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A sentinel from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) conducts the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Oct. 1, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser)



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A Soldier and a Military Working Dog observe the landing of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for a collaborative exercise to simulate field care, loading, transport, and in-route emergency medical care for MWDs in Vilseck, Germany, Oct. 20, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach)



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A member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and finalist for U.S. Army Special Operations Command Best Warrior Competition completes an Army Combat Fitness Test at Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 6, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Allums)



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Soldiers perform an artillery salute during an assumption of responsibility ceremony at Marne Garden on Fort Stewart, Ga., Sept. 23, 2020. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Robert Wormley III)



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Spc. Francisco Gutierrez prepares a five-line medical evacuation report on a simulated casualty during the 2020 Army Best Warrior Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 5, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Julie A. Kelemen)



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An Army CH-47F Chinook sits atop a mountain in the Alps in Germany, Oct. 21, 2020. (Photo by DOD)



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U.S. Soldiers operating a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter conduct aviation operations around the Middle East in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Oct. 15, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by CWO2 Matthew Bean)



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Crew members of the 211th Aviation Regiment conduct air support over the Neffs Canyon fire from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 20, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Jacob Jesperson)



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A Soldier completes the Army Combat Fitness Test while competing in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Best Warrior Competition, at Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 22, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Stevenson)



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Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Tumey, a combat medic from the 8th Medical Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, qualifies on an M4 carbine rifle Sept. 21, 2020 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ondirae Abdullah-Robinson)



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U.S. Army Sgt. Chelsey Davie prepares to toss a ball during the combat fitness test event of Kosovo Force Regional Command East's Best Warrior Competition on Aug. 27, 2020 at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Melisa Washington)



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Tuskegee University Army ROTC cadet navigates a rope obstacle during training at Fort Benning, Ga., Sept. 19, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Army 1st Lt. Stephanie Sweeney)



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A Soldier conducts an airborne operation with an American flag in observance of 9/11 at Malmsheim Airfield in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 11, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Yvonne Najera)



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A Washington Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter gathers water in a bucket to help battle a wildfire near Bonney Lake, Wash., Sept 9, 2020. (Photo by U.S. Army)



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A Soldier passes by Neuschwanstein Castle while transporting COVID-19 tests to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at Hohenfels Training Area in Hohenfels, Germany, Sept. 15, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Garrick W. Morgenweck)



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Soldiers assigned to the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 627th, Fort Carson, Colo., board an aircraft home at Joint Base San Antonio-Kelly Field, Texas, Sept. 8, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)



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A Soldier assists in the laborious and delicate art of rigging and packing a parachute. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Vilchez)



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Army Sgt. Dylan Weiss and Spc. Anthony Roller establish a perimeter around a simulated enemy compound during Noble Partner at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Sept. 15, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Isaiah Matthews)



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Soldiers test their proficiency in basic infantry and Soldier tasks in the hopes of earning the Expert Infantryman Badge or the Expert Soldier Badge, Sept. 16, 2020 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sarah Sangster)



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Army infantrymen conduct training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 26, 2020. U.S. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Seth LaCount)


 
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The Middle East Defense Cooperation Forum

The first feature, ISRAEL@IDEX to be published in December 2020, provides overviews and analysis of defense-related topics relevant to the region, a listing of companies active in the defense and security sector, and the highlight of market opportunities, new products, and relevant business activities.

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Rheinmetall’s Unveils the Armed Recce Mission-Master Robot

Rheinmetall Defence unveiled today a new armed reconnaissance mission module for their Mission-Master Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV). The new mission module includes an intelligence-gathering multi-sensor pack and a remotely controlled weapon station. The system takes the Mission Master a step closer to Rheinmetall’s fully autonomous ‘Wolfpack’ concept

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Advanced ERA, Level 6+ Armor Among the New Survivability Solutions From Plasan

Advanced armor solutions offered by Plasan. Illustration: PlasanWith new survivability solutions, including advanced ERA against kinetic and chemical energy threats, passive armor stopping threats beyond the medium caliber level, and blast protection from mines and IEDs, Plasan's expertise become essential for combat vehicle manufacturers producing efficient designs of next-generation platforms such as the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).

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RAF Tests an Innovative Anti A2AD Concept – Pitting Drone Swarms Against Air Defenses

The Royal Air Force (RAF), in partnership with Leonardo, successfully conducted a live trial of a ‘swarming drones’ capability targeting a simulated enemy air defense radar. The demonstration showed how a swarm of BriteCloud-equipped drones overwhelmed the threat radar systems with electronic noise.

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Russia Confirms Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Test

On 6 October, the Russian Ministry of Defence successfully tested the Tsirkon hypersonic missile. The tests were carried out from the waters of the White Sea, from the “Admiral Gorshkov” frigate. The test is the latest in a series of qualification tests (state tests) of the hypersonic anti-ship missile developed for the Russian Navy and the first performed from a combat vessel at sea.

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SADF Varkpan

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South African Defence Force (SADF) fine dining utensil number one. An SADF "varkpan" (pig pan) from my two years National Service in 1979-1981. This one came back from 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) at Bourke's Luck. Found in the back of a cupboard at my mom's place in Pretoria, SA on Sunday, October 16, 2016.



SADF Varkpan

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South African Defence Force (SADF) fine dining utensil number one. An SADF "varkpan" (pig pan) from my two years National Service in 1979-1981. This one came back from 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) at Bourke's Luck. Found in the back of a cupboard at my mom's place in Pretoria, SA on Sunday, October 16, 2016.



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Karl and I spotted these 70's war comics at an antique emporium this lunch time :-) "War comics" like these introduced my generation to foreign phrases for the first time: Banzai Nippon! Achtung Spitfeuer! Gott In Himmel! Teufel! Schweinehund! 😁 Photographed at The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, Hertfordshire, UK, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



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Karl and I spotted these 70's war comics at an antique emporium this lunch time :-) "War comics" like these introduced my generation to foreign phrases for the first time: Banzai Nippon! Achtung Spitfeuer! Gott In Himmel! Teufel! Schweinehund! 😁 Photographed at The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, Hertfordshire, UK, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Jackal - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Jackal - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Radio 5 - Stand At Ease Postcard - Unsent - Front (1200)

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1980 Radio 5 - Stand At Ease Postcard - Unsent - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Steenbuck - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Steenbuck - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Lioness - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Lioness - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Front (1200)

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1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Owl - 7 SAI ML Pautz - Front (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Owl - 7 SAI ML Pautz - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Back (1200)

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1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Back (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF (1200)

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1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker (1200)

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1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF

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1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker

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1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



Viva Umkhonto!

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Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Throw Well, Throw Shell

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Throw Well, Throw Shell

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©


 
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F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

An F-35A Lightning II, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis down the Honolulu Airport Runway Jan. 29, 2020. The F-35A aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Senior Airman Ethan Verlinde, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief safes an F-35A Lightning II ejection seat Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The F-35A aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Senior Airman Ethan Verlinde, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II taxis down the flight line Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Senior Airman Ethan Verlinde, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals an F-35A Lightning II taxis down the flight line Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft unite in Hawaii

Tech Sgt. Gary Wallace, 944th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief and F-35A Lightning II pilot show off their ‘Panther Claws’ Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

A Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 Raptor crew chief observes an F-35A Lightning II taxi down the flight line Jan. 30, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor. The exercise is held to integrate the world’s most advanced fifth-generation aircraft, practicing combat scenarios alongside designated ‘aggressor’ aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

Airman 1st Class Jordan Partin, 15th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-22 Raptor crew chief, cheers on an F-35A Lightning II Jan. 30, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

A dedicated crew chief from the 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron helps ingress a pilot form the 63rd Fighter Squadron into an F-35A Lightning II Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Lightning II aircraft, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor.



F-35A Lightning II - Fifth-gen aircraft in Hawaii

63rd Fighter Squadron pilot steps toward F-35A Lightning IIs Jan. 29, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The F-35As, assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., temporarily relocated to Hawaii to join other flying squadrons in exercise Pacific Raptor. The exercise is held to integrate the world’s most advanced fifth-generation aircraft, practicing combat scenarios alongside designated ‘aggressor’ aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)



B-52H Stratofortress, Six F-16 flight formation

US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, six F-16 Fighting Falcons and four Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2s fly in formation off the coast of northern Japan, Feb. 3, 2020.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF flight operations.



USAF F-16 Viper Aggressor Force Aircraft

USAF F-16 Viper Aggressor Force Aircraft. Flight operations, Nellis AFB.



US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft

US Navy EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Aircraft. Air show flight demonstration. Aviation Nation Air Show, Nellis AFB.



US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter

US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter. Air show flight demonstration, MCAS Miramar Air Show.



US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter

US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter. Air show flight demonstration, MCAS Miramar Air Show.



US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter

US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team F/A-18 Hornet Fighter. Air show flight demonstration, MCAS Miramar Air Show.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



J-10 Fighter Jet - Chinese Air Force

A J-10 fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Southern Theater Command takes off for a flight patrol mission on January 29, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wei Jinxin)



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF

USMC F-35B Lightning II JSF air show flight demonstration.



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) idles on a runway at Andersen Air Force Base



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) idles on a runway at Andersen Air Force Base after arriving for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC) test to further develop the concept of operations and fleet learning associated with operating a high-altitude, long-endurance system in the maritime domain. Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19, the first Triton UAS squadron, will operate and maintain two aircraft in Guam under Commander, Task Force (CTF) 72



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam Wide

Two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) sit in a hangar at Andersen Air Force Base, The aircraft are deployed to Guam as part of an early operational capability (EOC)



MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Guam

An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sits in a hangar at Andersen Air Force Base after arriving for a deployment as part of an early operational capability (EOC)



Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Arabian Sea, Jan. 31, 2020. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford (Released)



B-21 Raider Concept

This is an artist rendering of a B-21 Raider concept in a hangar at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Ellsworth AFB is one of the bases expected to host the new airframe. (Courtesy graphic by Northrop Grumman)


 
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Головной «Ясень-М» провёл стрельбы в рамках заключительного этапа госиспытаний

На завершающий этап испытаний АПЛ "Казань" вышла в субботу, 21 ноября



Армения: потеряв изрядную часть Нагорного Карабаха, как не потерять всё

«Горячая» фаза длившегося на Кавказе полтора месяца вооруженного конфликта закончена, причем с очень разными результатами для его сторон



Получивший ранение при взрыве российский миротворец доставлен в госпиталь в Баку

Взрыв произошёл в районе Мадагиза.



Мог ли устоять Карабах?

Реальная причина поражения Арцаха и Армении не в военно-техническом и численном превосходстве противника



Ярость «Тигра»: европейские ударные вертолеты станут намного опаснее

Франция хочет вооружить свои ударные вертолеты ракетой нового поколения, разработанной в рамках программы Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile (MAST-F). Это оружие может изменить «правила игры» в Европе [center][/center



Противотанковый мяч. Забытый спортивный эксперимент Пентагона

Быстрее, выше, сильнее – спортивный принцип, имеющий самое прямое отношение к военной подготовке. В Соединённых Штатах пошли дальше и попробовали адаптировать спортивные снаряды для боевых нужд.



В сети появились материалы о якобы попытке азербайджанских войск занять селение Бердашен

При этом публикация выходит со ссылкой на местных жителей.



Российские сапёры противоминного Центра приступили к разминированию Нагорного Карабаха

Минобороны перебросило в Армению более 100 специалистов Центра, служебных собак, а также специальную технику, включая робототехнические комплексы "Уран-6"



Экс-глава офиса Зеленского назвал 9 мая «большими похоронами» и заявил, что ветераны этим днём «не гордятся»

Интересно, каких именно "ветеранов" Богдан имеет в виду



«Отреагируем жёстко»: Россия предостерегла страны-участницы «Открытого неба» от передачи сведений США

США, выйдя из договора, вынуждает союзников подписать соглашение по передаче им данных, полученных этими странами во время полетов над Россией.



В Ереване назвали количество населённых пунктов в Карабахе, перешедших под контроль Баку

Список населенных пунктов на своем сайте обнародовало правительство Армении.



Украинская пресса: Майя Санду в Молдове решила пойти путём Пашиняна в Армении

Санду выступила за вывод российских миротворцев с территории Приднестровья, и высказалась категорически против федерализации Молдовы



Индийские ВМС получили первую серийную отечественную тяжёлую торпеду «Варунастра»

На сегодняшний день в рамках двух контрактов ВМС Индии заказали 136 торпед "Варунастра".



Американский эсминец УРО USS Donald Cook DDG-75 направился в Чёрное море

Основная задача корабля - патрулирование акватории Черного моря.



В китайских медиа объяснили разницу Крыма для России и Нагорного Карабаха для Армении

В китайских СМИ отмечают, что отдельно взятые представители общественности Армении раскритиковали Путина за его слова о статусе Карабаха.



Во Франции определились с новым патрульным самолётом для флота

Всего же ВМС Франции намерены заказать 12 самолетов Falcon 2000 Albatros для использования в качестве "дешевых" патрульных самолетов.



Белоруссия введёт ответные санкции против руководства Евросоюза

Решение об ответных мерах уже принято



Возможен ли госпереворот на Украине?

Многие говорят о возможности переворота на Украине. Но не все представляют, что готовить и осуществлять его некому



SOHR назвала Израиль «наиболее вероятной страной», нанесшей авиаудар по району сирийского Абу-Кемаля

Сообщается об уничтоженной инфраструктуре и технике.



Американская журналистка: «Сирийские боевики остаются на территории Азербайджана»

Сирийские наемники не только не покидают территорию Азербайджана, но их количество увеличивается.



Минобороны модернизирует тяжелые огнемётные системы «Буратино» и «Солнцепёк»

Принципиальное решение о модернизации ТОС-1 "Буратино" и ТОС-1А "Солнцепек" уже принято.



В Японии: Китай развязал против нас гибридную войну, учитывая опыт России с Крымом

Японская пресса высказывается о "планах Китая по захвату островов".



Запуск спутников «Гонец-М» с космодрома Плесецк перенесён

Причиной этого стали замечания к ракете, какие конкретно, не поясняется.



Элиты стран-лимитрофов «не видят» Россию

Наша беда не в том, что разные там государства постсоветского пространства «не одобряют» нашу внешнюю политику. Суть в том, что они считают, что Россия «ведёт себя не по рангу»



Советский батальон против немецкой танковой дивизии: о бое в районе Кричева в июле 1941

Командиром батальона был советский офицер, кореец по национальности - Николай Ким.



В National Interest ремонтируемый авианосец «Адмирал Кузнецов» отнесли к «самым опасным» боевым кораблям ВМФ РФ

Американский журнал The National Interest продолжает публиковать различные рейтинги, составляемые экспертами издания



В Турции назвали направления подготовки ливийских военных «по турецким стандартам»

Ранее из Сирии через территорию Турции были переброшены несколько тысяч боевиков, в том числе из Идлиба.



Западная пресса: Беспилотники превратят субмарины ВМС США в современные «уничтожители подводных лодок противника»

БПЛА системы Submarine-Launched Unmanned Aerial System (SLUAS) позволяют решать задачи целеуказания за пределами прямой видимости субмарин.



«Обучение с помощью палки»: за рубежом оценили кадры пилотирования вертолёта с инструктором

Образовательный процесс требует применения эффективных методов воздействия на подопечных.



Израильский танк обстрелял пост ХАМАС без приказа от командования

ХАМАС на себя ответственности за ракетный удар по Ашкелону пока не взял.



«Станем ведущей морской державой в Европе»: планы британских властей в отношении флота

Британское правительство намерено резко нарастить судостроительную программу, вернув Королевскому флоту былое величие.



«Чуть не сбил командира»: израильская пресса о перевернувшемся танке «Меркава»

Механик-водитель не справился с управлением при въезде танка на тягач.



Система ПРО «Железный купол» не перехватила ракету, нацеленную на Ашкелон: в армии Израиля комментируют ситуацию

Падение ракеты в промзоне израильского города вызвало вопросы в самом Израиле.



«Очень похож на российский Т-90МС»: западная пресса о готовности иранского танка «Каррар»

В иранские войска начались поставки танка нового поколения, созданного местной оборонкой на базе Т-72.



Глава непризнанной Нагорно-Карабахской Республики поблагодарил Россию за вклад в окончание войны

Боевые действия в регионе прекратились 10 ноября.



Солдат набирать не будем! Пусть воюют роботы

Выборы в США действительно повлияли на многие стороны жизни не только американцев, но и европейцев. Американцы потеряли статус тех, кому можно всё. Америка уже не рай на Земле. Но главное, после войны в Карабахе стало ясно, что наступило время, когда международные проблемы можно решать военным путём в маленьких региональных конфликтах. Время, когда глобальная война опять отошла на второй план



Почему модульное оружие есть зло?

Высокая цена, низкая эффективность и многие другие причины, почему это оружие ненужно, но используется всё чаще.



Реактивная система залпового огня «Буревій» – «Ураган» по-украински

Украина вывела на испытания реактивную систему залпового огня «Буревій». Это изделие предназначается для замены старых образцов и отличается рядом важных особенностей.



Найти авианосец: на замену Ту-95РЦ

Авиационные комплексы, которые могут применяться для обнаружения авианосных ударных групп в мировом океане.



Трагические страницы истории Кипра: «Кровавое Рождество» и операция «Аттила»

Противостояние христиан и мусульман Кипра закончилось военной операцией Турции и разделением острова.



«Убили больше солдат противника, чем любое другое подразделение…»

Далеко не сразу военные оценили роль снайпинга – меткой стрельбы отдельных стрелков по важным целям. Причём особую роль в распространении такого вида стрельбы сыграла Гражданская война в США.



В Армении комментируют слова Путина по поводу статуса Нагорного Карабаха

Путин в очередной раз напомнил, что Нагорный Карабах не признала и сама Армения.



«Особист пришёл жечь крестьянские избы по приказу Сталина»: Сёмин о современных программах по истории ВОВ для школьников

Потом возникают вопросы, кто и как воспитывает "Коль из Уренгоя".



Украинский лётчик-испытатель рассказал, как распродавалась военная авиация Украины

Лётчик: Наши самолёты в Африке стоят, обгаженные воробьями.



Глава МИД Франции: Очень важно решить вопрос с выводом из Карабаха сирийских наёмников

Ранее сообщалось, что сирийские боевики завозились в Азербайджан через турецкий Газиантеп.



Экс-спецпредставитель ОБСЕ: Обе стороны конфликта получили то, чего меньше всего хотели – российских миротворцев в Карабахе

Россия «фантастически» использовала предоставившийся шанс для усиления своего присутствия в Закавказье.



Трампа заподозрили в готовности ввести военное положение в США на фоне переподчинения спецназа главе Пентагона

Противники Трампа раскручивают конспирологическую версию.



С Турцией или без – Украина не получит ЛДНР

«Байкатары», «Джавелины», космические лучи и помощь Турции не помогут Киеву вернуть Донбасс.



Что было до автомата Калашникова - оружие войны во Вьетнаме

Чем сражались вьетнамцы до начала поставок оружия из СССР.



Турция: На Западе возмущены вводом российских войск в Карабах, но не замечают их военной базы в Армении

Пресс-секретарь Эрдогана упрекает Запад в непоследовательности по отношению к российскому военному присутствию в Закавказье.


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