War on Terror Update:

I have not normally been including the ongoing war on terror in North America, but I feel that it is necessary, since it is a war fought with terrorism and the tactics used by Islamic terrorists.  There is a war going on south of the US border.  Since 2006, over 30,000 people have been killed in Mexico over narco-related terrorism.  That is more than all coalition casualties combined since 2001.  These cartels have proven to be just as ruthless as any Al-Qaeda sympathizer.  Civilians are constantly bullied, murdered, and buried in mass graves.  Police are bribed, politicians are murdered.  It is a huge mess that needs to be cleaned up and is just as important to the stability of the United States as that of Islamic extremism.

Narco-terrorism is as deadly as Islamic extremism

As predicted and as a matter of national security, the DoD is shrugging its shoulders when questioned about the uniquely designed helicopter found at the crash site in Pakistan.  Pakistan is proving it is not responsible enough to possess nuclear weapons.  If their policies are this whacked up, then it would be only a matter of time before an extremist gets his hands on one.  India would probably be their first target, then Europe and America.  You don’t give children loaded handguns.

Pakistan: We’re not ‘in cahoots’ with al-Qaeda: link Fear that U.S. could grab nuclear arsenal heightens Pakistani anger: link Pakistan-U.S. Rift Widens: link DoD: What secret helicopter?: link  Pakistan army imposes silence on bin Laden house: link Elusive ex-commando to replace bin Laden?: link Pakistani Leader Sides With Military: link U.S. hopes to question bin Laden’s wives: link Technology in US helicopter not so secret: expert: link 13 killed in Mexican border lake gun battle: link 

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War on Terror Update:

Reduced signature attachment shrouds are likely the 'stealth'

A week after the death of bin Laden, we are hearing calls for revenge attacks and that Al-Qaeda claims it will continue the fight.  We are still sorting through the evidence discovered at the compound, and that is only what the government releases to the media.  Pakistan is still protesting the raid and sternly states that they should have been informed of the raid before it took place.  What has been the biggest mystery among all the techno geeks is the ‘stealthy’ helicopter that crashed in the bin Laden operation.  People are insisting that it is a secret technology that renders it invisible on radar and it doesn’t make a sound.  Well as more and more data flows in, it appears its likely nothing too high-tech at all.  The helicopter likely was just equipped with a reduced signature shroud that would keep it much quieter than without.  As I mentioned in a previous post, the cancelled RAH-66 would have been originally equipped with it.  Rumors are surfacing that the tail may be shipped over to China where they will be dancing around to get their little hands on it.

Watch: Osama’s Blooper Reel, Courtesy of the Navy SEALs: link US says it wants access to bin Laden widows: link Weekend Roundup: Stealth Woes and Laughing at Osama: link Stealth craft in bin Laden raid has Nevada ties: link ‘Heads will roll’ after bin Laden probe: Pakistan envoy: link First-Person Game Recreates Osama Bin Laden Raid: link Growing concerns that stealthy Black Hawk parts could end up in China: link Bin Laden neighbours furious at Pakistan failures: link GRAPHIC: Pakistan raid reveals US Army’s helicopter secret: link Did Bradley Manning Almost Blow the Bin Laden Operation?: link Stealthy Black Hawk doomed by vortex and high walls: link

Weekly Mil-Tech Update:

The globe’s rotation only seems to have sped up this week given all the activity.  The Iranians are boasting a new radar for their aging F-14 Tomcat fighters.  I think their main concern for that aging bird is to make sure it can even fly.  The US Army wants computers to function like a human brain.  Good luck, that technology is probably a 100 years away.  As of now, our unmanned UAV’s can’t tell the difference between a tank and a house in terms of self striking capability.  Russia is beginning to test its SU-35S fighter jet.  What it lacks in stealth, it will make up for in maneuverability and price.  Will definitely be a competitor on the market against American and other European designs in the future.  Sikorsky’s whisper-flapcopter have been successfully tested in the lab.  Could that have been somehow linked to the “stealth” helicopter the US Navy used in the operation to kill bin Laden?

SU-35S began flight tests in Russia this week

Light Attack Gathers Steam: link  

India’s second home-built aircraft carrier is a long way off: link

Pakistan Tests Raad (HATF VIII) Air-Launched Cruise Missile: link 

Army Wants Its Computers Acting Like Human Brains: link

Brazilian Army M113Bs set for overhaul: link

Second Sub in 2011 Ordered By U.S. Navy: link

Sony to reveal PlayStation hack probe findings: link 

Iran says its Tomcats have new radar: link

S. Korea Develops Vertical Launch Tubes for Subs: link 

Manned Light Aircraft May Edge Out Some UAVs: link 

Dhruv to get anti-tank missile: link 

UK Buys MK 15 Phalanx CIWS Upgrade Kits: link 

Boeing’s Phantom Ray Stealth UAV Makes First Flight: link

JSOW C-1 variant successfully tested: link 

Successful firing test of AASM with laser terminal guidance offering 1-meter accuracy, against a high-speed moving target: link

IAI reportedly promoting Heron UAV in Angola and Kenya: link

Direct Attack Moving Target Capability Tests Successfully: link 

PAF studying phaseout of deadly training jets: link

Sikorsky, US Army claim whisper-flapcopter test success: link

Turkey Takes Aim At Targeting Pod: link

Boffins develop liquid crystal solid-state raygun turret: link

Afghan Army Equipment (Wish) List: link

Romania, US agree on missile shield site: official: link

India Seeking Small Arms, Ammunition Worth $1 Billion: link 

Tomorrow’s Seabots and Their Magnetic Wheels: link 

Tests prove laser JDAM accuracy on moving targets: link 

Russia begins test flights of Su-35S series fighter: link 

Next Gen Bomber Linked To Self-Funded F136: link 

Boeing Phantom Ray Completes First Flight: link 

Remotely Controlled and Lethal: Switchblade: link 

First New Turkish Tank Prototype Ready: link 

Next week Peru will get three Mi-171: link 

Photo: Chinese Hawkeye?: link 

Israel finalizes purchase of sixth German-made submarine: link 

Congress votes to rescue F136 from extinction: link 

Tomorrow’s military hybrid vehicles: link 

New Active Protection System Heading to Afghanistan?: link 

Problems Delay Delivery of BAE Corvettes to Oman:link

War on Terror Update:

Some believe it was a "stealth" helicopter used in the operation

What? Stealth Blackhawk helicopters?  This seems to have overshadowed the possibility of Pakistan intentionally sheltering the worlds most wanted man.  How stealthy could these be?  From my first observation of the tail wreckage, it looks as if there is a type of  “silencer” on the rotor.  This would ensure 4 incoming choppers would not be heard inbound, especially echoing off the hillsides.   Maybe it was parts of the cancelled RAH-66 helicopter installed onto it.  Just speculations at this point, but interesting stuff.  It was certainly something that had to be destroyed in order to protect its secrecy.

Khaled al-Qahtani calls it quits

A top terrorist in Saudi Arabia has surrendered in the wake of the bin Laden raid.  Khaled al-Qahtani called from abroad and turned himself in.  Is Al-Qaeda falling apart?  It is believed he is part of the Yemeni of Al-Qaeda, a hotbed of extremists.

U.S. agents race to exploit data from Bin Laden raid: link How a 40-minute raid ended ten years of defiance, as American troops’ head cameras relayed every detail to the President: link Pakistan army orders cut in US military personnel: link Pakistan Gets Rough With the Secret Helicopter: link How profile of bin Laden courier led CIA to its target: link Zawahiri betrayed Osama bin Laden: Saudi paper: link RAF Chinooks were stationed in Abbottabad in 2005: link What the Secret Bin Laden Raid Helo Might Look Like: link CAD of the damaged MH-60 tail section.: linkGeneral: bin Laden Death Will Spook Afghan Insurgents: link Signs Point to Pakistan Link: link Evidence That the Mystery Bin Laden Helo Was An MH-60?: link Priceless: link Mission Helo Was Secret Stealth Black Hawk: link Did The Beast of Kandahar Help Kill Osama?: link Al Qaeda member surrenders, Saudi Arabia says: link Top Al-Qaeda envoy killed in Chechnya: link

Screw the pictures of Osama’s corpse anyways, I wish the helmet cam of the SEAL who shot Osama could be released.