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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-47540271

Bloody Sunday soldier F to face murder charges whilst many others walk free for the murder of twelve other civilians.

And their leaders still wear their medals for a "job well done".
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:48 PM   #162
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USS Zumwalt makes a port visit to Canada


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Old 04-10-2019, 08:05 AM   #163
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Japan crashes F-35 into the Pacific ocean and . Russia and China also apparently hunting for the wreakage.

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A Japanese F-35 fighter crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, raising questions about reliability and security of the most expensive weapons system ever made.

The stealth jet disappeared from radar minutes into a training mission from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. Defense officials said its pilot signaled the need to abort the mission shortly before the plane was lost.

Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said debris from the plane, parts of its two tail fins, was found early Wednesday. Iwaya said Japan's remaining dozen F-35s would be grounded until the cause of Tuesday's crash is determined.

But early reports suggest system failure and that's troubling because it mean something might have been missed in the production process, said Carl Schuster, a former US Navy officer and professor at Hawaii Pacific University.

While most F-35s are made in the United States, the one that crashed Tuesday was the first to come off an assembly line in Nagoya, Japan, the Ministry of Defense said.

The jet's sophistication means the US and Japan would likely be acting quickly to recover any wreckage from the bottom of the Pacific before adversaries could get a look at it, Schuster said.

Even getting a look at the wreckage via a close up underwater camera could provide China or another adversary like Russia valuable intelligence, Schuster said.

"They'll be worried about it," Schuster said of the US and Japanese militaries. "China does have deep-sea recovery submarines."
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:21 AM   #164
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The stealth jet disappeared from radar minutes into a training mission.


Performing as designed! These planes are invisible! You can't even see them.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:01 PM   #165
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Russia launches new nuclear submarine designed to carry and fire nuclear-powered, nuclear armed drone torpedoes. At a length longer than the next longest submarine, the Typhoon (of Red October fame) these are currently the longest submarines in service with any navy.

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On April 23, 2019, a hulking submarine named the K-139 Belgorod was christened and launched from Severodvinsk, Russia. It slid from Sevmash Shipyard into the Nikolskoye estuary off the White Sea. First laid down in 1992, the Belgorod is the world's longest submarine, surpassing Russia's Typhoon-class nuclear-missile sub and the US Navy's Ohio class. Its construction was paused for over a decade in 2000 after the disaster aboard its immediate predecessor, the Kursk—in which all the crew was lost after an explosion during missile tests. But Belgorod was resurrected with its design modified for a new purpose: carrying the Poseidon nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed torpedo "drone."

But the docking bay took on a new role as Putin pushed for development of new nuclear weapons to counter a perceived strategic threat from US anti-ballistic missile deployments. That role was first hinted at when designs for a nuclear-powered, uncrewed nuclear-weapons delivery vehicle were revealed on Russian television in 2015. The Belgorod was one of two submarines shown in a slide revealed in a news report on a briefing of Putin by military chiefs. Then called "Ocean Multipurpose System 'Status-6,'" the weapon would be officially announced by Putin in March 2018.

With an "intercontinental" range of 10,000 kilometers (more than 6,200 miles) at a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour or 54 knots), the weapon now called Poseidon is reportedly capable of carrying a warhead with a yield of at least 10 megatons. That number could possibly be as great as 100, though the payload may vary depending on the type of mission.

Based on the original leaked drawing and analysis of images of tests published by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Poseidon vehicle measures about 24 meters (just under 80 feet) long and 1.6 meters (5.2 feet) in diameter. The warhead shown in the leaked diagram suggests the warhead is 4 meters (13 feet) long and 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) in diameter—consistent with a large thermonuclear device. The Belgorod will be able to carry four Poseidons and launch them from positions that were used on previous Oscar-class subs for cruise missiles.

The Poseidon isn't the only special project that the Belgorod will play a part in. Part of the sub's mission will likely be the deployment of Harmony, a submarine detection sensor network the Russian military is seeking to deploy in the Arctic—similar to the US Navy's SOSUS sonar network. The Belgorod will be able to ferry sensors out under the ice and deploy mini-subs to put the sensors, powered by undersea nuclear power units, in place.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:25 PM   #166
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The Russian's have been putting a ton of effort into new sub designs. They've put out 2 of their new Yasen class SSN's which are slightly behind the Seawolf class and Virginia class in terms of noise, but are very advanced sensor and weapons wise, very fast and very tough


The Belgorod is an Oscar 2 guided cruise missile antishipping platform primarily.



The Yasen can also launch cruise missiles as well as acting like a hunter killer


The Russians have also launched 5 of their new fourth generation ballistic missile submarines of the Borei class and are already working on a 5th generation replacement class.


Basically the Russian's have gone away from their prior naval strategies where they wanted deep diving high speed boats that would hunt cooperatively and in great numbers like the Alpha Class. To a smaller navy built around an american model of quite boats that hunt alone and really quiet black hole missile boats.


In a lot of ways the Russians have really closed the gap on the American designs.
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Cross-posted from the Game of Thrones thread:

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Mounted bows aren't taking down formations of shielded soldiers. That's now for melee once the lines have been broken or against undisciplined groups of troops.
The Mongols used their mobility and incredible rate of fire to focus fire on a section of the enemy line and tear a hole in it. This tactic worked even on formed troops with shields - the amount of fire they could pour into a 50-yard section of line in 5 minutes was astonishing. Then they'd focus on another section, tear another hole. Once the defending line was broken up, they could flow through and fire at them from all directions.

Mongols didn't charge formed troops head on. They didn't have the huge horses or the armour that European heavy cavalry used. But they were still unstoppable in their time because firing powerful bows from the saddle at an incredibly fast rate was a technology that their enemies had no answer to.
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Plus The Grand Tour taught me that they invented the first composite material in their bow that they could shoot from here, and here, and like this.
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If you look at the average Mongol hord, 6 out of 10 men were house driven archers, while 4 out of 10 were horse Cavalry with lances.



So while the archers could fire from horses thanks to stirrups and scoot and shoot with a high rate of fire, it forced their opponents to go shields up which removed line mobility and gave the average soldier a lot to think about. So while the shots were coming the lance cavalry would attack the line.



As well in certain instances the mongols used Kharash or their prisoners as human shields to protect the archers and divide their enemies attention, they would also use the Kharash as disposable and poorly armed assault units, to basically smash into a line and eat a lance.


One of the biggest things that hampered other armies but not so much the mongols were supply lines. For the most part the Mongol formations were self sufficient in the field and could feed off of their conquered lands.


A lot of the Mongol tactics also relied on intimidation, the Mongols had a big reputation for absolute ruthlessness on the battlefield and you really didn't want to be captured by them so a lot of times, lines would break to avoid encirclement.
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Plus The Grand Tour taught me that they invented the first composite material in their bow that they could shoot from here, and here, and like this.

The composite bow allowed them to shoot to extreme ranges for the time out to about 700 feet or 500 feet accurately.
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The composite bow allowed them to shoot to extreme ranges for the time out to about 700 feet or 500 feet accurately.
On the approach and riding away. A documentary I watched on the subject (or maybe it was a podcast) described how a stream of Mongols would ride at a narrow section of the enemy line firing as they went, cut away and loop back, still firing. They would keep doing this in a loop of continuous fire until the section of the line was a pincushion.
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Yeah, the nice thing about the composite bow was not only the range but the force, a arrow fired at optimum range would punch through light armor.


At the same time arrows are like artillery, it forces you to hunker down and tends to overwhelm you. You're so busy with your shield up trying to protect yourself that it allowed the horse cavalry to close the distance and allowed any infantry to do the same.


The most effective defense against a cavalry charge was for the most part the lance. But to use it you have to expose yourself in doing it.



The Swiss used a particularly nasty version against armored cavalry which was the Halberd a combination of a lance and a axe. The lance was designed to kill charging horses. Once the armored rider was on the ground and basically helpless the axe was designed to penetrate armor and chop off extremities.
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Ever wonder what a rocket powered knife through the heart would look like? We'll find out soon from the camera of this new rocket knife as it goes through some terrorist's heart.

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Designated the Hellfire R9X, the missile has no explosive warhead—instead, its payload is more than 100 pounds of metal, including long blades that deploy from the body of the missile just before impact.

“To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky,” according to the WSJ. Some officials referred to the weapon as "the flying Ginsu," because the blades can cut through concrete, sheet metal, and other materials surrounding a target.

The R9X was developed in part as a response to President Barack Obama's mandate to reduce civilian casualties in drone strikes, especially in light of the tactic adopted by leaders of targeted terrorist and insurgent organizations (such as the leaders of the Taliban and Al Qaeda) of using women and children as a human shield in hopes of avoiding drone strikes. While the missile was apparently in development as far back as 2011, the exact timeline of development was not revealed by officials; a similar weapon was considered as an option to take out Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan before it was decided to send Navy SEAL operators in instead.
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Ever wonder what a rocket powered knife through the heart would look like? We'll find out soon from the camera of this new rocket knife as it goes through some terrorist's heart.



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More like rocket-powered cheese grater.
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Old 06-03-2019, 01:40 PM   #176
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China develops an armored vehicle that can launch 12 pneumatically launched reconnaissance and suicide drones that carry two kilos of explosives each.

It'll be interesting how attackers would try to ambush something like this given the drones and explosives that they'll be carrying.

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China has unveiled a new armoured vehicle that is capable of firing 12 suicide drones to launch attacks on targets and to conduct reconnaissance operations on Tuesday at the Beijing Civil-Military Integration Expo 2019.

The 5.7 meter-long, 2.4 meter-wide 4x4 off-road vehicle was developed by Beijing Zhongzi Yanjing Auto Co Ltd. It has a max speed of 125kmph and can adapt to the various demands of highly mobile troops. The vehicle can operate in difficult terrains including jungles and mountains, Global Times reported Tuesday.

The wheeled vehicle uses what the company calls "missile-vehicle integrated technology." It carries 12 pneumatic launch tubes that fire drones into the air, which then spread their wings and become operationally controllable.

These launch tubes are usually hidden within the vehicle and are only revealed upon use. This provides an element of surprise as enemies will have difficulty distinguishing drone launching vehicles from standard ones, an employee of the company said.

Among the 12 drones the vehicle can launch, four of them are the smaller SULA30 reconnaissance drones that can stay in the air for more than an hour. They can transmit real-time information to a command center, said a separate company statement sent to the Global Times.

Eight of the drones are two meter-wide SULA89 reconnaissance and attack drones that can carry more than two kilograms of explosives each. They can launch accurate suicide attacks once they locate their targets, diving at speeds of 180 kilometers an hour, according to the company's statement.

The SULA89 is designed to destroy mobile light armored vehicles, field fortifications and armed personnel in cover, the company said.

Twelve drones in one vehicle can form a formidable swarm and deliver a saturated attack on a single target, or they could spread out to deal with multiple targets, the report stated further.
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Well the one flaw that I see is this would give a nice bit of triangulation to the command center. And the vehicle.
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Top secret Russian nuclear spy submarine, that the West suspects is used to install either spy equipment or cut deep sea internet fiber cables, catches fire and kills 14 Russian sailors. The only known photo this sub aside from the time it surfaced and was caught on during a photoshoot for the Russian Top Gear magazine.

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On July 1, a fire onboard a secretive Russian nuclear submarine killed 14 sailors before it was extinguished. The sailors were assigned to the Losharik, a small nuclear-powered submarine that is alleged to conduct underwater espionage activities. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The incident took place in Russian territorial waters north of the Arctic Circle. According to Russian state media the Losharik was engaged in “biometric research activities” when the fire broke out. TASS quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense, stating, “On July 1, in the Russian territorial waters on a research deep-water apparatus designed to study the bottom space and the bottom of the World Ocean in the interests of the Russian Navy, a fire occurred during bathymetric measurements.”

The incident reportedly killed 14 Russian Navy sailors and injured more, with reports suggesting that the sailors sacrificed themselves to put the fire out. On Russian television, President Vladimir Putin revealed that seven of the deceased were captains first rank, and two were awarded the distinction “Heroes of Russia” in the past. That’s an unusually high concentration of decorated officers.

A conflicting report on Twitter claims that the fire took place not on Losharik itself but the mother submarine that carries, it Podmoskovye. Podmoskovye is a modified ballistic missile submarine designed to carry smaller special mission-engineering (read: spy submarines) like Losharik to operational areas.

Losharik (AS-12) is a deep diving special mission/engineering submarine (aka a spy submarine). According to submarine authority H.I. Sutton, Losharik entered service in 1997, displaces less than 1,000 tons (the U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia-class attack submarines 7,800 tons), and is about 230 feet long, 23 feet wide, and typically has a crew of 25. She is powered by a single 5-megawatt nuclear reactor.

The sub is named after a Russian cartoon horse made up of juggling balls, and the name is a play on the fact that the submarine is internally made up of up to seven interlinked high pressure orbs. Each orb is designed to provide protection from the extreme pressures of deep sea diving. Sutton believes this gives Losharik the ability to dive to depths up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet).

Losharik is designed to operate on the ocean floor, front-mounted flood lights, remotely operated arms for manipulated equipment, and retractable ski feet for sitting on the seabed. Although described as a scientific research submarine, she is assigned to the Main Directorate for Deep Sea Research, known by its Russian acronym GUGI. The submarine is considered highly classified and the only known photo appeared in the Russian magazine version of Top Gear, when it accidentally sailed into a camera shot.
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A chilling review of drone footage capturing the first Medal of Honor recipient in video - M.Sgt John Chapman at the Battle of Takur Ghar in 2002

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Originally he was awarded the Air Force Cross and was upgraded that to the MOH thanks to this video and a push by the Airforce, the Naval Special Forces Commander wanted the upgrade and this video block because it would be an admission that Chapman had been abandoned by his team.
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