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Posts Tagged ‘military’

Droning

Monday, 10 September 2018

They’re hella bigger than I realized.

An RQ-4 Global Hawk was lost off the coast of southern Spain in June of this year, and the wreckage was recovered only recently. That’s a loss of about $123 million, and the cause of the crash has not been released to date.

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New Additions to the French Military – Eagles

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The eagles are trained to capture small UAVs, aka “drones” that may pose a danger to aircraft or are being used for nefarious activity. They’re raised in captivity and trained as hatchlings to associate UAVs with food. The French program was adapted from one developed by the Dutch.

Royal eagles, which can hunt prey up to 25kg – the size of a deer – are often used by the programme due to their strength.

In the Netherlands, the use of eagles in police work sparked animal welfare concerns among falconers. When eagles intercept a drone, a pressure of 250kg per square centimetre is exerted on their claws.

Dutch police told the NRC daily newspaper that their eagles have so far not suffered any problems from intercepting small drones, but that larger drones may damage their claws. Eagles in the French programme wear kevlar and leather claw coverings as a protective measure.

[Story here, via here, video here, h/t Nancy H.]

USS Porter

Monday, 10 April 2017

ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 15, 2015) The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) pulls alongside the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) before a replenishment-at-sea. Porter is participating in Joint Warrior, a United-Kingdom led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Rohn D. Wallace/Released)

There’s an interesting timeline posted at USNI regarding the missile attack on the Syrian military airbase on 6 April 2017 that I haven’t seen elsewhere, and it gives hints about the strategy behind it… and more.

[Image and caption found here. USNI is updating their post as more information is released.]

Don’t mess with the dog squad.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

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[Found here.]

Nothing Much Happened Today.

Monday, 9 January 2017

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Via Google Translate:

In the Chelyabinsk military brought “warm weather”

In connection with the cooling of caring the military brought to Chelyabinsk whole body “warm weather.” The information published on the portal picabu.

In fact, the military truck was taken to the runway a huge load, shaped like a small “sun”, painted by a child or cartoon flowers Sunflower. It is not known what kind of load, but most likely in the photo shows the nozzle for cleaning of road transport. Why are engaged in military delivery is unknown. Just do not understand why it is necessary to deliver the goods to the first runway truck after dump on the road, and after apparently uploaded to military aircraft.

The portal pikabu photo caused a lot of comments and jokes related to the “delivery to the warm weather.”

[Image found here via here. Somewhat related posts here.]

Merry Christmas to all Military personnel stationed elsewhere

Saturday, 24 December 2016

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[Source: USNI newsletter.]

The Rebel Flag

Sunday, 12 July 2015

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Merry Christmas to the U.S. Military

Monday, 22 December 2014

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[Image from here, related to a ridiculous story from Christmas 2013.]

“It’s not over until WE say it is.”

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Top Secret Battle Monkeys Briefing

Yeah, it’s a photoshop from somewhere, but it made me smile.

[Found here.]

The Most Popular Badge in Afghanistan

Sunday, 18 March 2012

With tensions at an all time high in Afghanistan following the Koran burnings, the urination video, and the killing of 16 civilians, attention is now falling on a long line of “Infidel” apparel and gear.

Exhausted from how they feel they’re being perceived, troops have taken to wearing patches and carrying items that label themselves infidels, and offer translation in local dialect.

In the Muslim world an infidel means literally “one without faith” who rejects the central teachings of Islam.

Military.com tracked down Clayton Montgomery at Mil-Spec Monkey, a large online seller of infidel gear, who says his most popular item by far is the “Pork Eating Crusader Patch.”

[Full story here, h/t Soylent Green. Larger size image for lifting and posting below the break.]

[Update: For those interested in reading an assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, Pete Hegseth, emailing from Kabul in January 2012, has some interesting (and disturbing) observations.

Pete Hegseth, founder of Vets For Freedom, is now posted to Afghanistan, where he has been training Afghans as well as American and coalition troops. His reports on the situation there are as knowledgeable as any you can find. Here is his final dispatch — long but worth reading through to the end.

Read the whole thing here:  http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/01/endgame-in-afghanistan.php

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