Thursday, August 22, 2019

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To All,

I hope that your week has been going well.

Regards,



Skip




Today in Naval History

Aug. 22



1912 The Dental Corps is established by an Act of Congress.

1942 USS Blue (DD 387) is torpedoed by Japanese destroyer, Kawakaze, off Guadalcanal. She was scuttled by her crew the following day.

1944 Submarines Haddo (SS 255) and Harder (SS 257) encounter three Japanese escort vessels off the mouth of Manila Bay. Haddo sinks Sado 35 miles west of Manila; Harder sinks Matsuwa and Hiburi about 50 miles west-southwest of Manila.

1945 The Japanese of Mille Atoll, Marshall Islands, surrenders on board USS Levy (DE 162), the first Japanese surrender at the end of World War II.

1956 A P4M Mercator, while on night patrol out of Iwakuni, Japan, reported it is under attack by aircraft over international waters, 32 miles off the China coast, and is not heard from again. Carrier and land-based air and surface ships, searching for the plane, found wreckage, empty life rafts, and the bodies of two crew members.

1980 USS Passumpsic (AO 107), guided by (P 3) aircraft from Patrol Squadron 1 and 26 (VP 1 and VP 26), rescues 28 Vietnamese refugees off Saigon.



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Executive Summary:

• Today ADM Mike Gilday will become the 32nd Chief of Naval Operations when he relieves ADM John Richardson during a change of office ceremony at the Naval Yard.

• The New York Times reports that two U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday as peace talks with the Taliban resume.

• China has threatened sanctions over the U.S.'s planned sell of F-16Vs to Taiwan, reports the Wall Street Journal.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that the Greek government has expressed reluctance to host the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 after pressure from the United States.

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This day in History August 22



1350


John II, also known as John the Good, succeeds Philip VI as king of France.


1485


Henry Tudor defeats Richard III at Bosworth. This victory establishes the Tudor dynasty in England and ends the War of the Roses.


1642


Civil war in England begins as Charles I declares war on Parliament at Nottingham.


1717


The Austrian army forces the Turkish army out of Belgrade, ending the Turkish revival in the Balkans.


1777


With the approach of General Benedict Arnold's army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandons Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.


1849


The Portuguese governor of Macao, China, is assassinated because of his anti-Chinese policies.


1911


The Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, is stolen from the Louvre in Paris, where it had hung for more than 100 years. It is recovered in 1913.


1922


Michael Collins, Irish politician, is killed in an ambush.


1942


Brazil declares war on the Axis powers. She is the only South American country to send combat troops into Europe.


1945


Soviet troops land at Port Arthur and Dairen on the Kwantung Peninsula in China.


1945


Conflict in Vietnam begins when a group of Free French parachute into southern Indochina, in response to a successful coup by communist guerilla Ho Chi Minh.


1952


Devil's Island's penal colony is permanently closed.


1956


Incumbent US President Dwight D. Eisenhower & Vice President Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco.


1962


OAS (Secret Army Organization) gunmen unsuccessfully attempt to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle; the incident inspires Frederick Forsyth's novel, The Day of the Jackal.


1962


The world's first nuclear-powered passenger-cargo ship, NS Savannah, completes its maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va., to Savannah, Ga.


1968


First papal visit to Latin America; Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota.


1969


Hurricane Camille hits US Gulf Coast, killing 256 and causing $1.421 billion in damages.


1971


Bolivian military coup: Col. Hugo Banzer Suarez ousts leftist president, Gen. Juan Jose Torres and assumes power.


1971


FBI arrests members of The Camden 28, an anti-war group, as the group is raiding a draft office in Camden, NJ.


1972


International Olympic Committee votes 36–31 with 3 abstentions to ban Rhodesia from the games because of the country's racist policies.


1975


US President Gerald Ford survives second assassination attempt in 17 days, this one by Sarah Jane Moore in San Francisco, Cal.


1983


Benigno Aquino, the only real opposition on Ferdinand Marcos' reign as president of the Philippines, is gunned down at Manila Airport.


1989


First complete ring around Neptune discovered.


1995


During 11-day siege at Ruby Ridge, Id., FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi kills Vicki Weaver while shooting at another target.


2003


Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended for refusing to comply with federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Supreme Court building's lobby.


2005


Art heist: a version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.


2007


Most runs scored by any team in modern MLB history as the Texas Rangers thump the Baltimore Orioles 30-3.




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Gentlemen...

This is a dated and very long read, but worth every minute of an irascible curmudgeon's time... I love reading prophesies—both fiction and non-fiction— made many years ago that have been validated by decades of subsequent history. They are useful aids in understanding what lies ahead. History is the teacher.

Here is wisdom on a plane with 1984 and The Fourth Turning that foretells a grim future for the Caucasian race... A dark and irresistible tide is in motion...

All an old curmudgeon, who is white and a proud nationalist, can do, is read, weep, watch and pray...

The introductory notes by Steven D are a bonus not to be skipped...

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Thanks to Naval History and Heritage Command



In 1939 Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Orville Wright's birthday, 19 August, as National Aviation Day. Learn about the Navy's vital role in aviation history

From makeshift gliders and the first shipboard landing to supersonic jets and unmanned aerial vehicles, naval aviation has come a long way in its more than 100 years of existence. U.S. naval aviation began when pioneer Glenn Curtiss contracted with the U.S. Navy to demonstrate that airplanes could take off from and land aboard ships at sea. From those successful flights, the Navy Department began prevailing upon Congress to include a provision for aeronautical development in the Naval Appropriation Act enacted in 1911–1912. Upon entry into World War I, Pensacola—the only naval air station at the time—had 38 naval aviators, 163 enlisted trained in aviation, and 54 airplanes. By the end of the war, the air station boasted 438 officers, 5,548 enlisted, and had trained about 1,000 naval aviators.



As World War II emerged, naval aviation became the decisive element in the war at sea. Seaborne aircraft were used in fleet actions at sea, strikes against naval units in port, ground forces support, anti-submarine warfare and a host of other actions. Naval aviation exploded during the war with more than 1,100 cadets trained a month. Naval battles such as the Battle of the Coral Sea and Midway were conducted largely or entirely by aircraft. Naval aviation became a cornerstone of American global military power.



After World War II, the wartime alliance between the Soviet Union and the United States collapsed which marked the beginnings of the Cold War. The superpowers were divided by the Western alliance, led by the U.S. and the Eastern Bloc, led by the Soviets. Their struggle for world dominance would overshadow the second half of the century. In June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea marking the beginnings of the Korean War which lasted until an Armistice was signed in 1953. Although a truce had been called, global peace remained unsteady. The U.S. and the Soviets expanded their nuclear arsenals while technological advances marked the late 1950s through the early 1960s.



On Oct. 1, 1958, naval aviation produced the first astronauts. Approximately half of NASA astronauts, including the first American in space and the first to orbit earth, were naval aviators. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, seven were naval aviators, including the first and the last.



In 1965, the first Marines landed in Danang marking the beginning of the Vietnam War. U.S. naval aviation would be involved in the war until it ended in 1973. The 1980s would be marked by the massive buildup of naval aviation and the fall of the former Soviet Union. Naval aviation would see combat action in the 1990s with Desert Storm, and peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina. On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the New York City Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A failed attempt to cause more destruction was evaded by the heroism of United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. The Global War on Terrorism would dominate the world stage for more than a decade afterwards.



This Naval Aviation webpage is a collection of information the Naval History and Heritage Command has on the more than 100 years of naval aviation history. This page is not all inclusive. Information will be added as it becomes available.



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https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/08/no_author/siege-at-ruby-ridge/


Siege at Ruby Ridge
The Forgotten History of the ATF Shootout That Started a Militia Movement

Ammo.com August 22, 2019





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Thanks to Brown Bear

SAC runways v. Navy carrier aircraft

Hi Skip,

One of my most enjoyable flights ever was to ferry an F6F-5D Hellcat from Guantánamo Bay Cuba to Litchfield Park Arizona. My first refueling stop would be McDill Air Force Base in southern Florida. No trouble finding that 2 mile plus strip. The tower directed me to perform a straight-in landing; a returning (B-47) SAC mission was inbound. I sat that sweet old Navy carrier aircraft down in the first few feet of runway. The tower immediately said "expedite your taxi to the other end." Two miles of S-turning taxi with that "tail-wheeler" would've taken a while. So I lined up, flew that mile-and-a-half down the runway to land again, and turned off. No sense of humor in the Air Force! I was met by a white-shirted guy from Customs, who was really going to go through my Hellcat in an effort to find some contraband booze from Gitmo. When he asked where my flight bag was, I pointed to the "hell hole" door directly under the forward belly of the aircraft. What I didn't tell him was that when he opened that door he was going to get doused with a whole lot of oil leaked from that big old Pratt & Whitney engine. Luckily for me, there was no booze in there! With his oil-soaked white uniform, he would've surely lock me up for the duration. So was the life, and it was real sport!



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USA—New START Extension Must Include New Russian Weapons, Says Esper Fox News | 08/22/2019 U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that an extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia would have to include Moscow's most advanced weapons, reports Fox News. Russia has sought to expand its strategic nuclear arsenal in preparation for a potential conflict with the U.S., Esper said in an interview on Wednesday. If New START were to be extended, the most recent Russian weapons would need to be included, he said. Esper noted that Russia may have deployed intermediate-range nuclear-tipped missiles in positions to threaten Eastern Europe. Earlier this month, the U.S. formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, arguing that Moscow's SSC-8 (Russia: 9M729) ground-launched cruise missile violated the terms of the accord. New START came into force in 2011 for a period of 10 years. It can be extended once for a period of five years. Under the pact, Russia and the U.S. are limited to 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, 1,550 deployed warheads and 800 launchers.

USA—Navy Fires Senior Officers On 2 Warships And A Sub Navy Times | 08/22/2019 The U.S. Navy has announced that it has relieved of duty senior officers aboard a cruiser, destroyer and attack submarine, reports the Navy Times. Capt. Tadd Gorman, commander of the cruiser Antietam; Lt. Cmdr. Randall Clemons, executive officer of the destroyer McCampbell; and Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Cebik, XO of the submarine Jimmy Carter lost their jobs on Monday and Tuesday. Gorman's removal comes only three months after he took command of the Antietam. Officials with Task Force 70 in Japan said the dismissal was due to a "loss in confidence in his personal judgement and ability to command." The Antietam has now seen two commanders removed from duty in two years. Capt. Joseph Carrigan lost his job in 2017 after the vessel grounded in Tokyo. Clemons was removed for a "loss of confidence in his ability to fulfill his responsibilities," said a spokesperson for Task Force 70. His performance was determined to fall short of the high standards expected, the spokesperson said. Cebik was fired after a "loss of confidence in his personal judgement," a spokesperson for Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific told the newspaper in an email. She declined to provide further details due to an ongoing investigation.

USA—Army Tests Cold Spray Process To Repair Bradley Gun Turrets Air Force News Service | 08/22/2019 The U.S. Army is experimenting with a new process to repair worn out components on combat vehicles, says a service release. The cold spray process was developed by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory, Ground Vehicles Systems Center and the Armaments Center; Bradley Product Manager; and Red River Army Depot. The new technology involves micron-sized particles accelerated in a gas stream through a nozzle onto a target surface onto which they bond and build up. Both the sprayed particles and the surface remain solid during the process. The spray is being used to repair M2 Bradley gun turret mounts that previously would have been identified as non-repairable and disposed of. Repairing the turrets is expected to save money, since the cold-spray treatment costs approximately $1,000 instead of the $25,000 the service would have to spend on a replacement. The technology is expected to be applied in other repair processes going forward. One expected application is the repair of worn out cannon barrels. The U.S. Air Force also made progress in new maintenance technologies this week, with the first unit approved to use an industrial 3D printer, reported the Air Force News Service. The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., has been equipped with a Stratasys F900 3D printer, which has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to produce non-structural aircraft parts using Ultem 9085 material. The first use of the printer, approved on Aug. 12, is for replacement of latrine covers for C-5M cargo aircraft. The use of printed components is expected to significantly cut down on the time and cost required to obtain replacements.



USA—Blue Canyon Technologies To Build Experimental Comms Cubesat For Air Force Space News | 08/22/2019 Blue Canyon Technologies, Boulder, Colo., has reached an agreement with Viasat, Carlsbad, Calif., to build a cubesat for an Air Force experimental program, reports Space News. The mission is intended to demonstrate the potential for a satellite with a Link 16 communications terminal to enable beyond-line-of-sight connectivity. Current Link 16 terminals on aircraft, ships and ground equipment are limited to line-of-sight communications. The Air Force awarded Viasat a $10 million contract for the experimental mission in May. Blue Canyon will provide a 12-unit XB1 cubesat bus to Viasat under the agreement announced on Monday. The bus will incorporate critical subsystems, including power; propulsion; flight-control software; attitude control; guidance, navigation and control; and radio communications. The satellite, equipped with Viasat's Link 16 terminal, is expected to launch in 2020, Blue Canyon said.



Sweden—Last Of 18 NH90 Helicopters Finally Delivered Defense-Aerospace | 08/22/2019 Sweden has taken delivery of its final NH90 helicopter, reports defence-aerospace.com The last of 18 aircraft, designated Helikopter 14 in Sweden, was handed over in July, the Swedish Defense Materiel Agency (FMV) said on Tuesday. Stockholm ordered 18 NH90 multirole helicopters in 2001 at a cost of US$1.2 billion. Nine are equipped for ground operations and nine with sonar equipment and tactical radar for anti-submarine warfare. The final aircraft was configured for ground operations. Deliveries did not begin until 2011, due in part to unique requests made by the Swedish military.



Ukraine—New Combat Drone To Be Developed With Turkey Kyiv Post | 08/22/2019 Ukroboronprom, Ukraine's defense holding company, has announced a joint venture between its affiliate Ukrspetseksport and the Turkish firm Baykar Defense for the development of a new drone, reports the Kyiv Post. The drone will be equipped with two Ukrainian engines and is intended for use in the Turkish and Ukrainian armed forces, the company said on Tuesday. The Ukrainian engines will enable the air vehicle to carry a greater payload, at faster speeds and higher altitudes, reported Interfax-Ukraine. A joint venture agreement was reached on Aug. 12, shortly after a visit to Turkey by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The Akcini uncrewed aerial vehicle has been in development by Baykar since at least mid-2018, when pictures were first revealed to the public. The drone is expected to have a wingspan of 65 feet 7 inches (20 m), a ceiling of 39,000 feet (12 km), a maximum payload of over 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) and an endurance of 24 hours. A variety of sensors will be integrated, including thermal cameras, high-powered cameras and phased-array radars.



South Korea—Seoul Axes Intelligence-Sharing Pact With Japan Yonhap | 08/22/2019 South Korea has decided that it will not renew an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). President Moon Jae In approved the decision on Thursday during a meeting of the national security council. The move was the result of a lack of trust in Japan, said South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha, as cited by Reuters. The agreement, known as the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), was scheduled to automatically renew on Sunday. The pact allowed the countries to share information related to North Korean missile and nuclear activity. In the near term, both countries will be able to obtain intelligence on North Korean missile launches through the U.S., said analysts quoted by the New York Times. The move is expected to hinder closer cooperation in the future, said experts. U.S. officials have been informed of the decision. One Western military source said that while limited, the intelligence cooperation was important. Tensions between the two neighbors have escalated over Seoul's insistence on reparations for the conduct of Japanese companies during World War II and Tokyo's decision to remove South Korea from its list of preferred trading partners on Aug. 2. A Japanese official said that the decision was "extremely regrettable," reported the Kyodo news agency.



China—New Type 075 Amphibious Ship Nears Launching, Images Show South China Morning Post | 08/22/2019 China's new Type 075 amphibious assault ship may soon be floated out, reports the South China Morning Post. Images taken by civilians at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai showed scaffolding around two structures above the flight deck, suggesting that the vessel may have two islands. The bow is clearly visible in the photos. In June, satellite imagery showed the vessel without its bow and stern attached. The current state of the ship suggests that it could launched in the next few months, said one analyst. The landing helicopter dock (LHD) has a full-length flight deck, displaces 40,000 metric tons, has a maximum speed of 23 knots and can carry up to 30 helicopters, in addition to amphibious and armored vehicles, boats and hundreds of troops. The class, consisting of an initial batch of three, is expected to enhance China's power projection capabilities in the South China Sea, said the analyst.



Japan—New EW Unit To Take On China In E. China Sea United Press International | 08/22/2019 The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) plans to activate a new electronic warfare (EW) unit next year to counter Chinese activities near disputed territories in the East China Sea, reports United Press International. The unit will be based at Camp Kengun, Kumamoto prefecture, and will operate under the GSDF's amphibious corps, reported the Sankei Shimbun (Japan). It is intended to deter Chinese operations against disputed islands in the East China Sea, including the Senkaku islands. The new unit will supplement the GSDF's existing EW unit in Hokkaido in northern Japan. Both units could be integrated under a single command in the future, officials said. The unit has a planned strength of 80 personnel and will be capable of land, sea and air operations as well as targeting individuals, communication systems, radars and other equipment.



Thailand—7 Injured Series Of Bomb Blasts In Yala Province Bangkok Post | 08/22/2019 At least seven people have been injured in bomb attacks in several parts of Thailand's southernmost Yala province., reports the Bangkok Post. The attacks took place in the Muang, Yaha, Bannang Sata and Than To districts on Tuesday night. The first bomb detonated around 7:10 p.m. local time next to a roadside power pole in Yaha, injuring two and triggering a blackout. The second and third bombs exploded at 7:20 p.m. One damaged a telephone signal tower and nearby vehicles in Bannang Sata, causing no injuries. Another damaged a power pole in Muang with no casualties reported. The final two bombs went off around 8:15 p.m. in Than To. A bomb that exploded next to a Krungthai Bank ATM wounded three girls and two adults. The other bomb exploded outside a grocery store near the ATM, injuring no one. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon denied the attack was linked to the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) movement and its demands for the release of suspects as preconditions for peace talks. He also said that the bombings were not linked to earlier attacks in Bangkok No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.



Afghanistan—2 U.S. Soldiers Die In Joint Op With Afghan Troops NATO's Resolute Support Mission | 08/22/2019 Two U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan, reports NATO's Resolute Support mission. On Wednesday, the soldiers were shot and killed while on patrol with Afghan special operators, said Pentagon sources. Three Afghan troops were wounded. The sources told Newsweek that the soldiers belonged to U.S. Special Forces, who were serving with NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan. The location of the incident was unclear. Newsweek reported that the skirmish took place in the Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province. A Resolute Support spokesman said the soldiers were not killed in Nangarhar, without providing further details. A New York Times report, which cited a local Afghan governor, said the clash occurred in the northern Fayrab province. Twelve U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan this year, nine of them soldiers, in what has been the deadliest year for U.S. forces in the country since formal combat operations concluded in 2014, noted the Military Times.



Iran—Bavar-373 Air Defense System Makes 2nd Debut Islamic Republic News Agency | 08/22/2019 Iran has unveiled a new indigenous mobile air defense system, reports the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. On Thursday, the Bavar-373 was revealed during a ceremony marking National Defense Industry Day in Tehran. This is the second time Iran has publicly unveiled the system, noted Radio Farda. It was first shown off in August 2016. Defense Minister Amir Hatami during Thursday's event called the 2016 unveiling a "quick overview" and said a "complete" unveiling could happen in the future. The system was reverse engineered from Russia's S-300 system, said Hatami, as cited by the semi-official Fars news agency (Tehran). Development of the Bavar-373 began after Russia declined to sell S-300 systems to Iran, citing U.S. sanctions. The platform is capable of detecting 60 targets, identifying 13 and engaging six, said the minister. Using domestically manufactured Sayyad-4 missiles, the system has a maximum range of 185 miles (300 km) and can intercept targets at an altitude of up to 40 miles (65 km), said Prime Minister Hassan Rouhnani, reported the semi-official Mehr news agency (Tehran). The system has a kill range of about 125 miles (200 km), Hatami told state television, as quoted by Reuters. Deliveries to the army's air defense units will begin soon, the defense minister said.



Iraq—Baghdadi Hands Off Logistics Ops To Trusted Lieutenant Times Of London | 08/22/2019 ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has handed day-to-day operations of the terrorist organization to one of his deputies, reports the Timesof London. Abdullah Qardash, a former officer in the Iraqi army, has been promoted to handle several key files, reported the ISIS news agency, Amaq. Qardash has been given specific responsibilities, including logistics and movement, freeing Baghdadi to focus on reinvigorating the group, said an Iraqi security analyst. Baghdadi may also be preparing Qardash to lead ISIS in the future. He previously served as a top legislator within the organization and was known for his cruelty, said the analyst. He is believed to be popular with the rank and file. Qardash will be in charge of rebuilding the group's disparate cells as it regroups after being driven out of its last territorial holdings in Syria earlier this year. He may be challenged to bring together the group under his leadership after the emergence of three factions under Saudi, Tunisian and Iraqi leadership, respectively, experts said.



Iraq—Baghdadi Hands Off Logistics Ops To Trusted Lieutenant Times Of London | 08/22/2019 ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has handed day-to-day operations of the terrorist organization to one of his deputies, reports the Timesof London. Abdullah Qardash, a former officer in the Iraqi army, has been promoted to handle several key files, reported the ISIS news agency, Amaq. Qardash has been given specific responsibilities, including logistics and movement, freeing Baghdadi to focus on reinvigorating the group, said an Iraqi security analyst. Baghdadi may also be preparing Qardash to lead ISIS in the future. He previously served as a top legislator within the organization and was known for his cruelty, said the analyst. He is believed to be popular with the rank and file. Qardash will be in charge of rebuilding the group's disparate cells as it regroups after being driven out of its last territorial holdings in Syria earlier this year. He may be challenged to bring together the group under his leadership after the emergence of three factions under Saudi, Tunisian and Iraqi leadership, respectively, experts said.



Israel—Iron Fist Active Protective System Picked For Eitan Armored Vehicle Elbit Systems | 08/22/2019 Elbit Systems has announced that its Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) active protection system (APS) has been chosen for the Israeli military's new Eitan 8 x 8 armored fighting vehicle and existing D9 bulldozers. The final terms of the contract are currently being negotiated following the system's selection, the company said on Tuesday. The IFLD, which has also been selected for the U.S. Army's M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, uses independent optical sensors, tracking radar, launchers and countermeasure munitions to defeat incoming threats. The system provides 360-degree protection even in close-range scenarios in open and urban terrain, according to Elbit. The Eitan wheeled armored fighting vehicle is being procured by the Israel Defense Forces to modernize its armored units using lessons learned from the 2014 conflict in the Gaza Strip, noted the Jerusalem Post. The vehicle is intended to provide greater speed and mobility than the army's other armored personnel carriers, since it does not require heavy transporters and will be more maneuverable in dense urban areas.



Israel—IDF Sets Requirement For V-22 Tiltrotors After Years Of Delays Jerusalem Post | 08/22/2019 Seven years after first expressing interest in the V-22 Osprey, the Israeli Defense Forces have determined an operational need for 12 to 14 tiltrotor aircraft, reports the Jerusalem Post. Accordingly, the Israeli Defense Ministry has issued a price request to the U.S. Navy's international program office for the purchase of V-22s from the Bell-Boeing partnership. Israel previously considered purchasing the tiltrotor in 2012. Congress was notified of a potential sale of six aircraft for US$1.13 billion in 2014. However, the collapse of the government at the time delayed the purchase and the money was reallocated toward other urgent needs. The government reportedly began looking at the aircraft again only last year. The window for foreign countries to buy the V-22 is nearing its end, Boeing officials said. The current U.S. multi-year contract for the Osprey is about halfway done, so customers would need to have signed letters of acceptance by September 2020 to ensure they can buy the aircraft, the officials said.

Mali—5 Soldiers Due In Ambush Claimed By JNIM Reuters | 08/22/2019 At least five Malian soldiers have been killed in a militant assault in the country's central Mopti region, reports Reuters. The soldiers were traveling between the towns of Hombori and Boni on Wednesday when they were ambushed, said the military. Military equipment was also destroyed in the attack, which occurred about 60 miles (100 km) north of the border with Burkina Faso, said the statement. JNIM, the Al-Qaida affiliate in Mali, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement cited by the SITE Intelligence Group. The terror outfit claimed to have taken two soldiers hostage. .

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