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[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: It's fantastic that we will be able to detect
tunnel digging activities - but since under "quiet for quiet" we have
permitted Hamas to tunnel to their heart's content without interference up
until now one can only wonder what tunnels ALREADY EXIST and thus cannot be
detected via sensors that can detect tunneling activity.
And this leads to the next very painful question: are we also thinking
about how to handle the EXISTING tunnels or are we ignoring this issue
because the public and politicians can be satisfied knowing that we have
gizmos to detect tunneling and given our 2 second attention span we don’t
spend enough time pondering the subject to even think that the sensors can't
pick up existing tunnels.]
Israel Tests Tunnel Detection
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Israel has overseen the development of a system that
detect and destroy enemy tunnels.
The Israeli Defense Ministry has been working with the United States to
develop a cross-border tunnel detection system. Israeli sources said the
system, dubbed "Underground Iron Dome," underwent testing in 2016 near the
border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
"We are doing a lot, but many of [the things we do] are hidden from the
public," Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said.
The sources said the development of the system took more than a decade
but was accelerated over the last two years. They said the Defense Ministry
was working with Israeli companies to design seismic sensors that could
Two of the leading Israeli contractors in the anti-tunnel project were
identified as the state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and the
publicly-traded Elbit Systems. Neither company has discussed the project.
The sources said Israel spent more than $250 million since the project
was launched in 2004. They said Washington has allocated $40 million in
fiscal 2016 and could do the same over the subsequent two years.
"We have dozens, if not a hundred, engineering vehicles on the Gaza
border," Eisenkot said.
DARPA's unmanned sub-hunter set to revolutionize naval warfare
DARPA's unmanned sub-hunter set to revolutionize naval warfare
By Allison Barrie Published February 18, 2016 FoxNews.comFacebook851 Twitter465 livefyre125 Email PrintArtist's concept of ACTUV (DARPA).A new vessel will patrol the world’s oceans hunting and tracking enemy submarines – and it will execute missions without a single human aboard.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that pioneers tech for the US military, created the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program. Reston, Va.-based company Leidos is working with the agency to develop the groundbreaking ship.On Tuesday DARPA tweeted a picture of ACTUV being prepared for sea trials in the spring.Without a human crew, this drone vessel will be able to execute important missions independently like tracking and trailing an enemy sub over thousands of miles – not just for a day or two, or even a few weeks – this drone could hunt the enemy for months.Related: Drone swarms join the NavyThe ACTUV enemy submarine hunter is expected to be about 130 feet long. DARPA has announced that it will be revealed for the first time on April 7 when it will also be christened in Portland, Oregon.In addition to hunting enemy subs, ACTUV will be capable of a wide range of missions, such as reconnaissance and counter-mine deployments. It could also be useful to resupply troops.What’s the threat?The rise of tough-to-detect and track diesel electric submarines poses a significant challenge to the U.S. Navy. ACTUV is designed to excel at tracking these ultra-quiet subs.Diesel-electric submarines come at a relatively cheap price point of about $250 million, while giving their owners the advantage of stealthy movements beneath the surface due to their virtually silent engines.Related: Historic aircraft carriers in picturesHow quiet is quiet? Reports suggest that some of these subs can be 15 decibels more quiet than a humpback whale.Iran claims to have fleets of these sneaky subs.How ACTUV will be a game changerEnter ACTUV, which could roam the oceans for thousands and thousands of miles executing missions.For next level tracking, the vessel will be armed with state-of-the art sensors allowing it to detect the quietest of enemy subs. The idea is that it will be nearly impossible for a hostile sub to slip the ACTUV when the unmanned vessel is on its tail.Related: Israeli company Elbit Systems showcases robot warshipDespite being smaller than traditional subs, the ACTUV will be able to achieve speeds that exceed diesel electric propulsion submarines - and for a fraction of the cost.ACTUV will have “logic” that allows it to not just identify other vessels, but also predict how they will behave. The sub hunter will be so smart that it should be able to interact, counter and outmaneuver manned enemy vessels.It will be able to run operations as part of a team with other unmanned vessels operating beneath the water and on the surface. The sub hunter could also work in cooperation with manned vessels.And get this – ACTUV is designed to figure out and comply with maritime laws, such as regulations to prevent collisions.Related: Air Force, Marines, bolster air power with major Super Hercules dealWhen ACTUV enters service, it will give the U.S. military a range of advantages. Rather than send out a destroyer or a nuclear sub, ACTUV could be deployed, freeing up those assets and keeping costs down.ACTUV will offer lots of versatility, such as launching from and returning to a pier – rather than having to deploy from a ship like other UUVs (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles). ACTUV will also give the Navy a vessel with far better endurance. It will also be able to carry far more weight than lots of the drone surface vessels launched from ships.What’s Next?After the big reveal in April, ACTUV will continue to be tested and refined.============= Please contribute to The Freeman Center's essential educational activities. Mail check to address above or by paypal: http://www.freeman.org/paypal.htm Facebook851 Twitter465 livefyre125 Email Print Russia Sends Anti-Aircraft To KRG
MOSCOW [MENL] -- Russia has sent anti-aircraft weapons to Kurdish forces in
A Russian diplomat said the Russian Defense Ministry oversaw a
shipment of anti-aircraft artillery platforms and ammunition to the Kurdish
Regional Government in March 2016. The diplomat identified the artillery as
the ZU-23 anti-aircraft artillery.
"The weaponry was transferred in the presence of the Russian ambassador
and consul-general as well as the Peshmerga deputy chief of general staff,"
Russia's consulate-general in Iraq, Artyom Grigoryan, said.
In remarks to Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti News Agency, Grigoryan
said KRG received ZU-23 artillery guns as well as 20,000 shells. He said
five anti-aircraft systems arrived in northern Iraq on March 14.
ZU-23 has been described as a 23 mm Soviet-era weapon with a range of
2.5 kilometers. The twin-barrel gun could also be used against ground
targets, including vehicles and troops.
Grigoryan said the Russian delivery was coordinated with the Baghdad
government. He did not elaborate, but officials said arms talks between
Moscow and KRG were planned for April.
"After the delivery of weapons shipment on March 14, the Russian
ambassador said it was not a single delivery," Grigoryan said. "The
ambassador stressed that Russia is hoping that these weapons will help the
Peshmerga [Kurdish] and the Iraqi armed forces to defeat Islamic State
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Lockheed is developing a fighter jet that will fly at six times the speed of sound
Published March 18, 2016 FoxNews.comBy Allison BarrieFacebook284 Twitter79 livefyre96 Email PrintAn image of the Falcon HTV-2. (DARPA)Lockheed Martin says it’s developing a Mach 6 aircraft that would be faster than any other fighter jet.Called the Hypersonic Test Vehicle 3X, or HTV-3X, the new plane could reach speeds of more than six times the typical cruising speed of the Boeing 747-8, which has been chosen as the next presidential aircraft. It will also far outpace anything flown by America’s adversaries.Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer Marillyn Hewson revealed for the first time that significant progress has been made regarding the new fighter jet.
Related: Futuristic military railgun 'bullets' could travel at Mach 6"We accomplished several breakthroughs on HTV-3X. And we’re now producing a controllable, low-drag, aerodynamic configuration capable of stable operation from take-off, to sub-sonic, trans-sonic, super-sonic, and hypersonic to Mach 6, "she said in a statement."And most importantly, we’re proving a hypersonic aircraft can be produced at an affordable price. We estimate it will cost less than $1 billion dollars to develop, build, and fly a demonstrator aircraft the size of an F-22," she added.Just how fast?The HTV-3X would be three times faster than the F-22 Raptor fighter jets, flying at 4,600 miles per hour – meaning it could travel the distance of the Earth’s circumference in about five and half hours or the time it takes a 747 to travel from New York to Los Angeles.Delivering Nuclear Warheads in Under an HourAt the same time, Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works is working on other secret hypersonic aircraft including the Falcon HTV-2. The unmanned aircraft is launched on a rocket and could achieve Mach 20 speeds – that’s 13,000 miles per hour. At those speeds, it could leave New York City and arrive in Los Angeles in less than 12 minutes.Related: DARPA's unmanned sub-hunter set to revolutionize naval warfareDeveloping a hypersonic aircraft would support the Department of Defense’s aim to achieve Conventional Prompt Global Strike - conducting airstrikes against any target, anywhere in the world within one hour.Ballet dancer turned defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line. You can reach her at wargames at foxnews.com or follow her on Twitter at Allison_Barrie.============= Please contribute to The Freeman Center's essential educational activities. Mail check to address above or by paypal: http://www.freeman.org/paypal.htm
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