Saturday, December 9, 2017


This is coolbert:

Once more as reported by the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter Israeli Air Force [IAF' conduct and air strike against a Syrian target:

"Syria: Another Israeli air strike near Damascus"

"Monday night, Dec. 4, Israeli aircraft reportedly attacked a weapons research center in Jamraya on the outskirts of Damascus. Lebanese sources say Israel fired six missiles, three of which were intercepted by Syria's air defense system. This would be the second Israeli air raid in three days of a military target in the Damascus area."

These missiles as fired [three intercepted] are either a Delilah or a Popeye? Air-to-ground attack missiles.

Syrian air defenses more correctly understood now as RUSSIAN AIR DEFENSES WORKING ON BEHALF OF ASSAD?

Could Hedy Lamar ever thought that fifty years after the fact an image of her in the role of Delilah would thought to be worthy of inclusion into a military-oriented blog?



This is coolbert:

HST si, Al-Nusra no? That is the question?

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter as dated 8 December:

"Al Qaeda has vanished from Syria"

"This doesn't mean that al Qaeda's branch once known as the Nusra Front was wiped out by any anti-terror coalition. It exists no longer because it was repudiated in its new guise by the boss. In a 35-minute audio message Tuesday, Ayman Al-Zawahiri condemned the group's rebranding last year - without his approval -under the name "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham"

HST that LAST [?] remaining vital and potent armed opposition to the regime of the despot Assad. Rumored and reported to have about 30,000 armed combatants under command.

Al-Nusra affiliated [at least once was] with Al Qaeda but now having become HTS have gone their own way AND WITHOUT PERMISSION!


Friday, December 8, 2017

F-35 ICBM.

This is coolbert:

My instantaneous response to this headline was that this was ASAT. But NO, I am wrong.

F-35 able to intercept and shoot down a North Korean [NK] ICBM? YES, but only in an indirect manner, aid, abet and assist THAAD.

"Experiment shows F-35s could help intercept North Korean ICBMs, report says"

Thanks in totality to the article by Edmund DeMarche | Fox News

"A 2014 test provided evidence that the U.S.’ F-35 fighter jet could prove to be a viable weapon against the threat of a North Korean-launched ballistic missile, reports said."

"The high-tech F-35's sensors could help other missile-defense equipment track and destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea."

Sensor on-board the F-35 detecting the launch and boost phase of a  NK ICBM. Track as the missile begins the boost phase. A data link from the F-35 to the THAAD firing battery providing updated info allowing for more correct assessment of the flight path and trajectory of the missile. Supplements that radar organic to THAAD and allowing for an intercept and destruction while the missile still in [??] the atmosphere [or exo-atmosphere] and most vulnerable.

Makes sense. And has been tested to some extent? Or at least an experiment? A little bit of forethought can go a long way.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

AV-8 Turkey.

This is coolbert:

The Sultan [Erdogan] wants his aircraft carriers with warplanes and he wants them NOW!

And he is going to get them too! Power projection!

At bargain basement prices it would seem.

From the Internet web site The Drive and the article by Tyler Rogoway.

"Turkey Is Interested in Buying Surplus USMC AV-8B Harriers, Others Likely To Follow"

 "With F-35B production ramping up, the AV-8 Harrier is entering into the twilight of its service with the United States Marine Corps. By most accounts, America's Harrier fleet has quite a bit of life left in it, especially considering Pentagon picked up the UK's entire fleet of 74 Harriers, many of which were very young, and all the spare parts that went with them, for cost of roughly 1.35 F-35Bs [one and one/third] at today's prices, or a paltry $177M."

Seventy-four Harriers as bought from the British. That inventory currently as Harrier serving with the USMC is at this very moment is exactly how many?

See previous blog entries the Turk already having one aircraft carrier in the works and interested in buying a second:

Contrary to what I had originally believed the Turk able to operate an aircraft carrier in the Black Sea.

As to the purchase and use of the Harrier [now less than an adequate combat warplane?] the idea is good to go with a proven winner now rather than wait for a better winner tomorrow? That is what this is?


Wednesday, December 6, 2017


This is coolbert:

Wars and rumors of wars!

Thanks in part from a book review as seen at the Strategy Page Internet web site two wars I have never heard about. From relatively modern times too. But basically nary a blip on my radar screen.

1. Sino-Soviet Conflict 1929.

"The Sino-Soviet conflict of 1929 . . . was an armed conflict between the Soviet Union and Chinese warlord Zhang Xueliang of the Republic of China over the Chinese Eastern Railway (also known as CER)."

Chinese warlord [nominally in league with the Nationalist government of China], his combatants versus Red Army contingents of the Soviet Union. Dispute and pretext for war the control of the main and very vital railroad [CER] through Manchuria.

This war had much wider implications? Domination and eventual absorption of Manchuria into the Soviet sphere? Manchuria during the Imperial Russia under Russian control. The Soviet as the Russian before them desirous of access to Yellow Sea warm-water ports? The historians say what about this?

2. Irish Civil War.

"The Irish Civil War (28 June 1922 – 24 May 1923) was a conflict that followed the Irish War of Independence and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State, an entity independent from the United Kingdom but within the British Empire."

Brother fights brother! The Easter Uprising I was familiar with. The Irish War of Independence I was familiar with. The Irish Civil War I was NOT familiar with other than Michael Collins being assassinated by Irish Republican dissidents.

This particular civil war the Irish National Army [legally constituted] versus those guerrilla and insurrectionist hold-out elements of the Irish Republican Army [IRA]. The former eventually victorious over the latter.


Regarding the legacy of the Irish Civil War as extracted from the wiki:

"As with most civil wars, the internecine conflict left a bitter legacy, which continues to influence Irish politics to this day. The two largest political parties in the republic through most of its history . . . were Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, the descendants respectively of the anti-treaty and pro-treaty forces of 1922."


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Al Kiswah.

This is coolbert:

“May I repeat that we will not let any regime bent on destroying Israel procure nuclear arms. Neither will we allow the Iranian regime to establish itself militarily in Syria, as it is planning, because its sole objective is to destroy our country.” - - PM Netanyahu.

Israel enters the fray? IDF = Israeli Defense Force. Enters the fray and in a much more marked way.

Israel unto this point has been very circumspect and selective with regard to involvement in the Syrian Civil War. Now we have that combination of factors: 1. The apparent defeat of the Islamic State. 2. The despot Assad now having the upper hand in the conflict. 3. The establishment of a LAND BRIDGE between Iran and Syria  As a result the IDF will now feel compelled to adopt a more aggressive approach with extreme measures the norm?

"Pro-Shiite Militia Chiefs conferring on anti-Israel operations were targets of Israeli air strike"

Thanks to DEBKAfile the image and the article. Various spellings of Al Kiswah exist.

"Pro-Shiite Militia Chiefs conferring on anti-Israel operations were targets of Israeli air strike An Israeli air raid early Saturday, Dec. 2 struck a group of pro-Iranian Shiite militia chiefs holding a secret conference at the Syrian Army’s 91st Brigade base near Kiswah. Iranian and Hizballah officers are reported among the casualties"

Thanks to the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom this image of the "military base" as under IAF attack. Source of the image unknown.

It appears too that the Israeli Air Force [IAF] on this occasion did intrude into Syrian air space. Normally IAF attacking Syrian targets involved the firing of missiles from warplanes over Lebanon.

This could get very serious very fast. Already serious but the chances of escalation with all that will mean much worse.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Mohammed VIA.

This is coolbert:

What to make of this one?

Borderline germane as a topic to the blog? Hardly does anyone seems to understand this.

From Strategy Page:

"Algeria: Other Forms Of Terrorism"

"November 7, 2017: Morocco puts its first surveillance satellite into orbit. The 1.1 ton Mohammed VIA is based on a similar French earth observation satellite; Pléiades-HR. Another Moroccan satellite will be launched in 2018. This is part of a secret $590 million deal made with France in 2013. The new photo-satellites orbit 694 kilometers from the earth and will last at least five years. These photo satellites can take pictures day or night and make out objects 70cm (28 inches) across. By current standards that’s not very good. Back in the mid-1970s the U.S. was launching satellites with a resolution of 7 cm and current high-res satellite cameras can detect objects as small as 2 cm (less than an inch across). For mapping the lower res satellites are OK and in the mid-80s the U.S. was putting such satellites up that had a resolution of 70cm. These could take pictures of large areas. Morocco’s satellite photo needs can be taken care of by commercial satellites that will provide photos of whatever you want at whatever resolution you need (50 cm or less). In effect Morocco will be paying nearly a hundred million dollars a year for photo satellite images that can be obtained for a tenth of the cost from commercial services. Much of what they need can be obtained via smart phones using commercial satellite image services."

A military purpose? a mapping purpose? Multi-spectral imaging and processing? Autonomy from foreign powers [satellite launched using a French rocket]?

Even better coverage already obtain-able at a fraction of the cost!

Some devoted reader to the blog can comment on this one?