Military equipment & technology used in the war

La Águila Negra

 
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MIC company General Atomics is 'in talks' with representatives from the Ukrainian government about acquiring the MQ-9 Reaper attackdrones. Judging on the WaPo article below the Ukrainians and the company are both excited to acquire this weapon system, and General Atomics is ready to deliver immediately.

The US government still has to sign the deal.

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Ukrainian officials also have begun to meet with U.S. defense firms to see how else they might be able to improve their defenses. In one recent example, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, met last week with representatives from General Atomics, the maker of Reaper and Predator drones, said C. Mark Brinkley, a company spokesman.

Brinkley said Tuesday the company is “currently exploring options” for supporting Ukraine, something that would require U.S. government approval.

“We have aircraft available now for immediate transfer,” Brinkley said. “With support from the U.S. government, those aircraft could be in the hands of Ukrainian military pilots in a matter of days.”

Such a transfer, Brinkley said, would expand Ukraine’s ability to conduct aerial surveillance of the battlefield and provide “highly lethal strike capabilities not afforded” by smaller unmanned aircraft. Ukrainian pilots already familiar with drone operations would not be “starting from scratch” in learning how to fly them, he said.

In a statement, Markarova acknowledged Tuesday night that she met with General Atomics representatives.

“Together with our team, we discussed with General Atomics the prospects of increasing the capacity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the current situation in Ukraine,” she said.

When asked what hardware she requested of the company, Markarova’s spokeswoman declined to specify, saying Ukraine would prefer to “surprise Russia on the battlefield.”

General Atomics supplies the U.S. Air Force with the Reaper and the U.S. Army with the Gray Eagle, an upgraded version of the Predator that was used widely by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

911

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MIC company General Atomics is 'in talks' with representatives from the Ukrainian government about acquiring the MQ-9 Reaper attackdrones. Judging on the WaPo article below the Ukrainians and the company are both excited to acquire this weapon system, and General Atomics is ready to deliver immediately.

The US government still has to sign the deal.

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Ukrainian officials also have begun to meet with U.S. defense firms to see how else they might be able to improve their defenses. In one recent example, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, met last week with representatives from General Atomics, the maker of Reaper and Predator drones, said C. Mark Brinkley, a company spokesman.

Brinkley said Tuesday the company is “currently exploring options” for supporting Ukraine, something that would require U.S. government approval.

“We have aircraft available now for immediate transfer,” Brinkley said. “With support from the U.S. government, those aircraft could be in the hands of Ukrainian military pilots in a matter of days.”

Such a transfer, Brinkley said, would expand Ukraine’s ability to conduct aerial surveillance of the battlefield and provide “highly lethal strike capabilities not afforded” by smaller unmanned aircraft. Ukrainian pilots already familiar with drone operations would not be “starting from scratch” in learning how to fly them, he said.

In a statement, Markarova acknowledged Tuesday night that she met with General Atomics representatives.

“Together with our team, we discussed with General Atomics the prospects of increasing the capacity of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the current situation in Ukraine,” she said.

When asked what hardware she requested of the company, Markarova’s spokeswoman declined to specify, saying Ukraine would prefer to “surprise Russia on the battlefield.”

General Atomics supplies the U.S. Air Force with the Reaper and the U.S. Army with the Gray Eagle, an upgraded version of the Predator that was used widely by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

$32 million a piece for a very large drone (bigger than most WW2 fighter planes) that is visible to radar and slow as molasses (350km/h). It will make good target practice for Russian SAMs. This is another US weapon system that works amazingly well in terms of blowing up Afghan weddings and funerals, but is going to get crushed against a real army.
 

ed pluribus unum

Ostrich
Protestant
One thing I've seen recently is Russian attack helos launching their rockets in what appears to be a ballistic trajectory; they pull up into a climb and launch a salvo of rockets, reminiscent of western "toss-bombing" methods. Is there any precision at all in this maneouvre, or is it just aerial-launched artillery fired from a safe distance?
 

La Águila Negra

 
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* Ukrainian will receive M142 HIMARS tactical missile systems from the US. This is as far as I know not part of the latest 800 million USD military aid package



List here, no doubt there is more going that direction that doesn't make the books

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* The Netherlands has started supplying the UAF with Pantserhaubitze 2000 self propelled artillery (and armored vehicles, radar systems etc). Shells will be provided by Germany, training done in Poland.


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* France will supply CAESAR self propelled artillery amongst other things. Crew will be trained in France



* Sweden is supplying self propelled artillery. Screenshot_20220426_173320.jpg

* Italy is readying a weapon shipment
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* The UK will provide AS90. Will also provide Stormer AD vehicles and transfer a significant amount of Challenger 2 tanks to Poland to fill up their emptied storage sites.
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* Canada sends M777 howitzer amongst other things

 

911

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Dreizin on this topic:

As I wrote months ago, the Ukraine will be the greatest gift to the military-industrial complex since… Afghanistan

What you hear on CNN about military aid to the Ukraine, has always (since 2014) been the tip of the iceberg.

Poland is reportedly aiming to send 300 million small arms rounds to the Ukraine. Looking at potential willing participants who might have goods they don’t need, the sheer available volume for such a “donation” of Soviet 7.62mm ammunition does not exist at present. It must be manufactured.

Turkey has been involved in an effort to procure this ammo throughout the developing world, then send it to Poland for movement into the Ukraine. Among other sources, a large contract has or is being placed with the Bishkek Stamping Plant in the Kyrgyz Republic, former USSR.

Ross Perot’s “giant sucking sound” will be coming from the Ukraine—it will be a giant vacuum cleaner.

Polish intelligence has been using professional smugglers to bring replacement Stinger missiles and many other weapons in vans and SUV’s across the Ukraine border. Traditionally, these vehicles would be equipped with secret compartments under false bottoms or whatnot. Now, of course, no one is checking, but the smugglers are brave and they’re available.

Of the roughly 10,000 U.S. uniformed personnel in Poland today, at least 2000—probably some of the 82nd Airborne, as well as Patriot missile crews—are at the Rzeszow airport, about 40 miles from the Ukrainian border.

This is the location where all NATO country arms deliveries are transferred from cargo planes to ground vehicles for movement into the Ukraine.

The below video is most likely of the U.S. Army camp at the Rzeszow airport. It’s not hidden, anyone can drive by and film it. The MSM will never show it to you, because seeing this (and other camps like it) could “bring it home” and turn Americans hard against this business.



Uncle Sam is on track to offload just about all his surplus gear onto the Ukraine. He’s just getting warmed up. They are talking about self-propelled cannon and hundreds of M113 armored vehicles, not to mention 40,000 rounds for the cannon, counterbattery radar stations, helicopters, you name it.

You can see, Russia is doing so “poorly” that Uncle Sam and his hegemonic bloc are in a panic, responding in incoherent ways, doing the same dumb things over and over again.

I mean, how’d all those Javelins work out? Does anyone remember them? I thought they were going to change everything!

Sending more, larger, and heavier equipment to the Ukraine, won’t do anything, other than seal the total destruction of the Ukraine, and its transformation into a starving European Somalia with nuclear power plants.

As I’ve written before, Russia will escalate by destroying the bridges over the Dniepr, preventing the equipment from reaching its destination, while also permanently destroying what’s left of the Ukraine’s economy, making the eastern half totally dependent on Russia for its subsistence.

The 40,000 155mm rounds that Uncle Sam plans to send to the Ukraine, which would arm 18 self-propelled howitzers that Uncle Sam plans to send to the Ukraine, can be moved long distance only by rail. Before that happens (or as it happens), Russia will destroy the railroad switches, bridges, or other infrastructure, or rocket or bomb the trains en route.

Next, the 10 counterbattery radar stations that Uncle Sam plans to send, would need highly-trained crews to be effective, and to be integrated within the Ukraine’s existing artillery units.

Problem is, the Ukraine’s existing heavy artillery units are mostly destroyed already. Most of the personnel are dead, deserted, in hospital, in captivity, or (more likely) pinned down somewhere in a bunker in the Donbass, not utilizing their skills.

Training new personnel is not an option—Russia has been bombing or rocketing recruit staging areas, training grounds, etc., killing hundreds and hundreds. It’s gotten so bad that Zelensky has cancelled the spring call-up.

At this point, no one is going to make good use of those radars. It’s like donating tent stakes or lawn chemicals to someone who needs to change the tires on their car.

Next item. Russia has already destroyed over a hundred Ukrainian helicopters, over two-thirds of the fleet. Will sending in another 11 change anything? Very soon, there won’t be any fuel for them, anyway.

Folks, this is not a video game.

The USSR was able to incorporate some Anglo-American hardware and to train army, after army, after army, after army in 1941-1943 (as they were progressively destroyed or partially chewed up), in part because it had a rear area.

The Ukraine has no rear area. Anything can blow up anywhere at any time.

The Ukraine is also just about out of idiots who want to die for Zelensky and the Maidan cult.

They can round up all the men they want, but there’s no more fresh, new, willing manpower that will stand and fight. Whoever is under arms right now, is all there is. There’s no more “bench.”

As I have said more than once, and I said it weeks or even months before the war, it won’t be a “peoples’ war.”

I’m NOT saying the people are all for Russia, but once the Ukrainian army (and some number of yahoo militia who don’t quite reflect or represent the public) is run down, that’s it. The supply of fresh, motivated bodies is very limited.

Of course, the U.S. and its bloc will keep sending more and more stuff, regardless of what happens to the stuff. What else can they do? Their populations don’t want to get involved directly.

The Ukraine will be destroyed… and the Four Horsemen will come to YOU

Recall the 300 million rounds.

300 million rounds is enough to keep the war going (at least as an Afghanistan-style conflict) for several years. As I’ve said, the Ukraine will be totally destroyed.

I have written repeatedly, since the first days of the war, that if Brandon and the Europeans keep pushing Saint Zelensky to fight, and keep arming and escalating and raising the stakes, rather than trying to make a deal…..

…..it will lead to the total destruction of the Ukraine, turning it into a very well-armed, starving Somalia in Europe, with a number of severely under-maintained nuclear power plants—one or more of which will go up into the air, likely sooner than later.

And, as has been established already, the global fertilizer shortage (made much worse by U.S. sanctions on Russia and Belarus) coupled with Ukrainian wheat going offline, means that up to 100 million Africans will need to get off the planet, or at least, leave Africa. It will be a sight. And this is just what we know for sure, so far.


 

911

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Tupolev Tu-22 long range bomber.
 

Easy_C

Peacock
They're going to give Ukraine, which does not have intact ADA coverage in most areas, howitzers which can at most fire from 30km behind the front lines?

Genius. I'm sure that absolutely won't result in them being wrecked by A2G missiles within minutes of them firing their first volley.
 

911

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What are the chances of those getting all the way to the frontlines from Poland in the first place? They will try to move some cannons there, and keep most of them in schools and hospitals in Kiev, Lvov etc.
 

Garuda

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Protestant
The first shipments from Australia have been deployed.



Some are claiming that Russia has deployed dolphins in Ukrainian harbors.

 
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