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31 octobre 2015 6 31 /10 /octobre /2015 12:20
Peace Time: Bombing Arizona


October 24, 2015: Strategy Page


On September 23rd a scrap yard worker in the United States (Arizona) was killed while trying to cut up an American Mk82 500 pound (227 kg) unguided bomb. Not all of the explosives in the unguided bomb went off but enough did to kill the worker. Normally these bombs carry 127.2 kg (280 pounds) of high explosives. The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating where the bomb came from because such weapons are not sold as surplus but are demilitarized (explosives removed) in Department of Defense facilities. Currently the most likely source of the bomb is the only missing Mk-82s in the area. These are four Mk-82s that still missing after the A-10 carrying them crashed in a remote area of nearby Colorado. That was over 700 kilometers away but it was also in 1997 so there was plenty of time for the banged up bomb to make its way to Arizona. Not only that but the bomb apparently was missing much of its explosives, which might be the result of someone else extracting them or scattered when the unarmed (to explode) bomb hit the ground and broke up.


Contemporary military munitions do show up frequently enough in the United States for most major police forces to have explosives experts trained to recognize and deal with them. In the rest of the world it is a little different. World War II era munitions continue to show up throughout Europe. Although most of the millions of land mines were removed from Europe within a few years of the war ending in 1945, there are still a huge number of unexploded of grenades, shells, rockets and bombs buried all over the place. At least the mine fields were easy to find, although dangerous to clear. But the remaining munitions were left behind, in unrecorded locations, for some pretty simple reasons. First of all, many bombs, artillery and mortar shells (over ten percent, for some manufacturers) do not explode when they are supposed to, but just buried themselves into the ground. These shells are still full of explosives, and often have a fuze that, while defective, is often still capable of going off if disturbed. Other munitions were left in bunkers, or elsewhere on the battlefield, and got buried and lost. Most of these lost munitions eventually get found by farmers, or anyone digging up the ground for construction. London and Berlin, two of the most heavily bombed cities during World War II, still suffer from construction crews unearthing unexploded bombs.


 The problem goes back farther than World War II. Unexploded munitions from the World War I (which ended in 1918), and the American Civil War, which ended in 1865, are still showing up, and some of them are still deadly. Currently, over a thousand World War II munitions are discovered each year in Europe and smaller amounts in East Asia; mainly Japan, China and Korea with lots of 1960s vintage stuff still surfacing in Vietnam.

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2 juillet 2015 4 02 /07 /juillet /2015 16:30
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin

01.07.2015 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense

Un petit point sur les 36 F-16 Fighting Falcon destinés à l'armée de l'air irakienne...

Le Pentagone, dans le cadre d'une FMS, a attribué un marché de soutien logistique (contractor logistics support) à Lockheed Martin (lire ci-dessous). Les prestations seront effectuées à Balad Air Base en Irak mais aussi à Tucson (Arizona) où eu lieu depuis la fin 2014 la formation des pilotes irakiens. Cette délocalisation a été provoquée par le rappel des contractors US pour cause d'insécurité croissante.


"Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an $119,200,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, undefinitized contract action for contractor logistics support. Contractor will provide CLS for the Iraq F-16 program. Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, with ongoing CLS support activity in Tucson, Arizona; Fort Worth, Texas; and Greenville, South Carolina, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2016. This contract is 100-percent foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (FA8615-12-C-6012)."

Huit F-16 ont été livrés à Tuckson pour la formation des Irakiens (voir des photos ici) mais l'un des avions s'est écrasé la semaine denrière. Le Brigadier General Rafid Mohammed Hassan a été tué lors de ce crash qui a eu lieu de nuit lors d'un entraînement avec le 162nd Wing de l'Arizona Air National Guard.

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 06:55
Exercice Angel thunder en Arizona (USA).


05.06.2014 par Armée de l'Air


Exercice Angel thunder en Arizona (USA), déploiement des moyens CSAR ( recherche et sauvetage au combat) aux états-unis.



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