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  • Exocet missile: how the sinking of HMS Sheffield made it famous

    10/15/2017 8:21:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    theguardian ^ | 15 October 2017 | Ian Cobain
    The damage to HMS Sheffield after it was struck by an Exocet missile in May 1982. Photograph: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Ima The British public became fascinated by the Exocet missile after one sunk HMS Sheffield shortly after the outbreak of the Falklands war in 1982. Before long, the word Exocet was being used as a metaphor for anything that was suddenly and unstoppably destructive: a winning argument, for example, or a footballer’s shot on goal. Although Argentina possessed only five of the missiles, Margaret Thatcher’s war cabinet was also fascinated by them, because they knew a successful strike on...
  • You and whose air force? Argentina grounds ALL its jet fighters and will scrap work for pilots ...

    08/11/2017 9:39:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 9 August 2017 | IAIN BURNS
    Argentina has grounded all the fighter jets in its air force - meaning it is being defended by just a few dozen propeller fighters first built in the 1970s. Thirty-five years after the country's military invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, the economically beleaguered South American republic now has a worse air force than it did under dictator Leopoldo Galtieri in 1982. It was confirmed that all of its Lockheed Martin A-4AR Skyhawk jets - which are adaptations of the 1956 fighters it used in the Falklands War - had been grounded as the air force's working hours are cut...
  • Did a Planetary Society citizen scientist help find one of Earth’s biggest impact craters?

    07/03/2017 12:22:01 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Planetary Society ^ | 6/12/17 | Jason Davis
    Did a Planetary Society citizen scientist help find one of Earth’s biggest impact craters? About 66 million years ago, a 10-kilometer-wide hunk of rock smashed into Earth near what is now Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.The impact created a global dust cloud that snuffed out the sunlight, leading to the demise of 80 percent of Earth's plants and animals—including most of the dinosaurs. A 200-kilometer-wide crater buried near the city of Chicxulub is all that's left. It's ground zero for one of the world's most notable extinction events.But throughout Earth's history, there have actually been five major extinction events. The largest of...
  • The Falklands penguins that would not explode

    05/08/2017 7:29:24 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 May 2017 | Matthew Teller
    The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands were intended to kill or maim British soldiers, but over the last 35 years they have become de facto nature reserves for penguins. For better or worse, however, the time has now come for their home to be demined, reports Matthew Teller.{snip}Fortunately, the landmines aren't a problem for the penguins - at least, not the little Magellanics and Gentoos of Yorke Bay. "They don't seem to be heavy enough to set them off," says Esther Bertram, chief executive officer of Falklands Conservation.
  • REVEALED: Secret plot to give Falklands to ARGENTINA & send islanders to live in SCOTLAND

    01/20/2017 5:49:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Express ^ | 1/20/17 | Will Kirby
    The US came very close to stepping in to help Argentina take the islands after they invaded in 1982. US security bosses were ready to offer Falkland Islanders the option of moving to British territory, with Scotland being touted as a potential new home, or being allowed to stay on the Islands. However, if they opted to stay they would automatically become Argentinian citizens. The option of moving abroad would have been sweetened with the promise of a $100,000 grant per person. The proposed plan, entitled ‘Solution to the Falkland Islands crisis’, was put together by Henry Rowen, the then...
  • 'Declassified UK files reveal Israel sold arms to Argentina during Falklands War'

    08/29/2016 12:12:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    The British Foreign Office has recently declassified documents that allegedly prove that Israel sold weapons to Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War between the Latin American nation and the UK. The British government's National Archives department released the files dated November 16, 1984, which include a memorandum from a senior British diplomat who provided details on the Israeli arms sales to Argentina, the London-based Telegraph reported Wednesday. “Israel was one of the few countries to supply Argentina with arms during the Falklands conflict and has continued to do so,” wrote C.W. Long, the UK Foreign Office's then head of the...
  • The six decade journey of INS Viraat ends this week (Falklands veteran)

    07/21/2016 10:27:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    PTI ^ | July 22, 2016
    After nearly six decades in service, India’s majestic aircraft carrier INS Viraat will set sail for the last time from Mumbai to Kochi this week, powered by its own boilers before it is decommissioned. Once the ship berths itself with the Southern Naval Command on July 27 after sailing out from Mumbai on July 23, all valuable equipment on board like engines, radars, guns will be dismantled to prepare it for the decommissioning. The ship will then be towed back to Mumbai where it will be decommissioned. However, it is still not clear what will happen to the ship, which...
  • Argentina calls for Falklands negotiations, Britain says no

    06/23/2016 5:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 6:42 PM EDT | Michael Astor
    Recovering sovereignty of the Falkland Islands remains a “permanent and unrelinquished” objective of the Argentine people, the country’s foreign minister said Thursday, calling for negotiations over the dispute over the wind-swept archipelago to be resolved through negotiations. Britain, meanwhile, rejected any discussion over sovereignty despite a United Nations committee’s adopting a non-binding resolution calling for a negotiated solution. Susana Malcorra told the Special Committee on Decolonization that the concept of self-determination is not absolute and did not apply in the case of the Falklands because the current inhabitants had been placed there by Britain after they seized the islands in...
  • Argentina Negotiates with France to Buy 12 Combat Aircraft

    06/17/2016 6:18:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    La Nacion ^ | June 14, 2016
    Although it was recently phased out by France and Spain, its two European operators, the Dassault Mirage F-1C fighter remains an effective fighter, but its in-flight refueling capability could be seen as a potential threat to UK sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. (French AF photo) PARIS --- Argentina is negotiating with France to purchase 12 Mirage F-1 combat aircraft, and possibly Mirage 2000s, as well as engines to equip the twenty Pucarás that are currently grounded, Argentine Defense Minister Julio Martinez told La Nacion. Passing through Paris, where he came to attend the Eurosatory armaments exhibition, Martinez was today received...
  • HMS Illustrious the final surviving warship from the Falklands War is heading for the junkyard

    05/07/2016 10:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 7 May 2016 | ZZY FERRIS
    Britain's last working aircraft carrier and the final surviving warship from the Falklands War is heading for the scrapyard. At least three proposals to preserve HMS Illustrious for alternative uses have failed due to her size and the cost of maintenance. The ship, decommissioned in 2014, is now likely to follow its sister carriers and be sent to Turkey for scrap. HMS Ark Royal was scrapped for Ł2.9 million in 2013 and HMS Invincible fetched around Ł2 million in 2011. It is thought the ship, which was rushed in to service for the Falklands War and went on to sail...
  • Falklands fury as islands left unguarded for the first time since 1982 war

    04/02/2016 5:22:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    The Sun, U.K. ^ | April 02, 2016 | SAM CHRISTIE
    THE Falklands Islands have been left without the protection of a British warship for the first time since the conflict 34 years ago. The Royal Navy has provided a "permanent presence" in the South Atlantic since British troops invaded the islands in 1982. But a manpower crisis, a need to deploy ships closer to home and a series of engine problems with the Navy's Type 45 destroyers has led to the islands being left unguarded. No warship has been dispatched since a frigate returned from the region in November, last year. Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry branded the situation as...
  • Falkland Islands lie in Argentine waters, says UN commission

    03/29/2016 5:33:08 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 34 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Mar 29, 2016 | Carla Mozee
    The Falkland Islands lie in waters belonging to Argentina, a United Nations commission has ruled, dealing a blow to the U.K.'s claims in the region. Argentina and the U.K. have been in a long-running dispute over which country rightfully controls the territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, dating back before the war they fought in 1982.
  • Obama Apologizes in Argentina!

    03/23/2016 2:49:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: No sooner do I make a joke about it than it happens. This afternoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, President Barack Obama at a joint press conference with Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Listen to this. OBAMA: This week marks the 40th anniversary of the military coup. And tomorrow, to underscore our shared commitment to human rights, I'll visit a memorial to the victims of the Argentinean military dictatorship and recognize Argentina's historic and continuing efforts to make things right. To prove that this is more than just a symbolic gesture on my part, I'm launching a new effort...
  • World's oldest aircraft carrier to be converted into luxury hotel

    02/12/2016 6:44:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Khaleej Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | P S Jayaram
    The world's oldest aircraft carrier INS Viraat will be converted into a hotel to attract tourists after it is decommissioned from service later this year. The Defence Ministry has approved a proposal from Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) to convert the Centaur-class aircraft carrier into a hotel. The decision was conveyed to the state authorities on the sidelines of the International Fleet Review (IFR- 2016) at the coastal Andhra city of Visakhapatnam. The state government has drawn up plans to convert Viraat into a 500-room hotel, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said. The warship would be docked at...
  • Recalling Falklands' conflict: “Farewell to Argentina's Mirages, ”but glory is forever”

    12/01/2015 1:25:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    MercoPress. ^ | December 1st 2015
    Argentina said farewell to its remaining fleet of French built Mirage fighter bombers which have been operational since 1972 and played a crucial role during the South Atlantic conflict when they clashed with the British Task Force sent to recover the invaded and occupied Falkland Islands in 1982. The ceremony took place last Sunday at the VI Air Brigade stationed in Tandil, Buenos Aires province, with the attendance of active and retired pilots, Malvinas war veterans, members of Air Force families, officials from the three services and security forces, and locals. The event under the heading of 'Argentina farewells its...
  • Argentine soldiers were 'tortured by their own officers' during Falklands War

    09/14/2015 5:27:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/14/15 | David Lawler
    Argentine soldiers were beaten and tortured by their superior officers during the Falklands War, according to newly released documents. The documents are the first files released by Argentina's armed forces from the 1982 war against Britian. They include accounts of mock executions and soldiers being severely beaten for abandoning their posts to search for food. One soldier describes having his hands and feet bound and being left face down on the beach for eight hours. Another required surgery after being kicked in the testicles by an officer.
  • Wave Goodbye to the Argentine Air Force

    08/18/2015 11:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 19, 2015 | David Axe
    After decades of decline, the Argentine air force — once one of the most powerful air arms in South America — has finally given up. In August 2015, the Fuerza Aérea Argentina retired its 16 Mirage supersonic fighters, fewer than 10 of which were actually in flyable condition at the time. That leaves the FAA with just subsonic jet fighters — 25 A-4s and 18 IA-63s. Buenos Aires has made noise about buying new Gripens from the United Kingdom and Sweden via Brazil, JF-17s from China and Kfirs from Israel, but the U.K. vetoed the Gripen idea and the JF-17s...
  • Formal farewell for Argentine Malvinas Mirage aircraft, after 40 years service

    08/18/2015 2:46:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    MercoPress ^ | August 17th 2015
    Last week the Argentine Air Force formally bid farewell to the remaining French built Mirage jet fighters, which saw combat during the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982, since in three months time they will be decommissioned after four decades service. The occasion was the 103 anniversary of the Air Force (10th August but celebrated on the 13th). Despite having extended the lifespan and flying hours of the few Mirages left, the repeated problems with the obsolete avionics only allows them to fly during day light with pilots keeping visual contact. Since the current administration of president Cristina Fernandez will be...
  • UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

    05/29/2015 6:15:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/27/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E’s, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that...
  • Is Russia Arming Argentina to Enable a Grab of Falkland Islands?

    Russia is preparing to lease 12 long-range, supersonic bomber jets to Argentina, a move that some in Britain fear is designed to ready Argentina to take the Falkland Islands. Argentina has long argued that the Falklands—which it calls the Malvinas—are Argentine territory and should be controlled by Buenos Aires instead of London. The dispute escalated into war in 1982 when Argentina invaded the islands, attempting to establish sovereignty over them. The bloody 74-day conflict ended with British forces overwhelming the Argentinians and reestablishing British control of the islands. But British defense cuts in recent years leave the Falklands more vulnerable...