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Navy ‘Sniper’: What’s So Special About Russia’s New Ka-52K Katran Attack Chopper

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Russian Helicopters corporation has confirmed that the Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter remains the company’s priority project for the Russian Navy, given that it is much better suited to Navy tasks than its Mi-28N and Ka-52 cousins. Military observer Andrei Kotz explains what’s so special about the chopper.
The Ka-52K, the naval variant of the Kamov Ka-52 Aligator assault helicopter, was originally designed for use aboard the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry in 2010. The compact ship-borne chopper design features folding rotor blades and wings, a specialized life-support system (including immersion suits for crew), and advanced new sea-mode fire-control radar with support for anti-ship missiles.

The chopper also has reinforced heavy-duty landing gear, ensuring improved crew survivability in case of an emergency landings. A special anti-corrosion treatment is applied to the fuselage, locking out moisture and sea salt, saving the helicopter from rust and extending its service life. Other improvements over the base Ka-52 include a new ventilation system connected to flight suits to keep crew nice and cool during flight.

At the height of the crisis in Ukraine and amid pressure from its NATO allies, France canceled the Mistral deal in 2015 and sold the ships to Egypt instead. Although Egypt will purchase a full complement of Katrans for its Mistrals, in Russia the unique helicopter has had a more difficult fate, since the Navy does not yet have specialized ships capable of making use of its advanced capabilities.

Moreover, with the Navy confirming earlier this year that it expects to receive two new helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ships before 2025, analysts believe the design most likely to be built is the Priboy-class, a next-gen amphibious assault ship which analysts consider superior to the Mistral. In addition to up to 500 marines and 50 pieces of armor, Priboy-class ships will be able to to carry up to 15 Ka-29 assault transports, Ka-27 anti-sub warfare choppers, and Ka-52K assault helicopters, thus ensuring the unique Katran design a stable future.

A Navy SEAL admiral explains how he learned to never give up

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Admiral William McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World,” explains what he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him never give up and quit. He went on to serve as a SEAL for 37 years.

William Harry McRaven (born November 6, 1955) is a retired United States Navy admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014.

Admiral McRaven is credited for organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. CIA Director Leon Panetta delegated the raid to McRaven who has worked almost exclusively on counter-terrorism operations and strategy since 2001.

FBI Seeks Information on Missing Washington, D.C. Juvenile

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The FBI Washington Field Office and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Dajana Houston, 11, of Washington, D.C.

Dajana Houston was last seen on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Dajana is a black female and has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5’4” tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was last known to be wearing a purple shirt, black pants, and black shoes.

Anyone with information regarding this individual is asked to contact the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or tips.fbi.gov, or call MPD’s tip line at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the police department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.





Public's Assistance Requested After Incident Occurring at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

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On Saturday, October 14, 2017, a device was located on the grounds of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia. The device was located during an annual reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek. No persons were harmed, and the device was rendered safe by the Virginia State Police.

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity or may have information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the FBI at (804) 261-1044.

The FBI, along with its partners—the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Virginia State Police; the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office; and the Middletown Police Department—is investigating this matter. As this is a pending matter, no further information may be released at this time.





Several injured after gunman opens fire in Sweden

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Three people have been charged with the murder of elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was gunned down in Tanzania. A leading conservationist spoke about the “very, very dangerous” people behind elephant poaching in Africa and why UK government plans to ban the ivory trade were a step in the right direction.

Three people have been charged with the murder in Tanzania of leading elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was assassinated in the capital, Dar es Salaam, in August.

Wayne Lotter, a South African, founded an NGO which provided conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments across Africa and had received numerous death threats relating to his work since he began in 2009.

Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, knew Lotter and said he had paid the price for working in an “extremely dangerous environment.”

“He was one of the most charming, unassuming, unpretentious individuals. It was not ‘all about me’ with him. It was about empowering people,” Mr. Travers told Sputnik.

Around 20,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year — that is roughly 55 a day. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth at least US$19 billion per year and thought to be the fourth largest transnational illegal trade, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.

Britain is the biggest exporter of legal ivory in the world but on Friday, October 6, the British government announced plans to ban the ivory trade altogether. Currently antique ivory, produced or carved before 1947, can be bought and sold but the proposed legislation would outlaw all ivory, with a handful of exceptions such as museum pieces and ivory linear keys on antique pianos.

“Nobody is killing elephants to make ivory keys for pianos. That is an exemption we can live with,” Mr. Travers said.

Hundreds of Rangers Killed

He said the murder of a “white conservationist” got much more publicity than the deaths of the 1,000 rangers who had been killed in Africa protecting wildlife.

“Those rangers never get the publicity or the support for their families, but they are on the frontline, protecting elephants for us,” Mr. Travers added.

​On Monday, October 9, Khalid Mwinyi, 35, a banker, and his sister Rahma “Baby” Mwinyi, 37, a businesswoman, appeared in Kisutu resident magistrates court in Dar es Salaam charged with murder, along with Mohamed Maganga, 61, a cleaner.

They are expected to face trial next year.

Watch as Russian Sniper Sets World Record for Longest Shot

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Russian Helicopters corporation has confirmed that the Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter remains the company’s priority project for the Russian Navy, given that it is much better suited to Navy tasks than its Mi-28N and Ka-52 cousins. Military observer Andrei Kotz explains what’s so special about the chopper.
The Ka-52K, the naval variant of the Kamov Ka-52 Aligator assault helicopter, was originally designed for use aboard the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry in 2010. The compact ship-borne chopper design features folding rotor blades and wings, a specialized life-support system (including immersion suits for crew), and advanced new sea-mode fire-control radar with support for anti-ship missiles.

The chopper also has reinforced heavy-duty landing gear, ensuring improved crew survivability in case of an emergency landings. A special anti-corrosion treatment is applied to the fuselage, locking out moisture and sea salt, saving the helicopter from rust and extending its service life. Other improvements over the base Ka-52 include a new ventilation system connected to flight suits to keep crew nice and cool during flight.

At the height of the crisis in Ukraine and amid pressure from its NATO allies, France canceled the Mistral deal in 2015 and sold the ships to Egypt instead. Although Egypt will purchase a full complement of Katrans for its Mistrals, in Russia the unique helicopter has had a more difficult fate, since the Navy does not yet have specialized ships capable of making use of its advanced capabilities.

According to RIA Novosti military observer Andrei Kotz, the Katran is not just a Navy variant of the Ka-52, but arguably a chopper with superior combat capabilities over its army cousin.

For example, Kotz noted that “the Ka-52K features a short-range radiotechnical navigation system, not found on the base Ka-52. Over the ocean its not always possible to find a reference point, while building a route guided by the stars is possible only on a cloudless nights. The new system makes it much more difficult for the Katran to get lost at sea.”

Furthermore, the expert explained that “to detect targets, the Katran is equipped with the powerful Zhuk-A active phased array radar – the system fitted aboard the latest models of the Su-27 and the promising MiG-35 fighters. This system can detect tanks, aircraft and enemy ships at a range of up to 200 km, accompanying up to 30 targets at a time, and simultaneously firing on up to eight.”

The Katran’s main armament is expected to include the new Hermes-A anti-tank guided missile, whose 20 km range significantly exceeds that of the Vikhr (‘Whirlwind’) and the Ataka (‘Attack’) missiles equipped aboard the Ka-52 and Mi-28N, respectively. (The Vikhr’s range is 10 km, and the Ataka’s is 6 km.)

“In this way,” Kotz wrote, “the Katran does not need to enter the enemy’s short-range air defenses to destroy its targets, thus transforming it from a ‘flying tank’ into an effective ‘sniper’.”

Combined with the impressive features of the base Ka-52, including its armored cockpit, unique ejection system (which literally blows rotor blades aside via explosive charges in the rotor disc upon ejection), the coaxial layout of the rotors themselves, which give the chopper excellent control in strong lateral winds, and its modern on-board radio-electronic equipment, the Katran is truly a a universal combat system.
At the moment, the Russian Navy has only one squadron of pre-mass production series Ka-52s. Mass production is expected to begin in 2020. At the moment, thanks to the cancelation of the Mistral deal, the Navy does not yet to have a genuine, highly specialized helicopter carrier that can take advantage of all of the Katran’s features.

However, amid testing on the Admiral Gorshkov frigate and the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, there is a chance that the Katran will become the Navy’s universal attack chopper.

Moreover, with the Navy confirming earlier this year that it expects to receive two new helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ships before 2025, analysts believe the design most likely to be built is the Priboy-class, a next-gen amphibious assault ship which analysts consider superior to the Mistral. In addition to up to 500 marines and 50 pieces of armor, Priboy-class ships will be able to to carry up to 15 Ka-29 assault transports, Ka-27 anti-sub warfare choppers, and Ka-52K assault helicopters, thus ensuring the unique Katran design a stable future.

Marine shows how to handle a gun pointed at your head in record speed

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Admiral William McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World,” explains what he learned during Navy SEAL training that helped him never give up and quit. He went on to serve as a SEAL for 37 years.

William Harry McRaven (born November 6, 1955) is a retired United States Navy admiral who last served as the ninth commander of the United States Special Operations Command from August 8, 2011, to August 28, 2014.

Admiral McRaven is credited for organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. CIA Director Leon Panetta delegated the raid to McRaven who has worked almost exclusively on counter-terrorism operations and strategy since 2001.

Duterte Tells CIA ‘Kill Me or Get Out of My Country’

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Three people have been charged with the murder of elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was gunned down in Tanzania. A leading conservationist spoke about the “very, very dangerous” people behind elephant poaching in Africa and why UK government plans to ban the ivory trade were a step in the right direction.

Three people have been charged with the murder in Tanzania of leading elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was assassinated in the capital, Dar es Salaam, in August.

Wayne Lotter, a South African, founded an NGO which provided conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments across Africa and had received numerous death threats relating to his work since he began in 2009.

Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, knew Lotter and said he had paid the price for working in an “extremely dangerous environment.”

“He was one of the most charming, unassuming, unpretentious individuals. It was not ‘all about me’ with him. It was about empowering people,” Mr. Travers told Sputnik.

Around 20,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year — that is roughly 55 a day. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth at least US$19 billion per year and thought to be the fourth largest transnational illegal trade, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.

Britain is the biggest exporter of legal ivory in the world but on Friday, October 6, the British government announced plans to ban the ivory trade altogether. Currently antique ivory, produced or carved before 1947, can be bought and sold but the proposed legislation would outlaw all ivory, with a handful of exceptions such as museum pieces and ivory linear keys on antique pianos.

“Nobody is killing elephants to make ivory keys for pianos. That is an exemption we can live with,” Mr. Travers said.

Hundreds of Rangers Killed

He said the murder of a “white conservationist” got much more publicity than the deaths of the 1,000 rangers who had been killed in Africa protecting wildlife.

“Those rangers never get the publicity or the support for their families, but they are on the frontline, protecting elephants for us,” Mr. Travers added.

​On Monday, October 9, Khalid Mwinyi, 35, a banker, and his sister Rahma “Baby” Mwinyi, 37, a businesswoman, appeared in Kisutu resident magistrates court in Dar es Salaam charged with murder, along with Mohamed Maganga, 61, a cleaner.

They are expected to face trial next year.

‘Very-Very Dangerous People’ Who Target Those Fighting Elephant Poaching

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Three people have been charged with the murder of elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was gunned down in Tanzania. A leading conservationist spoke about the “very, very dangerous” people behind elephant poaching in Africa and why UK government plans to ban the ivory trade were a step in the right direction.

Three people have been charged with the murder in Tanzania of leading elephant conservationist Wayne Lotter, who was assassinated in the capital, Dar es Salaam, in August.

Wayne Lotter, a South African, founded an NGO which provided conservation and anti-poaching support to communities and governments across Africa and had received numerous death threats relating to his work since he began in 2009.

Will Travers, President of the Born Free Foundation, knew Lotter and said he had paid the price for working in an “extremely dangerous environment.”

“He was one of the most charming, unassuming, unpretentious individuals. It was not ‘all about me’ with him. It was about empowering people,” Mr. Travers told Sputnik.

Around 20,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year — that is roughly 55 a day. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth at least US$19 billion per year and thought to be the fourth largest transnational illegal trade, after narcotics, counterfeiting, and human trafficking.

Britain is the biggest exporter of legal ivory in the world but on Friday, October 6, the British government announced plans to ban the ivory trade altogether. Currently antique ivory, produced or carved before 1947, can be bought and sold but the proposed legislation would outlaw all ivory, with a handful of exceptions such as museum pieces and ivory linear keys on antique pianos.

“Nobody is killing elephants to make ivory keys for pianos. That is an exemption we can live with,” Mr. Travers said.

Hundreds of Rangers Killed

He said the murder of a “white conservationist” got much more publicity than the deaths of the 1,000 rangers who had been killed in Africa protecting wildlife.

“Those rangers never get the publicity or the support for their families, but they are on the frontline, protecting elephants for us,” Mr. Travers added.

​On Monday, October 9, Khalid Mwinyi, 35, a banker, and his sister Rahma “Baby” Mwinyi, 37, a businesswoman, appeared in Kisutu resident magistrates court in Dar es Salaam charged with murder, along with Mohamed Maganga, 61, a cleaner.

They are expected to face trial next year.

Can you spot the U.S. Army Snipers hiding in the woods?

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Can you spot the two snipers hiding in the woods? Staff Sgt. Brian Moran, an Instructor at the U.S. Army Sniper Course, explains the role of snipers in military operations and shows us some of the techniques used to remain concealed to enemies.

A lot of people have the misconception that to be a good sniper, you have to be a good shooter. Shooting is only 20 percent of the course at the Army Sniper School. It takes a patient person, a disciplined person, a person who is used to working alone. In addition to marksmanship skills, the school instructs on detecting and stalking a target and estimating the range of a target.

The course also covers concealment and camouflage, as well as observation exercises.

The first U.S. Army Sniper School was initiated in 1955, right after the Korean War cease-fire. The present U.S. Army Sniper School was established at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1987. The length of the school is 5 weeks. The Army National Guard Sniper School was established in 1993 at Camp Robinson Arkansas.

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