December 31, 2016
B-17 Fortress bombers flying from Italy on a raid to bomb the rail yards at Weiner Neustadt near Vienna
has issued a severe warning to Israeli tourists in India of an imminent attack on western tourists
WORLDWIDE TERRORIST ATTACK ALERT
WORLDWIDE TERRORIST ATTACK ALERT
BREAKING: Israel Counter Terrorism Bureau has issued a severe warning to Israeli tourists in India of an imminent attack on western tourists— Israel News First (@IsraelNewsFirst) December 30, 2016
Folks celebrate at home this year.
This day will come again next year.
Do not forget the Cologne New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany last year
MERKEL Migrants/Refugees, perverts, psychopaths, narcissists will be on the loose tonight.
VBIED is stopped and rendered harmless
The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) has taken delivery of another 16 Leopard 2 RI (Republic of Indonesia) main battle tanks (MBTs).
The vehicles, which are part of a contract for 61 MBTs of the type with Rheinmetall Defence, were unloaded at the Port of Tanjung Priok's vehicle-handling terminal on 28 December, said its operator, PT Indonesia Kendaraan Terminal.
According to an IHS Jane's report from September 2016, Indonesia had by then taken delivery of 24 Leopard 2 RI MBTs. Unloading of this latest tranche in December brings the number of tanks delivered to 40.
The TNI-AD is expected to receive its final tranche of Leopard 2 RI MBTs by March 2017.
December 30, 2016
Most important moments from #ISIS very recent media from Raqqah: 'My Father Told Me' in a short #video.. #Syria pic.twitter.com/KXjBXf69xi— Rami (@RamiAILoIah) December 29, 2016
#ISIS released new media from Raqqah titled 'My Father Told Me' featured child fighters carrying executions & fine military training #Syria pic.twitter.com/iuivRiJrIC— Rami (@RamiAILoIah) December 29, 2016
Islamic State Seized another Cobra Armoured vehicle after Turkish soldiers flee from Al-Bab
#Turkey Army, a paper tiger🤔 #ISIS SEZIED ANOTHER COBRA ARMORED VEHICLE AFTER TURKISH SOLDIERS FLED FROM POSITIONS NEAR AL-BAB #Syria pic.twitter.com/yFxhJqiOTS— Egypt Built (@HosamDakhakhni) December 30, 2016
December 29, 2016
The Type 90B 122 mm multiple launch rocket system, similar to the one received by Indonesia in 2016. The Indonesian Marines Corps is now equipped with the Type 90B multiple rocket system from China. System may be equipped with indigenously developed R-Han 122 B rockets. (photo : Army Recognition)
The Indonesian Marines Corps (Korps Marinir, or KORMAR) has taken delivery of four units of the Type 90B 122 mm (40-round) multiple rocket system (MRS) from China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO).
Sources within the service told IHS Jane's on 27 December that first test firings of the system are being conducted until the end of the month at various undisclosed locations throughout East Java.
The systems have been delivered under a 2015 contract signed between the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and NORINCO. Indonesia is the first known export customer of the Type 90B variant.
According to IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Artillery & Air Defence , the Type 90B MRS consists of a Tiema SC2030 6x6 truck with four rows of 10 tubes mounted on a rotating cradle assembly.
Each tube can be loaded with 122 mm missiles, such as those from NORINCO's family of fin-stabilised unguided calibre rockets featuring composite solid propellant and maximum ranges of between 20,000 m and 40,000 m. The rockets can be fired either singly, or in salvo with 0.5 seconds between rounds.
The Type 90B system has also been marketed with the capability to launch the Fire Dragon (BRE7) 40 122 mm rocket, which features an inertial navigation system (INS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance system, although it is not immediately known if Indonesia has plans to procure this variant of missiles.
IHS Jane's has, however, received confirmation from multiple sources within the KORMAR that fire control subsystems associated with the Type 90B, such as the HJ-1 mini-computer, have not been included under this contract, and that all firing parameters on the system will be manually calculated.
Japan is seeking to win a contract to supply Thailand with an air defense radar system built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp, as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the Southeast Asian nation, according to four Japanese government officials and one industry source.
The effort is part of a wider push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration to bolster its position in the region along with its U.S. ally. The Chief of Staff of Japan's Air Self Defense Force, Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, traveled to Bangkok last month to discuss areas of possible cooperation.
Japan expects the Thai military government to begin accepting competitive bids as early as next year as it upgrades and adds to its existing U.S. and European radar systems, the sources said. It is unclear who else may be bidding.
The value of such a contract is unclear as the specifications for the system have not yet been released. Radar systems built by Mitsubishi and other companies for Japan can stretch to hundreds of millions of dollars depending on the complexity and coverage. The sources said Japan would look to offer a lower price system because of Thailand's limited defense budget.
Japan's push for stronger ties with Thailand, will benefit the U.S. given the growing tensions over China’s claims in the South China Sea, according to the sources. Japan, which until 2014 had a ban on arms exports, has not previously sold military equipment to Thailand.
Since the 2014 coup brought the current Thai government to power, the U.S. has had strained relations with its old ally, which served as a staging ground for American forces during the Vietnam War, offering access to strategic airfields and ports.
In July, Thailand agreed to buy three Chinese-built submarines worth around $1 billion in a deal that illustrated Beijing's willingness to fill the vacuum left by Washington. And last month, Thai and Chinese military planes performed acrobatic demonstrations together at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, around 260 km (161 miles) northeast of Bangkok, as a prelude to the first joint military drill between the nations' air forces.
A company spokeswoman said Mitsubishi Electric does not discuss individual deals.
"While we are aware that Thailand is moving ahead with the deployment of air defense radar, we can't comment on the activities of individual corporations," a spokesman for Japan's defense ministry said.
A Thailand Defense Ministry spokesman, Kongcheep Tantravanich, said that "many countries want to sell it to us but we have to see if the system fits."
Pongsak Semachai, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Air Force, said a Japanese company had approached the force about an air defense system. He declined to name the company.
"The air force has not yet decided whether to buy the air defense system from a Japanese company but the company representatives presented the idea to us informally as they knew that our air defense radar system is about to expire," Pongsak told reporters, without giving further details.
Washington has a statutory obligation to withhold aid to militaries involved in coups against democratically elected governments. That includes restricting its arms makers from selling military kit to the country. Japan does not face such restrictions in engaging with the Thai government.
Tokyo is worried that China's wooing of Thailand could further split members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and blunt criticism of China's island building in the South China Sea. Beijing has claimed most of the resource-rich waterway as its own, sparking protests from other claimants, including Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.
The radar Japan proposes for the deal is a variant on Mitsubishi Electric's fixed-position FSP-3 radar, an older generation system that has been used by Japan's Self Defense Forces to detect air threats, the sources said.
December 28, 2016
The United States says China has the right to sail in international waters after a Chinese aircraft carrier cruised past Taiwan and into the contested South China Sea, reported the Associated Press.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner was quoted as saying on Tuesday the US recognises lawful uses of the sea, and the same rights apply to the US, China and other nations.
“As we often make the case with our own naval vessels sailing … in those same waters, it’s freedom of navigation,” said Mr Toner according to AP
A South Korean think tank – North Korea’s Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS) – said that Pyongyang is working to adapt its Banghyun 5 drone to carry a dirty bomb for attacking South Korea’s presidential office and other facilities.
Kim Heung-kwang, executive director of NKIS, told a press conference that work started back in 2012 but the drone is still lagging behind other countries in terms of capabilities.
Islamic State's severe lack of means to counter the Coalition's air assets summarised in four images
December 27, 2016
Agni 5, India's most lethal nuclear-capable missile was successfully test-fired at Kalam Island off Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface intercontinental missile can hit targets over 5,000km away, a fact that has neighbouring China worried.
More progress is reported in Secret Thorium reactor program.
Islamic State Affiliate Khalid Bin Al-Walid Army Publicly Beheads A Old Man In Yarmouk
Fancy dress competition rules said the beard color must match the Turban
#SYRIA#WARNING! #GRAPH PICS.#IslamicState Affiliate Khalid Bin Al-Walid Army Publicly Beheads A Old Man In #Yarmouk. #TerrorMonitor pic.twitter.com/WdoQWkvqlL— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) December 27, 2016
With Guided Missiles On The Outskirts Of Al Bab City
Guided missiles were supplied through Turkey
Guided missiles were supplied through Turkey
Turkish tank blown up
#SYRIA#IslamicState Destroying #Turkish Army Vehicles With Guided Missiles On The Outskirts Of #AlBab City. #TerrorMonitor pic.twitter.com/Izhi5IhKtX— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) December 27, 2016