added. However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed that 38 oil tankers were destroyed and 32 drivers were killed in the attack. NATO tankers are frequent...
  • Al-Qaida Eyed Oil Tankers as Bombing Targets

    05/20/2011 10:26:03 PM PDT · by lbryce · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | May 21, 2011 | Staff
    Osama bin Laden's personal files revealed a brazen idea to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea last summer, creating explosions he hoped would rattle the world's economy and send oil prices skyrocketing, the U.S. said Friday. The newly disclosed plot showed that while bin Laden was always scheming for the next big strike that would kill thousands of Americans, he also believed a relatively simpler attack on the oil industry could create a worldwide panic that would hurt Westerners every time they gassed up their cars. U.S. officials said the tanker idea, included in documents found in...
  • Boeing Wins $35 Billion Contract to Build Air Force Tankers

    02/24/2011 2:19:44 PM PST · by pissant · 83 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/24/11 | Chris Drew
    In a surprise twist in a long-running saga, the Air Force on Thursday awarded a $35 billion contract for aerial fueling tankers to Boeing rather than to a European company that builds Airbus planes, aides to lawmakers briefed on the decision said.
  • Airbus slashes prices to win US military project

    07/12/2010 10:33:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 7/12/2010 | AFP via Google News
    European aerospace giant Airbus has cut its prices in a bid to win a fight with US rival Boeing for a 40-billion-dollar US Air Force contract, a German business daily reported on Monday. Airbus has cut the proposed cost for the contract to build 179 aerial refuelling tankers by at least 10 percent from the level in a previous offer in 2008, the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reported, citing industry sources. Last week, the two competitors submitted their offers to Washington, setting the stage for a high-stakes transatlantic trade scrap. It will be the third time the contract has been...
  • Boeing, EADS to offer bids on $35B Pentagon tanker contract this week

    07/06/2010 5:44:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The long-running fight over the Pentagon’s $35 billion tanker contract enters a new stage on Friday when Boeing and EADS North America submit bids to build a midair refueling tanker. Air Force and Defense Department officials will pore over thousands of pages of technical and price data over the next four months to choose a victor in a lobbying and public-relations war the two companies and their congressional supporters have waged for much of the last decade. As they review the bids, a political fight will rage on with the midterm election as a backdrop — potentially derailing the much-coveted...
  • It’s Official: EADS Bids For KC-X

    04/20/2010 9:12:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 384+ views
    EADS North America will pursue the tanker bid on its own, acting as prime and bringing in some 200 suppliers when it bids on the tanker. Board Chairman Ralph Crosby made it official at the National Press Club, saying the tone of debate about the program needed to calm down, but also taking a combative tone, saying: “It’s unambiguous we have the better tanker.” And Crosby reiterated the familiar war cry that only EADS has a working flying tanker ready to sell.. Then CEO Sean O’Keefe introduced representatives of the major partners in the program: GE; Eaton Aerospace; GKN; Westland...
  • EADS will compete for tanker bid

    04/20/2010 12:07:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 327+ views
    Wichita Business Journal ^ | April 20, 2010 | Daniel McCoy
    The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. announced Tuesday that it will submit a proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s $35 billion refueling tanker.EADS, the parent company of Airbus, will be putting its KC-45 up against The Boeing Co.’s modified 767 in the tanker competition.EADS North America will build and modify the KC-45 at a plant to be built in Mobile, Ala., the company said. It will also build the A330 commercial freighter at the new facility.“We will offer a modern, more capable tanker in response to the Defense Department’s decision to encourage competition for this major taxpayer investment,”...
  • Pentagon to extend bidding deadline for $35B tanker contract

    03/31/2010 4:26:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 534+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The Pentagon announced on Wednesday that it would extend the bidding deadline for the Air Force's new refueling aircraft by 60 days if EADS North America formally notifies the Defense Department that it wants to compete.
 The move, announced by Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell, could essentially allow EADS North America to compete for the lucrative contract against Boeing. EADS is a European conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Airbus, which is headquartered in France. The Pentagon's announcement comes a day after President Barack Obama addressed the tanker competition in a press conference with his French counterpart Nicolas...