Third Attack on USS Mason Fired on Again Off Coast of Yemen Oct 15, 2016

CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’ CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’ Sam LaGrone – USNI – October 15, 2016 “A US Strike Group transiting international waters in the Red Sea detected possible inbound missile threats and deployed appropriate defensive measures,” a US defense official said, speaking […]
CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’
CNO Richardson: USS Mason ‘Appears to Have Come Under Attack’
Sam LaGrone – USNI – October 15, 2016 “A US Strike Group transiting international waters in the Red Sea detected possible inbound missile threats and deployed appropriate defensive measures,” a US defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Post event assessment is ongoing. All US warships and vessels in the area are safe.” The USS Mason destroyer, which was sailing in international waters off Yemen’s coast earlier this week, used unspecified countermeasures against the incoming missiles, a military official said.
USS Mason Defends Itself for the Third Time
USS Mason Defends Itself for the Third Time
If confirmed, the attempted missile strikes would be the most serious escalation yet of the US involvement in a deadly civil war that has killed more than 6,800 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since a Saudi-led coalition launched military operations last year. Officials have stressed that Washington wants to avoid getting embroiled in yet another war in an already volatile region. On Thursday, the US Navy launched five Tomahawk cruise missiles at three mobile radar sites in Huthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, after the Iran-backed rebels blasted rockets at the USS Mason twice in four days. See the earlier blog post. http://www.aticourses.com/blog/index.php/2016/10/13/cole-attack-12-o…tack-oct-11-2016/ The social media of retired naval officers is filled with angry comments. They want to see a strong military response that immediately attacks the shooters and deters future hostile action. They cannot believe that the US military doesn’t know a lot more and has not responded more vigorously to-date. They say:
  1. What you say when you don’t want to respond in kind!  Where was the counter-batter attack?
  2. Didn’t we know where they came from, with all the hi-tech detection and satellite info we have in use?
You may anonymously respond to me directly at jim.jenkins@aticourses.com and just tell me that you do not want your name used including additional open source web references. This is a big story to me as I have children deployed with the Eisenhower carrier group. It is hard to believe the US does not know more 24 hours after the attacks.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3840274/Missiles-fired-US-warships-Red-Sea-no-casualties-US-official.html http://abcnews.go.com/International/missiles-fired-us-ship-off-yemen/story?id=42832766

The Iron Dome Missile Defense System Works Well

The Israeli iron dome system destroyed 90% of the incoming rockets and predicted which rockets would fall harmlessly in open unpopulated spaces. As of Nov 18,2012, Hamas had fired close to 1,000 missiles and rockets into Israel. Iron Dome decided — by tracing their trajectory and likely impact points within seconds of launch — that […]
The Israeli iron dome system destroyed 90% of the incoming rockets and predicted which rockets would fall harmlessly in open unpopulated spaces. As of Nov 18,2012, Hamas had fired close to 1,000 missiles and rockets into Israel. Iron Dome decided — by tracing their trajectory and likely impact points within seconds of launch — that about two-thirds didn’t pose a threat and let them fall harmlessly to Earth. It destroyed about 90% of the remaining 300 or so that threatened to land in populated areas, Israeli officials said. ATIcourses has several courses to help understand missiles and missile Defense Missile System Design Mar 25-28, 2013 Columbia, MD Modern Missile Analysis Apr 1-4, 2013 Huntsville, AL Modern Missile Analysis May 13-16, 2013 Columbia, MD Making Decisions in Missile Defense On-site only Iron Dome was developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., and is expected to cost close to $1 billion by the time up to 15 batteries are bought (five are now deployed in southern Israel). The U.S. has pledged about $300 million to help fund the effort. Israel decided to build the system after the 2006 Second Lebanon War, when 4,000 Hezbollah rockets rained down on northern Israel, killing 44. Iron Dome is designed to counter short-range missiles with a range of 70 kilometers or less – about 45 miles. Its prey includes crude Katyusha and Qassam rockets and Soviet-designed but built-in-Gaza Grads, with a range of up to 25 miles. Read more: http://nation.time.com/2012/11/19/iron-dome-a-missile-shield-that-works/#ixzz2ESWlWpG4


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AeroVironment Receives $46.2 Million Order for Raven UAS and Digital Retrofit Kits

MONROVIA, Calif., December 28, 2010 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced today that it received an order valued at $46,226,984 under an existing contract with the U.S. Army. The order comprises 123 new digital Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages as well as 186 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Marine […]
MONROVIA, Calif., December 28, 2010 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced today that it received an order valued at $46,226,984 under an existing contract with the U.S. Army. The order comprises 123 new digital Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages as well as 186 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Marine Corps. The order also includes 339 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Army. The Raven system and retrofit order represents the remainder of the funds appropriated for RQ-11B Raven system procurement in the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which was signed into law in December 2009. The orders were released under the existing U.S. Army joint small UAS program of record for AV’s Raven. This program has included contract additions from the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command. The items and services provided under these awards on this multi-year contract are fully funded. Work is scheduled to be performed within a period of 12 months. “Raven systems have proven their value and reliability to military services across the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Tom Herring, AV senior vice president and general manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “These backpackable, hand-launched unmanned systems provide situational awareness directly to our warfighters, increasing mission effectiveness and safety. We remain focused on supporting our customers with reliable solutions and developing ever more capable solutions.” The Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for “over the hill” and “around the corner” reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units. U.S. armed forces use Raven systems extensively for missions such as base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, two ground control stations and spares. In addition to the Raven system, AV’s small UAS include Puma™ and Wasp™, which are also hand-launched and controlled by AV’s hand-held ground control station. Each aircraft in AV’s family of small UAS is interoperable and tailored to address a variety of operational user needs. AV’s UAS logistics operation supports systems deployed worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness. AV has delivered thousands of small unmanned aircraft to date. International purchasers of Raven systems include Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Norway.
The Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for “over the hill” and “around the corner” reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units.
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/AeroVironment_Receives_Order_For_Raven_UAS_And_Digital_Retrofit_Kits_999.html

Chinese DF 21 Ballistic Missile. Is it a significant threat to US carrier groups?

I have been reading in my LinkedIn Defense group about the Chinese DF 21 Ballistic Missile. Is it a significant threat to US carrier groups? DongFeng 21 (CSS-5) Medium-Range Ballistic Missile DF-21 (CSS-5) Medium-Range Ballistic Missile DF-21A MRBM System in service with the PLA Second Artillery Corps (Chinese Internet) The DongFeng 21 (DF-21, NATO code […]
I have been reading in my LinkedIn Defense group about the Chinese DF 21 Ballistic Missile. Is it a significant threat to US carrier groups? DongFeng 21 (CSS-5) Medium-Range Ballistic Missile DF-21 (CSS-5) Medium-Range Ballistic Missile DF-21A MRBM System in service with the PLA Second Artillery Corps (Chinese Internet) The DongFeng 21 (DF-21, NATO code name: CSS-5) is a two-stage, solid-propellant, single-warhead medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) system developed by China Changfeng Mechanics and Electronics Technology Academy (also known as 2nd Space Academy). Developed from the JuLang 1 (JL-1) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the DF-21 was originally intended for strategic missions but its later variants were designed for both nuclear and conventional missions. The latest DF-21D was said to be the world’s first and only anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) system. The DF-21 has also been developed into space launcher and anti-satellite/anti-missile weapon carrier. http://www.sinodefence.com/strategic/missile/df21.asp