Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Ingots.

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Our people pay with gold!! The Iranian drives a hard bargain with the Russian!

"Gold for Drones: Massive Leak Reveals the Iranian Shahed Project in Russia"

"Documents reveal how the Shahed 136– with a $200,000 price tag – has become a lethal weapon in Russia's arsenal in Ukraine, and what the advanced models look like"

From https://www.haaretz.com | Feb 21, 2024.

"A massive leak of thousands of internal emails and documents from an Iranian company connected to that country's Defense Ministry has revealed a wealth of information about Tehran's close cooperation with Moscow on suicide drones."

"The leaked documents show that since the war in Ukraine began, Russia has purchased at least 6,000 Shahed 136 drones and received extensive aid in setting up local production lines for the drones, while paying for these deals in part with several tons of gold ingots. Now, Russia is seeking both to buy and to manufacture thousands of more advanced drones."

Normally the cost of a Shahed-136 estimated at about $20,000 USD. This figure as touted of $200,000 USD per drone including the cost of the factory and not drones alone? AND PAYMENT ONLY IN GOLD!

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Hessen (F221).

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German naval vessel the Red Sea successfully engages Hootie Tootie drones.

"Operation Aspides, led by Greece and Italy, is the latest EU counter-piracy initiative designed to protect commercial vessels navigating the south Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden."

"German frigate deployed to Red Sea repels first Houthi attack"

From Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

"The German naval frigate Hessen, deployed to Red Sea as part of an EU naval mission to protect shipping, has repelled an attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen for the first time, according to DPA sources."

"The vessel successfully engaged two enemy targets Tuesday [27 February] night, sources said."

"This was the German navy's first live weapons engagement of the deployment, which began on Friday and is considered one of the German armed forces' most dangerous missions in decades."

Hessen not part of Operation Enduring Prosperity. Mission to secure the Red Sea for commercial traffic in this case an European commanded and approved naval deployment.

Gute Jagddeutsche. Gute Winde wehen in deinem Rücken.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Innovation.

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"Asymmetric warfare (or asymmetric engagement) is a type of war between belligerents whose relative military power, strategy, or tactics differ significantly."

Land, ground, air.

See a You Tube Short a video the topic naval asymmetric warfare:

Think in the current context the confrontation the American navy versus the Yemeni Hootie Tootie insurgents the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden.

As extracted from an Internet web site an intimation modern asymmetric naval warfare as an actualization and attainment of  the French 19th Century naval concept Jeune École.        

"If commentators today agree that the Jeune École was a failed attempt at a revolution in military affairs, they disagree over what caused that failure and what lessons, if any, it holds for contemporary military planners. Two schools of thought can be seen in the literature. The first, and predominant, view holds that Aube and his followers were misguided in their overemphasis on technology; it sees the movement as an anomaly, with nothing positive to teach today’s military. The second school of thought is that the Jeune École offered truly valuable and innovative ideas but that for technical, tactical, and strategic reasons they could not be implemented—"

COULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE 19TH CENTURY THE TECHNOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES TOO GREAT. BUT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED MORE SUCCESSFULLY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, TECHNOLOGY MUCH MORE ADVANCED!

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MAGURA V5.

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See this You Tube Short the sinking of the Russian naval warship Caesar Kunikov.

Asymmetric naval warfare the epitome. An expensive and very valuable large naval vessel sent to the bottom by a small and relatively inexpensive putt-putt type unmanned surface vessel [U
SV] Ukrainian MAGURA V5. 


To reiterate from the prior blog entry: "This is Jeune École in action. Young School. French Nineteenth Century naval asymmetric naval warfare concept never coming to full attainment until now!"

"The Jeune École ('Young School') was a strategic naval concept developed during the 19th century. It advocated the use of small, heavily armed vessels to combat larger battleships"

I must admit this Ukrainian MAGURA V5 does have some impressive operational characteristics. A range [on a one-way kamikaze mission] 800 km. [about 500 miles] and carries good amount of war-making bang-stuff explosive. Has a variety of navigational methods to include video transmission AND cheap [about $250,000 per copy]. Not just an expedient means of attack but a well thought design production USV with good combat potential.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Fakebook.

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"All war is based on deception"

Fakebook and not Facebook! U.S. Army deception and intrigue!

"An unusual twist during US Army training had noncombatants posting photos and videos to Fakebook [sic] for the enemy to see: report"

From https://www.msn.com | Story by jepstein@businessinsider.com (Jake Epstein) •

* "Western militaries are studying and learning a lot from watching the war in Ukraine."

* "One area of interest is the way that cellphones play a role on the battlefield."

* "Recent training included an usual drill where civilians posted photos to fake social media for the 'enemy' to see, according to a new report."

BOGUS images of American troops in the field posted to FAKE social media accounts.

Practitioners of Open-Source-Intelligence [OSINT] and geo-positioning/geo-location from Internet images beware?

It is not so much you are looking at the adversary but that the adversary is looking at you using some sort of cyber/malware techniques or methods?

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MagNav.

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Alternative to the Global Positioning System [GPS] has been found?

Jamming of wartime GPS signals no longer going to be a problem?

Never heard of this before. A "demonstration" at this point and that alone?

"MagNav project successfully demonstrates real-time magnetic navigation"

"February 23, 2024: After nearly a decade of effort the U.S. Air Force has finally developed a MagNav (Magnetic Navigation) system that works reliably enough to supplement or replace GPS for navigation. MagNav takes advantage of the universal presence of magnetic activity worldwide. MagNav uses an AI (Artificial Intelligence) neural network running on a laptop, or any other small computer, to compare the known location of the aircraft and magnetic activity generated by the aircraft to a worldwide map of background magnetic activity. Once this calibration is done the aircraft can takeoff and fly as far as it has to using MagNav as well as GPS to keep track of where it is. MagNav will supplement GPS and also act as a backup if GPS is being jammed or encountering some other form of interference. MagNav also does not rely on a network of space satellites to make it work."

See further:

"MagNav project successfully demonstrates real-time magnetic navigation"

"C-17 Tests Magnetic Navigation System That Works When GPS Doesn’t"

Again, MagNav at this juncture just a "demonstration"? A lot more needs to be done before a viable alternative to GPS is do-able? Someone is thinking hard about this, you can be sure.

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Ghouls.

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"ghoul: noun - one who shows morbid interest in things considered shocking or repulsive"

Unseemly behavior the Israeli citizen? 

"Ghoulish ‘war safaris’ force Israeli kibbutzim to close doors to visitors"

"Residents of communities attacked in Hamas atrocities of Oct 7 horrified as sightseers on organized tours take souvenirs from homes"

From https://www.telegraph.co.uk | Melanie Swan | 25 February 2024 • 

"Kibbutzim in southern Israel have been forced to close their doors to visitors after busloads of souvenir-hunting tourists turned the sites of the Oct 7 attacks into a 'safari'."

"Hundreds of people now arrive daily for 'war tours' of the devastated communities to take selfies with the burnt-out homes and blood-stained walls left after the Hamas atrocities, in which 1,200 people died."

"Some tourists even enter abandoned homes without permission and steal 'souvenirs' such as spent bullet casings."

See prior blog entry the topic war tourism:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2022/11/tourists.html

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