September 2009

IRIS-T Missile Shoots Down Sidewinder

September 12, 2009

IRIS-T, manufactured by Bodenseewerk Geratecknik (BGT), SAAB, and Alenia is slaved to the pilot’s eye sensor. It is now replacing the venerable AIM-9 Sidewinder. Where are the news organizations in this country? Sources: Strategy Page, blog-rolled here. This is fairly big news in air to air weaponry. The IRIS-T is based on the AA-11 Archer […]

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Military Anecdote Day

September 11, 2009

General John B. Gordon relates a fortuitous escape from injury by General Ewell at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. “As we rode together, a body of Union soldiers, posted behind some buildings and fences, suddenly opened a brisk fire……..I heard the ominous thud of a Minie ball as it struck General Ewell at my […]

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Japan Back In The Aircraft Carrier Business

September 10, 2009

  Japan Launches A Second Aircraft Carrier by James Dunnigan September 8, 2009 Japan launched its second aircraft carrier ( the Ise)  since World War II, on August 21st. This past March, it commissioned the first of these ships, the “helicopter-carrying destroyer”, the Hyuga. These are 610 foot long, 18,000 ton warships that operates up […]

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And The Winner Is: Rafale.

September 9, 2009

Brazil will buy 36 Dassault Rafale strike fighters, giving France the first export order for its aircraft after years of trying. The deal cements a growing defense industrial strategic relationship between Brazil and France. Brazil is already buying 50 EC-725 transport helicopters and will develop, with French help, nuclear submarines. Now, as part of the […]

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Help Bring The Devil Dog Home.

September 8, 2009

The following is posted on behalf of Beth Jenkins, the first woman in the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) to become type rated as pilot-in-command for a B-25. The Devil Dog needs your help. After being grounded for 23 months to overhaul the right engine, and take care of some corrosion issues in the tail section, the Devil […]

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Afghanis Ambush Marines: 4 Die

September 8, 2009

Tue, Sep. 08, 2009 Jonathan S. Landay GANGIGAL, Afghanistan — Four U.S. Marines died Tuesday when they walked into a well-laid ambush by insurgents in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province. Seven Afghan troops and an interpreter for the Marine commander also died in the ambush and the subsequent battle, which lasted some seven hours. Three American […]

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Norwegian Royal Guard In Paris

September 8, 2009

Not quite the Marine silent drill. Related Posts:US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard Will Knock You On Your Ass

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Poster From 1845

September 6, 2009

Found this facsimile just surfing the net. Related Posts:Abraham Lincoln Letter To General Hurlbut Outlining His Dream Of A Negro ArmyThe Amazing World War I Propaganda Art Of Louis Raemakers.Bouyed By The Win Over The Confederates, The US Cavalry Was Flummoxed By The Apaches. A story about Victorio, Hembrillo Basin and the Buffalo Soldiers. US […]

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Two Questions

September 6, 2009

A few days ago I posted some of these comments from conservative columnist George F. Will who, despite the blistering and even incoherent discourse between the left and right in this country has maintained his wits and his level headedness. I don’t agree with him on most issues. And of course this is a military […]

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Jordan Shay E4 Died Today In Iraq

September 4, 2009

A 22-year-old Amesbury soldier was killed this week on his second tour of duty in Iraq, town officials said. Jordan Shay, an E4 leader in an attack company assigned to the 5th Battalion of the 20th Infantry regiment, was killed Tuesday, said Kristen LaRue, director of veterans services. Details about how Shay was killed have […]

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India Elects To Buy A Version Of The Grumman E-2C Hawkeye.

September 3, 2009

  NEW DELHI — Last month’s export authorization from the U.S. government now permits Northrop Grumman to have discussions with the Indian navy on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, a platform that provides a highly adaptive form of airborne early warning and control (AEW&C). A U.S Navy representative, E-2 New Business Manager John Beaulieu, last week […]

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The Battle Of The Bulge: Hitler Doubles Down. Americans Hold. Nazis Busted.

September 1, 2009

The Ardennes Offensive was Hitler’s last ditched attempt to stop the inevitable

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