Monday, February 29, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 29, 2016

Sputnik: Has Russia's T-90 Tank Really Made TOW Missiles Obsolete in Syria?

New Russian tanks sent to Syria have been able to survive hits from US-made TOW missiles, although their anti-missile counter-measures have yet to be seen in combat.

In a report on the new weapons deployed to the Syrian conflict, Robert Fisk drew attention to tank-based anti-missile systems, as well as night vision and reconnaissance systems.

The new tanks supplied to the Syrian army have the ability to deflect TOW-like missiles, although their full implementation has yet to be seen. A video released by rebels showed the T-90 surviving a hit by a TOW missile, but an open hatch prevented the deployment of an aerosol screen used to deflect such missiles before they reach the tank.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 29, 2016

WATCH: U.S.-made missile goes up against one of Russia’s most advanced tanks -- Washington Post

Russian army to test-drive 20 Armata tank prototypes -- RT

Five Russian Weapons Which Made Their Deadly Debut in Syria -- Sputnik

Saudi Warplanes Arrive at Turkish Airbase -- Defense news

Latvia wants greater NATO presence to offset Russia -- Military Times

Military Drones Coming To The Royal Canadian Air Force -- Canadian Press

Trident nukes vulnerable to cyber-attacks, underwater drones – ex-defense secretary -- RT

The growing U.N. scandal over sex abuse and ‘peacekeeper babies -- Washington Post

Australia considers sending its own military satellites into space -- Sydney Morning Herald

China plans to launch 2nd space station, crewed mission -- AP

Cambodia Wants China Warships: Navy Commander -- The Diplomat

Japan to Supply Philippines With Military Equipment -- AP

Japan: The Next Major Player in the Taiwan Strait? -- Emily S. Chen, The Diplomat

South China Sea: Beijing Is Winning, But Here's How to Retake the Initiative -- Peter Layton, Lowy Institute

Could Military Buildup In South China Sea By China Lead To US Response? -- IBTimes

Indian Air Force Has Only 32 Squadrons - Lowest In A Decade -- NDTV

India, U.S. closer to pact to share military logistics: officials -- Reuters

United States Putting ‘Advisers’ On The Front Lines In Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram -- Outside The Beltway

Decision to delay F-35 buy "incredibly difficult," Air Force general says -- Air Force Times

Reductions in Pentagon's planned F-35 orders not significant-Lockheed -- Reuters

Israel's Angst Over Qatar Sale Could End Boeing’s F-15 Line -- Defense News

Pentagon will decide future of two high-profile satellite programs by year’s end -- Space News

Pentagon Research Could Make ‘Brain Modem’ a Reality -- David Axe, Daily Beast

17 reasons why the M1 Abrams tank is still king of the battlefield -- Business Insider

Week ahead: Pentagon brass defends budgets -- The Hill

Combat jobs are opening to women. Should the draft? -- Courtney Mabeus, Virginia-Pilot

This is the Navy fitness test that MCPON wants -- Navy Times

Persian Gulf War veterans fume as a 25th anniversary goes unmarked by Pentagon -- Washington Post

Don’t Fall for Obama’s $3 Billion Arms Buildup at Russia’s Door -- Lawrence J. Korb and Eric Goepe, Defense One

America's Nuclear Shield: Time to Modernize? -- Robert Burns, AP

The next president's military -- Military Times


Buick93 said...

Poor training. They targeted the front of the turret, which has reactive armor and the thickest frontal armor on the tank. If they had just moved the target about three feet down, you would have had a dead T-90. That missile would have hit the side of the hull, which has a lot less armor.

Also very interesting that their active countermeasures didn't fire.

Jay Farquharson said...

Shorta is passive, it's unclear if the Arena APDS is deployed in Syria.

When the Shorta system is "on", one of the protective systems is to automatically turn the turret towards the incoming missile, so that if the missile hits, it hits the thickest area of the turret with the heaviest reactive armour.

RRH said...

That's right Jay. And it was "on".