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  • "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 · 6 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...
  • Aerial refueling started out as a stunt

    03/28/2010 4:10:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 904+ views
    Hearld.Net ^ | 3/29/2010 | Michelle Dunlop
    man who walked on wings. Two daredevil pilots. A five-gallon can of fuel. Aerial refueling began as a stunt, rather than a key defense capability that today keeps America's military going. A maneuver that then probably earned the participants a few bucks has transformed into a multibillion-dollar industry with thousands of workers. From a man leaping from one aircraft to another, to what amounts to a fireman's hose connecting two planes, to today's high-tech boom system, aerial refueling has evolved dramatically over the last 89 years. Here's a look at Boeing's role. Early efforts The first refueling in the air...
  • Russian company will bid on Air Force tanker

    03/19/2010 8:38:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies · 1,974+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 19, 2010 | Rami Grunbaum
    Here's the latest twist in the Air Force tanker saga: The Russians are coming. Russia's government-owned aerospace company will announce Monday it is competing against Boeing for the $40 billion refueling tanker contract, a Los Angeles attorney for the company said Friday. United Aircraft of Moscow plans to unveil a U.S. partner and offer a modified version of its Ilyushin-96 wide-body plane, John Kirkland, head of the corporate securities practice at Luce Forward, said in an interview. The still-unidentified partner, "a U.S. public company and existing defense contractor," would assemble the planes in the U.S., he said. The Russian interest...
  • EADS grounds $40bn US air tanker bid

    03/08/2010 5:17:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 120 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2010 | James Quinn
    European defence giant EADS has dropped out of a nine-year, two-horse $40bn (£27bn) race to provide the US Air Force with a fleet of air tankers after accusing the American government of skewing the competition in rival Boeing's favour. EADS staff stand near a life-size scale display of the interior of the Airbus A400M military transport plane EADS and US partner Northrop-Grumman last night took the dramatic decision not to make a bid for the 179 plane contract after studying the latest terms drawn up by the US Department of Defence (DoD). The pairing, which actually won the contract in...
  • Northrop Grumman won't bid against Boeing for tanker contract

    03/08/2010 11:28:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies · 526+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 8, 2010 | Dominic Gates
    Northrop Grumman has decided not to bid in the Air Force refueling tanker contract, leaving Boeing's Everett-built 767 as the sole airplane competing for the $40 billion program. A person familiar with the details said Northrop will announce its decision after the market closes today...
  • Air Force reopens tanker bidding, but Northrop may bow out

    02/24/2010 7:54:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 28 replies · 572+ views
    Miami Hearld ^ | 2/24/2010 | Les Blumenthal
    Air Force launched a new competition Wednesday for a contract to begin replacing the nation's aging fleet of aerial tankers, but it's not clear whether Northrop Grumman and its European partner will bid against Boeing for the $35 billion deal. The initial contract is for 179 new tankers, but the deal eventually could be worth $100 billion as the Air Force replaces its fleet of about 600 Cold War-era tankers in what could be one of the largest Pentagon purchases ever. There apparently were few major changes from an earlier "request for proposals" that drew sharp criticism from the Northrop...
  • USAF restarts bid to replace ageing tankers

    02/23/2010 3:54:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 23, 2010 | Jeremy Lemer and Sylvia Pfeifer
    The US Air Force will attempt to kick-start its long-delayed, multi-billion dollar competition to replace its ageing fleet of refuelling tankers this week with a new set of bidding rules.It promises the competition, mired in controversy for more than six years, will be “full and open” but doubts remain over how much of a contest it will be. One of the two bid teams, led by Northrop Grumman in partnership with EADS, the Franco-German parent of Airbus, has already warned it will not take part unless the air force makes significant changes to a draft set of rules released...
  • Push for dual tanker buy resurfaces

    01/28/2010 3:04:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 518+ views
    Politico ^ | January 28, 2010 | Jen Dimascio
    With the nation’s economy still sagging, grass-roots advocates for the new Air Force aerial refueling tankers are bucking the Pentagon with a renewed pitch: Buy from two bidders and create thousands more jobs. The team of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. has threatened to pull out of the bidding for the tanker contract worth $35 billion, arguing that new draft specifications favor the other bidder, Boeing. So, with only about a month remaining before the Pentagon will release its final specs in the latest round of the tanker competition, officials from the states that would...
  • EADS executive says tanker contract 'critical' to U.S. business

    12/11/2009 12:37:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 482+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The new CEO of EADS North America acknowledged Friday that a new Air Force refueling tanker contract is “critical” to the European aerospace conglomerate’s business in the United States. Sean O’Keefe, a former NASA administrator, made his comments after EADS’s tanker partner, Northrop Grumman, recently threatened to pull out of the tanker competition. EADS fully agrees with Northrop that without changes to the selection criteria, that team should not bid for the contract, worth at least $40 billion. With the prospect of not competing for the multibillion-dollar contract, EADS could be curtailing its chance to an aggressive and fast growth...
  • Revealed: 50 oil tankers loitering off British coast as they lie in wait for fuel price hikes

    11/20/2009 10:03:17 AM PST · by autumnraine · 55 replies · 1,828+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 11/20/2009 | David Derbyshire, Andrew Levy and Ray Massey
    More than 50 oil tankers are anchored off Britain - pieces in a game in which the only winners are market speculators. The losers are the millions of British motorists paying over the odds for their petrol and diesel. After yesterday's report in the Daily Mail on how several so-called 'oil shark' tankers were moored near the Devon coast, dozens more vessels were revealed to be loitering off-shore. Some are carrying aircraft fuel or fuel for homes. Others are empty, waiting to be restocked before setting off around the globe. But according to industry experts, a significant number are 'oil...
  • Three Convicted in International Truck Theft Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison

    10/27/2009 12:42:45 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 474+ views
    Houston.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | October 26, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Three Convicted in International Truck Theft Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison HOUSTON—Three men who conspired to steal and transport millions of dollars of truck tractors, trailers and other heavy equipment to Central America have been sentenced to prison, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Rito Jasso-Zorilla, 32, Victor Antonio Garcia, 27, and Orlando Gonzalez Huerta, 29, all citizens of Mexico, were sentenced by United States District Judge David Hittner this morning for their respective roles in assisting Yuri David Melendez, 42, of Houston, with the far-reaching scheme. Beginning in 2001, Melendez received requests...
  • $35B Air Force tanker competition set to reopen

    09/24/2009 10:28:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 921+ views
    AP ^ | September 24, 2009 | Donna Borak
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is poised to reopen a troubled $35 billion contract competition for mid-flight refueling tankers between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. "After eight years, we can finally get on with this program," Rep. John Murtha, D- Pa., said Thursday. Murtha chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense. He was one of several lawmakers briefed by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and other Pentagon officials on the latest request for bids — due out Friday — on the tanker competition. Washington Democrat Rep. Norm Dicks, a Boeing supporter, said the Air Force is seeking to reduce...
  • Saudis Secure More Aerial Tankers0(Por qué )

    07/31/2009 6:26:47 PM PDT · by Flavius · 11 replies · 973+ views
    strategy ^ | 7/31/09 | strategy
    July 29, 2009: Saudi Arabia has ordered another three Airbus A330 tankers, for aerial refueling and carrying cargo. The Airbus MRTT is based on the twin engine Airbus 330-300, which normally sells for $160 million each. The 233 ton MRTT carries 111 tons of fuel, plus 43 tons of cargo (26 pallets).
  • Robert Gates gears up for tanker tussle

    07/23/2009 11:57:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Politico ^ | July 23, 2009 | Jen DiMascio
    House appropriators are handing Defense Secretary Robert Gates a dilemma: Buy aerial refueling tankers from two companies or hold a competition to select only one. Sounds like an easy choice for a competitive bid. But a House Appropriations Committee bill funding defense in fiscal year 2010 orders Gates — who says it’s unnecessary to have two tankers built by two companies — to run the terms of the competition by Congress, a task intended to boost oversight but one that adds the potential for more politicking. The competition is sure to provoke massive lobbying and posturing by supporters of Boeing...
  • Lawmaker eases demand for split tanker deal (Murtha)

    06/25/2009 5:40:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 177+ views
    GovernmentExecutive.com ^ | June 24, 2009 | Megan Scully
    House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha, D-Pa., said Wednesday he would likely attach language to his panel's version of the fiscal 2010 Defense appropriations bill to encourage the Air Force to buy two types of aerial refueling tankers. Murtha has long advocated awarding the lucrative contract to the two aerospace rivals now vying for it, but he indicated he would stop short of requiring the Pentagon to pursue the split-buy strategy for the tankers. Under language he is drafting, Murtha said the decision ultimately would be up to the Pentagon, which has steadfastly opposed buying more than one type...
  • Gates to decide midair tanker arbiter soon

    06/10/2009 9:42:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 575+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 9, 2009 | Roxanna Tiron
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a congressional panel Tuesday he’ll decide in the next week whether the Air Force or senior Pentagon officials will pick the winner of the controversial competition to build new midair refueling tankers. The decision is expected to spark renewed political wrangling between congressional supporters of Boeing and the team of Northrop Grumman and EADS North America, competitors who have fought for months over a contract worth more than $35 billion. Gates told Senate defense appropriators that he’ll make his decision in the next seven to 10 days. “Part of the process I’m going through right...
  • BONNER/DAVIS: Up in the air on refueling

    06/01/2009 7:58:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2009 | Reps. Jo Bonner and Artur Davis
    The Air Force is moving forward with yet another Request for Proposal (RFP) to replace the ever-aging KC-135 aerial refueling tanker. The Pentagon has been in the process of replacing the tanker since 2001. These aircraft are 50 years old on average and are showing the strain of their age. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has declared it a strategic priority to modernize these tankers for a new century's threats. Yet, eight years later, a new tanker has not been built, and the acquisition process is mired in Washington politics. Our potential adversaries are watching while we debate and delay....
  • Obama may need veto threat to keep Gates tanker plan

    05/04/2009 2:43:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 703+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama may have to use a veto threat to preserve Pentagon plans for a winner-take-all competition to start a new multibillion-dollar U.S. aerial-refueling fleet, the head of the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee said on Monday. "That is probably where we'll start and end," Rep. Ike Skelton, a Missouri Democrat, said in reply to a question about moves in Congress that would guarantee Air Force purchases from both rival tanker suppliers -- Boeing Co and a team of Northrop Grumman Corp and Europe's EADS. Rep. John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat who chairs the House...
  • Rep. John Murtha drops push to split Air Force tanker contract between Boeing and Northrop

    05/01/2009 10:24:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 415+ views
    AL.com ^ | May 1, 2009 | George Talbot
    A proposal by U.S. Rep. John Murtha to split the Air Force tanker contract between Boeing Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. will not be included in this year's supplemental war spending bill, according to the congressman.fileRep. John Murtha Murtha, D-Pa., the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees defense spending, said he was abandoning his push to add language to the bill that would have directed the Pentagon to buy planes from both manufacturers. Murtha "remains committed to working out a plan that gets tankers in the air faster," a spokesman said today. He said Murtha intends to...
  • Don't Buy Le Tanker ( Bay Buchanan )

    08/07/2008 4:50:27 AM PDT · by kellynla · 22 replies · 231+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 08/07/2008 | Bay Buchanan
    The debate over whether America’s Boeing or Europe’s Airbus should be given the contract to build America’s next generation of mid-air refueling tankers has focused on several important topics, including the embarrassing flaws a recent General Accountability Office report found in the Air Force procurement process, the reshuffling of Pentagon jobs in its wake, and the suitability of both aircraft for the mission, chronicled in an excellent series in HUMAN EVENTS. All of these are important topics, but Americans should also step back and ask some basic questions before outsourcing key defense systems to foreign firms. Specifically, we need to...
  • Emergency Fuel Tankers Set Sail From Europe (To UK)

    04/26/2008 8:27:12 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 97+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-27-2008 | Andrew Alderson, Jasper Copping and Richard Gray
    Emergency fuel tankers set sail from Europe By Andrew Alderson, Jasper Copping and Richard Gray Last Updated: 1:54am BST 27/04/2008 Emergency supplies of fuel will be shipped in from Europe this week to prevent pumps in Scotland and England from running dry. A convoy of seven tankers carrying 65,000 tons of fuel, mostly diesel, will arrive in the next few days, following today's oil refinery strike. Dry run: A near-deserted Shell station in Edinburgh The shipments from Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Gothenburg will be unloaded on the river Forth, Scotland's busiest shipping lane. They will provide enough fuel to keep Scotland...
  • Britain awards 13-bln-pnd tankers contract to EADS

    03/27/2008 8:13:47 AM PDT · by avid · 11 replies · 370+ views
    AFP on Yahoo! ^ | 03-27-2008 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - The British government said Thursday that it had awarded a 13-billion-pound deal to replace the country's air refueling tankers to a European consortium led by the aerospace group EADS. (Advertisement) The deal worth 16.6 billion euros or 26 billion dollars was handed to AirTanker Ltd, a grouping of aerospace companies that includes British firms Cobham, Rolls Royce and VT Group, as well as EADS and Thales. "A fleet of new Airbus A330-200s will replace the RAF's TriStar and VC-10 aircraft under a 13 billion pound ... deal signed today with AirTanker Ltd," said junior defence minister Baroness...
  • Defense trade currents

    03/16/2008 4:41:18 AM PDT · by tgusa · 9 replies · 401+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2008 | William Hawkins
    The legacy of the draconian cuts in military force levels and procurement during the 1990s continues to cast a pall over U.S. national security planning. That American soldiers and Marines have been overstretched by repeated deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan is well-known, and steps are being taken to expand their strength. It is not just the combat forces, however, but the defense industry upon which they depend for arms and equipment, that also needs to be reconstituted.
  • Tankers Leave the Beast to Patrol in Humvees

    01/05/2008 8:19:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 103+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Eric A. Rutherford, USA
    AL JURN — With their 72-ton M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks parked in the motor pool, Soldiers loaded their gear into wheeled trucks less than half the size of the tracked vehicles. Tankers of Punisher Platoon, Dragon Company, 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, switched from their traditional jobs of manning the tanks as the squadron’s heavy element to driving patrols mounted in up-armored Humvees. “It’s kind of like going from a Corvette to a Volkswagen,” said Sgt. 1st Class J.C. Jensen, the platoon sergeant for Punisher, about making the switch. “The tank has 1,500 horsepower, it will go anywhere...
  • Airbus moving to Mobile (Alabama)?

    12/01/2007 4:13:27 PM PST · by avid · 41 replies · 604+ views
    Wirtschaftswoche ^ | 2007-12-01 | Wirtschaftswoche
    Um das Problem der Dollar-Abhängigkeit langfristig zu lösen, lässt Airbus-Chef Enders nach Informationen der WirtschaftsWoche inzwischen auch den Bau eines Werks in den USA oder Russland prüfen. Bisher produziert der Flugzeugbauer Airbus in Hamburg und Toulouse sowie ab 2011 in der chinesischen Hafenstadt Tianjin. Beste Chancen, vierter Fertigungsstandort zu werden, hat Mobile im US-Bundesstaat Alabama. Hier bereitet sich die Airbus-Mutter EADS darauf vor, einen möglichen Auftrag zum Bau neuer Tankflugzeuge für die US-Luftwaffe abzuarbeiten. „Doch in den Hallen könnten wir die Flieger nicht nur ausrüsten, sondern auch gleich bauen“, sagte ein Airbus-Manager gegenüber der WirtschaftsWoche. Das würde nicht nur die...
  • Canadians train on the Leopard 2A6M

    07/11/2007 4:38:26 PM PDT · by Clive · 14 replies · 2,134+ views
    Canadian Forces Army News ^ | 2007-07-10 | Sgt Brad Phillips
    MUNSTER, Germany – "I think this is the best tank in the world," states Master Corporal Patrick Lepage, of 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC). He shares his sentiments on the Leopard 2A6M tank that Canada has leased from Germany echoing the thoughts of all the troops at the training centre in Munster Germany. Capt Pascal Croteau (on right) and WO Yves Curadeau both from 12 RBC measure the distance between the 120mm holes to ensure that the tank that fired the rounds is functioning correctly. MCpl Lepage is the crew commander of 32C; his crew is comprised of...
  • Flaws in T 90 Main Battle Tanks troubles Indian Army

    06/29/2006 9:18:44 PM PDT · by managusta · 81 replies · 2,526+ views
    India Defence ^ | 6/13/2006 | Asia Age
    Chandigarh: Inducted to serve as India's main battle tank just over three years ago, the Army's fleet of Russian-built T-90s have run into serious trouble. The problems include critical flaws in its fire control system, availability of ammunition and, what military officers said, was avoidable overuse during training exercises, rendering many tanks in need of overhaul. According to Jane's Defence Weekly, the tank's continuing technical flaws are "adversely impinging on the Indian Army's operational preparedness." Confirming the Jane's report, senior Army officers told this newspaper that the French Catherine thermal imaging (TI) camera, which gives the T-90's Belarussian (Peling IG-46)...
  • Gas Tankers Prompt Tight Security

    06/19/2006 8:30:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 566+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | June 2006 | Stew Magnuson
    BOSTON — Three specially designed tugboats yank the hulking pale green liquefied natural gas tanker from its dock near Boston Harbor. More than 1,000 feet long, with an odd color and sets of pipes sticking out the top, it’s apparent that this is no ordinary ship. And with three Coast Guard boats, and four others from state, city and port authority law enforcement agencies surrounding it, this is no ordinary departure. Bringing up the rear is the Pendant, a 65-year-old, 65-foot-long ocean-going tugboat, and one of the oldest platforms in the service’s inventory that pulls double duty in the winter...
  • Marine tankers mourn loss of crewman killed one month into Iraq deployment

    05/03/2006 4:10:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies · 1,064+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | May 2, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    AL ASAD, Iraq (May 2, 2006) -- Lance Cpl. Michael L. Ford wasn’t one to keep quiet when he saw wrong doings. In fact, the Marine from New Bedford, Mass., often piped right up to correct mistakes – whether they were others’ or his own. “He had a lot of guts. If something was wrong, he’d stand up (against) it, no matter what the situation was,” said Cpl. Robert C. Shea, a 19-year-old from Haverhill, Mass. – just an “hour and a half” drive from Ford’s hometown. Ford, a M1A1 Main Battle Tank crewman, or “tanker,” was killed April 26,...
  • Tankers bridge troubled waters

    03/16/2006 3:30:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 567+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (March 15, 2006) -- Grunts with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment walk without fear thanks to a helping hand from tankers and a seldom used tool in their inventory. Marines with D Company, 2nd Tank Battalion, assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, recently deployed their M-60A1 Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge to help the infantry living north of Gharmah. It was the first time the tankers could recall the bridge being used since the initial thrust toward Baghdad in 2003. The need for a reliable bridge arose after an existing bridge leading to an observation post began to...
  • Tankers fly from Libby to fight fire (Ft. Huachuca)

    02/28/2006 5:16:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 516+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Air tankers flying out of Libby Army Airfield have been “painting a line along the border” to keep a wildfire south of the international boundary, according to Bill Parks, manager of the U.S. Forest Service Air Tanker Base on the post. The fire, being called Montezuma 1, began in Mexico around 9 a.m. Monday, and is burning along nearly six miles of the border. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. There have been no reports of lightning strikes. Two air tankers, former Navy P-3 Orions, which are four-engine turboprop aircraft, have each dropped four loads...
  • Alert: Man photographed trucks, tankers Nation's truckers asked to be on the lookout

    01/12/2006 7:44:46 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 41 replies · 1,666+ views
    cnn.com ^ | January 12, 2006 | Kelli Arena and Jeanne Meserve
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Department of Homeland Security has tapped the nation's truckers to help find a man who has been seen taking photographs of tanker equipment. On three separate occasions, the man also asked truck drivers several questions about deliveries and operations, according to the Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center. "The individual in question is also reported to have videotaped tank truck operations and deliveries as well as taken photographs of tanker equipment," states the "Be on the Lookout," or BOLO, alert. "Law enforcement has requested assistance in ascertaining the identity or whereabouts of the person in question."...