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Military Vehicles / Re: MX-7 "Gagamba / Spider"
« Last post by adroth on Today at 10:05:02 AM »
The only people referring to this as "Gagamba" were the folks at PDFF. It was never known as that.
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Because of lack of succession planning learnings lost through the passage of time, doctrines lost, innovation reset, and we are back to square one.

This was the rationale behind the "PH DARPA" proposal. Initiatives along these lines were already underway . . . only time will tell if this will continue.

http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=20.0
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3D printers tested by US Marines Corps for producing spare parts in the field | Army Recognition - 16 August 2017
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Marine Corp Systems Command and the 2nd Maintenance Battalion at Camp Lejeune are overseeing the field evaluation of a prototype X-FAB, or expeditionary fabrication, for future development. The X-FAB is a collapsible 20x20-feet shelter that houses four 3D printers, design software computer systems and a scanner. It would allow for the rapid fabrication of parts at the battalion level using additive manufacturing.


A Marine machinist demonstrating a 3D printer at Camp Lejeune. (Photo U.S. Marine Corps.)
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Movies / Re: Upcoming Action, War Documentaries/Movies/TV shows
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 09:20:15 AM »
AWOL (Restricted Trailer) | Gerald Anderson | Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Official Entry
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AWOL is an action-thriller about an expert Army sniper who, armed with his tactical knowledge and deadly skills, goes on a quest to protect his family from the man who masterminded the attempt on his life and his loved ones.

Starring: Gerald Anderson, Dianne Medina, Bernard Palanca, Richard Quan, Raymond Bagatsing, Jeric Raval

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NHM7lEEjgU


Behind The Action: 'AWOL' | Gerald Anderson
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Go behind the action of "AWOL"! Watch Gerald Anderson, who was trained rigorously by Philippine Army's Capt. James Salazar to handle and shoot authentic firearms, as he takes down the bad guys from August 16 to 22.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgrJfUoIi1o

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Discussions about all nations and places / Re: Cyclone class PCs
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 09:06:00 AM »
DARPA Testing TALONS Sensor Aboard U.S. Navy Patrol Vessel USS Zephyr | Navy Recognition - 16 August 2017
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DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort recently demonstrated its prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast aboard a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel for the first time. The crew of USS Zephyr, a 174-foot (53-meter) Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship, evaluated the technology demonstration system over three days near Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

TALONS demonstrated safe and routine operation from the ship’s deck under a variety of sea states and wind conditions without adversely affecting the ship’s operational capability. In tests, the system significantly improved the ship’s ability to detect, track, and classify contacts of interest. It also increased communications range between the ship and remote platforms such as the Zephyr’s rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs).

Towed behind boats or ships, TALONS could persistently suspend intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) instruments and communications payloads of up to 150 pounds at altitudes between 500 and 1,500 feet above sea level—many times higher than current ships’ masts—greatly extending the equipment’s range and effectiveness.


DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort recently demonstrated its prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast aboard a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel for the first time. The crew of USS Zephyr, a Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship, evaluated the technology demonstration system over three days near Naval Station Mayport, Florida. Picture: DARPA


TALONS At-Sea Demo on USS Zephyr Patrol Coastal Ship

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li9UKaz6p4w
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General Discussion / Re: Military Learns Painful Lesson on Urban Warfare
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 07:16:03 AM »
AFP admits it needs to upgrade urban warfare training | GMA news - August 14, 2017
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The Armed Forces of the Philippines said Monday it needs to upgrade its theories, tactics, and techniques on urban warfare as it admitted that the Marawi firefight is of different level from what the government troops are used to.

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Arevalo said troops are trained in urban warfare but Marawi gave them a different experience.

He further said aside from the terrain, the enemy Maute group also make the operations harder for the soldiers.

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And hopefully the beginning of a new era of continuous innovation and development. This is the true litmus test for Director Martir's endeavors. If his programs survive successive leaders and generations then there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel for the AFP. This is a pipe dream (because some of his accomplishments in the PMC also stopped when he left the PMC) and a challenge for the next director. As we have seen in the past, innovation in the AFP is personality driven. Most cease to continue after the owner or leader retires or moves on to higher office. We have seen misfits in the past like Commo Protacio and the Sta Barbara program. And this is where we fail as a nation. Because of lack of succession planning learnings lost through the passage of time, doctrines lost, innovation reset, and we are back to square one.
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Indonesia / Re: Indonesia's Aerospace Industry
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 06:11:55 AM »
US aerospace firms invest in Indonesia | IHS Jane's 360 - 16 August 2017
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US firms UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) and Jabil have inaugurated new industrial facilities in Bandung, Indonesia, to manufacture aerospace components and systems, the companies have confirmed to Jane's .

The facilities, which are co-located but will operate independently from one another, will be positioned to meet commercial and military requirements with a wide range of products exported to global Tier 1 customers. The two companies' total investment in the new facilities is understood to be about USD100 million.
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Indonesia / Indonesia's Dirgantara N219
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 06:09:50 AM »
Indonesia's Dirgantara N219 completes maiden flight | IHS Jane's 360 - 16 August 2017
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State-owned firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has flown its N219 twin-turboprop aircraft for the first time, a source close to event informed Jane's on 16 August.

The aircraft, which took to the skies shortly after 9 am on the same day from Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung, was flown by the company's chief test pilot Captain Esther Gayatri Saleh; the airframe was airborne for about for about 26 minutes within the city's airspace, before landing at the same airport. Prior to its first flight test, the N219 underwent a series of high-speed taxi runs on 11 August at the same location.

The N219, which derives its design from the Airbus Military C212 Aviocar, was first conceived in 2007 as a multi-mission, short take-off and landing platform that can operate from austere runways, and was formally presented to potential customers in 2010. Subsequently, a prototype of the aircraft was first revealed in December 2015, according to information from Jane's All the World's Aircraft . Funding for the project's initial investment of IDR300 billion (USD22.4 million) was borne jointly by Indonesia's Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, and the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN). The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation was also involved in the latter stages of the project via its Directorate General of Civil Aviation, although it provided no funding to the programme.


The N219 aircraft, seen here after completing its maiden flight on 16 August 2017. Source: Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN)
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China Topics / Re: China vs India: regional rivals
« Last post by Ayoshi on Today at 05:09:21 AM »
India and China troops clash along Himalayan border | BBC - 16 August 2017
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The PTI news agency said soldiers threw stones, causing minor injuries to both sides, as Chinese troops tried to enter Indian territory near the Pangong lake.

Beijing maintains that their soldiers were inside Chinese territory.

The two countries are also locked in an impasse in the Doklam area, which borders China, India and Bhutan.
PTI quoted army officials as saying that in the latest confrontation, soldiers had to form a human chain to prevent an incursion by Chinese forces into territories claimed by India and located near the country's Ladakh region. China claims the territories as its own.

An Indian official told the BBC that he could neither confirm nor deny media reports, but said "such incidents do happen," adding that "this isn't the first time that something like this has happened."

* What's behind the India-China border stand-off?

* Why is the India-China border stand-off escalating?

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Since the confrontation began in June, each side has reinforced its troops and called on the other to retreat.
The two nations fought a war over the border in 1962 and disputes remain unresolved in several areas, which causes tensions to escalate from time to time.
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