Saturday, March 28, 2015

Syrian Army Republican Guard Armour upgrades

(Damascus)  As we all know, necessity is the mother of invention and is perfectly exemplified inside Syria where the locals have upgraded their armour in which to give them that extra layer of protection from the ubiquitous RPG . The Syrian Army republican guard uses the T72M1 the export version of the T72A which ironically came about after the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the combat d├ębut of the T72 against Israeli M60s. After the battle, the Russians upgraded the frontal armour of the T72 by increasing the armour on the turret by including cavities which they filled with sand, this version became known to the Americans as 'Dolly Patton Armour'. Anyway Syria has found that in close quarters its T72 tanks don't fare well against rocket propelled grenades  (RPGs) and so they have been retrofitting them with Slat/Bar armour as seen used by the US in Iraq. Anyway here is what a Syrian T72M1 looks like in its natural state:

And here is how they are looking today:
Happy with the above, the Syrians decided to upgrade their Bulldozers:
The above example was used by the Syrian army in Jobar to transport troops and clear minefields until it was disabled last December by multiple RPG hits, it was then destroyed by the Rebels who dug a tunnel under it and placed a large charge underneath it.  
The next vehicle to receive the slat and additional armour upgrade was the ZSU 23-4, a thin skinned anti aircraft weapon system which was designed to operate in  safe areas, but has found new life as the perfect building clearing weapon by dint of its 4, 23mm cannon. however its thin armour is as effective as a chocolate fire-guard. Here is what it usually looks like;

Hat-tip to the nice fellows at Oryx Blog from where I got the above:

Japan inducts latest Helicopter destroyer

(Tokyo)  Japan has inaugurated its latest Helicopter Carrier, which is not only one of the the largest ships it has ever inducted into the navy, but it looks surprisingly like an aircraft carrier. which its constitution forbids it from having. Anyway that is besides the point as it is here, so lets have a look:

The first in class JS Izumo, DDH-183, for the Japanese Marittime self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was launched on August 6, 2013 in Yokohama, Japan. The vessels  are equipped with Phased Array Radars, full battle management capabilities, and link capabilities for cooperative engagements. They are also built to embark up to 500 troops and up to fifty vehicles. Currently they are designed to operate 9 helicopters, but Japan has on order 42 F-35A aircraft and it wouldn't be that hard for them to purchase either the F35B or C in the future. It appears that the aggressive nature of the Chinese dragon has resulted in Japan tearing up the rule book in which to rearm. Something China isn’t happy about.
For self defence, the Izumo is equipped with a couple of  Phalanx close in weapon systems which in a nutshell is a six barrel Gatling gun which fires around 4500 rounds a minute in the direction of any incoming attack (Be it Aircraft/Missile or sea borne) the result being, the target is shredded . This is supplemented by a couple of  Sea-Ram missile systems this uses the same radar and optical systems of the Phalanx, but is linked to a 11 round Rim -116 Rolling Airframe missile system. which is designed to hit targets up to 11 kms away. However the ships armament would be a last resort as they would be escorted by any number of Japanese Aegis class destroyers which rank amongst the most modern and advanced ships in their class.

Islamic terrorists attack Somali Hotel murder 10

(MOGADISHU)  In an attempt to remain in the news despite losing ground in that front to the Idiots in Syria and Iraq. The Somali Islamic terrorist group’ al Shabaab,’ attacked the Maka Al Mukaram hotel, killing 10 people, before being taken out themselves.

The terrorists struck at 1600hrs local time , when a car bomb was detonated at the rear of the hotel. In the ensuring confusion, the groupo quickly overpowered security guards before going on a killing spree (well it was Friday their so called holy day) Unfortunately for  them a American trained quick reaction force was on the scene within minutes and took out the terrorists.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Father who blamed British police for failing to stop his daughter going to Syria is a Islamic jihadist.

(London)  When 3 British school girls buggered off to Syria last month in which to join ISIS, the families very quickly pointed the finger of blame at the British authorities. None more so than Hussen Abase an Ethiopian immigrant whose daughter 15 year old Amira Abase felt the need to live a purer Islamic life inside Syria.

The families reiterated this stance every chance they got , even saying so to the Home Affairs Committee in Parliament.  The media helped defend their stance by promoting their victim status at the hands of the British Police.

Well, what do you know. It transpires that Mr (I can only be a victim) Abase hasn't been telling the truth. Video coverage of him has surfaced of him at the front of a protest led by that well known Islamic rabble rouser Anjem Choudary in London protesting about democracy , that Sharia will rule the world and where he took part in the burning of the US and Israeli flags. Hey don't believe me, here's the video.

You first see him at 2.37 and again at 4.50. If you can't be asked here are a couple of photos from the above protest:

Yes the man who opined to the world that he knew nothing about why his daughter buggered off to join ISIS inside Syria by saying:
"There was nothing unusual about his daughter's behaviour when he last saw her."
Forgot to mention, that the reason, he saw nothing unusual, was because she subscribes to the very same mentality of hating the West that he does.I wonder when this Jihadist will be picked up by the authorities and made to explain himself. Silly me this is the Uk.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia attacks Yemen

(Riyadh) It appears that the new management in town (king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud) has used the knowledge he gained as Saudi defence minister (2011 till this year) in which to try and do something about how the Iranians have being playing Devil's Advocate next door with the neighbours in Yemen. It appears that the Iranians have been behind the rise of the Houthi rebels, who against all expectations have conquered most of the country, well with the Yemeni president buggering off across the water from his holdout in Aden. The Saudis have said enough is enough and have launched an attack on the proxies of the Iranian Mullahs.Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.

"The operation is to defend and support the legitimate government of Yemen and prevent the radical Houthi movement from taking over the country,"
Initial reports state that airbases, the presidential palace and key military installations have been hit from the air. These may be supported by the huge amount of ground forces the Saudis have massed on their border with Yemen. On top of that Bahrain,Kuwait,Qatar, the UAE and Egypt have all said that they will join in the fight.  

The thing is, all of the above are Sunni countries and they will not allow Iran to (In their eyes) to continue to make mischief (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and of course Yemen) in the region. As these are Islamic countries fighting a religious war, something tells me, that the Shia Muslims in Yemen are going to face a huge population fall.

The Saudi Armed forces on paper are quite impressive, for a start they have 152 F15 E Strike Eagles. Pound for pound the best strike aircraft in the world today . Actually the Saudis have the F15SA which is more advanced than the F15E the Americans use.
On top of that they also have have 80 Tornado Strike Aircraft
The UAE can bring 140 strike aircraft to the party and their air force is supposed to on equal terms (In training, equipment) as any Western nation and I haven't included the rest yet.

The only problem here, is how will Iran react? The last time they went to war (Iraq) they started attacking Oil Tankers.

Muslim woman on Hamas TV explains why Males are more equal than females

(Gaza) In an interview to mark International woman’s day Tahani Abu Jazar, a lecturer on Islamic law at the Islamic University of Gaza, defended the status of women in Islam on Alqsa TV. The video is well worth watching in which to see how woman are not equal under Islam.