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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Ameet » 31 Jan 2009 02:11

US Army recalls body armor after they fail testing

http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090130/u ... 9187495600

The U.S. Army has ordered a recall of more than 16,000 sets of body armor after an audit by the inspector general of the Defense Department concluded that they failed tests to meet Army specifications. The IG fingers the Army for failing to conduct adequate testing before contracting for the armor. This is the second audit to blame the Army for the quality of body armor. A year ago, the IG found that the Army failed to follow federal contracting rules in procuring armor and concluded that the Pentagon had "no assurance" that nearly half of 28 contracts - worth nearly $3 billion - "met the required standards."

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Hiten » 01 Feb 2009 02:46

A not so bad move by Russians

Ottawa Citizen - SEA TRIALS FOR NEW RUSSIAN NUKE SUB POSTPONED

Sea trials of the first Borey-class nuclear submarine, Yury Dolgoruky, have been postponed until later this year due to problems with the placement of its reactor, according to an unnamed high-ranking naval official. The reactor was successfully tested in mid-December, but since the accident on board the Nerpa, Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear power company, has placed increased safeguards, thus delaying the reactor's insertion into the new Borey sub. However, there is speculation that sea trials have been delayed because tests of the new Bulava ICBM, which is due to be deployed on the fourth-generation subs, have been less than promising, with December's test in the White Sea failing. In addition to Yury Dolgoruky, two other Borey-class subs are in production at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia, Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh, which are expected to be completed this year and 2011, respectively.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Gerard » 02 Feb 2009 05:47

Losing their way?
These troubles are made worse by a chronic shortage of manpower. On October 1st the trained strength of the British armed forces was 173,270. This is 3.2% below the official requirement, but it understates large gaps in some areas—especially infantry units. Most battalions are 10-20% short of their required numbers; if those deemed unfit to deploy (due to, say, battle injuries) are factored out, they are as much as 42% under strength. So when battalions are preparing for war, they often regroup soldiers from their four scrawny companies into three, and then bolt on a fourth from another unit. To support current operations, the army has cut back training and lowered readiness; instead of having roughly a brigade at high readiness to deal with a crisis, sources say, there is “less than a battle-group” (a 1,500-strong formation).

Withdrawing from Iraq will relieve some of the strain. But operations in Afghanistan alone, involving some 8,000 British troops, arguably are already more demanding than the structure permits—and many expect Britain to send another battle-group to support the American reinforcement there. Generals want the army to grow. Yet it struggles to recruit, train and keep enough soldiers to fill its existing quota. An acute problem is the large “wastage” of recruits. Last year 38% of those in training either gave up or were thrown out—a bigger share than in the American army. Britain gets by in part thanks to foreigners: Commonwealth citizens (who made up more than 6% of soldiers in 2007), Irish recruits and Gurkhas. The top brass hopes the recession will encourage more to join and fewer to leave. But more soldiers cost more money, and that will be in even shorter supply in a downturn.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Philip » 03 Feb 2009 16:58

N.Korea's Ding-Dong 2,is apparently on a train chugging along to its launch pad and a test in expected soon.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... ssile.html

North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile that could be used to target the United States, according to intelligence reports from the South and Japan.

By Richard Spencer in Beijing
Last Updated: 9:41AM GMT 03 Feb 2009

A large missile-shaped object, presumed to be one of North Korea's intercontinental Taepodong-2 prototypes, was spotted by satellite being taken by train towards the country's north-west coast.

That is the location of what is thought to be a newly built missile launch site.

In July 2006, the North set off a Taepodong-2 from its long-established site in the north-east of the country, but it fizzled out and fell into the Sea of Japan in a major embarrassment for the country's armed forces.

Later that year, the North performed an underground test on a nuclear weapon, which was also only partially successful but triggered a wave of outrage across the world, and intensified sanctions.

In the latest report, a container was spotted arriving at Tongchang, the new missile base on the west coast 25 miles from North Korea's border with China, according to Japan's Sankei Shimbun newspaper.

It said numerous truck movements had been seen at the site, and Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, quoted analysts saying the missile would take one to two months to prepare for launch.

The preparations for a test were confirmed by a South Korean intelligence official. The current Taepodong-2 development is believed to have a range of just over 4,000 miles, enough to hit Alaska and maybe Hawaii.

North Korea's official media has whipped up its invective against the South in recent weeks, and in particular against South Korea's right-wing president, Lee Myung-bak. On Friday, it said the two Koreas were on the "brink of war".

But the regime has been noticeably quiet about America, seemingly wishing to encourage Washington's current policy of engagement with Pyongyang.

Its new move, if confirmed, could be its way of ensuring the newly sworn in President Barack Obama does not relegate North Korea's place in his list of concerns. North Korea relies on a complex mixture of threats and promises to extract aid and deter attempts at regime change from the West.

Talks that have continued since 2003 between the United States, North Korea, and four of its neighbours over its nuclear programme are currently stalled over the question of how disarmament is to be verified.

The Taepodong range of missiles includes one that was test-fired over Japan in 1998, much to Tokyo's alarm. North Korea already has a Scud-type missile called the Nodong which it has produced in enough quantities to virtually obliterate the South.

It has yet to show it can develop the Taepodong-2 into a genuine threat to the United States, but with an intended range believed to be in the region of 4-6,000 miles, it would bring at least the west coast within reach.

A three-stage missile with a range of up to 10,000 miles is also said by analysts to be under development.

The major remaining question is whether Pyongyang has the technical ability to turn its stockpile of nuclear weapons, estimated to number between six-eight, into missile warheads.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 647653.ece

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby svinayak » 07 Feb 2009 06:06

http://fogonazos.blogspot.com/2007/02/s ... ts_07.html

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The U.S. Navy has used such ships to bring two damaged warships back to the United States for repair. MV Blue Marlin transported the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Cole from Aden, Yemen to USA after the warship was damaged in a bombing attack on October 12, 2000.


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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Philip » 09 Feb 2009 15:00

http://gear.ign.com/articles/952/952303p1.html

Sweden's Stealth Ships
The world's first fully-stealth Naval technology.
by Chris Iaquinta

February 6, 2009 - For most people, when they hear of Sweden, they think of the Swedish Bikini Team, we know we do. However, the Scandinavian country is looking to become known for just more than their large concentration of blondes by developing some of the most sophisticated Naval stealth technology in the world. Whether or not the bikini team will pilot these ships is something that has yet to be revealed (fingers crossed!).

By the end of 2009, the first two Visby class corvettes will begin their service within the Swedish Navy, effectively becoming the first operational stealth ships in the world. The corvettes will be able to travel at speeds up to 13km in rough seas and 22km in calms seas, all while completely electronically undetectable. Its ability to avoid detection is partly due to the composite, non-magnetic hull that features flat surfaces and sharp edges designed to lower its acoustic and optical signatures, plus the use of waterjet propulsion over traditional propellers.

Apparently in the mid-1980's, Sweden's national waters were penetrated by foreign submarines, leaving the country feeling violated and with a pregnancy scare. Also, they were then left with a need for the ability to quietly monitor the seas. According to Swedish Defense Materiel Administration technical manager Patric Hjorth, a stealth boat was the perfect solution.

"It's very hard for a submarine to detect a waterjet vessel. It has a very different signature from a propeller-driven craft as it fades into the background," says Hjortth. "They're also very good for making tight turns and fast stops, so they give a lot more maneuverability."

Originally, the concept was to build six Visby corvettes and divide them into two classes, one for surface combat and the other for submarine/mine detection. However, budget cutbacks in the early 1990's forced the fleet into a multifunctional, five vessel class. Interested parties including the US, who may want to pick up a few boats for a rainy day, are now looking at the ships closely.

Sweet stealth technology? The ability to switch to surface warfare duties? The possibility that the crew will be hot blondes? We expect Swedish Naval enlistment to go up tenfold. C'mon everyone, all together now! "In the Navy, yes you can sail the seven seas. In the Navy, yes you can put your mind at ease...."

PS:The "sub scare" that plagued Sweden in the '80s,has now been found out to be more of "same side" mischief,than Soviet spying.It is alleged that the CIA deliberately instigated these scares to get neutral Sweden to ally itself with NATO.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Austin » 11 Feb 2009 23:05

Russia can launch ICBMs at minute's notice - missile forces chief

MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) - Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in service with the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) could be launched within a minute if Russia's security is threatened, the SMF commander has said.

"Over 6,000 servicemen are on 24/7 combat duty, and at least 96% of all missile systems are ready for deployment within several dozen seconds. It is the highest readiness level among the components of the Russian nuclear triad," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said in an interview published on Wednesday by the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

At present, six types of silo-based and mobile ICBM systems of the fourth and the fifth generation, including the heavy Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan), capable of carrying 10 warheads, and the Topol-M (Stalin) systems, are on combat duty with the SMF.

According to open sources, the total arsenal of Russia's SMF comprises 538 ICBMs, including 306 SS-25 Topol (Sickle) missiles and 56 SS-27 Topol-M missiles.

"The fifth regiment at the Tatishchevo Missile Division, which is armed with silo-based Topol-M complexes, was fully staffed in 2008, and there are now 50 silo-based Topol-M systems on combat duty," the general said.

The first two Topol-M mobile missile battalions, equipped with six road-mobile systems, have already been put on combat duty with the 54th Strategic Missile Division near the town of Teikovo, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Moscow.

The deployment will continue in 2009 and the division will be up to full strength by 2010, Solovtsov said.

The Topol-M missile, with a range of about 7,000 miles (11,000 km), is said to be immune to any current and future U.S. missile defenses. It is capable of making evasive maneuvers to avoid a kill using terminal phase interceptors, and carries targeting countermeasures and decoys.

It is also shielded against radiation, electromagnetic pulses and nuclear blasts, and is designed to survive a hit from any known form of laser technology.

Solovtsov also said that in 2009 the SMF would start bringing into service systems equipped with new-generation (RS-24) intercontinental ballistic missiles, bearing multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads.

"Making this missile system operational will help bolster the SMF's combat capabilities to overpower missile defense systems, thus strengthening the nuclear deterrence potential of the Russian nuclear triad," Solovtsov said.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby vishal » 17 Feb 2009 14:24

Ehud Barak's reference to Pakistan:

Was he referring to the impunity with which Pakistan lets terrorists target India under the safety of the nuclear umbrella or did something happen between Pakistan and Israel?

http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1064617.html

Barak told the top Israel Defense Forces commanders that should Iran achieve nuclear capability, it would enormously strengthen the immunity of groups aided by Tehran and dramatically boost the efforts of enemy regional elements to develop the same capabilities.

"It will be very difficult to stop the trickling if nuclear capabilities, even if primitive, to terrorist organizations," he said. "We have already received our first sign of such from Pakistan.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Liu » 18 Feb 2009 08:22

such ships are calls "semi-subs". Most of such "semi-subs" today are manufactured in CHina .
here the the biggest "semi-subs" in the world today. China used it to transport "kilo subs" from russia to China.
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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Gerard » 18 Feb 2009 08:44

Dockwise owns most of the larger ships of this type (22 semi-submersibles) . The US Navy used them to transport the Cole. Several Indian Kilos have gone back to Russia for refit on these vessels.

http://www.dockwise.com/

http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/NAVY/Arti ... cle08.html
In June 1997, the Dockwise Company (Belgium) delivered the INS Sindhuvir to the Zvyozdochka facility where it was placed on the slipways of shop No.10 which had previously repaired dozens of different types of nuclear-powered submarines.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby vishal » 18 Feb 2009 12:02

IDF begins using 'James Bond' gadgetry
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite? ... 2FShowFull

Extract:Also used for the first time during the offensive was the Matador shoulder-launched anti-structure munition.

Used by infantry to destroy Hamas positions inside homes and other structures, the Matador incorporates an advanced tandem warhead concept that can be operated in two modes: against fortified positions and other structures, and to create a hole in a wall without destroying the inside of a home.

The system was acquired by the IDF in light of the Second Lebanon War, when infantry forces had problems hitting Hizbullah positions inside homes in the absence of a tank or attack helicopter.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby ovein » 18 Feb 2009 16:42

I found this is interesting.

Will the US Air Force be Annihilated in the Next War?


http://www.defpro.com/news/details/5595/
http://www.defpro.com/daily/details/248/



Suppose our analysis examines air combat operations against the Russian built Sukhoi Su-35BM Flanker E, using either the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter or the F-22A Raptor.

Assumed aircraft numbers and armament are such [v]:

- 400 Su-35BM – each armed with 8 x PL-12 BVR Missiles

versus:

- 450 F-35A – each armed with 4 x AIM-120 BVR Missiles, or

- 350 F-22A – each armed with 6 x AIM-120 BVR Missiles, or

- 150 F-22A – each armed with 6 x AIM-120 BVR Missiles.

The first issue is the overall kill probabilities of the BVR (Beyond Visual Range) missiles. Dr John Stillion’s operations research indicates that the success rate of the AIM-120 in BVR combat against un-alerted aircraft, without defensive measures, is around 50%.

The Su-35BM will have the full panoply of sensors and electronic defences – an Electro-Optical Search and Track (IRST) system to detect the launch flare of the AIM-120s, a Radar Warning System to sense the radars and missile active seekers, a Missile Approach Warning System to detect the missile as it closes, DRFM (Digital RF Memory) based Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) to jam the missiles’ seeker heads and the launch fighters' radars, possibly a towed decoy and finally, the inherent ability to generate extremely high turn rates to out-manoeuvre an incoming missile and “spoil” its endgame. The faster and higher flying F-22A extends the performance of the AIM-120 in comparison with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. We could expect AIM-120 kill probabilities against such an aircraft to be about 15 percent for the F-35A and about 20 percent for the F-22.

The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter will mostly be forced to fight at subsonic speeds, and below 40,000 feet. The Lightning II does not have the defensive Electronic Counter Measures of the Su-35BM, nor the agility to avoid missiles. However, it’s Distributed Aperture System will detect many of the incoming PL-12s as they close. The rear-hemisphere Radar Cross Section and infra-red emissions make it possible for the Su-35BMs to engage the F-35 with BVR missiles, especially if the F-35 tries to disengage. The single-shot kill probability of the PL-12 versus the F-35 could be in the region of 10 percent.

The F-22A Raptor is designed for air dominance, and its superior speed, altitude and agility increase the kill probability of its missiles, and reduce the kill probability of the enemy’s missiles. Its all aspect stealth capability frustrates hostile fighter radars and missile seekers. In this engagement with the Su-35BM’s PL-12 missiles, a PL-12 kill probability of about 5 percent would be reasonable.

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Re: International Military Discussion

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Vick » 21 Feb 2009 23:25

Gerard wrote:Welcome to McArmy!

Is that author complaining that the US soldiers are eating too well on the field? That's an odd thing to complain about.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Gerard » 23 Feb 2009 07:23

Amerikhan Fauji Foundation has learned much from their Paki military advisors
Probe finds Army charity is hoarding millions
Military's biggest charity is stockpiling cash, rather than using it for aid
Tax-exempt and legally separate from the military, AER projects a facade of independence but really operates under close Army control. The massive nonprofit — funded predominantly by troops — allows superiors to squeeze soldiers for contributions; forces struggling soldiers to repay loans — sometimes delaying transfers and promotions; and too often violates its own rules by rewarding donors, such as giving free passes from physical training, the AP found.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby narayana » 25 Feb 2009 13:38

Heavy gunfire at Bangladesh border security force headquarters

Could this be a Coup Attempt managed by Islamabad against a India friendly Govt.?

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby narayana » 25 Feb 2009 14:30

Taiwan Finalizes Long Awaited P-3 Deal

In April 2001, former U.S. President George W. Bush authorized the sale of a major arms package to Taiwan that included 12 P-3s, eight diesel submarines and four Kidd-class destroyers. Much of the arms package was held up by years of bickering in Taiwan's legislature that alienated Washington.


But US didnt build any Diesel Electric submarine for a long time,just wondering

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby krishnan » 25 Feb 2009 14:51

Outsouring the work to india?

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby AdityaM » 25 Feb 2009 16:52

BDR has a very old history:

Gunbattle in the heart of Dhaka, Army called in
originally raised by the British in 1795

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who took power in January, had Tuesday visited the BDR headquarters to address the troopers.

The prime minister also categorically stated that none would be allowed to use the territory of Bangladesh for terrorist activities.

"I hope BDR officers will be more vigilant in resisting smuggling to save our economy. You know that smuggling is very much harmful for a country's economy," she said in her maiden address to the BDR


She gos to the BDR HQ and next day this happens!
Well Shit happens!

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Dmurphy » 25 Feb 2009 16:56

AdityaM wrote:BDR has a very old history:

Gunbattle in the heart of Dhaka, Army called in
What a disgrace! Its things like these and coups in TSP that bring the difference between our jawans and them into prominence. Our jawans have maintained their dignity even with the PC fracas. Jai Jawan!

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby svinayak » 25 Feb 2009 23:00

http://content.techrepublic.com.com/234 ... ag=nl.e101

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The U.S. military is building armies of combat robots which come in all shapes and sizes - on land, sea, and air. Larry Dignan warns that the Terminator scenario might not be as fictional as we'd think. And most of the robots are already in action.

These desert robots won't be stopped by a little sand.

Credit: Office of Naval Research

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This purpose of this autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), called the Fetch 3.5, is to sense and record various information about the seas. Baltimore-based Prizm Advanced Communication Electronics say it can handle missions up to 30 hours long and can plunge to depths as low as 500 feet. Looks like it might be able to do more.

Credit: Anne Broache/CNET News

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The MAV uses a ducted-fan system in the circular black housing to perform vertical takeoff and landing maneuvers, in addition to hovering.

Credit: Stephen Baack

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Re: International Military Discussion

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http://content.techrepublic.com.com/234 ... 664-2.html

This photo, of the Soviet Union's Dolon Air Field in August 1966, shows more detail, including the location of heavy bombers--a very important detail at the height of the Cold War.

When President Eisenhower approved the program in 1958, and throughout its 12-year run, information on military and aerospace efforts in the Soviet Bloc was very hard to come by, and the satellite's eye in the sky helped the U.S. to peak behind the (iron) curtain. Corona, actually the name of a series of satellites used in the program, was a joint effort of the Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.

According to the NRO Web site, the resolution of Corona's images was 6 feet at its sharpest, 560 feet at its worst. Individual satellite images covered a land are of approximately 10 miles by 120 miles.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Arya Sumantra » 26 Feb 2009 04:32

The Navy Has a Top-Secret Vessel It Wants to Put on Display
The Navy wants to give away an experimental ship built to escape detection on the open ocean. But finding a new host for the top-secret vessel and its companion barge -- so big Sea Shadow docks inside it -- hasn't been so easy


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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Austin » 27 Feb 2009 21:50

Voronezh-type radar site put on combat duty in southern Russia

With an effective range of 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) the Voronezh-type radar has capabilities similar to its predecessors, the Dnepr and Daryal, which are currently deployed outside Russia, but uses less energy and is more environmentally friendly.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Austin » 28 Feb 2009 21:11

RS-24/Topl-M ICBM Video

Interesting thing is it uses a good amount of composite for different stages.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Nayak » 16 Mar 2009 20:20

Army Robots: Will Humans Still Be in Control?

Is the day approaching when the U.S. military can deploy a robot that can drive itself around a corner, use senors to detect an enemy fighter on-the-move and destroy the target instantly with missiles and machine guns — all without human intervention? The Pentagon thinks the day may be imminent and it wants to make ensure that its technology doesn't get ahead of military doctrine. It wants to be certain that there is always a "human" making decisions regarding the use of lethal force.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Gerard » 17 Mar 2009 03:38

Iraq/Afghan War News: Iraq to get Abrams
Iraqi military forces will take possession of 140 M1A1 Abrams tanks with U.S. military assistance by the summer of 2010, U.S. officials said.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby rkhanna » 17 Mar 2009 23:07

Nayak wrote:Army Robots: Will Humans Still Be in Control?

Is the day approaching when the U.S. military can deploy a robot that can drive itself around a corner, use senors to detect an enemy fighter on-the-move and destroy the target instantly with missiles and machine guns — all without human intervention? The Pentagon thinks the day may be imminent and it wants to make ensure that its technology doesn't get ahead of military doctrine. It wants to be certain that there is always a "human" making decisions regarding the use of lethal force.



Lol. So skynet is going to become a reality eh?

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby Ameet » 18 Mar 2009 05:22

Gates readies big cuts in weapons - battle looms with congress

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washi ... p_Emailed2

Highlights:

The United States "cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything," Gates said.

Former vice president Dick Cheney's efforts as defense chief under the first President Bush, meanwhile, are cited as a case study in the resistance of the military, defense industry, and Capitol Hill. Cheney canceled the Marine Corps' troubled V-22 Osprey aircraft not once, but four times, only to see Congress reverse the decision. :rotfl:

As for fears of a resurgent Russia, Gates said, "As someone who used to prepare estimates of Soviet military strength for several presidents, I can say that Russia's conventional military, although vastly improved since its nadir in the late 1990s, remains a shadow of its Soviet predecessor."

Gates's budget plans remain closely guarded, but aides say his decisions will be guided by the time he has spent with soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lockheed, maker of the F-22 jet, recently launched an ad campaign to protect its fighter.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby SRay » 19 Mar 2009 00:41

Russia's military rethink
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7950224.stm

Russia is quietly shaking up and restructuring its armed forces. Some good commentary; even better footage.

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Re: International Military Discussion - Robot wars

Postby munda » 19 Mar 2009 12:19

Based on War of future thread - a robot developed by company in US:


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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby neerajb » 19 Mar 2009 13:06

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/200 ... 7a_nr.html

Boeing Unveils New International F-15 Configuration -- the F-15SE

ST. LOUIS, March 17, 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today in St. Louis unveiled the F-15 Silent Eagle (F-15SE), a new F-15 configuration designed to meet the future needs of international customers.

"The F-15 Silent Eagle is designed to meet our international customers' anticipated need for cost-effective stealth technologies, as well as for large and diverse weapons payloads," said Mark Bass, F-15 Program vice president for Boeing. "The innovative Silent Eagle is a balanced, affordable approach designed to meet future survivability needs."

Improvements in stealth include coatings and treatments on the aircraft. With the added advantage of redesigned conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) that allow for internal weapons carriage, the Silent Eagle becomes a very attractive fighter for Boeing's international customers.

Depending on the specific mission, the customer can use the CFTs that are designed for internal carriage or change back to the traditional CFTs for optimum fuel capacity and external weapons carriage. The Silent Eagle will be able to internally carry air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-9 and AIM-120 and air-to-ground weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Small Diameter Bomb (SDB). The standard weapons load used on current versions of the F-15 is available with the traditional CFTs installed.

The aircraft's canted vertical tails improve aerodynamic efficiency, provide lift, and reduce airframe weight. Another aerodynamic improvement is the Digital Flight Control System, which improves the aircraft's reliability and reduces airframe weight.

Survivability improvements include a BAES Digital Electronic Warfare System (DEWS) working in concert with the Raytheon Advanced Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar.

Boeing has completed a conceptual prototype of the CFT internal-carriage concept, and plans to flight-test a prototype by the first quarter of 2010, including a live missile launch.

The design, development, and test of this internal carriage system are available as a collaborative project with an international aerospace partner.


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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby vavinash » 19 Mar 2009 14:35

Desperate attempt to flog a outdated fighter before the F-35 hits the market. But given the steep price rise and inordinate delays in F-35 some countries may go for it.

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Re: International Military Discussion

Postby shyamd » 21 Mar 2009 18:01

For the science/mijjile guru's

The lift-off of Iran’s Safir 2 rocket in early February gave rise to a flurry of memos between Western intelligence agencies over the past month. Beyond the feat of placing a small satellite into orbit, analysts were unanimous in pointing to the rapidity with which Iranian scientists overcame problems that cropped up with a previous, abortive launch in 2008. They were able to resolve the delicate problem of separating the second stage of the rocket just five months after last year’s failure. Proliferation experts were equally surprised by how fast initial mistakes were corrected.

The Western specialists also noted the good performance of the propulsion system even though it used a particularly corrosive type of liquid fuel. That testified to the high quality of the milling of resistant alloys despite the embargo on certain types of steel and aluminium.

According to the notes being traded in Western intelligence circles the future of Iran’s ballistic program is linked to technological developments in two spheres. One concerns the quality of inertial systems to guide long-range missiles. The second is wider use of solid fuel, which is already employed in the 15 Achoura missiles that Iran currently possesses.


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