martes, 27 de enero de 2015

Ejército iraquí libera la provincia de Diyala

El ejército iraquí libera la provincia de Diyala del Estado Islámico
Las fuerzas iraquíes tienen el control total de la provincia, según fuentes del gobierno

Vehículos militares del ejército iraquí toman posiciones para reconquistar las áreas tomadas por el Estado Islámico en la provincia de Diyala Reuters

La Vanguardia

Bagdad. (EFE).- Fuerzas iraquíes han logrado liberar del control del grupo yihadista Estado Islámico (EI) las zonas que quedaban bajo su dominio en la provincia de Diyala, en el este del país, dijo hoy a Efe el jefe de la policía provincial, Yamil al Shamari.
Las fuerzas de seguridad, apoyadas por milicianos tribales y chiíes, expulsaron a los extremistas de las localidades ubicadas al norte de la zona de Muqdadiya, a 40 kilómetros al noreste de Baquba, capital de la provincia.
Los efectivos iraquíes lanzaron una operación de seguridad el pasado viernes para retomar el control de una treintena de aldeas que estaban en manos del Estado Islámico en esa zona, que era el último bastión de los radicales en Diyala.
Al Shamari destacó que la provincia ha quedado libre de combatientes del EI y que las fuerzas de seguridad continúan rastreando el área.
En la operación, según el jefe policial, murieron decenas de yihadistas en enfrentamientos con fuerzas del Ejército y de la Policía, que recibieron apoyo de la aviación iraquí y de milicianos tribales.
Iraq vive desde junio pasado una cruenta lucha contra el EI, que ha proclamado un califato en zonas de este país y de Siria bajo su control.
Según los datos del Gobierno iraquí, más de 15.000 personas murieron y otras 22.000 resultaron heridas a causa de los ataques terroristas y otros actos de violencia en el país durante 2014.

lunes, 26 de enero de 2015

Siguen llegando más miras ópticas para los marines filipinos

G.A. Enhanced 10 pcs of R4A3 from Philippines Marines Corps

PMC's rifles

The Government Arsenal's Small Arms Repair & Upgrading Plant enhanced 10 pcs Remington R4-A3 riffles from Philippines Marines Corps - Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT5) which is still under evaluation.

Each carbine was installed a Troy flip-up back-up iron sight (BUIS) and EOTECH optical sight.

Government Arsenal

domingo, 25 de enero de 2015

Programa de aviones CAS para Filipinas pospuesto

Bid Opening for DND CAS Aircraft Program Rescheduled for Feb. 11

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft 

MANILA (PNA) -- The Department of National Defense (DND), in a supplemental bid bulletin, announced that bid opening and submission for its Php4,968,000,000 million close-air support aircraft (CASA) project has been reset to Feb. 11.

It was earlier scheduled for Jan. 14.

No reasons were given for the reset, which was posted on the supplemental bid bulletin, posted at the DND website.

Bid opening and submission will be held at DND Bidding and Awards Committee conference room, basement right wing, DND Building, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City at 10 a.m.

The DND is planning to acquire six CAS aircraft to replace or beef up the Air Force's existing Rockwell OV-10 "Bronco" turboprop attack planes.

CAS refers to capability to provide air support to infantry and naval units in contact with the enemy.

Funding for this weapon system will be sourced from the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program.

The contract includes integrated logistic support system.

Winning bidders must be able to deliver the aircraft within 540 calendar days from contract effectivity.

Participants in the DND's CAS project must have completed a similar program within the last 10 years.

The CAS aircraft must be used by the countries offering and manufacturing them.


sábado, 24 de enero de 2015

Ametralladoras para marines filipinos

Marines acquire 220 units of 7.62mm GPMGs

MANILA (PNA) -- In line with efforts to boost the fire support capabilities of its ground troops, the Philippine Navy (PN) has acquired 220 units of 7.62mm GPMGs (general purpose machine guns) for its Marine units.

PN vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad said "these machine guns are intended to fulfill the role of either a light machine gun or medium machine gun, while being at the same time, man-portable."

The 7.62mm GPMGs are also air-cooled and capable of firing full-power rifle cartridges.

Taccad said these machine guns will primarily provide multi-role automatic fire support weapons to Marine infantry squads and fire teams, especially the Force Reconnaissance teams and Special Operations platoons.

"These GPMGs will be also utilized as vehicle-mounted automatic fire support (weapons) to maneuvering units, convoys and defensive positions," he said.

viernes, 23 de enero de 2015

Simuladores de Tiger australiano tuvieron que ser reseteados

Thales Australia Reboots Army’s Tiger Helicopter Simulators

Tiger ARH cockpit

ELECTRONIC and systems group Thales Australia needed to address obsolescence issues faced by the Australian Army Tiger helicopter simulators.

After the successful delivery of the simulators in 2007, major Australian Defence Forces contractor Thales was awarded the contract to maintain and support them.

Two are located in Toowoomba — a full-flight mission simulator and a crew procedural trainer — and another CPT at Darwin.

Each of the simulators consists of several specialised interconnected technologies that combine to deliver the highest standards of training to army aviation aircrews, including projection, hydraulics, electrics, computing and networking. Thales, responsible for maintaining and upgrading all of these technologies, recently undertook a major upgrade to the FFMS projectors and image generators that deliver the visual experience for the pilot and battle captain.

“We find that when you get to the seven-year mark of any sustainment of computer IT equipment that you start getting reliability and availability issues with the whole system,’’ Thales Australia program manager Harry Tavlaridis says.

The simulators require maximum availability with scheduling for upgrades to be mapped around low activity periods to ensure ­limited disruption to the aircrew training program.

“They (the army) would still like to train as much as possible and not lose that capability while any major upgrade was going on so that was the tricky part.’’

With the aim of delivering the highest possible fidelity to a real-life scenario, Thales reviewed options for a partner to help design, deliver and support the image generation hardware while adhering to strict service level agreements. Thales, which has about 3200 staff across roughly 35 sites, had previous experience with Melbourne-based specialist high-performance computing consultancy Xenon.

Thales opted to contract Xenon to design the hardware and network infrastructure for the operating system and management software, and then provide prototypes to Thales to load its own software and deploy across the image generators for delivery to the projectors.

“We had a deadline that we had to start in mid-December (2013) — there was equipment on the projector that wouldn’t go past that date so we had a hard fixed start date,’’ Tavlaridis says.

“We were limited in the time to do a full market tender for any of that equipment. So the safest, least risk to our schedule was to go with someone that we knew that we were going to get over the line with, and because of our past experience with Xenon that is why we went with them.’’

Despite starting later than originally planned, Thales managed to deliver nine days ahead of schedule in mid-April this year.

“It was a good outcome,’’ Tavlaridis says. “We delivered within a reasonable time.’’

Xenon delivered a multi-layered solution. Image generators are based on NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics with Qsync technology, dual Xeon processors with error correcting memory in a rack mount enclosure with redundant cooling, power and storage.

To maximise uptime, Xenon built a network attached storage solution that works in an active/passive mode. Centralised storage design lowers the total cost of ownership on support of the simulator and increases the uptime and manageability.

“If the system does go down we need to bring it back within 30 minutes but if it does occur there is a redundancy in the system that it can come back within minutes and it was a requirement that was met very easily with the new equipment,’’ he says.

Tavlaridis says the savings in running costs are up to almost 70 per cent over five years with the new system.

“In effect, if we run this system for five years it will pay itself off by the savings in running costs.’’

The second stage will be to upgrade the CPT simulator, which will include improvements in the visual database and the image generator real-time systems.

Problem: Australian Army’s Tiger helicopter simulators faced obsolescence issues, which needed to be addressed.

Process: Xenon helped design, deliver and support the image generation hardware for a major upgrade to the FFMS projectors and image generators.

Result: Thales able to deliver the upgrade nine days early. The savings in running costs are up to almost 70 per cent over five years with the new system.

The Australian

jueves, 22 de enero de 2015

¿Colombia va por Mirage 2000?

Pilotos de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana prueban en Francia cazas Mirage 2000-5F

A finales del pasado mes de diciembre personal de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC) visitó Francia con el fin de observar y probar en vuelo distintas versiones del caza Dassault Aviation Mirage 2000-5F de la Fuerza Aérea de ese país (Armeé de L´air).

La delegación estuvo integrada por dos capitanes y un suboficial (técnico), quienes pudieron tripular y volar estas aeronaves y constatar su estado operacional. En las pruebas tuvieron la oportunidad de evaluar sus prestaciones, particularmente las relacionadas con los sistemas de guerra electrónica modular integrado.

Durante los vuelos, las tripulaciones colombianas pudieron alcanzar velocidades superiores a Mach 2 y realizar ejercicios de identificación y designación de blancos, gracias al radar de apertura sintética de estas aeronaves, que les permitió enganchar cerca de tres veces más números de objetivos que los logrados en pruebas similares con los Lockheed Martin F16 C/D.

Se da la circunstancia de que los oficiales de la FAC que estuvieron en Francia también han realizado pruebas de vuelo a bordo de los F16 C/D en los Estados Unidos. No se trata de un hecho casual, sino que responde al interés de la Fuerza Aérea Colombiana en obtener información comparativa específica de ambas aeronaves (relación costos/beneficios).

De la visita se ha producido un informe técnico que está en manos del comando de la FAC y que según ha conocido INFODEFENSA.COM, cuenta con el aval de la embajada Francesa en el país. Este medio también ha sabido de fuentes implicadas en el asunto que de darse una eventual negociación, las aeronaves estarían dotadas de sistemas que se adecuarían a las necesidades estratégicas y tácticas colombianas. En ellas se incluirán también aspectos relacionados con repuestos y mantenimiento de la flota de cazas IAI Kfir C10/12 de la Fuerza Aérea.

La FAC, ha venido explorando prolongadamente opciones para complementar su flota de cazas IAI Kfir C10/C12, en las que se han considerado modelos estadounidenses y franceses, y que probablemente incluirán en un futuro cercano una propuesta sueca, aunque se ignora si el gobierno colombiano impulsará finalmente algunas de estas iniciativas, aún a pesar de las evidentes necesidades estratégicas.

El interés de la FAC está motivado en las restricciones operativas de los Kfir, debido principalmente a problemas en sus plantas motrices, aún a pesar de que y durante los últimos años la compañía Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) le ha advertido en al menos tres ocasiones a la FAC de la imperiosa necesidad de adelantar un proceso de reemplazo de los motores de estas aeronaves, sin que hasta la fecha se hayan tomado las medidas presupuestarias para tal fin.

 Fotos: Roberto Caiafa /

miércoles, 21 de enero de 2015

Ataque antisemita en El Bolsón

Violento ataque antisemita en un hostel en El Bolsón
Un grupo de personas atacó e insultó a varios turistas israelíes que se hospedaban en el alojamiento.

Hostel Onda Azul, Lago Puelo, Chubut. | Facebook

Un grupo de personas protagonizó un violento ataque antisemita en un hostel de la localidad chubutense de Lago Puelo. Los asaltantes atacaron e insultaron a varios turistas israelíes que se hospedaban en el lugar, según denunció su propietario.

El incidente se produjo entre la noche del domingo y la madrugada del lunes pasados en el alojamiento Onda Azul, ubicado en el centro de la mencionada localidad turística, donde al menos 10 personas fueron atacadas con armas y piedras. “Fue un ataque de terror, varias horas de terror. Gritaban 'judíos de mierda, nos están robando la Patagonia'", señaló el dueño del lugar, Sergio Polak.

Debido a la falta de efectivos en el lugar para hacer frente a la magnitud de la ofensiva,el ataque se prolongó durante horas. Los agresores provocaron serios destrozos en el lugar, además de robar pertenencias de los turistas que se encontraban alojados.

En declaraciones a Radio Continental, Polak detalló que los atacantes son "vecinos del lugar", de los cuales la mayoría "está identificada", y que no es la primera vez que sufren una agresión: "Esto empezó en marzo o abril del año pasado. Empezaron con focos de incendio cerca del alambrado, después incendiaron dos cabañas con dos botellas de molotov, esto último fue en octubre, cerca del día del perdón", precisó.

Desde hace algún tiempo hay un clima de tensión racial en la Patagonia. En El Bolsón aparecieron carteles con la frase "acá no los queremos", una campaña contra el turismo israelí en la localidad firmados por el Comité Comarcal de Solidaridad con Palestina. La Comunidad Judía de Bariloche presentó una denuncia ante el INADI local para quejarse de la situación.

Además, también se realizaron pintadas con mensajes agresivos hacia el pueblo de Israel y empezaron a circular billetes de dos pesos en los que se escribió el mensaje "Fuera Judíos de la Patagonia”, según informó el portal Infonews.

Los Hercules australianos modernizados requieren de nuevo entrenamiento

Australia Upgrading C-130s, Modifying Pilot Training

Australia received its first C-130J-30 in 1999

Upgrades to the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) 12-strong fleet of C-130J-30 tactical transports are being progressed in parallel with changes in aircrew training intended to provide the government with a broader range of combat-focused options.

Air Commodore Warren McDonald, commander of the RAAF's Air Mobility Group (AMG), told IHS Jane's on 13 January that "inefficient and airline-like" pilot training was being rationalised and accelerated, while a start had been made on honing the tactical capabilities of the C-130Js. This will be followed by unlocking additional tactical options for the AMG's six C-17A Globemaster III heavy airlifters.

"I don't want to have to train up to an exercise or train up to an operation like we've trained to go to the Middle East. My aim is that we'll be ready to go whenever we're called, and provide a greater option set to government," he said.

Installation of satellite communications in the first C-130J to augment its existing high frequency radio link should be completed in February, followed in June by installation of the Northrop Grumman Dynamic Retasking Capability (DRC) - fundamentally a secure beyond line-of-sight datalink.

Air Cdre McDonald said the intention is to have both capabilities fitted across the C-130J fleet by the end of 2016. He will also be proposing the early installation of DRC in the six C-17A Globemasters.

Meanwhile, approval has been received for installation of a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) test kit on a C-130J later in 2015 with embodiment across the fleet by 2017-18, although this could be fast-tracked by a year, said Air Cdre McDonald.


The increased emphasis on tactical, as opposed to straightforward, cargo-carrying tasking for Australia's C-130J-30s reflects the need for the fleet to be available for a wider role during a time of high operational tempo for the AMG.

It also coincides with funding being made available to better fit the C-130J-30s for more tactical options - the first notification of a possible sale of LAIRCMs for the fleet was first published by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency in 2008.

The anticipated arrival in Australia in March of the first of 10 C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters is also adding impetus to the AMG's vision of commonality in training, and the ability in-theatre to seamlessly roll palletised cargo from a C-17A to a C-130J to a C-27J.


martes, 20 de enero de 2015

Infantes de marina filipinos compran rifles de francotirador

Marines to get 7.62mm sniper rifles

MANILA (PNA) -- The Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it will be acquiring 7.62mm sniper rifles for its Marine units.

The weapons will be fitted with the advanced M-40 platform which includes sophisticated sights and scopes, enabling Marine marksmen to detect and engage enemy targets at long ranges.

The weapon will replaced existing M-14 sniper rifles currently being used by Marine units.

PN vice commander Rear Admiral Caesar Taccad said the 7.62mm sniper rifles will also enhanced the capability of the Marine Scout snipers to acquire, observe, precisely engage and neutralize enemy targets from 800 meters and higher.

Taccad declined to comment on how many 7.62mm sniper rifles will be acquired for security reasons.

The PN vice commander also said that the weapon is now for "amendment of letter and offer acceptance".