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We start out the day in Dallas, Texas with a three-fer where a homeowner was attacked by four fellows in his abode. He unleashed his firepower and hit three of the four (that’s Sharpshooter level qualification). They un-assed the Ao at a high rate of speed. At an intersection, the uninjured fellow left the other […]

Thermally Induced Reticle Drift Of EOTech Holographic Sights

In Note To EOTech, I mentioned the issue of thermally induced setpoint drift in EOTech holo sights, relying on the post at Soldier Systems. While there is a great deal of information in the SOUM, two glaring issues stick out. The first is the reliability of the HWS in extreme temperatures, referred to as “Thermal […]

Russia willing to work to avert air accidents over Syria: Pentagon

Rome: Moscow has said it will work to avert potential mishaps between Russian and US pilots flying missions over Syria, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. US and Russian officials held discussions last week — at Russia’s request — on establishing measures to avoid accidents so warplanes flying over Syria would not be in the same place

The Netherlands Chooses Lockheed’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod for F-16 Fleet

The Royal Netherlands Air Force selected Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip its F-16 fleet, becoming the 21st international customer to acquire the multi-mission system. The contract was awarded through the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization and includes 29 Sniper ATPs as well as support equipment, training and sustainment. Pod deliveries will begin

Latvia Buys 3 TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars from Lockheed Martin

The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia and Lockheed Martin signed a contract for three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radars (MRR) for use in air surveillance and to complement radar assets already in place. “Purchase of ‘TPS-77’ MRRs will mean a huge investment in the strengthening of defence capabilities of National Armed Forces and gives

Airbus Helicopters H160 Program In Full Swing

The H160 mock-up is making its British debut today at Helitech, as the program steadily pursues its flight test campaign. The first prototype flights are progressing according to plan and the aircraft has already reached a maximum speed of 175 kts and an altitude of 10 000 feet. As the validation of technical parameters is

My 2 cents on how the Army invests in its future

6 days agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

Trigger warnings: there is some profanity, and no women are mentioned, unless you count Rangers. In the spring of 2001, the Army conducted the Major’s board for Year Group 1991. In the Field Artillery, out of a cohort of over 300 that began in June 1991, only 65 were left to fill roughly 125 billets. Show More Summary

China’s New Attack Helicopter Takes to the Skies for First Flight

Designed as a military improvement over the AC-311, China’s Avicopter Z-11B made its first successful flight late last month. In November of 2010, Chinese state-owned manufacturer Avicopter unveiled the AC-311, a single-engine helicopter capable of carrying up to six people. On September 28, the company conducted the first test-flight of its military version, the Z-11WB.

Lack of $$ May Kill JSTARS | NG Nets $91.7M for SEWIP | India Extends Deadline on $15.4B FICV Program

Americas A senior Air Force official has revealed that budgetary constraints may kill off the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalization program. William LaPlante, assistant secretary of the Air Force for...Show More Summary

Can the Pentagonians spell “war?”

6 days agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

I can’t tell who the Pentagon is fighting for. This we’ll defend? I think not. When Robert Gates was Secretary of Defense, he found that the Pentagon was ruled by a culture of bureaucratic delay and careerism. This culture affected even...Show More Summary

“It’s like deja vu all over again”

Well, it looks like one or more of those “fine individuals” that we all “know and love” have been running their yaps.  Once again, some Dorkish Royally Clueless tool has wrongly identified someone else as being me. And just like before, I’m both honored and a bit peeved. Again. For at least the fifth freaking time. Apparently, someone […]

Unplanned Air Strikes Kill Civilians All the Time

On Oct. 6, U.S. Gen. John Campbell, the commander of all NATO forces in Afghanistan, called the air strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz a mistake. He testified before members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S. Special Operations forces were aiding Afghan troops in an effort to repel a...

Secret Russian Satellite Could Have Collided With Another Object

Cosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504 are three very strange Russian satellites. They dance. They change orbits. They get close to their leftover booster rockets and then move away again. In April, one may have collided with another object. But if so, the impact was soft enough to not cause any damage. But...

DA’s no-gun policy angers ADAs

In Mineola, New York, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas last month forbade her assistant district attorneys from arming themselves even when they’re at home. She has since modified her fiat to allow them to be armed outside of their workplace, but they’re still not happy about it. More than a dozen prosecutors have […]

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