Monthly Archives: November 2016

Russian SAM missiles provide great support to Syria

They say arms trade is governed by its own rules, which do not necessarily have to do with international resolutions, and dealers sell arms to anyone just to pay.

This truth works best when it comes to supplying Syrian arms to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. As it turns out, he is with such excellent relations with Russia that Russia has signed a $ 105 million contract with him to commit to providing Syrian mobile missile launchers to Syria.

It is a S-300 system known in NATO as Grumble. The system consists of a truck with a launch platform, equipped with rockets for intercepting aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. The latest version of the system, marked S-300 PMU2 (NATO called Garygole), is extremely effective. Within just five minutes of launching, it is able to track up to 100 incoming objects and simultaneously attack six targets.

The Garygole system was created in 1997 as a counterweight to the US Patriot AMB missile systems. At the same time, it can fire six rockets, regardless of the height difference of the targets, and it performs well against the F-16-, F-15, F-18 and F-22, achieving a hit rate of 0.8 to 0.93 against aircraft, And from 0.8 to 0.98 against Tomahawk missiles, while the range of missiles fired is 70 kilometers.

The delivery of such Syrian missile systems could give the Assad regime a great advantage and allow him to cope with air raids on his country, thus creating a zone where coalition planes can not move without the risk of precipitation. Israel, aware of this weapon’s strength, has already retired to several F-35 Lightning II fighters.

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Autonomous taxis bring students to Korea

Several large corporations are still working on autonomous vehicles, but their prime is still at least several years old. Meanwhile, in South Korea such cars have been driving for more than six months and moreover, they serve as taxis, transporting students to one of the university campuses.

The future of motorization is autonomous cars that will carry passengers without their participation in driving. These vehicles will be available not only in private hands but will also function in public transport, for example as taxis. Such a vision is not too far off, but on the contrary, autonomous taxis are already riding and it has been a good few months.

Autonomous taxis are part of Snuber and are available to students at the National Seoule University. They are supported by a special application developed by the students themselves and function only on the university campus.

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Nanotechnology upgrades night vision

Australian scientists are working on improving modern night vision devices used by special forces. Thanks to nanotechnology they have managed to build a new model of such a device, no bigger than sunglasses.

Special units often operate at night, and in contrast to the cat, the man in the dark sees rather poorly. It also supports technology, ie night vision goggles, which enhance the light and improve visibility.

However, the disadvantages of these devices are large in size and weight. Therefore, even the top model L-3 Ground Panoramic, which was used by soldiers dispatched to capture Osama bin Laden, is not particularly comfortable.

Researchers from the Australian National University, using nanotechnology gains, have developed a new type of night vision goggles that are no larger than typical sunglasses. The use of aluminum gallium arsenide nanostructures has achieved the same effect as standard night vision, but without the need for vacuum tubes.

This makes the whole device much smaller. And while it still requires an external source of energy, it needs much less now than conventional goggles.

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