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  2. SPOILER ALERT Two bites of the cherry playing Red side. Game one, opened the game with the Blue carrier group within missile range of my strong SG and Sub, just outside of gun range of the ships. Pretty sure I would get an avalanche of missiles in bound any sec so I launched all I had concentrating somewhat on the escorts then the carriers. At flank speed we were about 5 mins from gunnery range so we bit the bullet and charged in the SG and also the sub. A quick look showed I had some ASUW air assets ready to fly but some way off, so I got them air and queued to reload some ARM loadouts. After about a minute of missiles inbound and my SAM defense, noting enemy damage and an escort sunk, there was a brief calm then the naval guns came to play. I lost one of my big ships but sank another escort and both carriers. My inbound air units were sent home and we rapped up with a good victory. Game two was entirely different. The entire eastern Med Sea was devoid of any Blue contacts other than bases. We sent up some big ASWs and strikers with ASUW loadouts flying high as searching eyes, some fighters in close between us and the myriad of neaby blue bases, and hoped for some targets to be disclosed. Blue launched interceptors (they took the bait) and we took them down then commenced to neutralise their home base and surrounding support. A small Blue SG appeared close enough for our now ARM loaded strikers to get in with initial blinding effect before our ASUW planes finished them off. After some time we had EW contacts coming from far to the west, our intel had said a carrier group so we sent in waves of fighters with long range AAMs until we gauged there was little fighter teeth left in the enemy, by this time our SG and sub were closing in and so too our ARM striker wave with ASUWs staggered behind. By this time Blue bases near our main assets were dust. We then got a sub contact from our own sub, no positive ID so we brought everyone to a creep and sent in some copters to investigate. We knew there were still some Blue fighters appearing but made the gamble. The sub was confirmed as enemy and in range of ours and one of the copters. Five mins later, approx, it was gone and our entry into history as heros of the mother country was confirmed.
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  4. I'm not sure exactly what you are asking. The H3 South Atlantic War supplement is GDW 0718. eBay is where many people go, such as https://www.ebay.com/p/118157409?iid=134309423228 You can also e-mail the Admiralty Trilogy group (Bond, Carlson et. al.) and ask if they might want to shoot you a PDF of the H3 supplement since it sounds like you've purchased the newer supplement. I haven't heard if this has worked for anyone. adtrgroup@aol.com
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  6. AAR ++++++++++++++++++ SPOILER ALERT +++++++++++++++++++ This was quite a long game with plenty of action, mostly air based, but a sprinkling of anti surface and sub marine activity to keep you on your toes. Without giving away too much, here's a cut down of the report file I generated giving a rundown of time spent and spoils. TotalGameTimeDuration=16Hrs6Mins [Initial Start] Actual Date=28/11/2022 13:03:52 (Report Generator=AARdata.dll, downloaded from Harpgamer Forum) Battleset=HDSJ Scenario=C:\Matrix Games\HUCE\addons\medc\2003\2022-12 Two CARRIERS.sco [Session Summary] Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 07:20:00 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=0Hrs6 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=0Hrs6Mins Session End RealTime=28/11/2022 14:59:31 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=1:55:38 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 07:26:34 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=0Hrs14 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=0Hrs20Mins Session End RealTime=28/11/2022 18:19:43 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=0:35:36 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 07:40:58 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=2Hrs10 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=2Hrs31Mins Session End RealTime=28/11/2022 22:00:01 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=3:19:34 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 09:51:51 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=2Hrs56 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=5Hrs27Mins Session End RealTime=29/11/2022 23:01:32 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=1:57:08 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 12:47:54 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=2Hrs44 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=8Hrs12Mins Session End RealTime=30/11/2022 21:11:48 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=1:21:59 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 15:32:17 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=3Hrs2 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=11Hrs15Mins Session End RealTime=1/12/2022 22:54:21 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=1:20:20 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 18:35:07 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=0Hrs10 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=11Hrs25Mins Session End RealTime=5/12/2022 16:23:40 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=0:06:13 ==== ===== Session Start=30 Nov 2022, 20:53:04 GameTimeDuration ThisSession=2Hrs33 Mins TotalGameTimeDuration=16Hrs6Mins Session End RealTime=6/12/2022 22:02:51 RealTimeDuration ThisSession=1:21:15 ==== ===== [Log] ===== Game Start=30 Nov 2022, 07:20:00 +++++++++++++++++++++++ Event=30 Nov 2022, 19:48:02 The BLUE side has met their minimum victory conditions ++++++++++++++++++++++ Event=30 Nov 2022, 23:22:02 The BLUE side has met their total victory conditions [Kill Detail Red Side ] Amur (304)/Ship=1 Ka-27M Helix A 17/Helicopter=4 Su-35S Flanker E/Plane=12 Grigorovich (1135.6)/Ship=1 Su-30SM Flanker G 13/Plane=18 MiG-21bis Fishbed N 00/Plane=9 Buyan-M Pr21631 14/Ship=1 MiG-23ML Flogger G 82/Plane=24 Gorshkov Pr22350/Ship=1 Soobraziltelny Pr20381 11/Ship=1 Steregushchiy Pr2038 07/Ship=1 MiG-23BN Flogger H 80/Plane=39 Su-24M2 Fencer D 09/Plane=6 MiG-29 Fulcrum A 88/Plane=14 Su-22M4K Fitter K 96/Plane=20 MiG-21bis Fishbed N 82/Plane=12 Su-22M3K Fitter J 86/Plane=10 Su-24MK2 Fencer D 07/Plane=11 Su-22M Fitter F 80/Plane=6 Su-34 Fullback 16/Plane=6 Tu-22M3 Backfire C 92/Plane=10 Yasen (885)/Submarine=1 MiG-29N Fulcrum 99/Plane=15 MiG-23MF Flogger B 81/Plane=6 MiG-23MLD Flogger K 83/Plane=6 Il-38N May 14/Plane=4 SAM SA-3b Goa Bty/AD Mobile=6 A-50U Mainstay/Plane=2 MiG-25P Foxbat A 80/Plane=2 SAM SA-6a Bty/AD Mobile=6 Osa II Pr205U/Ship=4 Prachand Pr205U/Ship=4 SAM SA-2f Bty/AD Mobile=5 SSC-3 Styx Bty/Armoured=10 Mobile radar medium range/AD Mobile=2 L-39ZA Albatros 83/Plane=20 L-39ZO Albatros 80/Plane=19 SAM SA-20b Bty/AD Mobile=3 SAM SA-21a Btn/AD Mobile=1 MiG-31BM Foxhound 15/Plane=6 Osa I Pr205/Ship=3 Tir IPS-18/Ship=4 SAM SA-22 Bty/AD Mobile=1 Su-57 PAK-FA 19/Plane=2 SAM SA-5b Btn/AD Mobile=2 ELINT Station/Armoured=1 HY-4 SSM Bty/Armoured=2 [Kill Summary Red Side ] Ships:=21 Planes:=279 Helicopters:=4 Submarines:=1 AD mobile:=26 Armoured:=13 [Kill Detail Blue Side ] AV-8B Harrier II+ 08/Plane=2 ELINT Station/Armoured=1 SAM Starstreak Team/AD Mobile=2 Mobile radar long range/AD Mobile=2 U-2S Dragon Lady/Plane=2 MH-60R Seahawk 15/Helicopter=1 P-8A Poseidon 17/Plane=1 Type 704 Rhon (95)/Ship=1 Rafale M F3R 19/Plane=1 [Kill Summary Blue Side ] Planes:=6 Helicopters:=1 AD mobile:=4 Armoured:=1 Ships:=1 [Kill Detail Neutral Side ] Biological/Submarine=1 [Kill Summary Neutral Side ] Submarines:=1 Thanks again Enrique another great harpoon scenario for the community to play. Hmm, now will I try Red side play????
  7. Good afternoon! please tell me (if possible) how are the additional rules for the Harpoon 3 edition that are described in the South Atlantic War Scenario Book formulated? I have the latest edition of this book, but it was written for Harpoon 5. I like Rules book '87 better. Thank you.
  8. Of interest for databases, at current times (12/2022) only the US and Australian F-35 are equipped with the ALE-70 active towed decoy (and flares, as F-35 apparently has not chaff decoys): https://theaviationist.com/2022/11/29/take-a-look-at-these-photos-of-an-f-35-flying-with-the-ale-70-towed-decoy-door-open/ About no chaff on F-35: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27185/f-35s-most-sinister-capability-are-towed-decoys-that-unreel-from-inside-its-stealthy-skin
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    2022.027 - 2022-12-03 Added ability to change base filename of iterative gametime saves and ability to change MessageLog file.
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  13. Americas Lockheed Martin Space won a $49.9 million modification for Trident II (D5) missile production and deployed systems support. The contract award also benefits a foreign military sale to the United Kingdom. Work will take place in Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Maryland and various other locations. Work is expected to be completed on September 30, 2027. Fiscal 2023 weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $49,942,303 will be obligated. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Raytheon won a $397.7 million modification from the US Navy to exercise options for fiscal 2023 guided missile assemblies, shipping containers, and spare parts in support of the fiscal 2021-2023 Evolved Seasparrow Missile Block 2 full-rate production requirements. Work will take place in Arizona, Australia, California, Norway, Netherlands, Greece, New York, Turkey, Denmark and other locations. Expected completion will be by March 2027. Middle East & Africa Israel’s Elbit Systems transformed its OneSim simulation software infrastructure to be cloud native, and its services can now be delivered to authorized users from a Microsoft Azure cloud. Working closely with Microsoft engineers, Elbit Systems redesigned the architecture of the OneSim infrastructure to meet the requirements of cloud solutions and upload the OneSim to the Microsoft Azure cloud. OneSim is Elbit Systems’ platform-agnostic simulation software infrastructure that provides land, air and marine users a complete solution for training systems, from a stand-alone simulator and up to multi-platform Mission Training Centers. Europe The US Defense Department on Monday announced the approval of a $323 million sale of AIM 9X Block II tactical missiles and AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapons to Finland. “The proposed sale will improve Finland’s air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons capabilities and will positively impact US relations with countries in the Nordic region,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The announcement on the sale of 40 AIM 9Xs and 48 AGM-154s comes more than nine months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which pushed both Finland and Sweden to seek NATO membership. Finland’s Ministry of Defense plans to sign a $13.1 million contract with BAE Systems Bofors to procure 57-millimeter naval guns for the Finnish Navy’s future Pohjanmaa-class multirole corvettes. According to the ministry, the agreement was coordinated with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration to cut costs, enabling the Finnish and Swedish navies to simultaneously acquire the same 57-millimeter variants at a lower price. The latest contract follows Finland and BAE Systems’ previous partnership that delivered 57-millimeter artillery systems such as 57Mk3 and 57A to the Finnish Navy. Asia-Pacific According to the Nikkei, the Japanese Ministry of Defense is giving consideration to a submarine-launch variant of the new long-range stand-off missile being developed. Japan’s submarines are difficult to detect and this will be a deterrent factor. Today’s Video WATCH: Hamina-class missile boat | The protector of the Finnish coasts View the full article
  14. If you are an American who lived on the European Continent, specifically Western Europe, you’re very familiar with an exceptionally sharp strain of anti-Americanism that resides in a significant percentage of their ruling elite – and adult version of the middle school mean girls. Though present in all nations to one degree to another, it is especially acute in Germany and France for slightly different reasons but are all working towards the same goal; degrade American influence in Europe. The best way for this political and corporate anti-Americanism to find a lever of power is through the the trans-national and anti-democratic modern iteration of the European Union – made even more problematic with the departure of Great Britain who once played a balancing role between the Continental powers as she has for centuries. Why primarily France and Germany? To start with, this is part of the sibling rivalry between the children of Charlemagne for primacy in Europe that has churned Europe over the last thousand years. The Anglo-Saxons on both sides of the Atlantic kept getting in the way of their return to the struggle. Their armies under various blood-soaked leaders moved across Iberia to Moscow and back for centuries in order to be THE driver of power in influence on the continent. The European Union, once the “trade association” nose was in the tent, is now seen – fairly – as a mechanismto centralize power so The Smartest People in the Room™ no longer have pesky minor powers and – Buddha forgive – voters getting in their way. Without checks, power only seeks more power for itself. The morphing of the EU is just the latest example. Not unlike their American counterparts who would like the USA to extract itself from foreign entanglements (NB: as I have written through the years, I am sympathetic/supportive of these efforts), many of the strongest proponents of the EU just want the USA to go home. The Europeans, while benefiting from the WWII/Cold War leftover presence of the USA, want it to end and the influence that comes with it. If any opportunity to push back against the USA appears, they have their talking points ready to dirty up the reputation and standing of the USA. If that can be done while blaming Eurocrat failures on the USA as well, even better. You know the Americans, citizens of that mongrel nation whose gene pool is full of religious zealots, failed revolutionaries, slaves, economic refugees, grasping second sons, criminals, and their descendants – spoiled with a continent overflowing with food, water, minerals, forests and open land they don’t even appreciate. Loud. Fat. Pushy. Americans. The usual snarled insults cobbled together by smug people who get much of their opinions of the USA by reading The Washington Post or The New York Times. “I know America, I read your newspapers.” That is right after, “I’ve been to America. I spent a week in DC/NYC/Boston/Chicago. I studied a semester at Brown.” If you are used to countering America’s resident self-loathing Left, these are easy to deal with, and even entertaining. Don’t laugh too much though. Their externalized insecurity is a mortal danger to Western unity by constantly working to divide the West and undermine its cultural, economic, and military strength. When those snotty 20/30-somethings get in their 40s, 50s, and 60s in the Eurocracy, they start to get access to the levers of power and influence. That is when they can make trouble. For my generation, we used to sneer and poke fun at the useful idiots of the 1980s anti-nuke/anti-war protest movements in Europe – clearly useful idiots for the Soviet Union – but we’re not laughing too much now, one of those fools is the Chancellor of Germany. Knowing these people is as important as tracking what they say and do. With the East ablaze or rising to challenge the West, this is what the Eurocrats want to train their ire at – to the west. There is a lot to unpack in this ... whatever you would call it in Politico - but let's dive in; Nine months after invading Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is beginning to fracture the West. Top European officials are furious with Joe Biden’s administration and now accuse the Americans of making a fortune from the war, while EU countries suffer. Funny opening, and telling. No, Putin is encouraging useful idiots in the West to do the fracturing for him. As for the second part of the pull quote...just let that soak in. As if EU nations have nothing to benefit from keeping the Russians east of the Dnepr, and not threatening the Vistula. “We are really at a historic juncture,” the senior EU official said, arguing that the double hit of trade disruption from U.S. subsidies and high energy prices risks turning public opinion against both the war effort and the transatlantic alliance. “America needs to realize that public opinion is shifting in many EU countries.” Almost comically lacking in self-awareness. Which nation tried to warn, pre-war, against reliance on Russian energy? What was the European reaction? Another top official, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell, called on Washington to respond to European concerns. “Americans — our friends — take decisions which have an economic impact on us,” he said in an interview with POLITICO. Why yes; the decision by the USA for over half a century to subsidize European defense with American taxpayer largess sure did have an impact on Europeans. It gave them the opportunity to spend not just on unsustainable welfare states, but in virtue signaling and corrupt green energy policies built on Russian gas, Chinese solar panels, and clear cut American forests. The U.S. rejected Europe's complaints. “The rise in gas prices in Europe is caused by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin's energy war against Europe, period," a spokesperson for Biden's National Security Council said. Exports of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. to Europe "increased dramatically and enabled Europe to diversify away from Russia," the NSC spokesperson said. This is, of course, correct. An American official stressed the price setting for European buyers of gas reflects private market decisions and is not the result of any U.S. government policy or action. "U.S. companies have been transparent and reliable suppliers of natural gas to Europe," the official said. Exporting capacity has also been limited by an accident in June that forced a key facility to shut down. In most cases, the official added, the difference between the export and import prices doesn't go to U.S. LNG exporters, but to companies reselling the gas within the EU. The largest European holder of long-term U.S. gas contracts is France's TotalEnergies for example. I am shocked ... SHOCKED ... that the French would try to profit while shifting blame to the Anglo-Saxons. Next thing you know, the French might actually facilitate the migration of uninvited military aged males by the hundreds of thousands across the English channel to the Anglo-Saxon homeland. You never know ... It’s not a new argument from the American side but it doesn’t seem to be convincing the Europeans. "The United States sells us its gas with a multiplier effect of four when it crosses the Atlantic," European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton said on French TV on Wednesday. "Of course the Americans are our allies ... but when something goes wrong it is necessary also between allies to say it." Amazing. Just read it again. It is almost high art. Despite the energy disagreements, it wasn't until Washington announced a $369 billion industrial subsidy scheme to support green industries under the Inflation Reduction Act that Brussels went into full-blown panic mode. “The Inflation Reduction Act has changed everything," one EU diplomat said. "Is Washington still our ally or not?” Not content with meddling in the laws of their member states, the EU now wants to control the American legislative process? Hey, I didn't like the stupidly named Inflation Reduction Act either, but these are the people the Europeans like running America, so take is up at the next World Economic Forum discussion roundtable on ESG. ...the EU sees that differently. An official from France’s foreign affairs ministry said the diagnosis is clear: These are "discriminatory subsidies that will distort competition.” French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire this week even accused the U.S. of going down China's path of economic isolationism, urging Brussels to replicate such an approach. “Europe must not be the last of the Mohicans,” he said. I'm not even sure what they means. The EU is preparing its responses, such as a big subsidy push to prevent European industry from being wiped out by American rivals. "We are experiencing a creeping crisis of trust on trade issues in this relationship," said German MEP Reinhard Bütikofer. "At some point, you have to assert yourself," said French MEP Marie-Pierre Vedrenne. "We are in a world of power struggles. When you arm-wrestle, if you are not muscular, if you are not prepared both physically and mentally, you lose.” If the Europeans had that much of an attitude towards Russia, there probably wouldn't be a war in Ukraine right now. Behind the scenes, there is also growing irritation about the money flowing into the American defense sector. Well, this is were I stop laughing and my blood goes cold. The U.S. has by far been the largest provider of military aid to Ukraine, supplying more than $15.2 billion in weapons and equipment since the start of the war. The EU has so far provided about €8 billion of military equipment to Ukraine, according to Borrell. According to one senior official from a European capital, restocking of some sophisticated weapons may take “years” because of problems in the supply chain and the production of chips. This has fueled fears that the U.S. defense industry can profit even more from the war. For decades, USA based voices have pleaded with Europe to spend more on defense, to take the threats to our collective civilizations seriously, to maintain their sovereign defense industries, but from the loss of Dutch submarine building capability to the disappearance of the once spunky Belgian military - here we are in 2022. The diplomat argued that a discount on gas prices could help us to "keep united our public opinions” and to negotiate with third countries on gas supplies. “It’s not good, in terms of optics, to give the impression that your best ally is actually making huge profits out of your troubles,” the diplomat said. No one benefits from this except for the enemies of the West from Russia to China. These are the same useful idiots from the 1980s are with us today ... just with more power. Perhaps we expect too much from France, Germany, and their auxiliaries. There are equally strong friends of the USA in these countries that we should do more to encourage and raise their profile. While doing that, there are other emerging power centers in Europe who could use more support from the USA and may actually appreciate it. The smaller European nations don’t trust France and Germany all that much, for good historical reasons. Most of the Europeans in the “new territories” in the east who like the USA. They see the Americans as a more reliable guarantee of safety from hostile powers in the East, having a few centuries of experience of the Western European Frankish tribes carving them up for fun and profit – irrespective of local desires. Collectively these nations are not that large in GDP or population - not much more than Italy (for now), but that’s OK. They have the correct geography. If we shape this relationship correctly, we don’t have to permanently garrison this part of Europe. Poland is already establishing a new paradigm of proper levels of security investment. Once NATO’s eastern front calms down a bit, we can rotate through forces for exercises and training. Perhaps even create some combined training and logistics bases ready to scale up in case of trouble in Mordor. A template we should have put in place in Western Europe decades ago. Reward positive behavior and let the French and Germans continue their millennium-length struggle – peaceful this time – in the west; keep them frothing in Brussels and Strasbourg while the forward-looking nations try to set up the next thousand years of Western progress in a positive direction. Perhaps. View the full article
  15. Americas Lockheed Martin has awarded Magellan Aerospace a contract to provide machine titanium components for its F-35 Lightning II Fighter Aircraft. The agreement covers the development of machined wing tie bars for the plane’s flap. Tie bars are placed on an aircraft’s joints, curb, or shoulder parts, connecting bordering or adjoining portions to prevent separation and damage in flight. A bipartisan group of US senators has asked Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to explain the reasons behind not sending the MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine. The 16 lawmakers demanded the explanation in a letter following the Pentagon’s reported refusal to send the General Atomics platform for fear of technology theft. Middle East & Africa Rheinmetall has delivered the first tranche of Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Hellenic Armed Forces as part of a military “backfill” initiated by the German government. Following the delivery, the Hellenic Armed Forces featured the IFVs on parade in Thessaloniki. In exchange for the Marders, Greece will provide Ukrainian forces with Soviet-made IFVs and other military equipment to support the country in its ongoing struggle to repel the Russian invasion. Europe Rheinmetall has delivered the first tranche of Marder 1A3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Hellenic Armed Forces as part of a military “backfill” initiated by the German government. Following the delivery, the Hellenic Armed Forces featured the IFVs on parade in Thessaloniki. In exchange for the Marders, Greece will provide Ukrainian forces with Soviet-made IFVs and other military equipment to support the country in its ongoing struggle to repel the Russian invasion. NATO allied and partner forces have trialed the French Air Force’s Mamba surface-to-air missile defense system in a live-fire exercise in Romania. The activity was conducted to prove NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) System capabilities in guarding and protecting allied airspace. Multinational aircraft tested the missile system, including Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons and Spanish Eurofighters currently deployed on a separate NATO mission in Bulgaria. Asia-Pacific The Indian Navy has received its second P15B stealth guided-missile destroyer from local firm Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. The delivery, which took place on Thursday, was part of a 2011 agreement to develop four ships under the navy’s Project 15B. The first ship in the project, INS Visakhapatnam, has been in service with the Indian Navy since last year. Today’s Video WATCH: Marder 1A3: Discover Germany’s IFV Sent to Greece View the full article
  16. Americas Northrop Grumman won an $99.4 million modification from the US Air Force for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. This modification is for the exercise of options to include 42 production radars, one initial spare kit, and two readiness spare kits. This modification does not involve Foreign Military Sales. Work will take place in Maryland. Expected completion will be on July 31, 2025. The US Army has completed a test run of the newly-developed missile communication technology, remote interceptor guidance (RIG)-360, from aerospace firm Lockheed Martin. The integrated flight test assessed the data link capabilities of Lockheed’s prototype missile communication device to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles. The RIG-360, designed to leverage target data from different sensors, offers a 360-degree engagement capability for a missile interceptor. Middle East & Africa Kellogg Brown and Root Services won a $24.8 million deal from the Navy to exercise the fifth option period for base operations support services at Naval Support Activity (NSA), Kingdom of Bahrain. This award brings the total cumulative value of the contract to $139,198,905. Work will be performed at NSA, Kingdom of Bahrain, and completed by November 2023. Work will take place in Bahrain. Estimated completion date is in November 2023. An attack helicopter from Pakistan will be attached to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali. The helicopter will join the MINUSMA mission in March next year. India will contribute one utility helicopter for MINUSMA as well. MINUSMA was established in 2013 to support foreign and local troops battling militants, but in recent months there have been repeated instances of tensions between the Malian authorities and the mission. Europe Media reports from Greece say Athens will hold crucial talks with Israel over the supply of Spike NLOS anti-tank missiles. Greece wants to equip its AH-64D attack helicopter, Machitis-class gunboat and Mark V Special Operations Craft with the missile. It is said that Greece’s General Directorate For Defense Investments And Armaments is against buying the NLOS. The talks, lead by a permanent director general of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, ll decide whether the project will proceed or delayed indefinitely. Asia-Pacific The Indian Air Force is seeking $171 million to buy the indigenous Rudram-1 new generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM). Cleared to be fired from the Su-30MKI or Mirage 2000, the proposal to buy the weapon will soon be discussed within the Ministry of Defense. Today’s Video WATCH: See it in action: SPIKE NLOS exceptional performance Live View the full article
  17. Some sources: https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/five-nato-carriers-deployed-in-europe-to-show-resolve/ https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/11/us-navys-cvn-78-joins-allies-for-exercise-silent-wolverine/ https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/11/french-csg-deploys-for-mission-antares/ https://mc.nato.int/media-centre/news/2022/standing-nato-maritime-group-2-concludes-exercise-niriis-22 https://www.navylookout.com/up-close-with-the-worlds-largest-warship/ https://news.usni.org/2022/11/17/5-aircraft-carriers-set-to-operate-together-in-europe-for-nato-exercise https://seapowermagazine.org/five-allied-carrier-strike-groups-patrol-waters-in-natos-area-of-operations/ https://www.aviation-report.com/cinque-portaerei-della-nato-francia-italia-regno-unito-usa-stanno-attualmente-pattugliando-acque-euro-atlantiche/ Cavour video here: https://www.shipmag.it/le-spettacolari-immagini-dal-drone-della-portaerei-italiana-cavour-video/ https://metronews.it/2022/11/18/manovre-russia-algeria-4-portaerei-tra-mediterraneo-e-atlantico-anche-la-cavour/ http://www.gonavy.jp/CV-CVN78f.html https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/defense/le-groupe-aeronaval-francais-debute-la-mission-antares
  18. View File Two of Five Carriers: Battle for the Eastern Med. Late November 2022. Historical Alternate Scenario. Two of Five Carriers: Battle for the Eastern Med. Late November 2022. Historical Alternate Scenario. A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for EC2003 Battle for the Mediterranean Battleset and the HCDB2-170909 (or later) 1980-2025 era Platform Database. This scenario is designed with Advanced Scenario Editor Build 2017.013 and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later. This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/NATO side or from the Red/Russian and allies side. You should play a few times first the Blue side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red side. Image: The Italian navy flagship, aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, March 26, 2021, deployed to the United States for its initial period of flying trials with the F-35B, and just after when the trial was completed. The Italian Navy received four F-35B in March 2022, the original prevision was to embark them from 2024, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine marked their early naval deploy in the ITS Cavour (CVH 550) from mid-2022, including also many AV-8B+ Harrier II Plus. Italian F-35A/B from March 2018 to 2022 are armed with AIM-120C5 (Meteor probably from 2027), and perhaps with the first AIM-9X-2 requested 2021 as per SIPRI (As in the case of the Norwegian F-35A, very probably IRIS-T will be not integrated on F-35). US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mitchell Banks, a serviceperson on duty and in consequence on public domain. From the eventful year of 2014 (Mainly from the Russian invasion of Crimea) the world was beginning clearly the so-called Second Cold War, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin (ex-KGB lieutenant colonel) was showing clearly his plan to recover the Russian Empire including previous Soviet territories for reinstitute the greatness of "his" Russia, and to guarantee his passage on the History as saviour of the Rodina. After the massive Russian build-up of forces from late 2021 in Russia and Belarus near the Ukrainian border, NATO forces were forced to an increased and constant deployment near Ukraine and the Eastern Mediterranean, to deterrent Putin's ambition. The probably original plan was to avoid an intervention by NATO ground forces but preventing the Russian main forces to enter Ukrainian territory, and to get this target to establish an air and sea exclusion zone around and over Ukraine. But at last, on February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine against most forecast, sinking the world in a new state of international relations, as consequence of a long and failed campaign of unexpected outcomes. Aside air elements deployed to near NATO countries and strategic bombers in UK, and a constant monitoring of the Russian movements, after three aircraft carriers (USS Harry S Truman CVN 75, FNS Charles de Gaulle R91 and ITS Cavour CVH550) were deployed on the Eastern Mediterranean on February 2022, to keep at bay the Russian forces in Syria and the Mediterranean, and later to reinforce the possible exclusion zone and to execute offensive actions against the Russian forces in the Black Sea and Ukraine. Later, on November 2022 the forces were expanded to five deployed carriers, with USS Gerald R Ford CVN 78 (On her first deployment) and HMS Queen Elizabeth R08 in the Atlantic, and USS George W H Bush CVN 77 replacing Truman in the Mediterranean, but keeping positions near a possible unrest in Algeria. Included in the Mediterranean forces was the STANDING NATO MARITIME GROUP TWO (SNMG2), flagship USS Forrest Sherman, Italian FREMM frigate Alpino F594, Spanish AEGIS frigate Cristobal Colon F105 and German oiler Spessart A1442. For the Russian side a great number of elements of the Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets were deployed in the Mediterranean, including amphibious ships sailing to the Black Sea, dangerously depleting the reserves of all the Russian fleets, but after more than six months sailing most have been retired to their parent fleets (Excluded of course the return to Black Sea). Also, Tu-22M3 Backfire-C with Kh-32 anti-ship missiles and MIG-31K Foxhound with Kh-47M2 Kinzhal/AS-24 Killjoy were deployed in the infamous Russian base of Khmeimim in Syria. And of course the surviving forces of the Assad regime after the 2011 civil war are in the Russian side, defending its country. On the paper the Russian forces are weaker, but employing old Cold War era tactics could settle a surprise and propaganda blow to the Western forces. And with Truman keeping an eye on Algeria, only the French and Italian carriers could keep at bay the residual Russian forces on Eastern Mediterranean. Enrique Mas, November 27, 2022. Submitter broncepulido Submitted 11/27/2022 Category MEDC  
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    Two of Five Carriers: Battle for the Eastern Med. Late November 2022. Historical Alternate Scenario. A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for EC2003 Battle for the Mediterranean Battleset and the HCDB2-170909 (or later) 1980-2025 era Platform Database. This scenario is designed with Advanced Scenario Editor Build 2017.013 and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later. This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/NATO side or from the Red/Russian and allies side. You should play a few times first the Blue side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red side. Image: The Italian navy flagship, aircraft carrier ITS Cavour (CVH 550), arrives at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, March 26, 2021, deployed to the United States for its initial period of flying trials with the F-35B, and just after when the trial was completed. The Italian Navy received four F-35B in March 2022, the original prevision was to embark them from 2024, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine marked their early naval deploy in the ITS Cavour (CVH 550) from mid-2022, including also many AV-8B+ Harrier II Plus. Italian F-35A/B from March 2018 to 2022 are armed with AIM-120C5 (Meteor probably from 2027), and perhaps with the first AIM-9X-2 requested 2021 as per SIPRI (As in the case of the Norwegian F-35A, very probably IRIS-T will be not integrated on F-35). US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mitchell Banks, a serviceperson on duty and in consequence on public domain. From the eventful year of 2014 (Mainly from the Russian invasion of Crimea) the world was beginning clearly the so-called Second Cold War, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin (ex-KGB lieutenant colonel) was showing clearly his plan to recover the Russian Empire including previous Soviet territories for reinstitute the greatness of "his" Russia, and to guarantee his passage on the History as saviour of the Rodina. After the massive Russian build-up of forces from late 2021 in Russia and Belarus near the Ukrainian border, NATO forces were forced to an increased and constant deployment near Ukraine and the Eastern Mediterranean, to deterrent Putin's ambition. The probably original plan was to avoid an intervention by NATO ground forces but preventing the Russian main forces to enter Ukrainian territory, and to get this target to establish an air and sea exclusion zone around and over Ukraine. But at last, on February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine against most forecast, sinking the world in a new state of international relations, as consequence of a long and failed campaign of unexpected outcomes. Aside air elements deployed to near NATO countries and strategic bombers in UK, and a constant monitoring of the Russian movements, after three aircraft carriers (USS Harry S Truman CVN 75, FNS Charles de Gaulle R91 and ITS Cavour CVH550) were deployed on the Eastern Mediterranean on February 2022, to keep at bay the Russian forces in Syria and the Mediterranean, and later to reinforce the possible exclusion zone and to execute offensive actions against the Russian forces in the Black Sea and Ukraine. Later, on November 2022 the forces were expanded to five deployed carriers, with USS Gerald R Ford CVN 78 (On her first deployment) and HMS Queen Elizabeth R08 in the Atlantic, and USS George W H Bush CVN 77 replacing Truman in the Mediterranean, but keeping positions near a possible unrest in Algeria. Included in the Mediterranean forces was the STANDING NATO MARITIME GROUP TWO (SNMG2), flagship USS Forrest Sherman, Italian FREMM frigate Alpino F594, Spanish AEGIS frigate Cristobal Colon F105 and German oiler Spessart A1442. For the Russian side a great number of elements of the Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets were deployed in the Mediterranean, including amphibious ships sailing to the Black Sea, dangerously depleting the reserves of all the Russian fleets, but after more than six months sailing most have been retired to their parent fleets (Excluded of course the return to Black Sea). Also, Tu-22M3 Backfire-C with Kh-32 anti-ship missiles and MIG-31K Foxhound with Kh-47M2 Kinzhal/AS-24 Killjoy were deployed in the infamous Russian base of Khmeimim in Syria. And of course the surviving forces of the Assad regime after the 2011 civil war are in the Russian side, defending its country. On the paper the Russian forces are weaker, but employing old Cold War era tactics could settle a surprise and propaganda blow to the Western forces. And with Truman keeping an eye on Algeria, only the French and Italian carriers could keep at bay the residual Russian forces on Eastern Mediterranean. Enrique Mas, November 27, 2022.
  20. Americas Raytheon Intelligence and Space won a $34.2 million order by the US Navy, which of the ethernet expansion devices and the platform data server in support of integration of the MV-22 Helmet Mounted Display/Degraded Visual Environment program aboard V-22, and establish a baseline for a common software interface for integration of future capabilities on all V-22 platforms. Work will take place in Indiana and California. Estimated completion will be in July 2027. Lockheed Martin rolled out the first F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft this week from its Greenville, South Carolina, production line. The fighter completed final assembly, checkout, and painting at Greenville on November 21 and is expected to undergo flight trials at Edwards Air Force Base, California, early next year. The F-16 Viper is one of 16 the company is building for Bahrain as part of a $1.1 billion deal inked in 2018. Middle East & Africa The Emirati Air Force led its biannual training exercise advanced tactical leadership course (ATLC) attended by the air forces of seven other nations at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. The multinational air warfare training was held to increase the collective proficiency of participating countries in joint mission planning and tactical leadership. Europe The Royal Navy has chosen the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to replace the Harpoon anti-ship missile for its warships. To be operational in less than 13 months, the missile from Norway will be fitted eleven Type 23 frigates and Type 45 destroyers. Babcock and BAE will be integrating the missile with support from Norway. The Bulgarian government is poised to sign an agreement with Sweden and France to lease their second-hand fighter aircraft amid delays in the delivery of American F-16s. Sofia needs an immediate replacement for its aging fleet of MiG-29s, which are expected to be unserviceable by late 2023 due to maintenance issues. Talks about leasing French and Swedish jets started when Bulgaria sent a letter of request to seven countries (including the US) to temporarily lease their used fighter jets. Asia-Pacific The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will dispatch two F-15J fighters to Clark Air Base, Philippines on November 27. Along with 60 personnel, the jets will be there till Dec. 11 for join training with the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Today’s Video WATCH: V-22 Osprey: More than Meets the Eye View the full article
  21. ...and a special thanks to everyone at sea who puts in that extra effort to bring a proper Thanksgiving meal to their Shipmates. View the full article
  22. Americas Lockheed Martin won a $47.3 million contract modification, which exercises an option to procure Ancillary Mission Equipment in support of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lot 17 production aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales customers, and non-US Department of Defense participants. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2025. F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) is a stealthy, supersonic multirole fighter developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company for the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and programme partners from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) and US allies. Work will take place in Texas. Estimated completion will be in December 2025. The US Navy’s air-launched torpedo has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after completing rigorous trials. The development was announced by American defense firm Boeing, which manufactures the anti-submarine weapon. Middle East & Africa Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., a leader in the Israeli military and commercial homeland defense and aerospace markets, issues its consolidated financial statements for the nine and three months ended September 30, 2022. This period has turned out to be the most profitable one in the company’s history. Europe NATO’s Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) and the E-3A fleet have completed the first phase of their air-to-air refueling certification process. The campaign is led by the Royal Netherlands Air Force Test Organisation. Test pilots from the US Air Force is supporting the E-3A fleet for the testing portion. The UK recently delivered Brimstone-2 missiles to Ukraine, The Telegraph reported, citing RAF delivery footage. The missile is an upgrade on the Brimstone-1 — supplied to the country in April/May — with more than twice the range. The laser-guided missile can be fired from land vehicles, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Asia-Pacific The US Air Force’s 319th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron has commenced MQ-9 operations from Kanoya Air Base, Japan on November 21. The unmanned aircraft will be used for surveillance and reconnaissance duties in the East China Sea and other surrounding waters until November next year. An estimated 150 to 200 US military personnel will be stationed in Kanoya to provide operational support. Today’s Video WATCH: Inside the $270 Million Nato’s Flying Control Tower | E-3A AWACS View the full article
  23. By Capt. P.T. Deutermann USN (Ret.) St. Martins Press (2022) Reviewed by Capt. C. Herbert Gilliland, USN (Ret.) In his latest novel, P. T. Deutermann continues his successful mining of World War II themes. This time we follow the spectacular fortunes of USS Holland, a destroyer escort sent from convoy duty in the North Atlantic to an uncertain assignment in the western Pacific. In Deutermann’s braided narrative, alternate chapters are told by ship’s CO, Mariano deTomasi, and his XO, Ephraim Edmond “Eeep” Enright. This structure allows each to observe and comment on the other while working well as a team despite great differences in background and makeup. Lieutenant Commander deTomasi, though born in the US and a Naval Academy product, is by heritage and temperament pure Sicilian. Perceived disrespect by a senior officer will make him boil, and memories of seeing the crew of his first ship butchered at Pearl Harbor gives him a very personal passion for vengeance. He controls it, but “I want [the Japanese] all dead.” Enright’s PhD and brilliance in electrical engineering kept him a valuable civilian until, urged by his father’s grief at the loss of Enright’s older brother in combat in the Pacific, he insists upon active service. With his calmer logic, Eeep plays a Starbuck to his captain’s Ahab. His technical inventiveness is also important to the ship’s success. They confront differences between the Pacific and the Atlantic theatres of war. The icy North Atlantic contrasts with the sweaty southern Pacific. But in terms of naval operations and combat, the major difference is in sheer size: the Pacific is thousands of square miles bigger, and the fleets involve hundreds or even thousands of ships sweeping across that area. When deTomasi indicates he feels neglected, the briefing officer tells him the upcoming operation will involve “eight hundred ships. …Don’t feel picked on, Captain, you’re just going to have to get used to the scale of what’s happening here in the Pacific.” Half the size of a full destroyer, arriving months late and with no convoy to protect, Holland is initially greeted more as a nuisance than anything else. In the context of the huge fleet actions sweeping the Pacific, a lone DE can be easily overlooked. Still, Holland’s designation includes the word destroyer. Learning the Japanese are thought to have set up a picket line of submarines to give warning of the direction of an American task force. deTomasi gets Holland placed where he and his ship may be able to do what they do best—hunt submarines. One of the Deutermann’s strengths here is how smoothly he incorporates essential details of anti-submarine warfare, as practiced at the time, into the action narrative. In the process of following Holland’s mission, the reader absorbs in passing such elements as the difference between depth charges and hedgehogs, the need to measure water temperature, and the tactical values of active versus passive sonar. Any reader with only a little prior knowledge will feel comfortably expert as he turns the pages. Having practiced multi-ship ASW with the British in the Atlantic, deTomasi brings that innovation to the Pacific as well. Another important U.S. Navy development at that time was the Combat Information Center (CIC), and Deutermann shows its importance throughout the novel, for ASW as well as other applications. As in earlier work, Deutermann reminds readers that war is brutal and messy. A discussion of what happens inside when a submarine is destroyed reminds us that those are human beings inside, but Holland’s photographer gags while recording the “evidence”—distorted human remains– of a successful sinking. Simply being at sea has dangers of its own, and after all, what is a good sea story without some rough weather? Between confrontations with Japanese submarines, Holland has to survive a typhoon with sixty-foot waves and winds that rip the anemometer right off its mount. Readers are treated to the full spectacle and fear that such a storm can provide, including coming into the “surreal seascape of the eye itself,” with the “boiling black clouds” of the opposite wall ahead. The rough sublimity of the storm has a counterpart or balancing moment of positive awe later, when Holland encounters Task Force 58. In Deutermann’s beautifully crafted passage, the formation of carriers, battleships, cruisers heavy and light, and lesser ships sweeps past the little DE at twenty-five knots. If some readers might find Holland too successful against Japanese submarines to permit that willing suspension of disbelief upon which fiction depends, an author’s note at the end explains that The Last Paladin is inspired by the true story of USS England (DE-635). What he has produced is not a fictionalization of that story, but rather a different story whose plausibility relies upon the historical reality. If deTomasi and Enright had been real, is the implicit claim, their story might have been as well. Once Holland has resolved deTomasi’s vendetta against Japan as embodied in its submarines, Deutermann makes it the target of a vengeful Japanese command. The result is a spectacular final shootout wrapped in a global framework. By the time we close the book, we have been treated not only to a violent short course in ASW, but also a good deal of surface and air action as well. Faithful Deutermann readers will not be disappointed; nor, I think will new ones. Captain Gilliland is a professor emeritus form the U.S. Naval Academy. P. T. DEUTERMANN is the author of many previous novels including Pacific Glory, which won the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. Deutermann spent twenty-six years in military and government service, as a captain in the Navy and in the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms-control specialist. He lives with his wife in North Carolina. The Last Paladin. By P.T. Deutermann (Manhattan, New York: 2022) The post The Last Paladin first appeared on Naval Historical Foundation. View the full article
  24. We need more and more clear and direct talk like this from senior uniformed leaders throughout NATO; In a remarkable speech in Prague today, the Czech Republic’s most senior army leader demanded, as an “absolute necessity.” that the service embarks on its “biggest rearmament” ever. Major General Karel Řehka, chief of the General Staff of the Czech Republic Army, told delegates at the Command Assembly convened to announce the army’s strategic and procurement plans for 2023 that “serious challenges await us,” as he reflected on the “crisis” in Ukraine. “The biggest rearmament of the army in the country’s history is no longer just a wish, but an absolute necessity,” Řehka said. Russia’s actions have left the Czech Army with many urgent tasks that can no longer be postponed, he said, before unveiling a five point plan covering long-term priorities. The Czechs are an interesting bunch. In my travels in Central Europe earlier this year, I spent a few days in Prague and most of the other capitals of the nations of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Nowhere were there more Ukrainian flags than in Prague. Since the start of the war they backed up this vibe with substantial and ongoing military support. As in most things, you have to look for steadfastness, follow through and ... follow the money. With a population of only a little more than 10-million souls, less than Belgium, there is only so much the Czechs can do, but they can pull their fair share of the effort. Sadly, the last two decades of disinterest has left the once mighty Czech defense industry flat footed. She has good company in the alliance, as we've discussed before. She has a lot of work to do not just to support herself, much less have spare capacity to continue to support the Ukrainian defense against Russian aggression. Look at the quote above again and see the path the Czechs have to go just to get to the 2% floor. All should applaud the effort, but also have an understanding of the limitations here and from other NATO members who coasted through the previous decade. View the full article
  25. Americas Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has authenticated the keel of the US Navy’s Virginia class submarine Arkansas (SSN 800). The Arkansas is the 27th fast-attack submarine of its class, being constructed as part of the navy program with General Dynamics Electric Boat. The Virginia class fleet will eventually replace the aging Los Angeles-class submarines first commissioned in 1976. The ceremony was sponsored by members of the Little Rock Nine, the first African-American students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, during desegregation in the US. Northrop Grumman Systems won a $99.4 million deal by the Air Force Life Cycle for Active Electronically Scanned Array radars of Air Force F-16 aircraft. This modification is for the exercise of options including 42 production radars, one initial spare kit, and two readiness spare kits. Work will take place in Maryland. Expected completion date is July 31, 2025. Middle East & Africa Advanced Technology Systems won a $8.7 million contract modification for the Egypt Mobile Surveillance Sensor Security System Follow-on Support case expansion project. This contract provides for the acquisition of mission-critical spares, an additional training course, and continued repair and return activities to support continued Contractor Logistics Support. Work will take place in Egypt. Expected completion date is December 31, 2023. Europe The UK Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) has started market exploration of innovative solutions for uncrewed anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The initiative is part of the UK Ministry of Defence Project CHARYBDIS under the Royal Navy’s Spearhead Program. Under the effort, DASA experts will identify, prototype, evaluate, and provide systems to classify, track, and report underwater vessels and submarines. Finland’s Ministry of Defense has announced it will exercise a $137 million contract option to purchase additional K9 155mm self-propelled anti-tank howitzers for the Finnish Army. The option was approved by Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen and the country’s Finance Committee on November 17. Asia-Pacific South Korea recently conducted an interception test of its Long-range Surface-to-Air Missile (L-SAM). The missile defense system successfully intercepted an incoming missile target during the test, which followed a flight test in February, Yonhap News Agency wrote, citing military officials. Today’s Video WATCH: Finland To Buy 48 pieces of the K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers View the full article
  26. One of the more difficult things for me to work through is a certain intolerance at my core that is easily triggered, and I have to make a conscious effort to not be petty, mean, and flinty towards people an institutions who put it in my face. To be more specific, I have a very short fuse when people act shocked today when something happens that they have been warned about - and even suffered from - in the past that they could have avoided repeating in the future if they took basic and clear steps to learn their lesson. Let's go back to 2011, almost a dozen years ago; Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time, according to senior NATO and U.S. officials. The shortage of European munitions, along with the limited number of aircraft available, has raised doubts among some officials about whether the United States can continue to avoid returning to the air campaign if Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi hangs on to power for several more months. ... The six countries conducting the air attacks, led by Britain and France, were unsuccessful at a meeting this week in Berlin in persuading more alliance members to join them. NATO officials said that their operational tempo has not decreased since the United States relinquished command of the Libya operation and withdrew its strike aircraft at the beginning of April. More planes, they said, would not necessarily result immediately in more strike missions. But, they said, the current bombing rate by the participating nations is not sustainable. “The reason we need more capability isn’t because we aren’t hitting what we see — it’s so that we can sustain the ability to do so. One problem is flight time, the other is munitions,” ... Libya “has not been a very big war. If [the Europeans] would run out of these munitions this early in such a small operation, you have to wonder what kind of war they were planning on fighting,” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defense think tank. “Maybe they were just planning on using their air force for air shows.” Despite U.S. badgering, European allies have been slow in some cases to modify their planes and other weapons systems so they can accommodate U.S. bombs. Retooling these fighter jets so that they are compatible with U.S. systems requires money, and all European militaries have faced significant cuts in recent years. And so here we are, at the end of 2022; Top defense officials in Europe say arms shortages among Ukraine’s Western allies are forcing difficult conversations about how to balance support for Ukraine with concerns Russia may target them next. NATO members that have sent billions of dollars worth of weapons and equipment are discussing what stockpile levels they need to meet their obligations under the mutual defense treaty. Decisions facing them now could have consequences for their their own security and for Ukraine, in its fight to repel Russia’s nine-month-old invasion. The strain on stockpiles is “across the board,” and particularly sharp for ammunition, he said. In the years before some countries donated to Ukraine, they maintained stockpiles at half capacity or less because they saw little risk or couldn’t afford more, and took a “just-in-time, just-enough,” approach to the defense industry. “So the urgency now is seen and understood, I think in most of the nations,” Bauer said. Really? Now they'll get it? It’s an acute challenge for some of NATO’s smallest members, like the Netherlands, which even before its donation of more than $800 million’s worth of aid to Ukraine, was straining to meet its NATO obligations. Gen. Onno Eichelsheim, chief of defense of the Netherlands, said Dutch stocks were “not that high” when the Netherlands opted to send Ukraine 155mm howitzer ammunition and air defense missiles. “We started with stocks that were not completely filled, that were not completely ready, did not have all the materiel to support what we needed for NATO,” Eichelsheim said. “It means that I immediately have to get stocks filled up by getting contracts with industry, which we started, luckily, a year ago.” The Dutch government and other European allies have been having discussions with industry about their long-term procurement plans to incentivize production increases ― and how to prioritize deliveries based on which country needs a weapon most. One aim is to build Europe’s defense industry and not depend too much on the U.S. This isn't an industry problem, this is a people problem. In Europe and North America we continue to promote people, priorities, and budgets for the wrong reasons. We have incentives and disincentives that reward myopic behavior and promote people who don't really understand what their job actually is. This is not a new problem. It has existed throughout human written history. In peace, we like people and policies that seem easy (and inexpensive) and really hope that we don't have to be prepared for the worse, because that is sad to think about. No, we need to be comfortable and look peaceful so people (we for some reason value) will say nice things about us and our priorities. Of course, reality always regresses to the mean. War is a constant in our species. Always has been. Always will be. The question, as always, is which society will gain when the next war comes? Will it be a society that a Westerner would call "progressive," "liberal," or based on "individual liberty," or will it be some autocratic force who will bring another period of darkness - the boot smashing the face etc. Those who know their history, and what is needed to keep the global order from regression in to barbarity, need to speak up more. They need to support each other more. They need not be cowed. Care not what names you are called. Be not bothered the invitations you do not receive. They need to be open in their argument - clear in their purpose. Once again, we have a small war (in 2011) warning us about a critical vulnerability. We now have a medium war (in 2022) yelling a little louder about this critical vulnerability. History is trying to warn us, again, about what can undermine the Western project when the next big war comes. There is no honorable or logical argument for shallow magazines, but the argument for deeper magazines will not win on its own. It needs advocated, it needs argument, it needs funding. There also needs for a fair bit of "calling out" those who ignored warnings for so long. Fear and shame are great motivators - we should not be shy about using them. View the full article
  27. Americas The US Navy awarded Adams Communication and Engineering Technology with a $37.4 million deal, which provides for non-recurring and recurring efforts required to fabricate, assemble, and support prototyping, system integration, and installation of depot modifications associated with engineering changes to H-53 aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will take place in California, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Arizona, Japan, Korea and Bahrain. Expected completion will be in November 2027. Raytheon won a $23.4 million deal for the procurement of AEGIS Modernization kits for Navy guided-missile destroyers and allied nations. The Aegis Combat System is the Navy’s most modern surface combat system. It was designed as a complete system: the missile launching element, the computer programs, the radar and the displays are fully integrated to work together. Work will take place in Massachusetts and Virginia. Estimated completion will be by March 2026. Middle East & Africa Turkey announced on Sunday it had carried out air strikes against the bases of outlawed Kurdish militants across northern Syria and Iraq, which it said were being used to launch “terrorist” attacks on Turkish soil. The overnight raids in northern and northeastern Syria killed at least 31 people, said the British-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They were mainly against positions held by Syrian Kurdish forces. Europe France and Germany on Friday hailed the conclusion of a deal to build a new European fighter jet after months of disagreements between two companies involved — Airbus and Dassault Aviation. Launched by France and Germany in 2017 and since joined by Spain, the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) aims to have a next-generation jet in service by 2040, along with integrated drone fleets. The Royal Norwegian Air Force has selected the Lockheed Martin TPY-4 as its new early warning radar. Norway becomes the first export customer of the radar, joining the US Air Force which has selected the TPY-4 for the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar program in March. Asia-Pacific Asahi news in Japan reports that Tokyo will finalize an agreement with Italy and United Kingdom to develop its next fighter. The report says Avio Aero from Italy will be involved in researching for a new engine for the F-X fighter together with Mitsubishi and Rolls-Royce. Today’s Video WATCH: THAAD: FCAS / SCAF : The Future European Jet ? View the full article
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