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May 24, 2016 / 16 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘missile’

Military Official Says Iran Tested Precision-Guided Ballistic Missile

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Iran test-fired a precision-guided ballistic missile two weeks ago, the armed forces deputy chief of staff announced on Monday, according to the Fars news agency.

“Two weeks ago, we tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) and an error margin of eight meters (24 ft),” Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi said, according to Fars.

Now, that’s accurate!

In case you wanted to know at this point, the distance from Tehran to Tel Aviv as the ballistic craw flies is 993 miles.

The military official chose to make the statement at Baghiatollah Hospital, which is run by the Islamic Revolution Guards.

Mixed messages? Anticipation of consequences? Time will tell.

Iran test-fires missiles of different ranges and capabilities all the time, as part of its regular military drills. And although Tehran insists the precision ballistic capability to take out a section of Tel Aviv is merely defensive, the US has stated that it constitutes in breach of the UN 2231 resolution that prohibits Iran from firing any missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

US Secretary of State John Kerry did say in the past that the US and its allies were “prepared to work on a new arrangement to find a peaceful solution to these issues.”

That must have stung the Iranians bad.

Iranian officials also insist the missiles that are being test-fired are not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Feeling safe yet?

In the end it doesn’t really matter whether the new missiles are defensive or offensive and what part of what city they can destroy, because Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has already said for the record that Iran’s missile program is not part of the negotiation with the US.

David Israel

Israeli Upgrade to Turkish Tank Protects Soldiers from ISIS Anti-Tank Missile

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

An Israeli upgrade on a U.S.-made M60T tank used by Turkish military forces in Mosul helped save those soldiers from death in a missile attack by Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists last week (April 19).

The attack, seen in a video released April 19 by the terror group, involved a Russian-made 129K9 Kornet ATGM (anti-tank guided missile) fired at a Turkish tank that was on a hilltop.

The missile struck the tank but it did not explode, nor did it burn. The upgrades made to the tank by Israel were sold to Turkey a decade ago.

None of the crew were injured and the tank sustained only minimal damage, according to a Turkish military official quoted by the Andalou Agency.

The tank was deployed by Turkey to Bashiqah, 30 kilometers northeast of Mosul in northern Iraq. The Turkish military source said Da’esh attacked the tank at Bashiqah, incurring minor damage but no casualties.

The source added the Turkish forces immediately returned fire and killed 32 Da’esh fighters.

The Iraqi government was apparently unaware of the presence of Turkish forces in the country until December 2015, according to a report on Thursday (April 21) by Jane’s defense magazine. The government allegedly demanded at that time that Ankara withdraw all of its troops from Iraq, but Turkey ignored the directive. Ankara insisted the base in Bashiqah was established for the purpose of training a militia to expel Da’esh from Mosul.

Hana Levi Julian

Ammunitions Cache, Gas Grenade Shell Found in Hebron

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

An ammunitions cache was discovered in Hebron during a joint operation carried out by IDF forces and Border Guard Police officers.

A gas grenade shell was among the ordnance found in the home, along with other ammunition and magazines.

“Actually, What they found was a 40mm gas canister that is launched from a M-16 launcher attachment,” a defense industry source told JewishPress.com.

“It’s like a portable mortar launcher on the bottom of the M-16. The M-203 connects to the bottom of the M16. It’s a gas grenade to be launched from an M-203.”

The search was launched in response to a tip received by Israeli intelligence personnel. A number of suspects were arrested at the site.

Hebron has become the regional headquarters for a number of Arab terrorist organizations, including the Gaza-based Hamas terror group and Islamic Jihad.

 

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Missile May Protect Worldwide Off-Shore Oil Rigs

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

An Israeli-made missile may generate billions of dollars in sales to international companies operating off-shore oil rigs that might be targets for terrorists. Hezbollah is Israel’s closest and most obvious threat to its off-shore energy fields that Lebanon claims.

The Barak 8 missile, designed and made by Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary Elta Systems, successfully passed a critical test last week that helps clear the way for it to be operational by next year.

The Barak system was installed on an Israeli navy ship and launched at a simulated UAV, which was tracked and destroyed in mid-air.

A successful attack by terrorists or an enemy country on an off-shore oil rig could cause deaths, temporarily knock out oil production or exploration and result in a spike in oil prices that could sink economies into a recession.

IAI official Boaz Levy told Globes:

The recent trial has given the system a substantial boost among countries that are still considering whether to procure it, and we believe that in the coming years, we will increase the number of signed contracts for its procurement. This is the spearhead of the defense systems, and a key growth engine for us.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Russian Officials Says Plane Broke in Mid-Air Raising Speculation of a Bomb On Board

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

(JNi.media) The Russian Airbus that crashed in the Sinai Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, broke apart “in the air,” according to a senior official of the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee. RIA-Novosti reported that committee chief Viktor Sorochenko believes “the disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area.” However, Sorochenko cautioned it was “too early to draw conclusions.” Sorochenko is part of an international panel of experts from Russia, Egypt, France and Ireland investigating the crash.

According to The Telegraph, Egypt’s civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal reported there was been no evidence of problems during the flight: “Up until the crash happened, we were never informed of any faults in the plane, nor did we receive any SOS calls,” Kamal said. All contact with air traffic control was normal, and the routine, pre-flight checks showed no problems, he added.

Earlier, Ayman al-Muqadem, a member of the Egyptian Aviation Incidents Committee, said the pilot reported technical difficulties before losing contact with air traffic controllers, and asked to land at the nearest airport.

Experts have doubted ISIS’ boasting, accompanied by a video claiming to show that their affiliates in the Sinai shot the plane down, suggesting it was impossible for a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher to hit the plane at its cruising altitude of 31,000 ft. However, an advanced surface-to-air missile could do it. Should ISIS have been able to acquire such a system in Iraq or Syria and manage to transport it to the Sinai, under the watch of both the Egyptian and Israeli armies—then taking down an Airbus could have been carried out.

Le Parisien quoted former French intelligence agent Yves Trotignon, who pointed out that ISIS’ claim was vague on how the flight was actually destroyed. Normally, the ISIS videos showing the downing of enemy aircraft are accompanied by a live sound track, rife with astonished cries of “Allahu akbar” as the target is hit. The newest video is silent, accompanied by an Arabic song track. It also starts with a plane flying and getting hit, absent the usual “before” shots that lend the video context and authenticity.

“The [ISIS] statement does not say they shot it down, but that they destroyed it,” Trotignon said. “You could imagine explosives on board, or sabotage.”

JNi.Media

Defense Ministry Official: Eilat Bound Aircraft Receive Triple Protection against Missiles

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) The Israeli government is still waiting, like the rest of us, for results from the Egyptian investigation of the Russian plane that crashed in the Sinai on its way from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. Although it is not largely believed that this was done deliberately, as ISIS is claiming, Israeli state officials are still waiting to see proof that the Islamic State is not behind the crash.

Amos Gilad, head of the political and security office in the Defense Ministry, told Walla on Sunday: “We trust the Egyptian statements which have shown good judgment and a professional examination. ISIS do have anti-aircraft missiles, but not the type that can hit a plane at a cruising altitude (the Russian plane was at an altitude of 40 thousand feet and shoulder-fired missiles simply do not reach that far up). There will be an in-depth investigation to rule out any possibilities of terror. Right now, they’re leaning towards a technical malfunction.”

Regarding the suspension of Air France and Lufthansa flights that pass over the Sinai, Gilad said: “These private companies have decided to suspend flights until they see the test results. Israeli companies will continue flying to Eilat normally because their airplanes are protected in three envelopes. The Elbit defense system is most impressive technologically, and Israel has adopted it. In addition, the Israeli Intelligence and deterrence systems are operating to prevent this kind of situation. Israel is well aware of the range of threats emanating from ISIS. This is a murderous organization with extremist ideologies that tries to undermine the existing order in the Middle East.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s air safety regulator has ordered Metrojet, the airline whose charter plane crashed in the Sinai, to suspend flights pending the probe, Al Ahram reported. Rostransnadzor, Russia’s transport safety watchdog, on Sunday ordered the carrier to ground its fleet of Airbus A321s following Saturday’s crash.

JNi.Media

Southern Israelis Race for ‘Saturday Night Shelter’ in Sha’ar Ha Negev

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Another Saturday night of grabbing the kids — or each other — or just a towel if you were in the shower, and running to safe spaces for people living in communities within seven kilometers of Israel’s border with Gaza.

Residents of the Sha’ar HaNegev district in southern Israel were sent racing for shelter at 10:30 pm Saturday night (Sept. 19) when the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren was triggered.

It took at least 10 minutes for the “all clear” to be received and then more time for security personnel to figure out where the rocket had, or had not landed.

By 11:08 pm officials tagged the event a “false alarm.” At least 20 minutes earlier, however, it had become clear to local sources that fortunately there had been a “misfire” in Gaza and the projectile had apparently landed within the enclave.

That did not help parents who still were faced with having to calm their suddenly-awakened, re-traumatized children, of course.

Recent studies show that nearly 80 percent of children in southern Israel suffer from trauma and anxiety disorders due to a decade of rocket fire from Gaza.

 

Hana Levi Julian

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