Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Proposed tank to replace the Leopard 2...

China releases images of the new CH-AS-X-13 Air Launched Ballistic Missile on a H-6N bomber.

Open Comment Post. 19 Nov 2019

Heartbreaking News. Data shows F/A-18 pilot survived for 10 hours on the ocean surface before drowning after KC-130 mid air collision

via Stars and Stripes.
Smartwatch data suggests a Marine Corps pilot who ejected from his F/A-18 Hornet after colliding with a KC-130J tanker last year off the coast of Japan was alive on the surface of the ocean for nearly 10 hours before he drowned.

The heartrate data is included in a command investigation report on the incident, which claimed the life of Capt. Jahmar Resilard, 28, along with five Marines in the tanker. The group flew out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni near Hiroshima.

Resilard — referred to as “MP2” by investigators — was wearing a Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch when he ejected from the fighter jet at 1:44 a.m. on Dec. 6, according to the command investigation report released Sept. 26.

“The data from the watch indicated that MP2’s heart was beating at an average of 86 beats per minute until approximately 1130,” the report states.

“MP2’s Garmin smart watch indicates that MP2 was alive on the surface of the ocean from approximately 0145 until approximately 1130 (nine hours and 45 minutes) in 68 degree Fahrenheit water.”
Story here. 

If this doesn't get you in your feelings or break your heart then you need medical help.

A USMC Aviator was alone in the ocean for hours, hoping and praying for rescue in vain.

Aviation Centric Marine Corps?

I'm not buying but many are so let me ask you this.  Why aren't we at LEAST buying some sea planes that can range out far and conduct rescue operations when the next airplane that goes down is a C-130 with Marines or Soldiers inside?  How about a CH-53K or MV-22 filled to the gill with personnel?

This is unsat and needs to be corrected.  A high tech force that can locate and kill a terrorist in a crowded city but can't rescue it"s people in a wide open ocean?

Sad and pathetic.  Oh and make no mistake ... solutions exist to solve the range and location problem TODAY!

Monday, November 18, 2019

How will we react to India having astronauts circling the globe? Make that 4 space faring nations on this planet...

I say 4 with the meaning that 4 nations will be able to launch people into space (well it'll be 4 once we...the US...get our fucking head out of our ass and get our space program back on track...the Indian's will probably beat us back to space).

Open Comment Post. 18 Nov 2019

The THeMIS on patrol in Mali with Estpla-32

The wave continues but mark my words.  Terrorists are gonna soon start attacking these support vehicles first and then the infantry will be in for a world of hurt when they see their supplies burning up in the first minutes of an attack.

What happens to your long range foot patrol then?  Better have fire support pre-wired on your phone...do they have an app for that?

Chinese police going braveheart on protesters...

Braveheart as in the charge from the movie, not the cry for 'freedom' when Wallace is having his intestines ripped out at the end...

CH-53K test aircraft “K-4” surpassed 500 flight hours while completing ALE-47 chaff flare testing this week

Cost...it's about the cost.  I get it.  The USMC is throwing away everything in this era that made it a war winning organization, including the idea of being a bargain for the taxpayer, but this thing just costs too much right now!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

US Military Sealift...

Why does this strike me as tiny for a military of our size?

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 8x8 APC Prototype at #DSEIJapan

The beat goes on in Hong Kong...

In the US we haven't faced protests like we've seen in France or now Hong Kong (at least in my lifetime).  Correction.  We haven't seen them last this long.

Maybe it's geography or culture but I have to wonder what's really going on in both places.

From my chair spontaneous protests would have died out by now.  So how are they continuing?

People do have lives to get back to right?

So how is this possible without some benefactor providing the money for this thing?