Monday, May 31, 2010

weapons found on flotilla heading to gaza


Israeli commandos storm aid flotilla; 9 killed

Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel and called for an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council as condemnations erupted across Europe and the Arab world Monday over Israel's deadly commando raid on ships taking humanitarian aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Government after government demanded an explanation from Israel, which said its soldiers were trying to defend themselves against armed activists. The White House said it was trying to learn more about "this tragedy."

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "it should be known that we are not going to remain silent in the face of this inhumane state terrorism." Most of the nine dead were apparently from Turkey, once a close ally of Israel.

In Istanbul, a crowd tried to storm the Israeli Consulate. North of Jerusalem, Palestinians hurled bottles and stones at Israeli soldiers. In Jordan, hundreds urged their government to follow Turkey's lead and cut ties with Israel. Dozens of Egyptians protested outside the foreign ministry in Cairo criticizing the Egyptian government holding pictures of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Israel said the activists attacked its commandos as they boarded the six ships taking tons of supplies to Gaza, while the flotilla's organizers said the Israeli forces opened fire first.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence. The European Union's foreign affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, said the bloc was deeply concerned and she called on Israel to carry out an inquiry. British Foreign Secretary William Hague deplored the killings and called for an end to the Gaza blockade.

Greece, Egypt, Sweden, Spain and Denmark summoned Israel's ambassadors demanding explanations for the violence, with Spain and France condemning what they called the disproportionate use of force. Greece suspended a military exercise with Israel and postponed a visit by Israel's air force chief. Germany called for an immediate investigation but was careful not to directly place blame, and said it was seeking information on six German citizens believed to have been aboard the ships.

In Tehran, dozens of angry students pelted the U.N. offices with stones and eggs in protest, burning Israeli flags and chanting, "death to Israel" and "down with U.S." Police blocked them from reaching the building. The president of Iran, a key supporter of Hamas, called the raid "an inhuman act." In Baghdad, an estimated 3,000 Shiite followers of the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr shouted "Death, death to Israel!" and "Death, death to America!"

Riot police used tear gas to drive back hundreds of protesters demonstrating outside the Israeli Embassy in Paris. There were also demonstrations in Rome, Sweden, Norway, Cyprus and more than 20 cities in Greece.

In Athens, riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse around 2,500 Greeks and Arabs protesting outside the Israeli Embassy. Some protesters threw stones and tried to push past police lines to reach the embassy. About 2,000 people demonstrated peacefully in Thessaloniki.

The African Union issued a statement to "strongly condemn" the raid and said it "complicates the existing situation and the effort to bring just, lasting and comprehensive peace to the area."

Abdel-Rahman al-Attiya, the head of the Gulf Cooperation Council, a regional group, said "Israel is a renegade entity that violates international law" and said the attack should be considered "a war crime."

In Saudi Arabia, which has promoted a wider Arab-Israeli peace proposal calling for a land-for-peace swap, the Cabinet headed by King Abdullah called on the international community to hold Israel responsible for its "barbaric" policies.

But the strongest reaction came from Turkey, where Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Turkey was canceling three joint military drills and calling on the U.N. Security Council to convene in an emergency session about Israel. Turkey is currently a member of the council.

He also said a Turkish youth soccer team currently in Israel would be brought home.

The raid also brought heightened attention to Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, imposed after the Palestinian militant group Hamas seized control of the tiny Mediterranean territory in 2007. The blockade — along with Israel's fierce offensive against Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009 to stop Hamas rocket fire on Israeli villages — has fueled anti-Israeli sentiment around the Arab world.

The Cairo-based Arab League called an emergency session for Tuesday to address the attack, as the two only Arab states with peace deals with Israel — Jordan and Egypt — sharply condemned the violence.

The incident also put Egypt in a tight position. The only Arab country bordering the Gaza Strip, it has helped enforce the blockade by cracking down on smuggling tunnels that are a key source of goods to Gaza's 1.5 million people and by rejecting pressure that it open its border crossing.

A group founded by Nelson Mandela that includes Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter said "the treatment of the people of Gaza is one of the world's greatest human rights violations and that the blockade is not only illegal, it is counterproductive."

In Beirut, about 500 Palestinian and Lebanese activists protested in front of the U.N. headquarters, setting Israeli flags on fire. In neighboring Syria, more than 200 Syrian and Palestinian protesters staged a sit-in before the offices of the United Nations


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Jihadists challenge Hamas in Gaza

Islamists scare Gaza's wedding season

* Hamas plays them down as extremist fringe

* Analysts warn they will not simply go away

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA, May 27 (Reuters) - Bandleader Jamal Al-Bayouk said he and his musicians would not risk performing in the southern Gaza Strip any more after militant Islamists threatened to kill them at a wedding party.

They had just finished performing east of Khan Younis when armed militants burst in, set fire to $40,000 worth of instruments and fired shots between the legs of band members.

"One gunman told another: Don't shoot between the legs. Shoot at the legs!" Bayouk told Reuters.

"Another told me: Prepare for death, you immoral infidel," the 49-year-old man said, at the Gaza shop where he fixes musical instruments and rents sound systems.

He said several other singers and members of bands had been beaten up by al-Qaeda style jihadists who disapprove of their music and added that in his opinion there could be further attacks as summer begins and people hold weddings and parties.

"I am afraid and I am not optimistic but I will continue because there are 20 families depending on my profession," Bayouk said.

The threat comes from Salafi jihadists whose agenda of global holy war against the West is against the nationalist goals of Gaza's rulers Hamas, an Islamist movement which denies seeking to create a theocracy in the enclave.

While seen in Israel as a dangerously fundamentalist Palestinian enemy force, Hamas is not Islamist enough in the eyes of hardline groups which have stepped up attacks in the Gaza Strip over the past several months, targeting Hamas security men and offices.

Hamas accuses them of attacking wedding parties, Christian sites, internet cafes and women's hair dressing salons. The groups deny the accusations.


Last Sunday, masked gunmen vandalised a U.N.-run summer camp for children after Islamist militants accused the United Nations of promoting immorality among Gaza's Muslim youth.

Ehab al-Ghsain, spokesman of the Hamas interior ministry, said security services had finalised the plan to provide security protection to public places where residents would go to enjoy summer holidays including restaurants and beaches.

He said a number of suspects were detained over the attack on the UN summer camp, but gave no details of their affiliation.

Ghsain attributed a drop in bomb attacks in the territory to a security campaign to "arrest characters involved in causing chaos" and to an educational plan to rehabilitate members.

Hamas wrested control of Gaza from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's secular Fatah movement in fighting in 2007.

The enclave is under an Israeli-led blockade. The West shuns Hamas over its refusal to recognise Israel, renounce violence and accept existing interim Israeli-Palestinian peace deals.

Analysts and rival officials say groups inspired by al Qaeda pose a clear challenge to Hamas rule in Gaza.

They say Hamas is reaping the harvest it sowed: many current members of the Jihadist Salafi factions were once trained activists of Hamas' armed wing, Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam Brigades.

Believers in al Qaeda ideology may number in the hundreds or thousands, say analysts. But Ghsain insists there a no more than a few dozen.

Political analyst Talal Okal says the number is rising, thanks to the Islamist environment Hamas encourages.

"The growing number of those extremist groups may have a bad impact on Hamas," Okal said.

Salafis criticise Hamas for taking up government in the first place. They accuse the movement of failing to implement Islamic law in favour of having relations with Western countries they denounce as "crusaders and infidels".

Ahmed Assaf, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said Hamas's bid to portray itself as the only true Muslim movement had obviously backfired.

"Hamas raised its members in the belief that Fatah and other non-Hamas parties were secular and infidels and now Hamas is suffering from its own incitement," Assaf said.

"Hamas now finds itself in the same position. It is governing by secular law and preventing resistance against Israel from Gaza. That has prompted many shocked members of Qassam to abandon the group and join the more extreme Islamist cells," Assaf said.

Boaz Ganor, an Israeli expert in counter-terrorism, said the stronger those groups become the bigger threat to Hamas rule they would pose. The more willingness Hamas showed towards getting international legitimacy and opening to the West, the more vocal those groups would become.

"To have an element that does not obey the new Hamas guidelines and policy, an element that endorses global Jihad, is counterproductive to the Hamas approach towards the international community," Ganor said by telephone from Israel.

Okal said Hamas would not allow them to cross the red line.

"We all saw how Hamas intervened militarily and strongly when one group defied them and tried to announce an emirate of their own in Gaza," said Okal, referring to a battle in which 28 people were killed in addition to six Hamas policemen.

Ganor said the hardline groups were lose cannons in territory Hamas controls, and as far as Israel was concerned it is Hamas that bears responsibility for their actions.

"If Hamas would be seen as turning a blind eye to or cooperating with those elements, this is going to cause a great loss to Hamas," Ganor said


Sunday, May 23, 2010

U.S Army multi-cam

Following four months of evaluations of alternative camouflage pattern colors, the U.S. Army selected the MultiCam pattern for the uniforms provided for all soldiers deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, starting the August of 2010. Multicam Gear will be shipping to units in Afghanistan by October 2010.

Unlike conventional camouflage that blends into the environment by color matching, the MultiCam camouflage pattern patented by Brooklyn NY based Crye Precision is designed to blend and reflect some of the surrounding colors of the environment, thus blending in with the environment. The new pattern is designed to deceive the human eye and brain to accept the concealed object as part of the background. Furthermore, the pattern's complex, curved elements are shaped to efficiently maintain concealment by effectively managing scale and contrast at long and close range

Several camouflage patterns were evaluated by the U.S. Army in 2009. Six such patterns are shown above, where members of the camouflage assessment team wearing the different camo patterns they evaluated. From left: AOR II, UCP, MultiCam, Desert Brush, UCP-Delta, and Mirage. The photo was taken in Khost province, close to the Pakistan border, in late October 2009. Photo: U.S. Army PEO Soldier

The U.S. forces encountered problems with their camouflage patterns soon after the invasion into Afghanistan in 2002, as warfighters deployed to the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq wearing Desert BDUs and Woodland gear. To improve and standardize the uniform the Army introduced the Army Combat Uniform in 2004, applied with the pixelated Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP). Since then, more than 26 improvements have been implemented with the ACU.

A new initiative to improve the camouflage patterns for Afghanistan was launched by fall 2009, when two battalion-size elements in Afghanistan were equipped with uniforms and associated gear in patterns other than the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern (UCP). One unit received uniforms and gear in MultiCam, and the other in a variant of UCP known as UCP - Delta was used another battalion. The Army deployed a team of experts to Afghanistan in order to gather field data and photos on the diverse environments of Afghanistan, where soldiers often travel through multiple environments in a single mission, from snow to woodland to desert.

This data provided the baseline for a photo simulation study distributed to nearly 750 soldiers who had deployed to Afghanistan. The study asked them to compare six patterns against eight different environments. The results, along with surveys of soldiers in the two battalions who received alternate camouflage, formed the basis for the Army’s decision on MultiCam. Camouflage alternatives represent one facet of the Army’s ongoing efforts to improve the Army combat uniform.

The soldiers will be provided with the new, fire resistant Army combat uniforms finished in MultiCam patterns, which will also be applied to all associated equipment including body armor, rucksacks, and helmet covers. Selection of the new camouflage patterns is the third phase of a four-phase plan to improve the Army's camouflage. In the next phase the the Army will evaluate long-term Army combat Uniform camouflage options for all soldiers.

By adapting to varying local lighting conditions, visible and near-infra-red, the pattern blends well into many environments, elevations, seasons, weather conditions, and times of the day. The design takes advantage of the way the human eye and brain perceives shape, volume, and color, taking advantage of human brain interpretation of the patterned object as part of the background, rather than a distinguishable object. This helps the wearer's profile begin to lose its edge and fade into whatever color or shape surrounding him. The pattern uses curved, rather than pixilated elements to optimally blend in by using pattern element scale and contrast to further conceal the protected object when observed from distance or at close ranges. MultiCam relies more on a blending effect than a contrast effect to disguise the wearer


Friday, May 21, 2010

Bushmaster® .308 ORC

This top quality Bushmaster Carbine was developed for the shooter who intends to immediately add optics (scope, red dot or holographic sight) to the rifle - as it is shipped without iron sights. Various add-on rear iron sights can be easily attached to the flat-top Upper Receiver, and Bushmaster’s BMAS Front Flip-up Sight for V Match Rifles (Part # YHM-9360K) can be mounted over the Milled Gas Block. The premium 16" Heavy Profile Barrel is chrome lined in both Bore and Chamber to provide Bushmaster accuracy, durability and maintenance ease.

•.308 WIN / 7.62 NATO
•16" Heavy Profile w/ Mid Length Gas System and A2 Birdcage Flash Hider
•Receiver Length Picatinny Optics Rail with Two 1/2" Optics Risers
•Milled Gas Block
•Heavy Oval Hand Guards
•Six Position Telescoping Stock – reduces overall length by 4" when collapsed for convenient carry
•Shipped in a Lockable Hard Case with Operator’s Safety Manual, 20 Round Magazine, Yellow Safety Block and Black Web Sling
•One Year Bushmaster Warranty

Caliber: .308 WIN / 7.62 NATO
Magazine Capacity: 20 Rounds
Overall Length: 33.25" - 37.25" [84.455 cm - 94.615 cm]
Barrel Length: 16" [40.640 cm]
Rifling: 1 turn in 10" [25.4 cm]
R.H. Twist / 6 grooves & lands
Weight w/o magazine: 7.75 lbs. [3.52 kg]
Weight of empty magazine: 0.5 lbs. [0.23 kg]
Weight of loaded magazine: 1.5 lbs. [0.680 kg]
Mode of Operation: Gas Operated/Semi-Automatic

Sugg. Retail Price: $1395.00

Bushmaster® 7.62x39mm Carbine

Product Description:
This gas operated semi-automatic packs a bigger punch than our 5.56mm/.223models – the 7.62x39mm (known by some as the AK round) delivers the added power and similar performance of a .30-30 cal.; over 2300 FPS velocity with 122 gr. bullets. Due to the "fatter" case diameter, magazine capacity is reduced to 26 Rounds, and 7.62.x39 specific springs and followers are used in the AK-curved steel magazine. The bolt is also different - due again to case diameter (take care not to interchange a 5.56mm/.223 bolt with a 7.62x39mm bolt).

•16" M4 Profile Barrel fitted with "Izzy" Flash Suppressor
•Six Position Telescoping Stock
•Rifle Includes a Lockable Hard Case with Operator’s Safety Manual, 26 Round Magazine, Orange Safety Block and Black Web Sling
•One Year Bushmaster Warranty

Caliber: 7.62x39 mm
Magazine Capacity: 26 Rounds
Overall Length: 32.75" [83.185 cm]
Barrel Length: 16" [40.640 cm]
Rifling: 1 turn in 10" [25.4 cm]
R.H. Twist / 6 grooves & lands
Weight w/o magazine: 6.5 lbs. [2.95 kg]
Weight of empty magazine: 0.25 lbs. [0.11 kg]
Weight of loaded magazine: 1.0 lbs. [0.45 kg]
Mode of Operation: Gas Operated/Semi-Automatic

Sugg. Retail Price: $1330.00

this was the only vid i could find that showed it in action :( sorry

Sunday, May 16, 2010

By survivalreport on youtube

Ronnie James Dio dead at 67


Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer

Japan mad at China's nuclear arsenal

SEOUL — Japan has urged China to cut its nuclear arsenal or at least to stop stockpiling more atomic weapons, prompting a strong reaction from Beijing at their foreign ministers’ talks, officials said Sunday.

The rare demand came when Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi at regional talks in South Korea Saturday, said Kazuo Kodama, the press secretary of Japan’s foreign ministry.

The Japanese minister said China was the only one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — which also includes the United States, Britain, France and Russia — that was still accumulating nuclear weapons.

“Amongst the P5, it is only China which is increasing its nuclear arsenal,” Okada told Yang during the talks on Saturday, according to Kodama.

“Therefore I would like to request the Chinese government either to reduce the number of nuclear arsenals or at least commit ourselves not to increase its nuclear arsenals from the current level,” he quoted Okada as saying. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement on Sunday Yang had repudiated Okada’s remarks and defended Beijing’s nuclear policy.

“Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi refuted the irresponsible remarks by Japan on the spot,” Ma said in the statement. “He pointed out that China’s nuclear strategy and nuclear policy is transparent. China’s nuclear disarmament proposals and efforts are obvious. China’s position is legitimate, transparent, and above reproach.”

Yang emphasised China always advocates that nuclear weapons should be completely forbidden and destroyed completely, and it also firmly pursues a nuclear strategy of self-defence, Ma said.

China was the only nuclear-armed country that adhered to the no-first-use policy and promised unconditionally not to use or threaten to use such weapons against nuclear-free states or nuclear-free regions, Ma cited Yang as saying. Yang stressed China never took part in any nuclear arms race and never deployed any nuclear weapons in other countries, while maintaining its nuclear power at the lowest level needed for its security, according to Ma.

Yang had also said he hoped Okada would put first their two countries’ bilateral ties and the fundamental interests of their peoples, Ma added.

Seoul’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed diplomatic source, said Chinese officials felt “uncomfortable” with Okada’s demand and even considered boycotting part of the programme at the talks in the southern city of Gyeongju. Okada and Yang arrived in Gyeongju on Saturday to attend the two-day foreign ministerial meeting with South Korean host Yu Myung-Hwan.

The three foreign ministers discussed issues including the growing tension over the sinking of a South Korean warship near the border with North Korea on March 26, which has led to suspicion falling on the communist North. (AFP)

By mc parry

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Russia sells Syria Mig-29 figthers, air defence systems

MOSCOW — Russia is supplying Syria with warplanes, armoured vehicles and air defence systems under existing contracts, ITAR-Tass news agency quoted the head of the country’s state military agency as saying.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Russia was selling Syria MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsir short-range air defence systems and armoured vehicles.

No further details were provided.

President Dmitry Medvedev this week paid the first-ever visit by a head of state from Moscow to Damascus, where he said the use of nuclear energy “may get a second wind” in Syria — a remark that prompted concern from Washington.

Russia’s arms sales and possible nuclear cooperation with Syria, which has close ties to Iran, is unnerving for Israel and the United States, which earlier this month renewed sanctions on Syria for another year, accusing it of supporting “terrorist” groups.

Russia is also in talks to supply NATO member Turkey, which Medvedev also visited this week, with air defence systems and helicopters, Dmitriyev said. “It is unclear what will happen, what Turkey would agree to,” the news agency quoted him as saying. (AFP)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Daewoo K11 OICW dual-caliber air-burst weapon (South Korea)

South Korea version of the xm-29 OICW

K11 dual-caliber air-burst weapon, right side

Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO + 20x30B mm
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt for 5.56mm and manually operated for 20mm
Overall length: 860 mm
Barrel length: 310 mm (5.56mm); 405 mm (20mm)
Weight: 6.1 kg (with optics and battery but less magazines)
Rate of fire: ?
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds of 5.56mm and 5 rounds of 20mm

The K11 dual-caliber air-burst weapon was first shown to public in 2009, during DSEI military expo, although information on its development was available since about 2006. The K11 (XK11 during early development) weapon is being developed under direction of the Agency for Defense Development of the Republic of Korea. The K11 shows more than passing similarity to the ill-fated American XM-29 OICW weapon, but it appears that K11 has better chances to see the service - it is believed that first unit of South Korean army could receive the K11 weapons in 2010. This is not surprising, considering the fact that Republic of Korea is among world's leading countries in the field of design and production of advanced micro-electronics, and also has an established defense industry and strong motivation for constant upgrade of military equipment.
As of now, the K11 dual-caliber air-burst weapon is proposed for infantry squad support role, multiplying soldiers capabilities to engage enemy personnel in defilade and soft-skinned vehicles and equipment, using 20mm air-burst grenades with pre-programmed fuse and 5.56mm ammunition for short- to medium range direct fire.

K11 dual-caliber air-burst weapon consists of three major units, linked into one weapon. Those are 20mm multi-shot grenade launcher (which serves as a bone to the system), the 5.56mm automatic rifle with firing controls, and an electronic fire control unit.
The grenade launcher is a manually operated, bolt action weapon that is fed from detachable box magazines. It is built in bullpup layout, with aluminum alloy receiver and titanium alloy barrel. The trigger system of the grenade launcher is mechanically linked to the trigger / selector / safety unit of the integral rifle component. The rifle component is more or less conventional, gas operated, rotary bolt selective-fire weapon which uses M16-type magazines. Its layout is more or less similar to US-made M16 or Korean-made K2 rifles. The trigger unit is a common part between grenade launcher and rifle components, with single safety / fire selector lever providing fire from grenade launcher (single shots) or rifle (single shots or 3-round bursts). The third component is an electronic fire control unit, which includes laser rangefinder, environmental sensors, ballistic computer, and day (optical) and night (IR) sighting channels. The ballistic computer output is fed to the electronic aiming reticle (providing visible point of aim pre-set for proper range) and to the fuse-programming unit in the grenade launcher, which sets the 20mm grenade to explode at specified range, above or to the side of the target, to provide maximum kill effect from explosive fragmenting warhead. At the present time, two types of 20mm ammunition are specified for K11 grenade launcher - the K167 HE air-burst grenade and K168 TP target practice grenade. Rifle component can use any NATO-standard 5.56mm ammunition.

A-10 Thunderbolt II: TLPS Upgrades

A-10 Thunderbolt II: TLPS Upgrades Keep “Hogs” Current to 2028 or Beyond

By Jan Tegler

For the first time in almost 33 years of operational service, the A-10 Thunderbolt II has an integrated sustainment/modernization program worthy of its impressive record as a close-air-support/ground attack aircraft for the USAF. The $1.6 billion Thunderbolt Lifecycle Program Support (TLPS) Prime Integration contract puts ongoing A-10 modernization and sustainment efforts on a competitive footing and ties together piecemeal upgrades that Hogs have been receiving for most of the last decade.

Awarded by the A-10 System Program Office in June 2009 to three major prime contractors (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman), TLPS replaces the contract Lockheed Martin had as the single prime integrator for upgrades and refurbishment. Under the previous arrangement, most supplies and services for the A-10 were obtained via stand-alone acquisitions, including major upgrade programs such as the Precision Engagement (PE) Program and the Wing Replacement Program (WRP).

“TLPS is a means to an end,” says Jim Marx, A-10 Logistics Management Lead for the 538th Aircraft Sustainment Group, Hill AFB. “As our Prime Integration contract, TLPS provides the means to compete acquisition and integration of supplies and services supporting current and future modernization and sustainment efforts on the A-10. Under TLPS, individual modernization and sustainment efforts are competed as task/delivery orders amongst the three prime contractors to deliver a ‘best value’ solution to warfighter needs.”

Warfighter needs with respect to the A-10 have already been significantly addressed with the aforementioned PE Program. Begun in 2006, PE represents the largest gain in combat capability in the history of the Hog, lending modified examples the designation A-10C. Upgrades range from the inclusion of precision munitions employment capability to enhanced air-to-air and air-to-ground situational awareness (SA). Modified aircraft can carry both LITENING II and Sniper laser targeting pods, and boast Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser capabilities. SA is improved with a redesigned main instrument panel with two five-by-five-inch multifunction color displays, a new armament heads up display control panel and a hands-on stick and throttle system with a modified F-15E throttle grip, and a modified F-16 control stick grip.

The enhancements have transformed the A-10 into an “electric jet’ Marx adds, allowing it to take advantage of further operational flight program software upgrades to enhance capabilities, reliability and maintainability. Sustainment work persists under TLPS as the A-10 completes a Service Life Extension Program and turns to a Structural Inspection Program.

“We’ve nearly completed the Service Life Extension Program overhaul on the fleet and are now transitioning our focus to our new Scheduled Structural Inspection program which will ensure we can safely and effectively fly the A-10 to 16,000 flying hours or beyond 2028,” Marx continues.

“Building on these programs, we are also partnered with Boeing to deliver 233 new A-10 wings (WRP) which can fly for 10,000 hours without major inspection and are projected to save $1.3 billion in life cycle costs. The first new A-10 wing is slated for delivery in late Fiscal Year 2010 with additional deliveries and installations through 2016.”

The continuing upgrades are evidence of the Hog’s value in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Uniquely able to combine precision firepower with maneuverability and meaningful loiter capability, the venerable straight-wing attack jet excels in these demanding environments. Reports indicate that it is the close-air-support weapon of choice among American and allied troops.

TLPS is aimed at efficiently continuing the process of refining the Warthog. Two basic elements guide the program. Along with its emphasis on competitive, integrated acquisition solutions, the program seeks to ensure that each contractor participates fully in the requirements definition process for lifecycle improvements through an apparatus known as an Integration Support Task Order (ISTO). The ISTO specifies that each prime contractor will provide a small cadre of their own personnel to manage and integrate day-to-day activities within their respective company, between their company and the other primes, and to coordinate with the A-10 System Program Office as Prime Integrator.

Together, the contractors work with Air Combat Command, the National Guard Bureau, the Air Force Reserve and the A-10 System Program Office to identify future requirements for the A-10. According to Marx, new capabilities are defined and awarded with TLPS on a regular basis.

“Current programs under TLPS include assessments for future Embedded GPS/INS modernization, fuel system improvements and Aircraft Structural Integrity Program modernization, amongst others,” Marx explains. “Ongoing and future improvements will enhance the warfighting capabilities to increase situational awareness to the pilot, allow greater ease of digital network connectivity, and enhance weapons employment capabilities. These improvements, along with better data and fault code reporting and integrated support equipment will make the A-10 not only easier to operate, but easier to maintain.”

Those improvements and continuing efforts by A-10 System Program Office under TLPS to incorporate a comprehensive, depot-level fuselage inspection and repair program should give the A-10 the longevity Air Force planners seek while next generation platforms like F-35A mature.

“In late 2009, the A-10 System Program Office completed a full-scale fuselage/empennage fatigue test, the results of which are currently being analyzed for incorporation into our existing Scheduled Structural Inspection program,” says Jim Marx. “With the inclusion of these inspections and repairs, we are confident we can safely and effectively fly the A-10 to 16,000 hours or beyond 2028.”


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Iranian missiles could target Western Europe by 2014

LONDON — Iran could target western Europe with missiles by 2014, although it would take at least twice as long before they could hit the United States, experts said in a report published Monday.

Tehran is more than a decade away from developing a missile capable of reaching the US east coast, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said in a report on Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities.

The London-based group said Iran was making “robust strides” in developing ballistic missiles “in tandem” with its efforts to expand its nuclear capabilities. “The two programmes appear to be connected, with the aim of giving Iran the capability to deliver nuclear warheads well beyond its borders,” it said.

Iran’s ballistic missiles could be used to wage a terror campaign in the Middle East, it added, although its missiles are at present too inaccurate to shut down another country’s critical military activities.

While Iran has been alongside North Korea in developing missile capabilities, Tehran has now surpassed Pyongyang in terms of technical ability, the IISS experts said. The United States and Europe have long accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian nuclear energy programme, a charge Tehran denies.

“Flight test programmes for solid-propellant missiles historically take on average more than four years,” the report said.

“To achieve a reasonable measure of reliability and confidence, a dozen or more test flights should be conducted. “Therefore, Iran is not likely to field a liquid-fuelled missile capable of targeting western Europe before 2014 or 2015.”

The “worst-case scenario” projected at the turn of the century about Iran being able to strike the United States within five years has not materialised, the study said.

However, “logic and the history of Iran’s evolutionary missile and space-launcher development efforts suggest that Tehran would develop and field an intermediate-range missile before embarking on a programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the American east coast, 9,000 kilometres away.

“It is thus reasonable to conclude that a notional ICBM… is more than a decade away in development.” Iran’s space programme launches have been “proof-of-principle demonstrations”, offering no immediate strategic value beyond symbolism, said the report.

The IISS estimated that Iran has around 200 to 300 Shahab-1 and -2 missiles capable of reaching targets in neighbouring countries. “Iran’s ballistic missiles could be used as a political weapon to wage a terror campaign against adversary cities,” primarily in the Middle East, the report said.

“While such attacks might trigger fear, the expected casualties would be low — probably less than a few hundred, even assuming Iran unleashed its entire ballistic missile arsenal and that a majority of the warheads penetrated missile defences.

“The military utility of Iran’s ballistic missiles is severely limited because of their very poor accuracy. “The missiles would probably be incapable of shutting down critical military activities.” (AFP)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The U.S. Sniper's More Accurate, Quieter Rifle

Recognizing the differences between conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army is now selecting a contractor to upgrade the 22-year-old Remington bolt-action rifle to become a more effective killing machine. The Army will pour about $5.6 million into upgrades to the M24, with the new gear expected to be delivered to troops by this fall. The M24's barrel is being modified to shoot heavier .300 Winchester Magnum rounds, instead of the 7.62mm NATO ammunition, which should extend the rifle's maximum effective range by hundreds of yards to a maximum of about 1400 yards. The suppressor will reduce the noise and flash of the gun so snipers can stay in their hiding positions much longer after they fire.

The Army is also adopting a new chassis that allows for more "real estate" on the rifle—meaning the ability to attach accessories, especially much-needed night-vision devices that clip on directly to the rail in front of the scope. The scope itself will be improved, adding a variable power system that can reach 16.5x to 25x magnification. The Army will also fit the rifles with a rangefinder so troops will no longer have to perform calculations on distance. "The engagement is a lot farther [in Afghanistan] than in Iraq," says Milo Afong, a former Marine Corps sniper who researched the experience of snipers in Afghanistan for his new book, Hunters: U.S. Snipers in the War on Terror. "You are looking at higher altitudes and less populated areas."

In Afghanistan, U.S. snipers have encountered a tougher enemy than in Iraq—one that is willing to stay and fight and generally has the advantage because they know the hiding places. "They know tactics, they know how to shoot, move and communicate. They know how to set up ambushes," Afong says. "You just have to be on your toes at all times, and you have to put yourself one step or two ahead of the enemy."

Afong says that for snipers engaged in urban combat in Iraq, the traditional training and mantra of waiting for 'one shot and one kill' fell by the wayside. Sniper teams in Iraq often selected, observed and reported on the targets without actually taking the shot, acting instead as the eyes for raiding teams that would capture or eliminate the enemy. When caught in the speed of battle, snipers have to turn to snap shooting, says Afong. "The window of opportunity is very, very small," says Afong. "You just have to pick your shots."


SIG556 SWAT Patrol Rifle

The next generation in the evolution of the SIG556 platform, the SIG556 Patrol Rifle integrates the accuracy of a 16” barrel with the maneuverability and quick pointing ergonomics of the SIG556 Short in a compact, no-nonsense package. The reduced length gas system and forearms provide the ideal combination of
functionality and light weight. The SIG556 Patrol Rifle is the perfect solution for everything from three gun matches to patrol car deployment. Available in two versions (Swiss type polymer handguards or alloy Quad Rail tactical forend), the SIG556 Patrol Rifle ships standard with the RDSS (Rotary Diopter Sight System),
one magazine w/ connector, and hard carry case.


• 5.56mm x 45 NATO (.223 REM)
• 16” Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
• A2 Type Flash Suppressor
• Reduced Length Gas Piston w/ 2 Position Gas Valve
• Improved Design Trigger Casing
• Swiss Type Folding Stock, adjustable for length
• Swiss Type Reduced Length Polymer Handguards (Patrol Rifle)
• Alloy Quad Rail Reduced Length Tactical Forend (SWAT Patrol Rifle)
• RDSS Rotary Diopter Sight System
• (1) 30 Round Polymer Magazine w/ Connector
• SIG SAUER Hard Carry Case

Item Number R556-16B-PS-RD
Caliber 5.56mm NATO
Overall Length 36.1 in
length w/Stock Collapsed 34.6 in
Barrel Length 16 in
Rifling 1 in 7 in
Sight Radius 14.4 in
Forearm Polymer
Stock Type Folding; length adjustable
Weight w/out Mag 7.5 lbs
Operating System Gas Operated, Rotating Bolt
Mag Capacity 30 Rounds
Features Quad-Rail, Rotary Diopter rear sight
MSRP $2143.00
CA Compliant No
MA Compliant No

Steyr SSG 08 Tactical Rifle

A new milestone from the developers of STEYR MANNLICHER! The new STEYR SSG 08 is the ultimate rifle for every sport shooting purpose!

Thanks to its aluminium folding stock the STEYR SSG 08 can be transported easily in a small case.

The STEYR SSG 08 is available with a 600mm or 508mm barrel.

The STEYR SSG 08 features high grade alumnium folding stock, adjustable cheek piece and butt plate with height marking, and an ergonomical exchangeable pistol grip.

The STEYR SSG 08 also features a Versa-Pod, a muzzle brake, a Picatinny rail, a UIT rail on stock and various Picatinny rails on fore end, and a 10-round HC-magazine.

System Mannox TM
Trigger Direct trigger
Stock Dural aluminium foldingstock black with 280 mm long UIT-rail and various Picatinny-rails
Magazine High capacity synthetic box magazine
Magazine Capacity 10 rounds
Barrel Length HB 600 mm (23.6")
HBC 508 mm (20")
Overall length 1182 mm (600 mm)
1090 mm (508 mm)
folded approx. 220 mm shorter
Weight 5,7 kg (600 mm without bipod)
5,5 kg (508 mm without bipod)

Monday, May 10, 2010

people sleep peacably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.-Geroge Orwell

Boeing unveils Phantom Ray Unmanned Airborne System (UAS)

ST. LOUIS, – The Boeing Company today unveiled the fighter-sized Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system, a test bed for advanced technologies.

“We are on a fast track, and first flight is in sight,” said Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works. “Phantom Ray is on schedule to fly in December, about two years after this project began. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Boeing and the Phantom Ray team.”

Phantom Ray is scheduled to begin taxi tests this summer. The first flight in December will be followed by up to nine additional flights over approximately six months.

Phantom Ray is designed to support potential missions that may include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; suppression of enemy air defenses; electronic attack; strike; and autonomous aerial refueling.

“The initial flights will take Phantom Ray through its paces for the flight test profile. Beyond that, the missions and systems tested will be determined by future warfighter needs,” said Craig Brown, Phantom Ray program manager for Boeing.

Phantom Ray, which evolved from the X-45C program, is one of several programs in the Phantom Works division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Phantom Works uses rapid prototyping initiatives to design, develop and build advanced aircraft and then demonstrate their capabilities.

Key Phantom Ray suppliers include General Electric-Aviation (propulsion and power distribution), Honeywell (brake system), Woodward-HRT (flight control actuation system), Crane Hydro-Aire (brake controls) and Heroux-Devtek (landing gear). (Boeing)

Japan build first overseas military base

Japan is building its first overseas military base in Africa’s Djibouti on the Gulf of Aden in an attempt to probe what waters its military can legally reach farthest, analysts say.

In the name of better combating notorious Somali pirates, Japan is busy setting up a 40-million-U.S.-dollar military base, which is expected to be completed early next year.

Currently, some 150 Japanese soldiers battling piracy are stationed in a U.S. base in Djibouti, which is at the southern end of the Red Sea.

The Japanese authorities say some 2,000 Japanese vessels, accounting for 10 percent of the world total, sail through the Gulf of Aden each year. Some 90 percent of Japanese exports rely on the crucial sea lane, which has been overrun by rampant piracy.

On occasion, Japanese vessels have been hijacked by pirates.

The Japanese base, undeniably, would add momentum to the country’s anti-piracy efforts in the region.

But observers say that by establishing the base, the Japanese government is also exploring how far it can go in increasing its military clout in the world.

According to the Peace Constitution ratified in 1947 after World War II, Japan, to abstain from waging war, couldn’t have a standing army and its warships couldn’t operate overseas.

But in October 2001, soon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Japanese lawmakers approved the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law, which allowed the dispatch of Japanese warships and soldiers overseas.

Moreover, in July 2009, Japanese lawmakers passed the Anti-Piracy Law, which provided Japanese self-defense forces with more mobility to use military power. It also stipulated that the Japanese prime minister could send troops overseas to conduct “anti-piracy” operations without approval of the parliament.

The base in Djibouti is Japan’s latest effort to increase its military influence in the world, analysts say.

Many countries are watching closely, and hope the base can play a constructive role in cracking down on Somali pirates and contribute to regional peace and stability. (Xinhua)

Lockheed Martin delivers 10,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket to the U.S. Army

CAMDEN, ARKANSAS,– Lockheed Martin marked the delivery of the 10,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket during a ceremony held at its Camden, AR, facility today.

GMLRS is an all-weather, precision strike, artillery rocket system that achieves greater range and precision accuracy requiring fewer rockets to defeat targets and limiting collateral damage.

“The delivery of the 10,000th GMLRS marks a significant milestone in the program,” said Col. David J. Rice, U.S. Army program manager for Precision Fires, Rocket and Missile Systems. “This is a superior system that provides responsive, precision fires enabled by unsurpassed system reliability and maintainability. The team, led by Lockheed Martin, consisting of both government and industry partners, has worked diligently to ensure mission success through this technology.”

The system is produced at the company’s facilities in Camden, AR, and Dallas, TX.

“The success of this system speaks for the quality work that our team is doing every day,” said Col. Tony Daskevich, Army capability manager for Field Artillery Rocket and Missiles. “We are a constant in this fight, always mission ready and on target. Precision is the name of the game when it comes to our missions, and that is why our soldiers and leaders so appreciate this system.”

GMLRS provides the Joint Warfighter with persistent, responsive, long-range precision strike capability against traditional and hybrid threats. GMLRS’ reliability rate exceeds 98 percent and, to date, more than 1,500 rockets have been successfully fired in combat.

“This production milestone was made possible through the commitment of our hardworking employees here in Camden who are proud to provide this combat proven capability to the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, and our allied forces,” said Scott Arnold, vice president for Precision Fires at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Guided Unitary is the newest variant of MLRS rockets which integrates a unitary warhead with a multi-mode fuze to expand the MLRS target set to include point targets within urban and complex environments, significantly minimizing collateral damage. In January 2005, the U.S. Army issued an Urgent Needs Statement for acceleration of Guided Unitary deliveries in support of ongoing operations.

Lockheed Martin delivered the first 72 GMLRS Unitary rockets in June 2005 satisfying the requirements of the Urgent Needs Statement. The first 900-plus rockets were delivered to the U.S. in 2005 and 2006.

Camden Operations produces the combat-proven High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher and a family of munitions, which includes the Guided MLRS Rocket. (Lockheed Martin)



The first of its kind, and the only rifle you need to master the infinite number of extreme scenarios you'll face in the worlds of law enforcement and personal defense. Our new Bushmaster ACR redefines the term "modular" with the extraordinary ability to change calibers, barrel lengths and stock configurations in minutes – without the use of tools. Truly the most versatile and adaptive rifle ever conceived, it was born of a collaborative effort between Bushmaster, Magpul® and Remington® to create the ultimate military combat weapons system. We're proud to unveil the evolution you see here – built specifically for our law-enforcement and commercial markets. It's tested and proven reliable in the most brutal conditions on earth, truly ambidextrous and the uncompromising choice when you demand a rifle as mission-adaptable as you are. The Bushmaster ACR

Basic Configuration ACR SS 16m B msrp-$2,685

•16 ½" cold hammer-forged barrel with innovative coating for extreme long life (1x7" and 1x9" twist available)
•A2 "birdcage-type" hider to control muzzle flash
•Adjustable, two-position gas-piston-driven system, for firing suppressed or unsuppressed
•Tool-less quick-change barrel system available in 10.5", 14.5", 16.5" and 18" and in multiple calibers
•Multi-caliber bolt carrier assembly quickly and easily changes from 223/5.56mm NATO to 6.8mm Rem SPC
•Free-floating MIL-STD 1913 monolithic top rail for optic mounting
•Fully ambidextrous controls include magazine release, bolt catch and release, fire selector and non-reciprocating charging handle
•High-impact composite hand guard with heat shield – accepts rail inserts
•High-impact composite lower receiver with textured magazine well and modular grip storage
•Fixed high-impact composite A-frame stock with rubber butt pad and sling mounts
•Magpul MBUS front/rear flip sights
•Ships in oversized hard case for accessory storage, includes 30-round PMAG

Enhanched Configuration ACR FR 16m B msrp-$3,061

•16 ½" cold hammer-forged barrel with innovative coating for extreme long life (1x7" and 1x9" twist available)
•AAC Blackout flash hider with exceptional signature reduction
•Adjustable, two-position gas-piston-driven system, for firing suppressed or unsuppressed
•Tool-less quick-change barrel system available in 10.5", 14.5", 16.5" and 18" and in multiple calibers
•Multi-caliber bolt carrier assembly quickly and easily changes from 223/5.56mm NATO to 6.8mm Rem SPC
•Free-floating MIL-STD 1913 monolithic top rail for optic mounting
•Fully ambidextrous controls include magazine release, bolt catch and release, fire selector and non-reciprocating charging handle
•High-impact composite hand guard with heat shield – accepts rail inserts
•High-impact composite lower receiver with textured magazine well and modular grip storage
•Folding and six-position telescoping high-impact polymer stock with rubber butt pad and sling mounts
•Magpul MBUS front/rear flip sights
•Ships in oversized hard case for accessory storage, includes 30-round PMAG
•Three-sided aluminum hand guard with integral MIL-STD 1913 rail for accessory mounting
•2-point push button sling

Basic Configuration ACR SS 16m C msrp-$2,685

•16 ½" cold hammer-forged barrel with innovative coating for extreme long life (1x7" and 1x9" twist available)
•A2 "birdcage-type" hider to control muzzle flash
•Adjustable, two-position gas-piston-driven system, for firing suppressed or unsuppressed
•Tool-less quick-change barrel system available in 10.5", 14.5", 16.5" and 18" and in multiple calibers
•Multi-caliber bolt carrier assembly quickly and easily changes from 223/5.56mm NATO to 6.8mm Rem SPC
•Free-floating MIL-STD 1913 monolithic top rail for optic mounting
•Fully ambidextrous controls include magazine release, bolt catch and release, fire selector and non-reciprocating charging handle
•High-impact composite hand guard with heat shield – accepts rail inserts
•High-impact composite lower receiver with textured magazine well and modular grip storage
•Fixed high-impact composite A-frame stock with rubber butt pad and sling mounts
•Magpul MBUS front/rear flip sights
•Ships in oversized hard case for accessory storage, includes 30-round PMAG

Enhanced Configuration ACR FR 16m C msrp-$3,061

•16 ½" cold hammer-forged barrel with innovative coating for extreme long life (1x7" and 1x9" twist available)
•AAC Blackout flash hider with exceptional signature reduction
•Adjustable, two-position gas-piston-driven system, for firing suppressed or unsuppressed
•Tool-less quick-change barrel system available in 10.5", 14.5", 16.5" and 18" and in multiple calibers
•Multi-caliber bolt carrier assembly quickly and easily changes from 223/5.56mm NATO to 6.8mm Rem SPC
•Free-floating MIL-STD 1913 monolithic top rail for optic mounting
•Fully ambidextrous controls include magazine release, bolt catch and release, fire selector and non-reciprocating charging handle
•High-impact composite hand guard with heat shield – accepts rail inserts
•High-impact composite lower receiver with textured magazine well and modular grip storage
•Folding and six-position telescoping high-impact polymer stock with rubber butt pad and sling mounts
•Magpul MBUS front/rear flip sights
•Ships in oversized hard case for accessory storage, includes 30-round PMAG
•Three-sided aluminum hand guard with integral MIL-STD 1913 rail for accessory mounting
•2-point push button sling

Sunday, May 9, 2010


•Overall Length: 10.59"
•Blade Length: 4.84"
•Weight: 11.4 oz.
•Blade Style: Drop Point
•Blade Material: 420HC Stainless
•Blade Type: Serrated
•Handle Material Glass-filled nylon with TPV overmold
•Sheath Material: Ballistic nylon with fire retardant coating

review by unmotomarine0351

Pistol Drills-Basic Tactical Shooting

by excurrahee

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Weight 3.04 kg (6.7 lb) (SCAR-L Short)
3.29 kg (7.3 lb) (SCAR-L Standard)

3.49 kg (7.7 lb) (SCAR-L Long)

3.58 kg (7.9 lb) (SCAR-H Short & Standard)

3.72 kg (8.2 lb) (SCAR-H Long)

Barrel length 253 mm (10.0 in) (SCAR-L Short)
351 mm (13.8 in) (SCAR-L Standard)

457 mm (18.0 in) (SCAR-L Long)

330 mm (13 in) (SCAR-H Short)

400 mm (16 in) (SCAR-H Standard)

500 mm (20 in) (SCAR-H Long)


Cartridge 5.56x45mm NATO (SCAR-L)
7.62x51mm NATO (SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) with M855, 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) with Mk 262
SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) with M80
Feed system SCAR-L: 30 round box magazine
SCAR-H 20 round box magazine

by seeatdog on youtube

Cqb Training - Cornering Techniques

Room clearing

Rifle Drills-Basic Tactical Shooting

BY excurrahee ON YOUTUBE


Friday, May 7, 2010

Tactical CQB Ram

Another new Wozniak design that answers the need for door breaching speed in cramped environments. The Thunderbolt CQB?s one or two-hand operation allows the officer to swing from behind cover. Devastating on lightweight exterior and most interior doors. Center balanced for one or two-hand ramming, with a Micro-flex handle to eliminate joint stress on the officer. Non-sparking, Non-electrically conductive; this is the only battering ram available for Close Quarter Battle operations.

Size: Wt: 22 lbs. 20

$270 at

BDS Tactical Maritime Ruck Pack

Multi-Cam(Add $37.00)
Army Cam
Air Force Cam
Ranger Green
OD Green
Foliage Green

The Maritime Ruck Pack is made of 1,000 denier cordura. It has 2 large 11" x 8" x 5.5" pouches on the front that have pals webbing running across for attaching accessories or modular gear. Both pouches and the main pack have double zipper pulls for convenient opening. All zippers are weaved through with 550 cord for silencing and easy grip with no slippage.

The top pouch has 2 rows of loop for attaching i.d. panels and patches. The thick padded shoulder straps are fully adjustable for a proper fit. Attached to the shoulder straps is a secured buckle that aligns across the chest acquiring tightness. On each shoulder strap are 2 sewn on D-rings for attaching equipment. A sturdy and heavy-duty carrying handle is sewn in at the top of the pack, making it easier to carry around anywhere. There are large grommets on the bottom of the front 2 pouches, and 2 grommets on the bottom of the main pack for excellent drainage in any environment. On the sides of the ruck are 2 compression buckles to assure secure a compression to the whole pack. The Maritime Ruck Pack features a deep internal pocket running down the inside of the back side of the pack with 2 compression buckles on top for securing. There is also a internal mesh pocket that runs half way down the main pack for storing mission essential gear.


BDS Enhanced Patrol Chest Rig

Multi Cam(Add $40.00)
Army Cam
Air Force Cam
Ranger Green
OD Green
Foliage Green

The BDS Tactical Gear Enhanced Patrol Chest Rig is made of 1,000 denier cordura for strength and lasting durability. holds up to 12 government issue magazines.Magazines are held in securely with heavy duty hook and loop and a side release buckle. Elastic self tension straps automatically pull the male buckle out of the way when opening with one hand.

On the sides of the chest rig are two pouches to hold up to a 200 round saw box. The enhanced Patrol Chest rig comes standard with out cross back shoulder pad system. Made 100% in the USA

$200 at

BDS Tactical Enhanced Patrol Vest

The BDS tactical Patrol Vest is made of 1000 denier cordura and features 36" of overall adjustment and 12" of vertical adjustment that allows this vest to be comfortably worn over body armor. On each side of the vest are two magazine pouches that each hold three government issue magazines and are secured with hook and loop with fastex buckles. On the outside of each main magazine pouch are smaller pouches that can be used for a pistol mag or folding knife. The back of the rig has a large back panel that opens at the top for extra storage and is ideal for attaching a hydration Bladder. Six belt loops along the bottom allow the vest to be used with any web or duty belt. The enhanced model comes with two additional 6"x 6" GP pouches sewn onto the outer points of the vest for extra storage.

Our Padded Shoulder Strap System with Integrated Hydration Bladder Cover retrofits onto your existing BDS Chest Rig Platform. No need to attach a separate Hydration Bladder Cover, this one is built in. The 1/4" padded shoulder straps provide enhanced comfort to your rig. The front of both shoulder straps have a sewn-on hose keeper to keep the hydration tube tight to the rig and convenient when in use. Holds up to 100 oz. bladder. (Hydration Bladder not included)

Colors -
Multi-Cam(Add $64.00)
Army Cam
Air Force Cam
Ranger Green
OD Green
Foliage Green
$320 at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I don't like repeat offenders. I like dead offenders -Ted Nugent

Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Tees

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal's office.

"They said we could wear it on any other day," Daniel Galli said, "but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today."

The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts "incendiary" that would lead to fights on campus.

RIP USA and welcome to the Mexican states of North America

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

camouflaged weed wacker lmfao

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

funny comments on yahoo article

these two comments were left on the yahoo article about the NYC Time Square Bomber

"So are we sending all 5113 nukes toward these terror camps? It would solve many of our problems!"

"Nukes?... On no, never.... not even a firecracker.... Even that may get some dust on a mosque...

and some people may get upset about that"

lmao i thought they were funny, if you know the way our government policies are nowadays

US says it has 5,113 nuclear warheads

WASHINGTON – The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and "several thousand" more retired warheads awaiting the junkpile, the Pentagon said Monday in an unprecedented accounting of a secretive arsenal born in the Cold War and now shrinking rapidly.

The Obama administration disclosed the size of its atomic stockpile going back to 1962 as part of a campaign to get other nuclear nations to be more forthcoming, and to improve its bargaining position against the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

"We think it is in our national security interest to be as transparent as we can be about the nuclear program of the United States," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters at the United Nations, where she addressed a conference on containing the spread of atomic weapons.

The U.S. has previously regarded such details as top secret.

The figure includes both "strategic," or long-range weapons, and those intended for use at shorter range.

The Pentagon said the stockpile of 5,113 as of September 2009 represents a 75 percent reduction since 1989.

A rough count of deployed and reserve warheads has been known for years, so the Pentagon figures do not tell nuclear experts much they don't already know.

Hans Kristensen, director of Nuclear Information Project, Federation of American Scientists in Washington, said his organization had already put the number at around 5,100 by reviewing budget estimates and other documents.

The import of the announcement is the precedent it sets, Kristensen said.

"The important part is that the U.S. is no longer going to keep other countries in the dark," he said.

Clinton said the disclosure of numbers the general public has never seen "builds confidence" that the Obama administration is serious about stopping the spread of atomic weapons and reducing their numbers.

But the administration is not revealing everything.

The Pentagon figure released Monday includes deployed weapons, which are those more or less ready to launch, and reserve weapons. It does not include thousands of warheads that have been disabled or all but dismantled. Those weapons could, in theory, be reconstituted, or their nuclear material repurposed.

Estimates of the total U.S. arsenal range from slightly more than 8,000 to above 9,000, but the Pentagon will not give a precise number.

Whether to reveal the full total, including those thousands of nearly dead warheads, was debated within the Obama administration. Keeping those weapons out of the figure released Monday represented a partial concession to intelligence agency officials and others who argued national security could be harmed by laying the entire nuclear arsenal bare.

A senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the overall total is still classified, did not dispute the rough estimates developed by independent analysts.

Exposure of once-classified totals for U.S. deployed and reserve nuclear weapons is intended to nudge nations such as China, which has revealed little about its nuclear stockpile.

"You can't get anywhere toward disarmament unless you're going to be transparent about how many weapons you have," said Sharon Squassoni, a nuclear policy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Russia and the United States have previously disclosed the size of their stockpiles of deployed strategic weapons, and France and Britain have released similar information. All have signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which is the subject of the U.N. review that began Monday.

The U.S. revelations are calculated to improve Washington's bargaining power with Iran's allies and friends for the drive to head off what the West charges is a covert Iranian program to build a bomb.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad spoke ahead of Clinton at the conference, denouncing U.S. efforts to pressure his regime to abandon its nuclear program.

The U.N. conference will try to close loopholes in the internationally recognized rules against the spread of weapons technology.

Independent analysts estimate the total world stockpile of nuclear warheads at more than 22,000.

The Federation of American Scientists estimates that nearly 8,000 of those warheads are operational, with about 2,000 U.S. and Russian warheads ready for use on short notice.

The United States and Russia burnished their credentials for insisting that other countries forgo atomic weapons by agreeing last month to a new strategic arms reduction treaty.

The New START treaty sets a limit of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads for each side, down from 2,200 under a 2002 deal. The pact re-establishes anti-cheating procedures that provide the most comprehensive and substantial arms control agreement since the original 1991 START treaty.


Eds: Associated Press writers Anne Flaherty and Robert Burns in Washington and Matthew Lee at the United Nations contributed to this report.

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