Monday, July 22, 2019

Global SITREP C5-19: 21st Century Warfare

USMC LMADIS Anti-Drone system
UPDATED (Below) 19 July 2019: Yesterday at approximately 10 AM in the morning in the Strait of Hormuz there was a hostile encounter between the US and Iran. But the shots fired weren't conventional bullets, but a beam of electromagnetic energy (EM). Welcome to warfare in the 21st Century. A full write-up on this vehicle and its technology by Tyler Rogoway is at The War Zone.

The 11th MEU embarked on the USS Boxer brought down an Iranian drone which got too close and made threatening maneuvers. The "fire" on theenemy target came from the vehicle imaged above, the USMC LMADIS (Light Marine Air Defense Integrated System) mounted on a militarized Polaris MRZR dune buggy. One or more of the drum-shaped emitters enveloped the iranian drone in an EM beam cutting off all singals from its control center in Iran, Uncontrolled the Iranian drone crashed into the sea.

The image above shows how the LMADIS was tied-down on the forward deck of the USS Boxer as it engaged the threatening Iranian drone. The question is, is this how the prophetic engagement of Jeremiah 49:34-39 begins, with a form of modern EM warfare that to the ancients was completely incomprehensible. Some unseen power literally plucked a flying craft out of the sky. This is not unlike another unseen power breaking the "bow of Elam." 

Standing by now to see what develops next. It appears as if a new threshold has been crossed.

22 July 2018: The update is that this weekend most of the regular surface fleet of the Iranian Navy (IRIN) which consists of 3 frigates, and a host of the fast boats of the IRGC, departed from their births. One frigate stood off about 500 years in parallel of the USS Boxer ESG as the six ships entered into the (Arabian) Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz. 

And as most have heard by now, the UK has its problems with Iran in the form of two of its merchant vessel having been taken over by IRGC heliborne commandos and fastboats. It appears that today's COBRA session of the UK govenment resulted in a determination to send a submarine, a destroyer, and some additional numbers of SBS commando to the Gulf. Things are heating up quickly.

More to come...

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Global SITREP C4-19: Iranian Vulnerability Exposed

IAF F-35I Adir

UPDATED 2 July 2019: We discussed this briefly about a year ago as it was just a rumor. But now that a Kuwaiti newspaper has spilled the beans on Ayatollah Khamenei's firing of his air defense (AD) chief the rumor aspect has evaporated. The Iranian AD was suddenly canned because he had kept quiet about the fact that Israeli F-35I 'Adir' aircraft flew completely, stealthily, undetected throughout Iran during March of 2018. Undetected even by Iran's Russian-made S-300 SAMs or its own Bavar-373 imitation S-300 SAM systems. These systems were overcome by the F-35I Adir's stealth characteristics.

The IAF F-35I "Mighty" aircraft flew a detailed reconnaissance mission over Iranian military sites at Bandar Abbas, Shiraz, Isfahan, Karaj, and even loops around the capital Tehran. The Ayatoallah went ballistic because the Israeli Air Force was above his head and he knew nothing about it. Zip, nada, nothing. We can imagine the Russians might also be a tad miffed too.

Here's a timeline to review. 

In December 2016 the first two F-35I Adir's land in Israel. 

In December 2017, and now with a grand total of just five aircraft in Israel, the Adir is declared to have its Initial Operational  Capability, or IOC, meaning it can fly combat missions. And it did.

March 2018, the Israeli Air Force is flying a reconnaissance mission with its F-35I's completely undetected over virtually all of Iran's most sensitive military bases in western Iran (i.e. ancient Elam too). These sites included all of Iran's AD sites, nuclear sites as well as Iran's top secret underground missile bases.

So, while Iran can shoot down slow, unstealthy and very large UAVs like the US Navy's BAMS-D, the country is now proven to be very vulnerable to US and Israeli F-35 Lightning II, not to mention the US squadron of stealthy F-22 Raptor's, which brings the extra added benefit of enhancing the lethality and survivability of the Lincoln CSG's embarked F/A-18 SuperHornets and Growlers. 

Indeed, as POTUS Trump said just yesterday, Iran is playing with fire. We might even bestow the name "Jeremiah's Fire" to the soon to transpire event that prophet foretold so long ago.

11 July 2019: About the international coalition in the Eschatology Today interpretation of Jeremiah 49:34-39, we have this just released USCENTCOM statement.

July 11, 2019 — "We are aware of the reports of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp Navy's FAC/FIAC harassment and attempts to interfere with the passage of the UK-flagged merchant vessel British Heritage today near the Strait of Hormuz. We refer you the UK Ministry of Defense for further information on this.

Threats to international freedom of navigation require an international solution. The world economy depends on the free flow of commerce, and it is incumbent on all nations to protect and preserve this lynchpin of global prosperity."

attributable to Capt. Bill Urban, Lead Spokesman for U.S. Central Command"