sábado, 30 de julio de 2016

Curiosity autorizado a disparar con su láser

Mars rover Curiosity gets license to shoot its laser at will
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars
Feel the wrath of my laser!
By Jacob Aron - New Scientist

Watch out Mars, Curiosity is coming for you. NASA’s rover, which has been exploring the Red Planet since 2012, is now able to autonomously target rocks with its ChemCam laser without waiting for human approval.

ChemCam is an instrument designed to study the chemical makeup of rocks and soil on Mars by zapping them with a laser and studying the gas released on impact. Up until now, researchers on Earth have told Curiosity where to shoot, but it has just been upgraded to fire at targets of its own choosing.

Rocks on Mars, as seen by Curiosity
Curiosity hunts for new targets

The rover has been equipped with new software that analyses images from its navigation camera to look for potential targets. If the software picks out a particularly interesting rock, Curiosity can drive over and target it with ChemCam without having to wait for the images to be transmitted back to Earth.

Curiosity’s new trigger-happy freedom will mostly come in handy when Mars is out of communication with Earth, or when Mars orbiters are otherwise occupied and unable to relay messages to the rover. Thankfully, no humans are on the planet, so we don’t have to worry about unleashing a killer robot.

viernes, 29 de julio de 2016

Sukhoi Su-24M2 para Siria

Fuerza Aérea Siria recibió el Sukhoi Su-24M2


A medida que el portal "informante militar", las fuerzas armadas de la República Árabe Siria recibió nuevos Sukhoi Su-24M2, que fueron entregados a la parte rusa para el fortalecimiento de las capacidades de ataque de la Fuerza Aérea Siria. Se ha informado por el corresponsal del portal de "informante militar."

Bombarderos Su-24M rusos en la base aérea Hmeymim (s), Dmitry Vinogradov / RIA "Novosti"

Bombarderos Su-24M2 acondicionadas fueron transferidos de la presencia de las fuerzas aéreas y espaciales de la Federación de Rusia en el marco de la prestación de asistencia técnico-militar para el Ejército sirio en la lucha contra la banda terrorista "Estado islámico".

Según informes no confirmados, Siria ya ha recibido dos Sukhoi Su-24M2 en el futuro se le dará un 8 vehículos militares adicionales de la videoconferencia Federación Rusa.

Tailandia compra jet ejecutivo ruso

Royal Thai Air Force Takes Delivery of Sukhoi Business Jet

RTAF Superjet will be configured in 3 classes, 4 seats for VIP, 8 seats for business, and 50 seats for economy. The aircarft will be deployed in 603 sqn.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) held a roll-out ceremony of two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ) aircraft built for Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). The aircraft will be providing VIP transportation services for Thai top officials and government leaders as well as to the High Command of Thailand. The two SBJs are the company’s first business jets acquired by an overseas customer.

Air Chief Marshal Treetod Sonjance, Commander-in-Chief of The Royal Thai Air Force, Ilya Tarasenko, President of SCAC, Nazario Cauceglia, CEO of SuperJet International and Marc Sorel, CEO and Chairman of PowerJet, took part in the official ceremony celebrating the aircraft roll-out and acquisition.

The version of the SBJ designed for RTAF has three sections differing in comfort level: a 4-seat VIP area, a 6-seat business class area, and a passenger compartment for 50 people. The aircraft ensure maximum passenger comfort, including communication and Inflight-Entertainment systems.

The SBJ’s flight range is over 4500 km. The aircraft, including the interior, were assembled in Russia. In-service maintenance support for the RTAF jets will be provided in Thailand. The aircraft are delivered to RTAF as part of the bidding and procurement process for which SCAC was awarded a contract in 2014.


jueves, 28 de julio de 2016

Comandos leales persiguen a comandos golpistas en Turquía

Turkey Stages Manhunt For Commandos Who Targeted Erdogan During Coup Attempt
The crackdown on suspected coup plotters widened further on Tuesday.

 Daren Butler and Orhan Coskun -Huffington Post

More than 1,000 members of the security forces are hunting for 11 rogue soldiers in the hills around the Mediterranean coastal resort of Marmaris. Above, a police APC in Ankara last week.

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, July 26 (Reuters) - Turkish special forces backed by helicopters, drones and the navy hunted a remaining group of commandos thought to have tried to capture or kill President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup, as a crackdown on suspected plotters widened on Tuesday.

More than 1,000 members of the security forces were involved in the manhunt for the 11 rogue soldiers in the hills around the Mediterranean coastal resort of Marmaris, where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of the coup bid, officials said.

Erdogan and the government blame U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the attempted power grab and have launched a crackdown on his suspected followers. More than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges and civil servants have been arrested, suspended or put under investigation.

The religious affairs directorate removed another 620 staff including preachers and instructors in the Koran on Tuesday, bringing to more than 1,100 the number of people it has purged since the July 15 coup attempt.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said two ambassadors, currently Ankara-based, had also been removed. Former Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu was detained and his house searched.

“There is no institution which this structure has not infiltrated,” Erdogan’s son-in-law, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, said in a televised interview, referring to Gulen’s network of followers.

“Every institution is being assessed and will be assessed,” he said. The response from the Turkish authorities would, he said, be “just” and would not amount to a witch-hunt.

Erdogan and the government blame U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the attempted coup.

Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, denies involvement and says the coup may have been orchestrated by Erdogan himself to justify a crackdown, a suggestion the president has roundly condemned.

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Gulen wrote that if members of his “Hizmet” (Service) network had been involved in the attempted coup they had betrayed his ideals, saying Erdogan’s accusations revealed “his systematic and dangerous drive towards one-man rule.”

Almost two thirds of Turks believe Gulen was behind the coup attempt, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The Andy-Ar survey showed nearly 4 percent blamed the United States or foreign powers and barely 2 percent blamed Erdogan.

On July 15 rogue soldiers commandeered fighters jets, helicopters and tanks to close bridges and try to seize airports. They bombed parliament, police headquarters and other key buildings in their bid for power. At least 246 people were killed, many of them civilians, and 2,000 wounded.

Around a third of Turkey’s roughly 360 serving generals have been detained since the abortive coup, more than 100 of them already charged pending trial.

Two Turkish generals based in Afghanistan were detained in Dubai, CNN Turk television said on Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources. It named them as Major-General Cahit Bakir, a commander of Turkish forces serving in the international NATO-led security force in Afghanistan, and Brigadier Sener Topuc, who oversees education and aid in the country.

People march against Gulen in Istanbul on Monday. The scale of the arrests and suspensions following the coup attempt have raised concerns among rights groups.

The 11 soldiers being hunted in Marmaris were among a group of commandos who attacked a hotel where Erdogan had been staying on July 15. Seven others were detained at a police checkpoint on Monday.

As the coup unfolded, Erdogan said the plotters had tried to attack him in Marmaris, bombing places he had been shortly after he left. He “evaded death by minutes,” an official close to him said at the time.

“It was an assassination attempt against Erdogan and this is being taken very seriously ... Searches are continuing in Marmaris and the surrounding areas with around 1,000 members of the security forces,” another official said on Tuesday.

“The searches will continue uninterrupted until these people are found.”

Weapons, hand grenades and ammunition have been seized in the countryside around Marmaris in an operation based on information from detained soldiers, said Amir Cicek, governor of Mugla province where Marmaris is located.

Special forces police, commandos, the coast guard and the navy were all involved, Cicek said in a statement.

The scale of the arrests and suspensions following the coup attempt have raised concerns among rights groups and Western countries, which fear that Erdogan is capitalizing on it to muzzle dissent and remove opponents across the board.

Erdogan has declared a state of emergency, which allows him to sign new laws without prior parliamentary approval and limit rights as he deems necessary. In his first such decree, Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and foundations with suspected links to Gulen.

The measure went “well beyond the legitimate aim of promoting accountability for the bloody July 15 coup attempt,” said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey director at Human Rights Watch.

“It is an unvarnished move for an arbitrary, mass and permanent purge of the civil service, prosecutors and judges, and to close down private institutions and associations without evidence, justification or due process,” she said.

Turkey wants the United States to extradite the cleric, but Washington has said it will do so only if there is clear evidence of wrongdoing.

In a sign of Washington’s concerns about the security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday employees’ family members had been authorized to leave voluntarily, citing a possible “increase in police or military activities and restrictions on movement” by the Turkish authorities.

(Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Ayla Jean Yackley and Gareth Jones in Istanbul, Ercan Gurses and Gulsen Solaker in Ankara; writing by Nick Tattersall; editing by Peter Graff)

Vietnam quiere tanques T-90MS

Vietnam to Buy the Number of T-90MS Tanks Larger than Planned


To meet the needs of Vietnam has conducted meetings and ordering buy new tank T-90MS from Russia to gradually replace obsolete types. Representatives of Russia has stated that, Vietnam will buy much larger quantities than the original figure of only 28 units.

According to the manufacturer introduced uralvagonzavod, T-90MS tanks are equipped with the engine capacity of 1,130 horsepower with the automatic transmission 7 forward gears and one reverse gear, Sosna-U PNM viewfinder, automatically controlled turret UDP T05BV-1 RWS mounted 7.62 mm caliber Dalian, inertial navigation systems GLONASS and in particular with explosive reactive armor new enhanced protection capabilities.

Earlier it was reported that Vietnam has agreed to acquire T-90 or T-90A. They are earlier versions of T-90MS. Compare physical characteristics and their ability to fight is clearly superior to T-90MS.
Currently, the situation of the region and the world is increasingly complicated and potentially conflicting. So the military modernization is one of the urgent needs of Army.


miércoles, 27 de julio de 2016

Avioneta narco arroja droga en campo de Entre Ríos

Así "llueve" droga sobre un campo de Entre Ríos
Puerto Yeruá

Un vecino del campo donde una avioneta depositó 427 kilos de mercancía en pleno vuelo grabó el video. Hay dos detenidos.

El video del momento en que arrojan la droga en Puerto Yeruá.


Una avioneta arrojó 400 kilos de marihuana y 27 kilos de cocaína sobre un campo en la zona rural de Puerto Yeruá (Departamento Concordia).

Un noticiero televisivo concordiense (Central de Noticias) difundió un video donde se puede observar el paso de la avioneta y el momento en que arroja los bultos. El material habría sido obtenido por un vecino que observó la situación.

Por el hecho fueron detenidos dos hombres que esperaban en tierra el cargamento de estupefacientes. Este lunes fueron llevados a declarar ante el juez federal de Concepción del Uruguay, Pablo Seró.

Se trata de Gustavo Villa, de 63 años, oriundo de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, y José Carrizo, de 28 años, oriundo de la República Oriental del Uruguay.

El hecho se produjo  cuando un vecino de la zona rural de esa pequeña localidad del departamento Concordia advirtió que una avioneta sobrevolaba la zona rural y tiraba bultos en un campo, por lo que llamó a la policía.

Cuando un personal del destacamento de Puerto Yeruá de la policía provincial arribó al lugar llegó a ver que se alejaba un automóvil Peugeot 307, que logró interceptar.

De esa forma, fueron detenidos dos hombres, quienes presuntamente eran los encargados de recoger la droga lanzada desde la avioneta.

La policía entrerriana no precisó si fue hallada droga en el vehículo, pero aseguró que logró incautarse de casi 400 kilos de marihuana compactada en 423 paquetes, durante un primer operativo efectuado ayer al mismo tiempo que se produjeron las detenciones.

Luego, en un segundo rastrillaje realizado se hallaron 27 kilos de cocaína de máxima pureza, en un campo lindero al anterior.

El ministro de Gobierno de la provincia de Entre Ríos, Mauro Urribarri, destacó el trabajo realizado por la fuerza policial.

El funcionario precisó que "este sábado se retomó el rastrillaje del campo con 50 efectivos" y fue lo que permitió el hallazgo de la cocaína.Según Urribarri, Entre Ríos "es la segunda (provincia) en el país en materia de secuestro de estupefacientes", lo cual "habla de un trabajo importante" de la fuerza de seguridad provincial.

Fuentes policiales dijeron que los casi 400 kilos de marihuana fueron valuados en una suma aproximada de 2.500.000 pesos y los 27 kilogramos de cocaína en unos 6 millones de pesos.

Navantia firma contrato con Australia

NAVANTIA Signs Platform Design Services Contract with the Royal Australian Navy

Canberra class ALHD 

Navantia has signed on 13th. July in Sydney a new contract with the Capabilty and Sustainement Group (CASG), for Platform Design Services, which means a strong support of Navantia in the country.

This contract will allow Navantia Australia to provide services as engineering, technical assistance etc. directly to the client (CASG) for the ALHDs and LLCs, which Navantia designed for Australia. It is a very relevant agreement for Navantia Australia's interests, since it establishes a direct channel of provision of services with the Royal Australian Navy, that will permit to tighten relationships, and to open new opportunities to provide services fundamentally from Australia.

For Navantia, this milestone is one more step in the direction of increasing its local capability and penetrating as trustworthy supplier into Australia, as well as an accolade in the confidence deposited in Navantia Australia.


martes, 26 de julio de 2016

Turquía modernizará fragatas rumanas

Turquía modernizará las fragatas de Rumanía 

Liderada por la empresa Havelsan STM ASELSAN y su asociación con RSE de de Rumania, realizará la modernización de fragata de Rumania de la cual ganó la licitación. Los sistemas de combate de fabricación británica de Rumania comprados en 2004-2005 quitados al Tipo-22 dio lugar a licitación para la modernización de las fragatas. Tender STM contratista principal Havelsan y ASELSAN ganaron plataforma de asociación RSE establecida por la sociedad. El proyecto, con un costo de aproximadamente US $ 208 millones incluye la modernización de las 2 fragatas Tipo 22.

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lunes, 25 de julio de 2016

Guardacostas filipino a reparación

BRP Apolinario Mabini up for Repairs

BRP Apolinario Mabini PS-36

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN) has allocated the sum of PHP27,365,752.42 for the machinery, electrical and other related repairs of the BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS-36) which is considered one of the most modern vessels in its fleet.

Winning bidders are required to complete the service within 100 calendar days.

Pre-bid conference is on Friday, 8 a.m. at the Office of the PN Bids and Awards Committee, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, said PN BAC Secretariat head Cmdr. Pablo O. Fuentebella in a bid bulletin posted at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System.

The BRP Apolinario Mabini is considered one of the most modern ships in the PN. Her sister ships are the BRP Artemio Ricarte and BRP Emilio Jacinto.

All three ships are former Peacock class vessels of the Royal Navy acquired by the PN in 1997.

She is armed with the Oto Melara 76 mm Compact DP, the ships' primary weapon, has a range of up to 10 nautical miles (20 km) and can be used against ships, aircraft or off and on-shore ground targets.

It is remotely controlled from within the Combat Information Center by the gunnery officer and has no crew within the gun itself.

The gun can fire 80 rounds in 60 seconds without reloading its magazine. The ship has load capacity for up to 450 rounds.

BRP Apolinario Mabini has a maximum speed of 25 knots.