Saturday, December 16, 2017

Soumar II.

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Conclusion!

Finally from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter some details regarding the Iranian Soumar cruise missile.

Soumar evidently a knock-off the Soviet/Russian cruise missile Kh-55 and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

"knockoff - -  a copy or imitation of someone or something popular"

"Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen's Houthis?"

For the week ending 15 December.

"Six examples of the Russian original were smuggled to Iran through Ukraine in 2001 . . . in January 2017, the re-engineered missile had its first field test. And on Dec. 3, the Soumar conducted its first real operation in Houthi hands against the UAE nuclear plant, in full sight of US and Middle East intelligence surveillance . . . For Israel, this episode is important as an indicator that Iran is ready to hand over to a proxy its most highly advanced, nuclear-capable hardware. The question now is whether Tehran has also gifted this weapon to the Lebanese Hizballah."

A BARRAGE OF SUCH MISSILES AS LAUNCHED AGAINST THE ISRAELI BY NUMBERS ALONE PENETRATING THE MOST SOPHISTICATED DEFENSE. GREAT DAMAGE AS A RESULT. EVEN DURING INSTANCES WHEN SOUMAR CARRYING MERELY A CONVENTIONAL WARHEAD.

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Soumar I.

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Yet again from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

That attack against the nuclear power plant [under construction] not carried out with a ballistic missile. Attack rather [if it did occur] by a cruise missile with rather formidable capability

"Has Iran given cruise missiles to Hizballah as well as Yemen's Houthis?"

For the week ending 15 December.

"Yemen's Houthi rebels last week showed video footage of Iran's most highly advanced Soumar Kh-55 cruise missile, which can carry a nuclear warhead on their TV channel, claiming to have fired it at the unfinished Abu Dhabi power plant on Dec.3"

Proxy forces and foreign interventionists also again a characteristic of the civil war in Yemen.

Soumar evidently an Iranian knock-off the deadly Soviet/Russian cruise missile Kh-55 [Kent-A].

KH-55 CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WARHEAD !

This all has to be extremely worrisome to the Israeli. Big time so I might assume. Indeed, watch this one closely!

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Qaim.

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Yemen the civil war as currently being fought also a military conflict as characterized by the presence of foreign interventionists and proxy forces.

And here to a degree of certainty is the evidence!

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

"US in first display of Iranian weapons illegally exported to Yemen insurgents"

Dated as of the week ending 15 December.

"An array of Iranian weapons collected from the Yemen battlefield was exhibited for the first time at a US base outside Washington as 'concrete proof' of Iran's violation of UN resolutions. Among the objects displayed were charred remains of an Iranian-made short-range Qaim ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Nov. 4 at the international airport outside the Saudi capital of Riyadh."

"There were also three intact Iranian weapons systems and debris from a fourth including [an] anti-tank weapons, as well as a drone-like navigation system for an explosives-packed speed boat used by the Houthi insurgents to attack a Saudi warship on June 30 on the Red Sea. The vessel is programmed in advance to seek out and strike the targeted vessel without intervention from the shore."

QAIM AN IMPROVED VERSION, AN IRANIAN KNOCK-OFF OF THE OLD SOVIET SCUD-C?

Houthi hill-tribesmen no longer relegated to brandishing and using in combat captured British SMLE bolt-action rifles.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Rubbish.

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More disinformation? More fake news? Conspiracy theory? And the source is who exactly?

"rubbish * worthless, unwanted material that is rejected or thrown out; debris; litter; metaphorically: bad human output, such as a weak argument or a poorly written novel"

MoD = British Ministry of Defense.

I thought we had heard the last of the ill-fated ARA San Juan. But evidently that is not the case.

From Freeper and thanks to same. Originally as reported by the English tabloid Sun:

"MoD rubbishes claims Royal Navy helicopter was chasing an Argentine submarine .."

"THE Royal Navy today rubbished 'completely untrue' claims one of its helicopters was chasing an Argentine submarine when it went missing near the Falklands. ..."

Once more it is claimed there IS MORE TO THE STORY of the sinking of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan. Probably what more than likely a simple accident resulting in the foundering of the vessel now is attributed to means foul and nasty?

This sorta stuff I do not like. Again, who is the source? And what is the motivation?

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Zumwalt II.

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More extracts from that original article as seen at Strategy Page.

Comparing apples and organges?

"Attrition: The Zumwalt Killed Progress"

"A century before the DDG 1000 [Zumwalt class destroyer] showed up there was the Mississippi class battleship that displaced 14,400 tons, was 382 feet long, and 77 feet wide. A crew of 800 operated a variety of weapons, including four 12 inch, eight 8 inch, eight 7 inch, twelve 3 inch, twelve 47mm, and four 37mm guns, plus four 7.62mm machine-guns. There were also four torpedo tubes. The Mississippi had a top speed of 31 kilometers an hour, versus 54 for DDG-1000. But the Mississippi had one thing DD-21 lacked, armor. Along the side there was a belt of 23 cm (9 inch) armor and the main turrets had 30 cm (12 inch) thick armor. The Mississippi had radio, but the DDG-1000 has radio, GPS, sonar, Aegis radar, electronic warfare equipment, and the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles. The century old Mississippi class [BB-23] ships cost about half a billion dollars (adjusted for inflation). The DDG-1000 class destroyers cost over $4 billion each, thus possessing the price, size, and firepower, if not the name, of a battleship. The U.S. Navy could no longer afford battleships and given the continued inability to control costs meant the navy could not afford enough of its new DDG-1000 destroyers either."

NO AMMUNITION FOR THE DDG CLASS 155MM ADVANCED GUN SYSTEM [AGS] TO BE PURCHASED EITHER! COST OF $1 MILLION PER ROUND PROHIBITIVE! ORIGINAL COST OF 155MM AGS ROUNDS BASED ON A MASS PRODUCTION  OF AMMO FOR TWENTY-SEVEN VESSELS AND NOT THREE! DDG NOW A SHIP WITHOUT AMMUNITION FOR THE MAIN GUNS!!

Mississippi si, Zumwalt no? You decide.

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Zumwalt I.

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Back to the future, navy style?

From an item as seen Strategy Page and extracted from same:

"Attrition: The Zumwalt Killed Progress"

"December 7, 2017: In October 2017 the last of the three U.S. Navy Burke class 'restart' ships entered service. This Cold War era design was supposed to have been replaced by a new design, the Zumwalt class. That did not work out because it took too long and cost too much to build the new Zunwalts. Meanwhile it was noted that the Burkes remained a very effective design . . . So in 2009 the U.S. Navy decided to resume Burke production."

. . . .

"The DDG-1000 destroyers (and slightly larger versions designated as cruisers) would cost more than $4 billion each if built in large quantities. The Burkes cost $1.9 billion each. The last of original Burkes was ordered in 2002 and entered service in 2012."

$4 billion for a DDG type class destroyer IF the vessels had been made in mass production. Twenty-seven DDG was the goal but only three will be built now. Improved Burke class destroyers cost half and will have improved systems as originally were designed for the DDG.

GOOD ENOUGH NOW BETTER THAN PERFECT TOMORROW. AND THERE IS NO PERFECT TOMORROW!

Burke si, Zumwalt no! For the best too?

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Alex.

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YET one more listing of WHO is the best general ever.

Thanks to a comment seen at the iSteve Internet web site.

As I have said before, ask then experts to compile such a list [best general ever] and you will get ten different lists.

"Who Was the Best Military General Ever?"

"Wish I [the person commenting to the iSteve article] could remember who it was who compiled a list of the ten greatest military geniuses of all time. These are offered without comment, except to say that if The Little Corsican [Napoleon] was number two, number one is a no-brainer. They were as follows (and separated only by a hair I might add)"

10.) Genghis Khan
9.) Julius Caesar
8.) Scipio Africanus
7.) Hannibal of Carthage
6.) Erich von Manstein
5.) George S. Patton
4.) Stonewall Jackson
3.) Erwin Rommel
2.) Napoleon Bonaparte

"And Numero Uno?"

"Alexander of Macedon a/k/a 'Alexander the Great'”

A Genghis, a Julius, a Hannibal, a Napoleon, an Alexander understand functioning not merely in the position of a general officer commanding troops on the battlefield.

Men wielding political clout as well as military leadership. Persons having the authority to formulate grand strategy, strategy, a practitioner of the operational art. and tactics.

Genghis, Julius, Hannibal, Napoleon and Alexander functioning at a much higher level of command and leadership!!

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