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Russia / N.Korea / China Panic (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Military News Update - JATM (AIM-260)
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- The U.S.'s New Missile Will Counter Chinese Fighters The U.S. has been quietly working on a new air-to-air missile meant to “out-stick” next generation Chinese and Russian missiles. The existence of the AIM-260, or Joint Advanced Tactical Missile (JATM), was revealed last week, with the expectation for the missile to enter service in 2022. The AIM-260 will “out stick” enemy fighters, shooting them down before they can shoot back. Air Force Weapons Program Executive Officer Brig. Gen. Anthony Genatempo revealed the existence of the Joint Advanced Tactical Missile to reporters, stating that it had been under development since 2017. Flight tests will begin in 2021 and the missile is expected to reach initial operational capability—a point at which the missile will start reaching fighter units—in 2022. Genatempo, as reported by Air Force Magazine, described JATM as a “next air-to-air air dominance weapon for our air-to-air fighters.” The missile will initially arm the F-22 Raptor, equipping the main weapons bay, and the Navy’s F/A-18E/F fighter jets. Deployment on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will follow, but the missile will skip older generation jets such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon, both of which will still be around in the 2020s. The Air Force describes JATM as having a range greater than the existing AMRAAM missile (top). The AMRAAM, also known as the “Slammer,” is the military’s medium to long range air-to-air missile. In 2016, a Navy official admitted that the Pentagon was “probably close to maxing (AMRAAM) out”. Fighter jets typically carry two types of missiles: short-range, infrared-guided missiles like the American AIM-9X Sidewinder, and long-range, radar-guided missiles such as AMRAAM. The missile has been in service since the 1980s, gradually upgraded as technology advances. The latest version’s range is classified but thought by experts to be somewhere around 75 to 100 miles. Unlike most fighters, which carry a mix of missile types to fit the missile, the F-35 carries only AMRAAM missiles. New Chinese and Russian advances in air-to-air missile technology are driving the development of JATM. The Chinese PL-15 arms the new Chengdu J-20 fighter and is thought to be a very long range air-to-air missile thought to have a maximum range of 124 miles. The PL-15 is designed to go after tankers and airborne warning and control aircraft that enable U.S. fighters and bombers to operate at long ranges. Knocking these down, or forcing them to fly farther behind friendly lines, would deal a major blow to U.S. airpower. The Pentagon says the JATM will go from the beginning of the development stages to IOC in just six years, a minor miracle in defense procurement. Such a short schedule suggests some part of development had already taken place under a different, classified program or the missile borrows heavily from an existing one.
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China vs. America in the South China Sea is a Missile Stand-Off. Who Would Win?
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) --- China vs. America in the South China Sea is a Missile Stand-Off. Who Would Win? The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019. No U.S. Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, NBC News reported. Still, the official described the event as "concerning." China, Vietnam and Taiwan all claim the Paracels, which lie around 650 miles from China's Hainan Island. In recent years China has dredged several reefs in the Paracels and built military outposts on them. China in recent years has occupied several disputed islands in the China Seas, dredged their endangered coral reefs and built atop them sprawling airfields and barracks and installations for cruise missiles and air-defense systems. The U.S. Navy frequently sails warships through international waters near these fortified islands in order to assert its rights to navigate open waters. These "freedom-of-navigation operations," or FONOPs, often draw harsh condemnation from Beijing. In January 2019 China deployed anti-ship ballistic missiles to the country's northwest plateau in an apparent attempt to protect them from the U.S. Navy's own missiles. The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force positioned at least a dozen transporter-erector-launcher vehicles for the DF-26 (Dong-Feng 26) anti-ship ballistic missile at a previously undisclosed training range near Alxa in China's Inner Mongolia region. The deployment reportedly was a response to the appearance of a U.S. Navy warship near the Paracel Islands on Jan. 7, 2019. The destroyer USS McCampbell sailed near the island group as part of a FONOP. China's state-run Global Times new outlet described McCampbell's appearance near the Paracels as "trespass." "McCampbell sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” Lt. Rachel McMarr, a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson, told the news website of the U.S. Naval Institute. The DF-26 could be vulnerable to the latest American defenses. The U.S. Navy's SM-6 (Standard Missile 6) interceptor missile theoretically is capable of hitting a DF-26 in two phases of its flight -- shortly after launch, as the Chinese missile is climbing and gaining speed, and then again in the DF-26's terminal phase, as it arcs down toward its target. The missile, which arms U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers, completed three successful test interceptions. The SM-6 (Standard Missile 6) can travel no farther than a few hundred miles. If China attacked an American warship from a missile base in Mongolia, the American ship's only chance of hitting the rocket would be during the final seconds of its flight. "A mobile missile launch from deep in the country's interior is more difficult to intercept," Global Times paraphrased a Beijing-based military expert as saying. An expert told Global Times a terminal interception is more difficult than a boost-phase interception would be. "After the missile enters a later stage, its speed is so high that chances for interception are significantly lower." Even if the Americans can't shoot down the DF-26, it's unclear that the rocket reliably could hit a moving ship at sea from 2,000 miles away. "The accuracy of the DF-26 is uncertain," "with speculators estimating the [circular error probability] at intermediate range between 150 to 450 meters," or around 500 to 1,500 feet. In any event, China has prepared its missile base near Alxa for many more missiles. "It features a garrison complex, a probable missile storage and handling facility and over 100 prepared launch positions,". The Alxa base is outside the range of detection by U.S. radars in the region. It’s unclear whether the missiles in China’s July 2019 tests in the South China Sea launched from Alxa. Regardless, the trials highlighted Beijing’s growing military strength, and resolve, in the South China Sea. “China does need to have necessary defense of these islands and rocks which we believe are Chinese territory," high-ranking Chinese officer Zhou Bo told CNBC. ...
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USA approves $2.2 Billion sale to Taiwan of Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- US approves $2.2 billion sale to Taiwan of Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles The U.S. Department of State has approved the sale to Taiwan of M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles at an estimated cost of over $2.23 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said. Taipei’s defense ministry said last month that Taiwan had formally requested 108 Abrams main battle tanks, more than 1,500 Javelin and TOW anti-tank missiles, and 250 shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. DSCA informed Congress about the sales, saying the tank request also included over 300 M2 Chrysler Mount and M240 machine guns, Hercules vehicles, and hundreds of high-explosive anti-tank warhead rounds. The sale includes additional equipment and support, including vehicles, electronic equipment, ammunition and training and service support for a total of $2 billion, the notification said. The primary contractors are General Dynamics Land Systems, BAE and Oshkosh. Separately, DSCA announced that Taiwan requested to buy 250 Block I -92F Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPAD) Stinger missiles and four (4) Block I -92F Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPAD) Stinger Fly-to-Buy missiles, related equipment, training and technical support and engineering services for an estimated program cost of $223.56 million. Raytheon is the principal contractor for the Stinger sale. Taiwan “intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing air defense architecture to counter threats,” DSCA said. “This will contribute to the recipient military’s goal to update its capability while further enhancing greater interoperability between the recipient, the U.S., and other partners. The recipient will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.” Taiwan would be massively outgunned in terms of troop numbers and firepower in any war with China and it desperately needs to upgrade much of its equipment. Its current tank force consists of around 1,000 CM 11 Brave Tiger and M60A3 tanks, technology that is increasingly obsolete. DSCA said the sales would not affect the basic military balance in the region but Beijing has already expressed concern about Taiwan’s equipment requests. “We have repeatedly emphasized to the U.S. to fully understand the extremely sensitive and damaging nature of their decision to sell arms to Taiwan, and abide by the One China principle,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in June. “The sale of weapons by the United States to Taiwan … seriously violates the one-China principle… grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests,” he said. “China urges the US to … immediately cancel the planned arms sale and stop military relations with Taipei to avoid damaging Sino-U.S. relations and harming peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.” Taiwan has been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949 but China still views it as its territory and has vowed to take the island, by force if necessary. China has significantly stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taipei since Beijing-skeptic president Tsai Ing-wen was elected in 2016. It has staged military exercises near the island, and steadily reduced the already small number of nations that recognize Taiwan. The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, but it has remained its main unofficial ally and is congressionally bound to supply it with arms – a constant niggle in U.S.-China ties.
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U.S. is modernizing its N-U-C-L-E-A-R Arsenal at a cost of $1 Trillion..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- U.S. Air Force B-2 Stealth Bomber to Get New Nuclear Weapon This Year New weapons and technologies arming the Air Force’s stealthy B-2 bombers are expected to bring “massive firepower to even the most heavily-defended targets,” according to an official service acquisition report. The B-2 Spirit is perhaps the most expensive bomber ever built, costing over $1 billion per aircraft. The B-2 is capable of dropping precision-guided weapons, namely the Joint Direct Attack Munition. Its stealth technology also means that the only warning someone has that a B-2 is overhead with hostile intentions will be when the bombs hit. America only has 20 B-2 Spirit bombers available. Specific adjustments, as outlined by the report, include the expected delivery of a new “earth-penetrating” upgraded B-61 mod 12 nuclear bomb for the aircraft - to arrive as soon as this year. Secondly, the stealth bomber is now being integrated with a new suite of on-board technologies to include improved sensors, avionics, intelligence and targeting. The new avionics and targeting suite, called the Defense Management System (DMS), brings the aircraft an entirely new generation of technologies enabling the aircraft to elude enemy attacks and air-defense. The DMS detects signals or “signatures” emitting from ground-based anti-aircraft weapons, Air Force officials have said. Current improvements to the technology are described by Air Force developers as “the most extensive modification effort that the B-2 has attempted.” The modernized system, called a B-2 “DMS-M” unit, consists of a replacement of legacy DMS subsystems so that the aircraft can be effective against the newest and most lethal enemy air defenses. Upgrades consist of improved antennas with advanced digital electronic support measures, or ESMs along with software components designed to integrate new technologies with existing B-2 avionics, according to an Operational Test & Evaluation report from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Air Force B-2 to Get New Nuclear Weapon This Year. The Air Force report says the B-2 will be armed with a new B61-12 nuclear weapon by as soon as August of this year. The B61-12 adds substantial new levels of precision targeting and consolidates several different kinds of attack options into a single weapon. Instead of needing separate variants of the weapon for different functions, the B61-12 by itself allows for earth-penetrating attacks, low-yield strikes, high-yield attacks, above surface detonation and bunker-buster options. Air Force officials described the B61-12 as having an “All Up Round.” The latest version of the B61 thermonuclear gravity bomb, which has origins as far back as the 1960s, is engineered as a low-to-medium yield strategic and tactical nuclear weapon, according to nuclearweaponarchive.org, which also states the weapon has a “two-stage” radiation implosion design. The joint program completed developmental testing on June 20, 2018, and successfully conducted all 31 developmental flight test events. The B61-12 transitioned from the engineering and manufacturing development phase to the production phase October 26, 2018. The evidence that the B61-12 can penetrate below the surface has significant implications for the types of targets that can be held at risk with the bomb. By bringing an “earth-penetrating” component, the B61-12 vastly increases the target scope or envelope of attack. It can enable more narrowly targeted or pinpointed strikes at high-value targets underground - without causing anywhere near the same level of devastation above ground or across a wider area. nationalinterest.org
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USA vs China (Friday 7/19/2019) - South China Sea Tensions Escalate. US Defense News Update
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) US quietly lowers threshold for conflict in the South China Sea The US has been steadily ratcheting up the pressure on China's sea forces in a way that could lower the threshold for conflict in the South China Sea, already a hotbed of tension and dispute. The US is signaling a tougher stance toward the Chinese maritime militia, a paramilitary sea force disguised as a fishing fleet and known to harass foreign rivals to enforce China's vast sovereignty claims in the contested waterway. The Chinese maritime militia "thrives within the shadows of plausible deniability," according to Andrew Erickson, a leading expert at the US Naval War College, but it can no longer hide like it once could. The Department of Defense first called attention to the maritime militia in its 2017 report on China's military power. The report explained that China uses its commercial fishing fleet to engage in gray-zone aggression, "to enforce maritime claims and advance its interests in ways that are calculated to fall below the threshold of provoking conflict." It wasn't until this year, though, that the US really began putting pressure on the militia forces. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson warned his Chinese counterpart during a meeting in Beijing in January 2019 that the US Navy will treat coast guard and maritime militia vessels as combatants and respond to provocations the same way it would a Chinese navy ship, the Financial Times reported. In March 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly assured the Philippines that the US would come to its defense in the event that it was attacked in the South China Sea. "Any armed attack," the secretary explained, "on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations." US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim clarified the earlier assurances on June 14, 2019, telling reporters that US security guarantees apply to potential acts of aggression by the Chinese maritime militia. "Any armed attack, I would think that would include government-sanctioned militias," the ambassador explained, according to The Philippine Star. He did not say what type of behavior would constitute an "armed attack." The increased pressure is intended to change China's strategic calculus in the disputed waterway, experts argue. "By injecting greater uncertainty about how the US will respond to China's grey-zone coercion," Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Financial Times, "the US hopes to deter Chinese destabilizing maritime behaviour, including its reliance on coast guard and maritime militia vessels to intimidate its smaller neighbours." At the same time, it potentially makes it easier for a lower-level dispute between China and its neighbors to escalate, especially considering the ambiguity surrounding both the US deterrence posture and the role of the maritime militia. Incidents involving Chinese fishing vessels, potential members of the maritime militia, are frequent occurrences in the South China Sea. It is unclear exactly what kind of incident might trigger US defense obligations. For instance, in April 2019, more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels allegedly swarmed Thitu Island, a Philippine-occupied territory in the Spratly Islands. And, last week, a suspected Chinese vessel allegedly rammed a Philippine ship in the South China Sea, sinking it and then sailing off as nearly two dozen Filipino fishermen fought for their lives in open water. China has denied allegations of misconduct. This article originally appeared on Business Insider. Follow @BusinessInsider on Twitter.
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U.S. Will Be Philippines' Only Military Ally..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) U.S. Will Be Philippines' Only Military Ally The U.S. will remain the Philippines’ only military ally, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said, amid an increased Chinese presence near a disputed island in the South China Sea. The U.S. is “the only world power that is a bastion of democracy and human rights, is and will remain our only military ally. We don’t need any other,” More than 7,000 soldiers from the Philippines and the U.S. are participating in this year’s annual joint military drills, which are taking place despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2016 call for a split with Washington. The Philippine leader has questioned whether the U.S. would defend his country if China seized disputed reefs and shoals in the sea. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo assured that a defense treaty would apply if Philippine vessels or planes are attacked in the waters. Locsin’s comments were made in response to a Twitter user’s suggestion the Philippines ignore the ICC after the U.S. moved to revoke the travel visa of prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. They came days after Duterte -- in a rare rebuke to China -- warned that if it did not “lay off” the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island, where more than 200 Chinese ships have been spotted in recent months, he would order his soldiers to defend it with “suicide missions.” Locsin also tweeted that he “would not regret” climate change and rising sea levels if it covered the waters’ disputed reefs and “exposes the foolishness of taking and weaponizing them.” Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured the Philippines it would come to its defense if it came under attack in the South China Sea, reaffirming a defense code that Manila’s security chiefs have sought to revise. Pompeo said a 1951 Philippine-U.S. Mutual Defence Treaty would be adhered to if its ally was a victim of aggression, and singled out China as a threat to stability. “China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea threaten your sovereignty, security and therefore economic livelihood as well as that of the United States,” he told a news conference in Manila. “Any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations.” The Philippines, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia have competing claims of sovereignty in the waterway, a conduit for in excess of $3.4 trillion of goods carried annually on commercial vessels. Pompeo said those countries were responsible for ensuring “these incredibly vital sea lanes are open and China does not pose a threat to closing them down”. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that China and the countries around the South China Sea were working hard to protect peace and stability. “So if countries outside the region, like the United States, really want to consider the peace, tranquillity and well-being of people in the region, then they shouldn’t make trouble out of nothing and incite trouble,” Lu told reporters. Pompeo also said allies should be wary of risks of using Chinese technology. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has been seeking a review of the treaty, which was agreed five years after the Philippines gained independence from the United States in 1946, with the aim of clarifying the extent to which the United States will defend the Philippines should it come under attack. Lorenzana’s push for greater certainty comes amid a rapid buildup by Beijing of military assets, coastguard and fishing militia in the South China Sea, most notably on and around artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago. Although there is no longer a permanent U.S. military presence in the Philippines, joint exercises, intelligence exchanges and transfers of hardware take place regularly under various agreements. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, however, is not a fan and believes that the alliance makes his country a potential target of China, with which he wants stronger business ties. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin confirmed that discussions on the defense treaty were taking place, but in his own view, it was better not be too specific about its parameters. “I believe in the old theory of deterrence,” he told reporters. “In vagueness lies the best deterrence.” He added: “We are very assured, we are very confident that United States has, in the words of Secretary Pompeo, and in the words of President Trump to our president, ‘we have your back’.” Soucre bloomberg.com ; reuters.com
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U.S. State Dept approves possible $600M sale of MH-60R helicopters to Greece..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- U.S. State Dept approves possible $600M sale of MH-60R helicopters to Greece The U.S. State Department has made a determination to approve a possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Greece of MH-60R (Multi-mission Helicopters) helicopters with related equipment and support. The approval for the potential FMS, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), covers seven MH-60R multi-mission helicopters equipped with ten APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode Radars. Specific equipment and weapons requested by Government of Greece include T700 GE-401 C engines, AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive and AGM-114Q Hellfire air training missiles, Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) Rockets, MK 54 Torpedoes, M-2400 Crew Served Guns; and GAU-21 Crew Served Guns. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the proposed sale will support U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally, which is an important partner for political stability and economic progress in Europe. The MH-60R helicopters will bolster the Hellenic Navy’s ability to support NATO and remain interoperable with the U.S. and the NATO alliance. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency added that the proposed sale will improve Greece’s capability to meet current and future threats. The MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopter will provide the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions along with the ability to perform secondary missions including vertical replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay. Greece will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Owego, New York. Source defence-blog.com
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U.S. Military High Alert (July 18, 2019) - USA / NATO Forces crossed Europe’s second Longest River!!
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- US, NATO forces crossed Europe’s second longest river The U.S. military and its NATO allies conducted a gap crossing operation over the Danube river in Romania. The 126th Public Affairs Operations Center has announced, distinguished visitors, civilian and military media outlets witnessed an opposed wet gap crossing over the Danube river, Europe’s second longest river, after the Volga. U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli and Romanian Joint Force Commander Maj. Gen. Dorin Ionita had front row seats for the event. Working under an unrelenting sun with a blistering 94 degrees Fahrenheit, service members made final preparations for the technically challenging river crossing. Heavy machinery, personnel carriers and tanks were scheduled to cross. All was quiet until the Romanian 72nd Engineer Battalion, 10th Engineer Brigade called friendly forces forward. On cue, the Romanian air force engaged enemy targets on the far side of the bridge. The Romanian Naval Artillery and the 325th Field Artillery Battalion provided support by fire as Romanian Puma SOCAT helicopters gave close air support. Meanwhile, allied force Chinooks sling loaded and delivered the final piece of the bridge, allowing ground forces to cross. A follow-on convoy of American and allied military vehicles crossed the floating bridge while air force MiGs, F16s, Apaches and Blackhawks soared through the sky offering support. Additionally, Romanian infantry marines patrolled the Danube on zodiac inflatable boats, countering simulated opposing force attacks. They performed strafing runs along the riverside with bigger gunships adding extra intimidation. This combined demonstration of land, air and sea lethality was something to behold. “The sheer amount of coordination to organize an opposed wet gap crossing is significant,” said Lt. Col. Philip Baker, Operations Officer for the 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. The event ended with all opposing forces neutralized and a successful wet gap crossing by friendly forces. But so much more happened behind the scenes, from the planning stages to the execution of the exercise, requiring a tremendous amount of interoperability among participating nations. “This was a peak of joint military training conducted at the last period of exercise Saber Guardian,” added Lt. Col. Dan Crisan, Public Affairs Officer for all Romanian Land Forces. “A huge effort of our soldiers showed all these capabilities.” “No matter how complicated or complex the operational environment, Saber Guardian created an integrated and sophisticated military mechanism that is able to complete the mission.” Source defence-blog.com
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U.S. Military High Alert (7/19/2019) - Lockheed Martin awarded $492 million HIMARS contract for US..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- Lockheed Martin awarded $492 million HIMARS contract for US, Poland and Romania Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $492 million contract for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 launchers for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, Poland and Romania. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Lockheed Martin a $492,108,514 fixed-price-incentive contract for HIMARS, including maintenance, training, support equipment and qualification testing, along with spares and repair parts and software. Delivery of the HIMARS launchers and associated equipment is expected to be complete by 2022, Lockheed Martin said. The contract marks Poland’s first acquisition of HIMARS launchers. In February, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Poland would spend €365 million on 18 HIMARS combat launchers and two training launchers, along with command and other vehicles, logistics, training and technical support. The first squadron “will be acquired in a configuration as close as possible” to U.S. equipment, the defense ministry said at the time. “Lockheed Martin is very pleased that Poland has procured its first HIMARS launchers,” Gaylia Campbell, vice president of Precision Fires/Combat Maneuver Systems at Lockheed Martin. “These new HIMARS launchers will provide unparalleled mobile firepower to light and early entry forces, and our allies can count on Lockheed Martin’s ongoing support in maintaining these combat-proven capabilities.” The sale of HIMARS to Romania was first approved by the State Department in August 2017. The proposed $1.25 billion program includes up to 54 HIMARS launchers and a raft of associated equipment. Lockheed was awarded a $218 million contract for 18 HIMARS launchers for Romania last August. The M142 HIMARS mobile system can launch six guided rockets with a range of 70 km (37 miles), or a single MGM-140 ATACMS missile with up to 300 km range. The system is mounted on a truck and carries six rockets or one larger missile. It has been deployed in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State, allowing U.S. troops a precision attack ability even in poor weather when air attacks are hindered. Last month, Lockheed was awarded a $562 million contract for the production of MGM-140 ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles for Bahrain, Poland and Romania. The solid-fueled missiles feature GPS-aided inertial guidance, and carry a 160-247 kg payload, either a blast/fragmentation or hard-target penetration warhead, or anti-personnel, anti-materiel submunitions...
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USA vs IRAN - More U.S. Navy Personnel Deployed to Middle East Than Anywhere Else..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- More U.S. Navy Personnel Deployed to Middle East Than Anywhere Else At a time of increased tensions between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. Navy has more personnel deployed to the Middle East than anywhere else in the world. Yesterday, the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group with embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, joining the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group already on station in 5th Fleet. As a result, the Navy now has 28,000 personnel deployed to the region. In comparison, the Navy currently has 24,000 personnel deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, according to Navy data. “All of our training and our transit to 5th Fleet have made us prepared to respond to any crises across the range of military operations,” Capt. Brad Arthur, commander of Amphibious Squadron 5 and the Boxer ARG/11th MEU team, said in a statement. The ARG includes amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26) and Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49). As the Boxer ARG and 11th MEU entered the region, President Donald Trump unveiled a new set of sanctions he’s imposing on the leadership of Iran, following last week’s downing of a U.S. Navy drone and the recent mine attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The sanctions represent a strong and proportional response to Iran’s recent actions, Trump said when signing the executive order imposing the sanctions, according to a transcript released by the White House. “Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of U.S. drones,” Trump said, according to the White House transcript. “Sanctions imposed through the executive order that I’m about to sign will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s Office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support. The assets of Ayatollah Khamenei and his office will not be spared from the sanctions.” Shortly after Trump instituted the new sanctions, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister, tweeted the following response, “@realDonaldTrump is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal of its forces is fully in line with interests of U.S. and the world. But it’s now clear that the B_Team is not concerned with US interests—they despise diplomacy, and thirst for war.” When the Boxer ARG and 11th MEU left San Diego on May 1, the Navy did not release an itinerary of the deployment. However, USNI News previously reported the 11th MEU’s air combat element does not include any F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, the Marine Corps’ most advanced short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. The 11th MEU instead includes a detachment of AV-8B Harrier jump jets. In contrast, the 13th MEU, which returned to San Diego with the Essex ARG at the end of March, just before the Boxer ARG departed, did include the F-35B aircraft, which performed combat strikes as part of missions supporting forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The Abraham Lincoln CSG moved into 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility in May, to counter what U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton called a “number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” Shortly after, amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd MEU were ordered to join the Abraham Lincoln CSG. Source news.usni.org
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U.S. Air Force conducts First-ever F-35 Shipment via air Transport..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- U.S. Air Force conducts first-ever F-35 shipment via air transport The U.S. Air Force has conducted first-ever F-35 Lightning II wing removal and shipment via air transport. According to a statement released by the Air Combat Command | Air Force Materiel Command, an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet was delivered by air into a C-17 Globemaster by 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. “The $200,000 four-year project culminated in the transport of the aircraft to Hill AFB, Utah. It will become the Air Force’s first F-35 aircraft battle damage trainer at Hill Air Force Base,” added in the statement. The F-35 Lightning II’s family is comprised of three aircraft variants. The Air Force’s F-35A variant will complement its F-22A fleet and is expected to replace the air-to-ground attack capabilities of the F-16 and A-10. The Marine Corps’ F-35B variant will replace its F/A-18 and AV-8B aircraft. The Navy’s F-35C variant will complement its F/A-18E/F aircraft. The F-35 is designed to provide the pilot with unsurpassed situational awareness, positive target identification and precision strike in all weather conditions. Mission systems integration and outstanding over-the-nose visibility features are designed to dramatically enhance pilot performance. Source defence-blog.com
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USA vs China - This is the Stealth Bomber patrolling near China to prevent a w/a/r
Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) This is the stealth bomber patrolling near China to prevent a w/a/r With its precision, stealth, long-range capability and payload capacity, the B-2 Spirit is one of the most versatile airframes in the Air Force's inventory. The combination of its unique capabilities enables global reach and allows the Air Force to bypass the enemy's most sophisticated defenses. The B-2 Spirit's low-observable, or stealth, characteristics give it the ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued, and heavily defended targets. Its ability to penetrate air defenses and threaten effective retaliation provides a strong deterrent and combat capability to the Air Force well into the 21st century. 1. Development The revolutionary blending of low-observable technologies with high aerodynamic efficiency and large payload capacity gives the B-2 important advantages over existing bombers. Its low observability provides greater freedom of action at high altitudes, increasing its range and providing a better field of view for aircraft sensors. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles. The B-2's low observability is derived from a combination of reduced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual and radar signatures. These signatures make it difficult for the sophisticated defensive systems to detect, track and engage the B-2. Many aspects of the low-observability process remain classified; however, the B-2's composite materials, special coatings and flying-wing design all contribute to its stealth attributes. 2. Did you know The B-2 can fly 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling, giving it the ability to fly to any point in the globe within hours. The B-2 has a crew of two pilots—a pilot in the left seat and mission commander in the right, compared to the B-1B's crew of four and the B-52's crew of five. 3. Active squadrons 13th Bomb Squadron established in 2005. 393rd Bomb Squadron established in 1993. Both squadrons are located at Whiteman AFB and fall under Air Force Global Strike Command. 4. Aircraft stats Primary function: multi-role heavy bomber Contractor: Northrop Grumman Corp. Contractor Team: Boeing Military Airplanes Co., Hughes Radar Systems Group, General Electric Aircraft Engine Group and Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. Power plant: four General Electric F118-GE-100 engines Thrust: 17,300 pounds each engine Wingspan: 172 feet Length: 69 feet (20.9 meters) Height: 17 feet (5.1 meters) Weight: 160,000 pounds (72,575 kilograms) Maximum takeoff weight: 336,500 pounds (152,634 kilograms) Fuel capacity: 167,000 pounds (75750 kilograms) Payload: 40,000 pounds (18,144 kilograms) Speed: high subsonic Range: intercontinental Ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 meters) Armament: conventional or nuclear weapons Crew: two pilots Unit cost: Approximately $1.157 billion (fiscal 1998 constant dollars) Initial operating capability: April 1997 Inventory: active force: 20 (1 test) Maximum speed: Mach 0.95 (550 knots, 630 mph, 1,010 kilometers per hour) at 40,000 feet altitude Cruise speed: Mach 0.85[63] (487 knots, 560 mph, 900 kilometers per hour) at 40,000 feet altitude Range: 6,000 nautical miles (11,100 kilometers (6,900 miles)) Service ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,200 meters) 5. Operational history The first B-2 was publicly displayed Nov. 22, 1988, in Palmdale, California and flew for the first time on July 17, 1989. The B-2 Combined Test Force at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, was responsible for flight testing, engineering, manufacturing and developing the B-2. Whiteman AFB, Missouri, is the only operational base for the B-2. The first aircraft, Spirit of Missouri, was delivered Dec. 17, 1993. Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, is responsible for managing the B-2's maintenance. The B-2's combat effectiveness and mettle was proved in Operation Allied Force, where it was responsible for destroying 33 percent of all Serbian targets in the first eight weeks, flying nonstop from Whiteman AFB to Kosovo and back. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the B-2 flew one of its longest missions to date from Whiteman AFB to Afghanistan and back. The B-2 completed its first-ever combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying 22 sorties from a forward operating location, 27 sorties from Whiteman AFB and releasing more than 1.5 million pounds of munitions. The aircraft received full operational capability status in December 2003. On Feb. 1, 2009, Air Force Global Strike Command assumed responsibility for the B-2 from Air Combat Command. Source www.wearethemighty.com
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U.S. Navy newest littoral combat ship arrives in Singapore..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- U.S. Navy newest littoral combat ship arrives in Singapore The U.S. Navy has announced that its newest littoral combat ship, USS Montgomery (LCS 8), arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore as part of a rotational deployment to the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Montgomery’s arrival in Singapore marks the fourth deployment of littoral combat ships to Southeast Asia, which include USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) and USS Coronado (LCS 4). “Rotational deployments by our littoral combat ships provide the presence and flexibility that are so important in this region,” said Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific. “This platform is a utility player, ready to perform a full spectrum of tasking from maritime security operations and theater security cooperation to humanitarian assistance and disaster response. That versatility strengthens our ability to integrate with our partner navies in the Indo-Pacific.” Like previous deployments of littoral combat ships, Montgomery will conduct operations, exercises and port visits throughout the region, as well as work alongside allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, key pillars of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. Its unique capabilities allow it to work with a broad range of regional navies and visit ports larger ships cannot access. “USS Montgomery’s unique capabilities and characteristics are well-suited for a broad range of missions,” said Capt. Matthew Jerbi, commander, Destroyer Squadron 7. “The maneuverability, shallow draft and tailored mission packages make Montgomery a tremendous resource to the U.S. 7th Fleet, and a capable partner to regional navies.” According to Cmdr. Edward A. Rosso, Montgomery’s commanding officer, the crew is looking forward to making a contribution to operations in the Indo-Pacific. “The teamwork and effort by the crew preparing for the deployment was inspiring,” said Rosso. “Bringing Montgomery on her first deployment to such an important region is a privilege and a responsibility.” Littoral combat ships are fast, agile and networked surface combatants, optimized for operating in the near-shore environments. With mission packages allowing for tailored capabilities to meet specific mission needs and unique physical characteristics, LCS provides operational flexibility and access to a wider range of ports. Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/CTF 73 provides combat-ready logistics to the U.S. 7th Fleet and is the executive agent for more than 20 bilateral and multilateral security cooperation exercises with partner nations throughout the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest numbered fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with 35 other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability, and prevent conflict. Source defence-blog.com
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Why the U.S. Just Deployed B-52s to the Middle East..?
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) Why the U.S. Just Deployed B-52s to the Middle East After six decades, the B-52H bomber is one of the most powerful, flexible aircraft in U.S. military service. The Pentagon has dispatched four B-52 heavy bombers to the Middle East, in response to an alleged Iranian threat against U.S. forces in the region. The purpose of the deployment, whether to deter an attack or pre-empt one, is unknown. Although six decades old, the B-52’s heavy weapons load and long legs ensure that when a crisis erupts it is Air Force’s go-to heavy bomber. According to CBS News, four B-52H Stratofortress bombers took off from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and are expected to land at Al Udeid air base in Qatar later today. Also being sent to the Middle East is a carrier strike group centered around the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, plus a guided missile cruiser and four guided missile destroyers. The buildup of forces in the area, according to U.S. Central Command, reported by Military Times, is in response to “recent and clear” indications that Iranian or proxy forces were making preparations to “possibly attack American troops in the region.” CENTCOM reported that indications pointed to “threats on land and in the maritime” against U.S. forces. The B-52s sent to the Middle East are the last of a force of over 700 Stratofortresses built during the Cold War. The Air Force ordered 104 -H model bombers during the early 1960s, and according to the USAF 76 were still service as of 2015. More than any other airplane, the B-52 combines the ability to carry a wide variety of munitions with an intercontinental range. Coupled with midair refueling, there are few targets—if any—targets on the planet that are outside the bomber’s reach. Although the slab-sided B-52 is far from stealthy, against opponents without sophisticated air defenses the lack of stealth is not really a problem. The B-52h can carry up to 70,000 pounds in ordnance, though the number depends on what kind of weapons are carried. It can carry up to thirty 1,000 pound bombs, fifty-one 500 pound bombs, and eighteen 2,000 pound bombs. Alternately, it can carry up to 12 satellite guided Joint Directed Attack Munitions (JDAMs) in the 500 to 2,000 pound range. The B-52 can also carry Paveway laser-guided “smart” bombs. Fitted with the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, the aging bomber can do its own precision targeting. Alternately, the B-52H can act as a cruise missile carrier. A B-52 equipped with the new Conventional Rotary Launcher (CRL) can carry up to twenty JASSM cruise missiles at a time, with twelve mounted on the bomber’s wings and another eight stored internally on the CRL. The AGM-158 JASSM, or Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, has a range of 250 miles and a 1,000 pound high explosive warhead designed to attack hardened and underground facilities. JASSM first saw combat in 2018 during a strike on Syria’s chemical weapon facilities. Despite being well past middle age, the B-52H is one of the most versatile combat aircraft around. Source popularmechanics.com
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USA - IRAN High Tension (7/19/2019) - U.S. Air Force Deploys F-22 Raptor Fighter Jets to Middle East
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- US Air Force F-22 stealth fighters have returned to the Middle East amid a tense standoff with Iran US F-22 stealth fighters have returned to the Middle East to "defend American forces and interests" at a time of high tension with Iran, although it is unclear whether the advanced air-superiority fighters have been deployed as part of the ongoing deterrence mission or for some other purpose. An unspecified number of US Air Force F-22 Raptors arrived in the US Central Command area of responsibility, flying into Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) said in a statement yesterday. This is the first time these fifth-generation fighters have flown into Qatar, as they have previously operated out of Al Dhafra in the United Arab Emirates, where a collection of US Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters is deployed. The Aviationist's David Cenciotti, citing sources, reported that nine F-22s with the 192nd Fighter Wing of the Virginia Air National Guard from the Joint Base Langley-Eustis have flown into the region with at least three more expected to follow at a later point in time. The US Air Force deployed F-15C Eagles to the Middle East earlier this year to replace F-22s after years of regular deployments to the region. "There are currently no F-22s deployed to AFCENT, but the United States Air Force has deployed F-15Cs to Southwest Asia," AFCENT told Air Force Magazine in March. "US Air Force aircraft routinely rotate in and out of theater to fulfill operational requirements, maintain air superiority, and protect forces on the ground." But now these unmatched air assets are back in the region, and their arrival, likely part of a routine deployment, comes as US troops, weapons, and equipment are increasingly moving into the CENTCOM area of responsibility to deter possible Iranian aggression. As sanctions crippled the Iranian economy, intelligence reports pointing to the possibility of Iranian attacks led the US military to send the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to confront Iran. Those assets were followed by more naval vessels, air- and missile-defense batteries, and thousands of additional troops. Iranian forces shot down a US Navy drone, a serious escalation in the wake of a string of attacks on tankers, which Iranian forces were accused of carrying out. Although the US was prepared to retaliate with airstrikes on Iranian positions, President Donald Trump said he called off the attack at the last minute, arguing that taking life in response to an attack on an unmanned system would be a disproportionate. But after Iranian leadership issued a statement insulting the White House, Trump changed his tune. "Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration," Trump tweeted. Source insider.com
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China Navy Shocked (7/17/2019) - USA / China / Philippines / Taiwan - South China Sea High Tension
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) Would China's South China Sea Bases Be Wiped Out In A War The islands of the SCS have some military relevance, but are more important as a political claim to waterways and undersea resources. Militarily, they represent a thin crust on China’s A2/AD system. Under certain conditions this crust could disrupt U.S. freedom of action, but it won’t be hard for the United States’ Air Force and Navy to punch through. China has built some islands in the South China Sea. Can it protect them? During World War II Japan found that control of islands offered some strategic advantages, but not enough to force the United States to reduce each island individually. Moreover, over time the islands became a strategic liability, as Japan struggled to keep them supplied with food, fuel and equipment. The islands of the SCS are conveniently located for China, but do they really represent an asset to China’s military? The answer is yes, but in an actual conflict the value would dwindle quickly. Missiles: Several of the islands serve as bases for SAM systems (including the HQ-9, with a range of 125 miles, and perhaps eventually the Russian S-400) and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs). These missiles serve to make the South China Sea lethal for U.S. ships and aircraft that do not have stealth capabilities, or that do not enjoy a layered air-defense system. The SAM installations, buoyed by networks of radars, can effectively limit the ability of enemy aircraft to enter their lethal zone without significant electronic-warfare assistance. The GLCMs can add another set of launchers to China’s A2/AD network, although not necessarily with any greater effectiveness than missiles launched from subs, ships or aircraft. But it is an open question how survivable the missile installations would be in a conflict. Land-based missiles survive air attack because they can hide among hills, forests and other natural cover. There is no effective natural cover on the islands that China has created, and even man-made defensive installations may not survive concerted attack. Moreover, missile launchers depend upon an at least somewhat robust logistical network for fuel, power and munitions, which China may not be able to reliably provide during a shooting war. Radars: SAMs, GLCMs and combat aircraft depend on accurate targeting data for effectiveness. The most important contribution that the SCS islands may offer to the Chinese military is through the radar installations that China has established on many of the islands. These installations, while individually vulnerable, help to provide a much fuller picture of the battle space than China would otherwise enjoy. Together, they significantly enhance the lethality of China’s defensive networks. That said, the radars themselves are vulnerable to a wide array of U.S. attacks. These include kinetic methods such as missiles (launched from submarines, stealth aircraft or other platforms), electronic warfare, cyberattacks and even special-forces raids. In a conflict, China could quickly lose access to the radar network that it has established. Still, the network offers a relatively low-cost way of complicating the job that the U.S. military faces in penetrating the SCS. Ships vs. Forts: As Lord Horatio Nelson may have quipped, “a ship’s a fool to fight a fort.” But there are situations in which ships have a major advantage over forts. China’s islands in the SCS are not mobile, and are not large enough to hide much in the way of military equipment and material. The United States will be able to meticulously map the military installations on each of the islands in the SCS, and will probably be able to track shipments of military equipment to the islands. Otherwise, the islands will suck up cruise missiles that might effectively be used on more juicy targets. The islands of the SCS have some military relevance, but are more important as a political claim to waterways and undersea resources. Militarily, they represent a thin crust on China’s A2/AD system. Under certain conditions this crust could disrupt U.S. freedom of action, but it won’t be hard for the United States’ Air Force and Navy to punch through. Source Robert Farley (nationalinterest.org) Robert Farley, a frequent contributor to TNI, is a Visiting Professor at the United States Army War College. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
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High Tension - U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress enteres European airspace..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress enteres European airspace The U.S. Air Force announced that B-52 Stratofortress has entered European airspace on a mission to participate in the Astral Knight 2019 exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The mission, scheduled to take off and land from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, has been closely coordinated with allies and partners in the region. Astral Knight is an exercise taking place throughout various locations in Europe, involving over 900 Airmen and supports the collective defense and security of NATO allies and U.S. forces in Europe. The exercise is an integrated air and missile defense exercise focused on conducting defense of key terrain. Training will involve a combination of flight operations and computer-assisted scenarios. The participation of strategic bombers in exercises like Astral Knight demonstrates U.S. commitment to assuring allies, deterring adversaries and enhancing regional security. The B-52 is assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB. Also, the U.S. and Italian Air Forces aircraft consisting of F-35 Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-52 Stratofortress and a KC-135 Stratotanker, flew in formation over the Adriatic Sea during Astral Knight 2019 exercise. Source defence-blog.com
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America's Enemy Panic - U.S. Military Is Testing Hypersonic Missiles on B-52 Bombers..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) --- 0:00 The U.S. Military Is Testing Hypersonic Missiles on B-52 Bombers 5:32 U.S. Marine Corps demonstrates awesome combat power during monumental mass flight ---- The U.S. Military Is Testing Hypersonic Missiles on B-52 Bombers America’s future hypersonic arsenal is moving closer to reality. The U.S. Air Force successfully conducted the first flight test of its new hypersonic missile. An AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, was launched from a B-52 bomber at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Though billed as a flight test, the missile did not actually take flight. “A sensor-only version of the ARRW prototype was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data,” according to the Air Force announcement. “The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft. The prototype did not have explosives and it was not released from the B-52 during the flight test. This type of data collection is required for all Air Force weapon systems undergoing development.” ARRW is one of two Air Force “rapid prototyping” programs aimed at quickly deploying a hypersonic missile, which is defined as an object with a speed of at least Mach 5. The other is the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon, or HCSW. ARRW is set to reach early operational capability by fiscal year 2022. ARRW is descended from Tactical Boost Glide, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project to develop an unpowered tactical glider that would be launched by a rocket high into the upper atmosphere, and then glide down on to its target at Mach 20, or 15,000 miles per hour. Like an ICBM warhead, such an object would be hard to intercept. Unlike an ICBM warhead on a ballistic trajectory, the glider could maneuver like an airplane to avoid interception. The exact capabilities and goals of ARRW have not been revealed. But the project is related to Tactical Boost Glide, which in turn is related to DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, which reached a speed of Mach 20 during a 2012 test, before losing control and burning up. At the same time, the Army, Navy and Air Force are working together on the Conventional Prompt Strike project, which aims to develop a strategic hypersonic weapon that can hit any target on Earth within one hour. Strangely, one company is developing both ARRW and HCSW. In April 2018, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $928 million contract for HCSW, and in August 2018, a $480 million contract for ARRW. A 2018 Flightglobal article cited Air Force documents that revealed how the Air Force had problems with various contractors vying for the ARRW development contract. While Lockheed Martin’s proposal met Air Force criteria, fielding an operational hypersonic missile within three years seems ambitious, especially if the glider is expected to travel at twenty times the speed of sound without burning up or losing control. “The flight test serves as the first of many flight tests that will expand the test parameters and capabilities of the ARRW prototype,” the Air Force said. Whatever the capabilities of ARRW and HSCW, what’s clear is the impetus for the Pentagon’s haste. Russia and China have been aggressively pursuing hypersonic weapons, to the point where the U.S. military fears it has no defense against them. Russia has a suite of hypersonic missiles, including the KH-47M2 Kinzhal, an air-launched version of the Iskander short-range ballistic missile. Additionally, Moscow has the Zircon anti-ship missile and the Avangard, which uses an ICBM to loft a nuclear-armed glider. In 2018, China claimed a successful test of the Starry Sky 2 hypersonic glider. As always, it is important to remember that no nation’s hypersonic weapons have been tested in combat. Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook. Image: Wikimedia
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Russia / China Navy Shocked (July 18, 2019) - U.S. Navy News Update. MQ-8C Unmanned Helicopter..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- U.S. Navy declares initial operational capability of MQ-8C unmanned helicopter The U.S. Navy declared initial operational capability of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter clearing the way for fleet operations and training. According to a statement released by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the MQ-8 Fire Scout is a sea-based, vertical lift unmanned system that is designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support for ground, air and sea forces. “This milestone is a culmination of several years of hard work and dedication from our joint government and industry team,” said Capt. Eric Soderberg, Fire Scout program manager. “We are excited to get this enhanced capability out to the fleet.” The MQ-8C variant is an endurance and payload upgrade to its predecessor, the MQ-8B, offering up to twelve hours on station depending on payload, and incorporates the commercial Bell 407 airframe. The Northrop Grumman-built Fire Scout complements the manned MH-60 helicopter by extending the range and endurance of ship-based operations. It provides unique situational awareness and precision target support for the Navy. The MQ-8C has flown over 1,500 hours with more than 700 sorties to date. Over the next few years, Northrop Grumman will continue MQ-8C production deliveries to the Navy to complete a total of 38 aircraft. The MQ-8C will be equipped with an upgraded radar that allows for a larger field of view and a range of digital modes including weather detection, air-to-air targeting and a ground moving target indicator (GMTI). It will deploy with LCS in fiscal year 2021 while the MQ-8B conducts operations aboard LCS in 5th and 7th Fleets. ---- defence-blog.com
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U.S. Air Force deploys F-15E Strike Eagle fighters to Turkey..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) U.S. Air Force deploys F-15E Strike Eagle fighters to Turkey The U.S. Air Force has deployed F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jets assigned to 494th Fighter Squadron to Turkey. U.S. Airmen, F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft, and support equipment from the 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England, already arrived at Turkish Third Main Jet Base, Konya, Turkey. According to a news release put out by U.S. Air Force, Strike Eagle aircraft were deployed to Turkey for participating in exercise Anatolian Eagle 19 alongside Turkish and other allied and partner air forces. The training will focus on improving readiness and interoperability among participating units. Exercises like Anatolian Eagle enhance allies and partners ability to respond more effectively to regional crises and meet their own security needs. Multinational training also demonstrates U.S. commitment to collective defense and regional security. Anatolian Eagle is taking place at an air base in Konya, Turkey, and includes other partner air forces, though the specific participants have not been announced. The exercise focuses on “improving readiness and interoperability among participating units,” according to US Air Forces in Europe. It is worth noting that the relocation of the combat aircraft is taking place against the background of deteriorating relations between Turkey and the United States after the acquisition of the S-400 in Russia. Source defence-blog.com
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U.S. Air Force in Big Depressed; B-1 Lancer Readiness is in the Toilet, Here’s why..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- B-1 Lancer readiness is in the toilet, here’s why The state of the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancer fleet is bad — really bad — and lawmakers on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee want the service to come up with a plan to fix the problem. The United States’ long-range strike capabilities “may be placed at increased risk by aging structural problems with the B-1," according to the panel’s markup of HR 2500, the House’s version of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill. The Lancer isn’t getting the resources and attention necessary to improve its mission-capable rates. The situation has gotten so bad, according to the subcommittee, that the number of B-1 aircraft that are fully mission-capable is now only in the single digits. What’s more, B-1 aircrew are being rerouted from flying the bomber to other aircraft, because there aren’t enough Lancers for their necessary training. The proposed authorization bill would require the Air Force to brief the House Armed Services Committee by March 1, 2020, on its plan to improve B-1 readiness. That plan should address: how the Air Force expects to fix the bomber’s structural issues; its plans to continue analyzing and testing structural deficiency data; repair timelines, and strategies to mitigate these problems in the future. The subcommittee also wants the Air Force to produce a training plan for pilots and maintainers, and a recovery timeline to meet the B-1′s future deployment requirements. The subcommittee’s requirements must still be approved by the full House and Senate. In a statement yesterday, Air Force Global Strike Command said that it is currently conducting an extensive engineering review of the Lancer fleet, which will help it determine what workloads and timelines are needed to get back to full capacity. Global Strike Command also confirmed that the recent stand-down of B-1s, and required maintenance, reduced the number of available bombers to the point where they have not been able to keep all aircrews current. “In order to preserve the readiness of our aircrews, we are planning to transition certain members to other aircraft and assignments until the B-1B capacity is restored,” Global Strike spokesman Capt. Earon Brown said. The B-1 fleet has been grounded twice in the past year over concerns with its ejection seats. In late March, Global Strike Command grounded the bombers for nearly a month due to problems with its drogue chute system, which corrects the seat’s angle to allow an airman to safely eject from the bomber. In May 2018, a B-1B from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas was forced to conduct an emergency landing at a Texas airport when a fire broke out in its wing at the end of a training run. The crew blew the ejection hatch to try to bail out, but an armed but malfunctioning ejection seat refused to eject. The crew stuck together and safely landed the plane together, rather than abandon the airman with the malfunctioning seat. That emergency landing led to a fleet-wide grounding last June. The Air Force has 62 B-1 bombers. In fiscal 2017, the most recent year for which aircraft readiness data is available, the Air Force said that the Lancer’s mission-capable rate was 52.8 percent, meaning about 32 or 33 bombers were ready to fly at any given time. Source airforcetimes.com
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Trump announces Japan’s purchase of 105 new F-35 Stealth Aircraft.. USA / Japan Military
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- 0:00 Trump announces Japan’s purchase of 105 new F-35 stealth aircraft 2:42 US Navy warship seen in South China Sea carrying unusual amount of F-35s 7:50 BOEING Releases Concept images of its New F-15EX ADVANCED FIGHTER JET ---- Trump announces Japan’s purchase of 105 new F-35 stealth aircraft U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Japan plans to buy almost 105 new F-35 Lightning ll stealth fighter jets. “The United States supports Japan’s efforts to improve its defense capabilities, and in recent months we have sent them a large amount of military equipment,” Trump said at a press conference, announcing Japan’s intention to buy 105 US-made stealth warplanes, giving it the largest F-35 fleet of any US ally. According to the American leader: “(They’re) stealth because the fact is you can’t see them.” The U.S. Defense industry is developing and fielding a family of fifth-generation strike fighter aircraft integrating stealth technologies with advanced sensors and computer networking capabilities for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy, eight international partners, and four foreign military sales customers. The family is comprised of three aircraft variants. The Air Force’s F-35A variant will complement its F-22A fleet and is expected to replace the air-to-ground attack capabilities of the F-16 and A-10. The Marine Corps’ F-35B variant will replace its F/A-18 and AV-8B aircraft. The Navy’s F-35C variant will complement its F/A-18E/F aircraft. As of December 2018, the prime contractor has delivered 264 production aircraft. The Japanese government first placed an order for 42 F-35As in December 2011. Still, by the time December 2018 rolled around, the existing order was updated. At the time it was reported that Tokyo would be adding 63 F-35As and 42 F-35B variants to its order, in addition to the already placed request for 42 F-35As. Source defence-blog.com
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U.S. Military High Alert (July 18, 2019) - America's Enemy Panic - US Defense News Today
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) U.S. Air Force deploys F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft to Poland The U.S. Air Force has announced that F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter jets assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron were deployed to Poland. Airmen and F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spandahlem Air Base, Germany, are participating in bilateral training with the Polish air force during Aviation Rotation 19.2 in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at the 31st Tactical Air Base, Poznan-Krzesiny, Poland. The 480th began its service with the 52d Tactical Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, when it moved to the base in 1976, flying F-4D Phantom IIs, then F-4G Advanced Wild Weasels as part of the Wild Weasel mission. In 1987, the 480th started flying F-16C Fighting Falcon and became the USAF’s first squadron to be equipped with the Block 50 F-16s in 1993. During the rotation, U.S. and Polish air forces will conduct training focused on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities. The purpose of the training is to improve allied interoperability in a live-fire integrated air and missile defense exercise. Through strengthened relationships and engagements with allies, the United States is committed to a peaceful, stable and secure Europe. Source defence-blog.com
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U.S. Navy tests new Unmanned Undersea Vehicle during BALTOPS 2019.. USA Military
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- 0:00 U.S. Navy tests new unmanned undersea vehicle during BALTOPS 2019 7:08 The-Army-is-Upgrading-the-Stryker-Armored-Vehicle-With-a-Bigger-Gun ---- U.S. Navy tests new unmanned undersea vehicle during BALTOPS 2019 The U.S. Navy has confirmed that a team of researchers from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, German Naval Research (WTD 71), and staffs from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet to conduct serious tests of newest Mk 18 Mod 2 unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV) during the exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019. The team will test and experiment with Mk 18 Mod 2 unmanned undersea vehicles (UUV) using multiple, modular sensor components that expand their capability as part of the exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 Mine Warfare Task Group. The experimentation and testing they conduct throughout the exercise provides commanders with a decisive competitive edge. “Maintaining open sea lines of communication including ports and key landing areas is a critical part of maintaining sea power and sea control, and mine warfare is a key part of that effort that cuts across warfare domains,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, commander of the BALTOPS 2019 Mine Warfare Task Group and commander of Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center. “Getting underway with our partners and allies to exercises those skills, refine doctrine and tactics, techniques, and procedures, and to experiment with new technology keeps us stronger together.” The Mk 18 Mod 2 UUVs employed by the researchers have two sensor mission packages. The Small Synthetic Aperture Minehunter (SSAM II) is used for high-area coverage mine hunting, and the Autonomous Topographic Large Area Survey Forward Looking Sonar (ATLAS FLS) is used for intelligence preparation of the operating environment and to mine hunt above the sea floor. The Mk 18 Mod 2 experimentation provides valuable insight for BALTOPS multinational commanders to make tactical and operational-level decisions about where to direct landing forces in the exercise. Not only did the system perform well, it surveyed areas in a much more rapid time frame than other systems. “It is great seeing U.S. MCM UUV capabilities performing efforts in my home region, which I have been working with throughout the last couple years,” said Bundeswehr Senior Chief Nico Bermann, assigned to MCMDIV 31 as part of the Personnel Exchange Program. “This tied together with the data gathering and shown interoperability will benefit future mine countermeasure exercises like BALTOPS. It will also contribute tremendously the development of common tactics and procedures.” An additional objective the researchers have during the exercise include collecting performance measurements in an operationally relevant environment for future improvements to Additionally, the researchers and scientists will assess system ability to automate generation of products the help commanders have a clearer understanding of the operating environment before applying force. The data collected has potential impact not only on ExMCM missions to improve integration with partners and allies and may also have applications in other areas beyond mine warfare. The BALTOPS Mine Warfare Task Group (CTG 162.60) includes more than 15 MCM ships, 15 undersea unmanned vehicles (UUV), five drone ships, airborne MCM (AMCM), and more than 70 divers. Mariners and mine warfare experts from 11 allied nations that comprise three distinct task units led by the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON), Standing NATO MCM Group (SNMCMG) 1, and MCMDIV 31. The BALTOPS 2019 Mine Warfare Task Group include members from the nations of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. Additional nations operating in support of BALTOPS 2019 include Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. BALTOPS is an opportunity to promote partnerships, presence, and professionalism through an unambiguous display of strength in the Baltic region. Source defence-blog.com
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After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- After Only 3 Years in Service, the USS Zumwalt’s Mission Is Changing Once slated to bombard targets on land, the three destroyers of the Zumwalt-class are changing course. The USS Zumwalt and her two sister ships are undergoing a dramatic change of mission just three years after the first ship was commissioned. The destroyers, originally meant to provide naval gunfire support for the Marines and bombard targets far inland, are now being reorientated to a ship-killer role. The Zumwalt-class of destroyers was meant to dramatically boost the fleet’s gun firepower. After the retirement of the four Iowa-class battleships in the early 1990s, the service studied a number of solutions before deciding on the Zumwalts. Each ship would be equipped with two 155-millimeter Advanced Gun Systems, each firing a precision-guided Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) to ranges of up to 83 miles. The U.S. Navy originally planned to buy 32 destroyers, a number that was cut to seven ships, and then finally to just three. The cost of the LRLAP projectile, originally pegged at $50,000 each, ballooned to $800,000 each making them unaffordable to even the mighty U.S. Navy. Without enough ships and guns, the Zumwalts were in danger of becoming the white elephants of the fleet. The Zumwalt destroyer program has been an expensive mess. The program has cost $23 billion to date, producing just three ships with an average cost of $7.8 billion—more than three times the cost of Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers that make up the bulk of the Navy’s surface fleet. Furthermore the ships are five years late and, without LRLAP ammunition, cannot fulfill their original mission. Now, less than three years after lead ship Zumwalt joined the fleet, the service is changing the ships’ mission from land attack to surface warfare—sinking other ships. In addition to the two guns, each ship has eighty Mk. 57 vertical launch armored missile silos capable of carrying a mix of offensive and defensive weaponry. The Zumwalts, according to Warrior Maven, will carry the latest version of the Tomahawk cruise missile, the Maritime Tomahawk missile. Maritime Tomahawk will allow the ship to strike other ships at sea, potentially hundreds of miles away using friendly assets such as high-altitude drones and P-8A Poseidon aircraft to provide target data. Another weapon Navy officials envision putting on the Zumwalts is a laser weapon in the 150 kilowatt class. The Zumwalts are some of the first ships with an Integrated Power System that generates up to 78 megawatts—enough to power thousands of homes. The destroyers need a capacitor system to store and then quickly surge power to a laser. Although not powerful enough to meaningfully damage larger ships, a 150 kilowatt laser could be used against small, swarming boats such as those favored by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, drones, and incoming missiles. Lasers can burn holes in ship hulls, torch flying drones and slice off control surfaces, and explode the propellant or warhead in an incoming missile. Ultimately, according to Warrior Maven, the Navy will position the Zumwalts as “bridge” ships between the old Navy and a Navy equipped with lasers, railguns, and other energy intensive weapons. The Zumwalts will mix both chemical energy (gunpowder) and electrical energy weapons on the same platform. Within the next twenty or thirty years the service may not build ships with chemical energy weapons at all. Meanwhile, the Navy is taking a wait and see approach to the two Advanced Gun Systems on each ship. The service is waiting for a “new bullet” that offers “the longest range possible for land attack strike and surface warfare”. This would likely be a rocket propelled, guided artillery shell capable of engaging moving enemy ships at very long ranges or fulfilling the ship’s original mission. The three ships in the Zumwalt class are USS Elmo Zumwalt, former Chief of Naval Operations, USS Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who posthumously won the Congressional Medal of Honor in Iraq, and USS Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States. Source popularmechanics.com
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U.S. Marine Corps demonstrates awesome Combat Power during monumental mass Flight..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) U.S. Marine Corps demonstrates awesome combat power during monumental mass flight The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has demonstrated its awesome combat power and capabilities during monumental mass flight at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif, which featured more than 40 aircraft. Seven squadrons with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) conducted a massive training evolution during which 26 MV-22B Ospreys and 14 CH-53E Super Stallions took flight and soared over Southern California in an awesome display of combat power and capabilities. “MAG-16 has executed our maximum flight event to demonstrate the combat readiness of our MAG and to tell the MAG-16 story” said Col. Craig C. LeFlore, commanding officer of MAG-16. “We want to test ourselves. If there is a crisis somewhere in the world, our job is to be ready to respond to that crisis at a moment’s notice. “MAG-16 is a force in readiness. This mass launch is not just for show, the majority of these aircraft will go out and conduct tactical training after their launch. Training that makes your Marines the most ready when our nation is least ready. I can’t think of a better way for the MAG to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the accomplishments of those who have gone before us,” LeFlore continued. Training events and combat operations aren’t much different. Both require a massive “behind-the-scenes” effort that includes command and control, maintenance, logistics and training. As the sun rose and fought off the ocean haze, MAG-16 moved with a palpable liveliness. The Marines and Sailors took great pride in their craft and were aggressive and focused on their pre-flight inspections and final preparations. Without the efforts of the disciplined maintainers and the observant inspections conducted by the noncommissioned officers, this evolution would not have been possible. “MAG-16 provides the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commander with the assault support transportation of combat troops, supplies and equipment, day or night under all weather conditions during expeditionary, joint or combined operations,” LeFlore explained. A critical function of Marine Aviation, Assault Support enhances the MAGTF’s ability to concentrate strength against the enemy, focus and sustain combat power, and take full advantage of fleeting opportunities. Such functions are not new, however, as MAG-16 has demonstrated those abilities in combat operations in Iraq and Syria, as well as in humanitarian missions around the world. MAG-16 accomplishes its mission through the hard work of its Marines and the machines they “Fix, Fly and Fight.” The MV-22B Osprey and CH-53E Super Stallion are the two platforms that comprise MAG-16. The MV-22B Osprey was first procured in 1999 and has been a cornerstone of the MAGTF ever since. What makes this aircraft unique is its ability to combine the vertical flight capabilities of helicopters with the speed, range and endurance of fixed-wing transports. Weighing 35,000 pounds, the Osprey is capable of carrying more than 20 Marines more than 400 nautical miles at a cruise speed of 266 knots. The superb capabilities of the MV-22 translate into a faster MAGTF response in times of crisis. Those capabilities are put into practice around the world every day by MAG-16. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163, a squadron from MAG-16, is currently deployed in support of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The other aircraft in MAG-16’s arsenal is the CH-53E Super Stallion. The Super Stallion is the only heavy lift helicopter in the DoD rotorcraft inventory. The combined capabilities of these two aircraft have enabled MAG-16 to assist with humanitarian aid and disaster response efforts such as typhoons, earthquakes and California fire suppression. it possible. I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments.” As Americas’ “Force-in-Readiness,” Marines must remain ready when others are not. The American public can rest assured that should the nation pick up the phone, MAG-16 stands ready answer the call. Source defence-blog.com
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U.S. Air Force News Update - Friday, July 19, 2019
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- U.S. Air Force commemorates the 30th anniversary of B-2 test flight This year, Whiteman Air Force Base commemorates the 30th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit’s (s/n 82-1066 / AV-1) inaugural test flight on July 17, 1989, from Palmdale to Edwards AFB, California. For three decades, B-2 crews have participated in five major military operations and countless training engagements. The bomber has completed missions in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and, most recently, Libya. The B-2 was also the first aircraft over Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, for which aircraft and crew hold the record for longest combat mission at 44.3 hours. The stealth bomber has been a vital component of America’s national defense and stands as a symbol of the Air Force’s global strike capabilities. “The combination of range, payload and stealth is really what makes the B-2 unique in all these fights,” said Col. Jeffrey Schreiner, 509th Bomb Wing commander and a command pilot who is now responsible for the combat readiness of the Air Force’s only B-2 base. “Our adversaries don’t know when a conflict is going to heat up or when Whiteman (AFB) is going to be called into the fight.” B-2 expertise and dedication is shared here at Whiteman AFB following the 2008 total force integration of the 509th BW and the 131st BW, a Missouri Air National Guard unit. This shared responsibility includes training, maintenance and combat operations around the globe and is necessary for the success of this program. “At the heart of the stealth enterprise are the men and women in uniform and civilian experts who work tirelessly to provide an asset of unmatched capability,” Schreiner said. “With their expertise and dedication, the B-2 will remain an invaluable asset to our nation for years to come.” With its unique flying wing design and advancing avionics systems, the B-2 Spirit is more lethal and innovative today than it was 30 years ago. Airmen conduct daily testing and maintenance, long-duration training missions and readiness exercises to keep the B-2 Spirit operational. The stealth bomber is a vital component of America’s national defense and stands as a symbol of the Air Force’s global strike capabilities, 30 years from its inaugural test flight.
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USA / Russia / Turkey / NATO High Tension (July 19, 2019) - U.S. Military News Update
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- After days of silence on Turkey buying Russia's S-400, Trump says the US is telling Turkey 'we're not going to sell you the F-35' President Donald Trump said the situation with Turkey is very complex and tough and that he is talking to officials in Ankara. "It's a very tough situation that they're in, and it's a very tough situation that we've been placed in the United States," Trump told reporters. "With all of that being said, we're working through it. We'll see what happens, but it's not really fair." Trump's comments, made at a Cabinet meeting at the White House, follow Turkey's purchase of the Russian S-400 air-defense system, which has raised tensions with the US and other NATO allies. While US officials have yet to provide a formal response to Turkey's acquisition of the S-400, which started arriving from Russia last week, Trump said Ankara would not get the F-35. "And we are now telling Turkey ... we're not going to sell you the F-35 fighter jets," Trump said. The State Department that Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were reviewing their options for responding to Turkey's purchase of the S-400. Earlier, Trump's pick to be the next secretary of defense, Mark Esper, broke days of silence on the issue and called Turkey's S-400 purchase "disappointing." "They have been a long standing and very capable NATO ally, but their decision on the S-400 is the wrong one and it is disappointing," Esper, who is currently the secretary of the Army, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. The arrival of the S-400 in Turkey comes after months of repeated warnings from the US, which has said that the Russian-made air-defense system will compromise the F-35. Officials from NATO have also said that the S-400 will not be compatible with the alliance's weapons system. Turkey is a member of the F-35 development program, and the Turkish defense industry produces more than 900 parts for the advanced fighter jet's fuselage, landing gear, and cockpit displays. Ankara has ordered 100 F-35s. Four of them are at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, where they were used for pilot training. (The US has already sent Turkish pilots home.) About 30 of Turkey's F-35s are in various stages of production, according to Defense One. Those could be offered to other current or potential F-35 buyers. While the US has not made a formal move to kick Ankara out of the program, US defense officials have laid out the steps they would take to " unwind" Turkish involvement in the program. Defense officials have proposed taking money from the F-35 spare parts budget to find new suppliers in response to the "potential application of sanctions" against unnamed "foreign countries." Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said the F-35 program will fall apart of his country is removed from it, has also said that Trump has the authority to grant Turkey a waiver for the S-400 purchase. Erdogan has also said Turkey will work with Russia to produce the S-4oo's successor, the S-500. Ankara has reportedly started stockpiling spare parts for US-made defense systems in case sanctions cut off its access.
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USA Defense Update (Thursday 7/18/2019) - CH-53E Super Stallion reaches one Million flight Hours..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) --- CH-53E Super Stallion reaches one million flight hours A legendary CH-53E Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter reached a major milestone this year by logging more than one million flight hours since it first entered service with the Marine Corps in 1981. The CH-53E is a versatile machine used for amphibious assault and long-range insertion, delivering troops, vehicles and supplies. This rapid resupply vehicle is still one of the most used aircraft in the United States military air arsenal. “The CH-53E has seen more work than was ever anticipated it would see,” said Major Matthew Baumann, H-53 In-Service, Naval Air Systems Command Heavy Lift Helicopter program office (PMA-261) co-lead. Currently, there are 142 CH-53E Super Stallions in service. Though out of production, the CH-53E is in the middle of a “RESET” – a rolling period of rebuilding, upgrading and increasing safety, reliability and capabilities to lengthen its service life through 2032. According to Baumann, the first 25 helicopters have completed their RESET process, “allowing the squadron commanders to plan for training, operations and maintenance with renewed confidence,” he said. Resetting of the CH-53E fleet is an important segue from the current platform to the new CH-53K King Stallion, which will be its heavy-lift replacement. “The CH-53K is the most powerful helicopter ever built by the United States military,” said Colonel Perrin, PMA-261 program manager. “It will be safer, faster and more capable than any previous heavy lift helicopter in the battlespace.” Its development is currently in the testing and capability requirements phase, with a goal of bringing the CH-53K to fleet Marines by 2024. “It’s a game-changer,” said Perrin. “We can’t wait to have the K available for fleet use. But for now we’ve got a capable, reliable and safe helicopter doing heavy-lift for our Marines.” defence-blog.com
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USA / France Military News Update (July 19, 2019) - CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift Helicopters..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- France considers acquiring CH-47 Chinook helicopters The French Air Force is considering the purchase of an undisclosed number of U.S.-made CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The reporter of Challenges business magazine, Vincent Lamigeon said in a separate Twitter post that according to the Special Operations Command (COS) press kit, the Air Force is considering the acquisition of CH-47 Chinook heavy helicopters for the French Special Forces. Currently French military operates extensive numbers of Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal and NH Industries NH90 Caiman helicopters. As to the Chinook, this is the most advanced transport rotorcraft in the United States Army inventory, with the expectation that it will remain in service into the 2060’s. As chosen by the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Canada, the Chinook gives Germany interoperability that other helicopters cannot while meeting a wide range of mission needs. The latest version of Chinook called the CH-47F, is an advanced multimission helicopter with a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Avionics Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.
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USA / IRAN Tensions Escalate (July 19, 2019) - U.S. is deploying troops and air defense missiles..
WW3 News Update Today - LIVE NOW: http://bit.ly/2NjurmU Rare Video !! (http://bit.ly/2vCp0DG) High Tension (http://bit.ly/2WnHL9B) Worst Nightmare for America's Enemies! (http://bit.ly/2vxZEHc) WW3 News Update (http://bit.ly/2IY9fzP) US Military News Update (http://bit.ly/2PJxz8Z) ---- The US is deploying troops and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia WASHINGTON (AP) — With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by Washington after it toppled Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003. Senior American defense officials said some US troops and Patriot air defense missile systems have already arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, south of Riyadh, where the troops have been preparing for the arrival of aircraft later this summer as well as additional troops. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in order to provide details not publicly announced. The agreement has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response specifically to yesterday's seizure by Iran of a British tanker in the Persian Gulf.Tensions with Iran have spiked since May when the Trump administration said it had detected increased Iranian preparations for possible attacks on US forces and interests in the Gulf area. In a written statement yesterday, US Central Command said the deployments to Saudi Arabia had been approved by the Pentagon. "This movement of forces provides an additional deterrent, and ensures our ability to defend our forces and interests in the region from emergent, credible threats," Central Command said. "This movement creates improvement of operational depth and logistical networks. US Central Command continually assesses force posture in the region and is working with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia authorities to base US assets at the appropriate locations." Putting US combat forces back in Saudi Arabia, after an absence of more than a decade, adds depth to the regional alignment of US military power, which is mostly in locations on the Persian Gulf that are more vulnerable to Iranian missile attack. But it also introduces a political and diplomatic complication for the Trump administration, accused by critics of coddling the Saudis even after the murder last fall of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents. Many in Congress now question the decades-old US-Saudi security alliance and oppose major new arms sales to the kingdom. Starting with the January 1991 air war against Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait the previous summer, the US flew a wide range of aircraft from Prince Sultan air base, originally known as al-Kharj. Supported by an all-American array of creature comforts like fast-food restaurants and swimming pools, US forces there flew and maintained Air Force fighters and other warplanes. The base also served as a launch pad for the December 1998 bombing of Iraq, code-named Operation Desert Fox, which targeted sites believed to be associated with Iraq's nuclear and missile programs. In 2001, the base became home to the US military's main air control organization, known as the Combined Air Operations Center, which orchestrated the air war in Afghanistan until it was relocated in 2003 to al-Udeid air base in Qatar. businessinsider.com