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Dave76

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Un tireur de précision du Battle Group STEEL en progression vers la position prévue pour le détachement de liaison appui soutien (DLAS) afin d’appuyer les Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD



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Militaires du Battle Group STEEL en progression vers la position prévue pour le détachement de liaison appui soutien (DLAS) afin d’appuyer les Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD





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Militaires du Battle Group STEEL en progression à la tombée de la nuit vers la position prévue pour le détachement de liaison appui soutien (DLAS) afin d’appuyer les Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD



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Opérateur radio en communication avec la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) Tagab afin de rendre compte de la position du détachement durant une pause lors de l’infiltration pendant l’opération Condor 45. L'opération Condor 45 avait pour but d'appuyer les Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD



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Equipe d’observateurs avancés lors de l’opération Condor 45 en appui des Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD



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Equipe de tireurs d’élite du Battle Group STEEL armé d’un PGM 12,7 mm lors de l’opération Condor 45 en appui des Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD



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Exfiltration du détachement de liaison appui soutien (DLAS) du Battle Group STEEL pendant l’opération Condor 45 dont la mission était d’appuyer les Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. Le désengagement du DLAS a été appuyé tout le long par un hélicoptère Tigre du BatHélico. ECPAD

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An Afghan girl washing clothes in a stream smiles at a passing American paratrooper May 29, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The paratrooper is assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)
peter
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Militaires du Battle Group STEEL en progression vers la position prévue pour le détachement de liaison appui soutien (DLAS) afin d’appuyer les Kandak (bataillon afghan) 32 et 33 et de l'ALP (Afghan local police) lors de fouilles de compound dans la ville de Joybar, au nord de la FOB (forward operational base : base opérationnelle avancée) de Tagab les 19 et 20 mai 2012. ECPAD

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Was fliegt denn da oben herum?



mkg peter
Dave76
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UAV?
Almeran
Erinnert mich spontan an einen Sperrballon. Gibt es UAVs auf Ballonbasis?
Havoc
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UAV?


Würde auf den TCOM 17M RAID Aerostat tippen. Solche mit Sensoren bestückte Fesselbalone nutzen die USA zur Überwachung in Afghanistan.
Bierchen
Havoc hat absolut recht, siehe... http://media.defenseindustrydaily.com/imag...2009_lg.jpg.jpg

The RAID program is a combination of cameras and surveillance equipment positioned on high towers and aerostats, in order to monitor a wide area around important locations and bases. The RAID concept began with a smaller TCOM 17M aerostat as the base platform, instead of the TCOM 71M JLENS aerostats used for cruise missile and air defense. Its sensors were also optimized for battlefield surveillance, rather than JLENS’ focus on powerful air defense radars. The result is a form of survivable and permanent surveillance over key areas that has been deployed to Afghanistan & Iraq.
muckensen
Da stellt sich mir spontan die Frage, ob so ein Teil nicht relativ leicht aus den Wolken zu pusten ist.
Andererseits überwiegt der Nutzen wohl diesen Nachteil.
Father Christmas
Naja, du darfst nicht vergessen, das System hat einen sehr großen Beobachtungsbereich und klärt daher auch denjenigen auf, der dem Ballon zu Leibe will wink.gif

Ohne Frage werden die beschossen, allerdings selten, Treffer gibt es noch weniger und Totalverluste liegen meist am Wetter (abgerissen), technischen Gründen (geplatzt) oder anderen Lfz (Blackhawk vs. Kabel: Kabel verliert, Aerostat befreit wink.gif ).
revolution




Schießübung IRGC/Basij
Dave76

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A Special Operations Forces competitor from Brazil assumes a comfortable position before firing his M-4 carbine weapon, June 4, 2012, at the familiarization range at the National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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Special Operations Forces from Brazil set up on the firing line early June 4, 2012, to prepare their M-4 carbine weapons for the firing events later in the competition at the National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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Comandos and Special Operations Forces competitors come together at the familiarization range early June 4, 2012, to prepare their M-4 carbine weapons for the firing events later in the competition at the National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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Special operations forces from several countries conduct weapons familiarization at the Colombian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A Special Operations Forces competitor from Canada assumes a comfortable position before firing his M-4 carbine weapon, June 4, 2012, at the familiarization range at the National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A Comando from Guatemala assumes a comfortable shooting postion on the ground before firing his M-4 carbine weapon June 4, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center in Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A member of the special operations forces team from the Bahamas inspects his pistol prior to firing during weapons familiarization for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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Members of the special operations forces team from the Bahamas practice firing their pistols during weapons familiarization for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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Members of special operations forces from several countries recieve a safety briefing prior to the start of weaons familiarization for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A member of the Brazilian special operations forces team inspects his weapon prior to firing for weapons familiarization for Fuerzas Comando at the Columbian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A Peruvian special operations force team member tests the accuracy of his weapon in preparation for the shooting event at the Colombian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A member of the Belize special operations forces team practices firing a pistol during weapons familiarization for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center, June 4, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.
Dave76

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A special operations forces team member from El Salvador loads a sniper rifle during weapons familiarization for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center, June 5, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A special operations forces team member from the Bahamas loads his sniper rifle, June 6, 2012, to ensure that it is properly adjusted for the upcoming weapons skills event for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A Canadian special operations forces team member fires his sniper rifle, June 6, 2012, to ensure its accuracy in preparation for the upcoming weapons skills events for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A member of the Chilean special operations forces competes in the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando at the National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida, June 7, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A competitor from Chile participates in the rifle qualification event at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida, June 7, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A member of the special operations forces from Paraguay prepares his weapon prior to the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida, June 7, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A competitor from Chile loads ammunition prior to participating in the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A special operations forces competitor from Guyana participates in the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A member of the U.S. special operations forces competes in the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A member of the Colombian special operations forces competes in the pistol qualification event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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Members of the Colombian team participate in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.



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A Colombian special operations forces member competes in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center, June 7, 2012. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually.
Dave76

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Special operations forces from Belize compete in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A member of the Belize team competes in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center.



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A Brazilian special operations forces member competes in the Fuerzas Comando pistol qualification event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center.



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A Panamanian special operations forces member participates in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida.



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A member of the Guatemalan special operations forces team competes in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center.



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Members of the special operations forces team from the Bahamas competes in the pistol qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida.



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A member of the Dominican Republic special operations forces competes in the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida, June 7, 2012.



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A Fuerzas Comando judge scores a target during the rifle qualification event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center.



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A member of the special operations forces from Honduras competes in the rifle qualification event for Fuerzas Comando, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center.



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A special operations forces team member from El Salvador quickly reloads his pistol during the critical task #1 shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces team member from the Dominican Republic rapidly fires his rifle during the critical task #1 shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces team member from Peru takes aim at a target with his pistol during the critical task #1 shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.
goschi
je kleiner das Land, desto besser die Waffenhaltung biggrin.gif
Dave76

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A special operations forces team member from Peru aligns his rifle scope with a target during the critical task #2 shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A U.S. special forces sniper patiently waits for a target to appear during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper team from Paraguay searches for their next target during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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Snipers from Paraguay’s special operations forces team work in unison to eliminate their next target during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper from Ecuador makes some minor adjustments to his rifle during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper from Ecuador loads his rifle during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper team from Paraguay scans for their next target while a judge looks on during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A U.S. special forces sniper team searches the target area for movement during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A Costa Rican special operations forces sniper team works together to spot their next target during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper from Honduras inspects his ammunition before loading his rifle during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper team from Trinidad and Tobago make final adjustments during the snaps and movers shooting event, June 8, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.
ewood223
Welches S&B ZF ist da auf dem AR-10, z.B. 2. Bild von oben? Sieht fast aus wie das 5-25*
Dave76
Joa, würde sagen es ist das 5-25x56 PM II/LP:





Das AR-10 ist übrigens ein M110, denke ich.
ewood223
Nettes ZF für so ein DMR, wenn man bedenkt, daß auf den M40 ein 3-12x ist bzw. früher ein 10x drauf war... Der Vorderschaft paßt aber nicht ganz zum M110 (Bereich "delta ring"), wobei ich bei AR-10/15 eh keine Übersicht mehr habe, was Zubehörteile etc. anbelangt.
Nite
Das M110 ist gerade kein DMR mehr, sondern als Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) klassifiziert.
ewood223
Okay, und worin unterscheiden sich DMR und SASS dann praktisch?

BTW, der Vorderschaft paßt perfekt zum Mk11 Mod0.
Nite
Einsatzzweck, und damit Ausrichtung der Waffe.

Ein DMR ist ein Sturmgewehr welches es dem Schützen erlaubt auch Ziele auf größere Distanz zu bekämpfen als dies mit Sturmgewehren in normaler Konfiguration möglich ist, allerdings sollte ein Designated Marksman/Gruppenscharfschütze weiterhin als vollwertiger Schütze im Rahmen der Gruppe alle Aufgaben eines Einzelschützen warnehmen können. Dem muss auch die Waffe Rechnung tragen.

Ein SASS hingegen ist ein vollwertiges Scharfschützengewehr zum Einsatz im Rahmen von Scharfschützentrupps, welches eine höhere Schussfolge im Gegensatz zu Repetierern bietet.

/Edit: Bevor jetzt jemand auf das G28 verweist: das G28 sollte ein DMR sein, faktisch ist aber ein SASS dabei herausgekommen. Bei wem das Teil dann tatsächlich landet wird die Zeit zeigen. Auch das G82 war einmal für den Einsatz im Rahmen der Infanteriegruppe vorgesehen und ist inzwischen da gelandet wo es hingehört, bei den Scharfschützen.
Nite
Kroaten mit VHS Sturmgewehren und Multicam:

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Kleiner
ZITAT(Nite @ 9. Jun 2012, 17:11) *
Ein SASS hingegen ist ein vollwertiges Scharfschützengewehr zum Einsatz im Rahmen von Scharfschützentrupps, welches eine höhere Schussfolge im Gegensatz zu Repetierern bietet.


Vollwertig..., mit der Einschränkung eines etwas schwachen Kaliber auf größere Entfernungen.
ElDuderino
ZITAT(Nite @ 9. Jun 2012, 17:11) *
Einsatzzweck, und damit Ausrichtung der Waffe.

Ein DMR ist ein Sturmgewehr welches es dem Schützen erlaubt auch Ziele auf größere Distanz zu bekämpfen als dies mit Sturmgewehren in normaler Konfiguration möglich ist, allerdings sollte ein Designated Marksman/Gruppenscharfschütze weiterhin als vollwertiger Schütze im Rahmen der Gruppe alle Aufgaben eines Einzelschützen warnehmen können. Dem muss auch die Waffe Rechnung tragen.

Ein SASS hingegen ist ein vollwertiges Scharfschützengewehr zum Einsatz im Rahmen von Scharfschützentrupps, welches eine höhere Schussfolge im Gegensatz zu Repetierern bietet.

/Edit: Bevor jetzt jemand auf das G28 verweist: das G28 sollte ein DMR sein, faktisch ist aber ein SASS dabei herausgekommen. Bei wem das Teil dann tatsächlich landet wird die Zeit zeigen. Auch das G82 war einmal für den Einsatz im Rahmen der Infanteriegruppe vorgesehen und ist inzwischen da gelandet wo es hingehört, bei den Scharfschützen.




Hat das G82 denn die dafür notwendige Genauigkeit? Man liest ja immer wieder, dass es nur bedingt als echtes Scharfschützengewehr geeignet ist deswegen. Evtl. kann ja die richtige Munition ein paar Quentchen raushauen ^^
Dave76

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A U.S. special forces soldier loads his sniper rifle during the FBI “T” shoot event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A U.S. special forces soldier helps troubleshoot a malfunctioning sniper rifle from the Dominican Republic at the FBI “T” shoot event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A sniper from the Dominican Republic fires his rifle at the FBI “T” shoot event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A Guatemalan special operations forces sniper team drags a 154lb sked over rough terrain before firing, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper from Mexico takes aim at his target at the FBI "T" shoot event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A sniper from Guyana ejects a spent round at the FBI “T” shoot event, June 7, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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Special operations forces snipers scan the horizon for movement, June 9, 2012, during the sniper field shoot for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper from Guyana looks through a scope to determine the distance of a target during the sniper field shoot event for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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Special operations forces snipers from Guyana scan the horizon for targets during the sniper field shoot event for Fuerzas Comando at the Colombian National Training Center at Fort Tolemaida, June 9, 2012.



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Special operations forces snipers from Chile scan the horizon for potential targets during the sniper field shoot event for Fuerzas Comando, June 9, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center.



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A special operations forces sniper from Trinidad and Tobago scans the horizon for potential targets during the sniper field shoot for Fuerzas Comando, June 9, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.
Nightwish
ZITAT(goschi @ 9. Jun 2012, 11:30) *
je kleiner das Land, desto besser die Waffenhaltung biggrin.gif


Ich habe noch gar keine Schweizer gesehen... biggrin.gif
goschi
ich weiss ja, dass mein Land auf der Landkarte spontane Wanderungen innerhalb Europas zurücklegt, interkontinentale Ländertransfers sind mir aber noch nicht bekannt, entsprechend falsche Weltgegend zum antreffen von Schweizern wink.gif
Malik
*Plain clothds special forces of the Swiss army exercise during a practice session in Epeisses, Switzerland , Friday, June 8, 2012.*




Nightwish
ZITAT(goschi @ 10. Jun 2012, 12:30) *
ich weiss ja, dass mein Land auf der Landkarte spontane Wanderungen innerhalb Europas zurücklegt, interkontinentale Ländertransfers sind mir aber noch nicht bekannt, entsprechend falsche Weltgegend zum antreffen von Schweizern wink.gif


Die Schweiz mischt doch überall mit... smile.gif
Dave76
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Fuerzas Comando, es un ejercicio militar, de carácter deportivo, que fue diseñado con el propósito de fortalecer las relaciones entre los miembros de las Fuerzas Armadas del continente Americano, para compartir destrezas, técnicas y tácticas en tareas específicas para la lucha contra del terrorismo. El evento es auspiciado por el Comando Sur y el Comando de Operaciones Especiales del Ejército de los Estados Unidos, que durante ocho años consecutivos lo ha desarrollado en diferentes países de América.

'Streitkräfte des amerikanischen Kontinents' wink.gif
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Special operations forces snipers move steadily into the sniper stalk event field, June 09, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A special operations forces sniper makes some last minute adjustments before the Fuerzas Comando sniper stalk event begins, June 09, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A special operations forces sniper from Canada prepares for the sniper stalk event, June 09, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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Special operations forces snipers listen to last minute instructions before starting the sniper stalk event for Fuerzas Comando, June 09, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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Special operations forces snipers competing in Fuerzas Comando 2012 move rapidly towards the field where they will try to remain invisible to the judges, June 09, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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Special operations forces snipers from Canada plan an entry strategy into the sniper stalk event field, June 09, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A member of the special operations forces from Brazil participates in the assault team critical task event for Fuerzas Comando 2012 at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, June 9, 2012.



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A member of the special operations forces from Guatamala participates in the assault team critical task event for Fuerzas Comando 2012 at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, June 9, 2012.



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A members of the special operations forces from Colombia participates in the assault team critical task event for Fuerzas Comando 2012 at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, June 9, 2012.
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Colombia’s special operations forces team aggressively performs a forced entry at the Fuerzas Comando combined assault event, June 10, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. Special Operations Command South serves as the U.S. execution agent for the exercise.



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A special operations forces team from Costa Rica sweeps a room at the shoot house during the Fuerzas Comando combined assault event, June 10, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A Chilean special operations forces team hastily exits the shoot house with a rescued hostage during the Fuerzas Comando combined assault event, June 10, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A U.S. special forces team exits the shoot house carrying their rescued hostage during the Fuerzas Comando combined assault event, June 10, 2012, at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida.



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A competitor from the United States peers through his scope, June 10, 2012, after shooting his target in the combined assault competition in Fuerzas Comando 2012.



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Competitors from the United States peer through their scopes, June 10, 2012, before engaging their targets in the combined assault competition of Fuerzas Comando 2012.



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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meets with U.S. special operations forces during a visit to the Fuerzas Comando competition at the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, June 10, 2012.

Dave76

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A Canadian special forces soldier stands by to take part in the assault teams event of the 9th edition of the commando forces competition at the military base of Tolemaida, Colombia on June 9, 2012. Elite troops from 21 American countries take part in the competition. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta



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A Canadian special forces soldier (L) stands by to take part in the assault teams event of the 9th edition of the commando forces competition at the military base of Tolemaida, Colombia on June 9, 2012. Elite troops from 21 American countries take part in the competition. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta



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A Canadian special forces soldier © --flanked by two umpires--takes part in the assault teams event of the 9th edition of the commando forces competition at the military base of Tolemaida, Colombia on June 9, 2012. Elite troops from 21 American countries take part in the competition. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta



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Uruguayan special forces soldiers fire their rifles during combined assault event of the 9th edition of the commando forces competition at the military base of Tolemaida, Colombia on June 10, 2012. Elite troops from 21 American countries take part in the competition. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta



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Uruguayan special forces soldiers fire their rifles during combined assault event of the 9th edition of the commando forces competition at the military base of Tolemaida, Colombia on June 10, 2012. Elite troops from 21 American countries take part in the competition. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta



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Uruguayan special forces soldiers fire their rifles during combined assault event of the 9th edition of the commando forces competition at the military base of Tolemaida, Colombia on June 10, 2012. Elite troops from 21 American countries take part in the competition. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta
SLAP
Bzgl.: http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/1652/sog3.jpg
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ZITAT(Kleiner @ 1. Jan 2012, 16:25) *
das dritte foto aus der nam-serie. was ist das für ein kabel was da vor dem soldaten hergeht?

Sprengschnur (detonation cord)


Nicht ganz.





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XM-37 Linear Anti-personnel mine (FRAGMACORD): This was the first linear AP mine to be tested was the XM 37. A limited test was performed in 1967, but due to a number of factors it did not receive a thorough evaluation. Fragmacord, as it was called was a linear anti-personnel mine consisting of 25 foot lengths of flexible explosive cord (100 gr/ft detonating cord where standard detonating cord is 55gr/ft). It was 1/2inch in diameter with 1 inch rings spaced 1/4" inch apart along the length of cord to provide flexibility in handling and emplacement. It could be initiated by electric or non-electric caps. In laboratory tests the lethal area was determined to be 100feet in all directions, but the danger zone could extend well beyond this.

The XM-37 was later improved and became the XM-61 Linear fragmentation anti-personnel mine. This non directional mine consisted of a 25’ length of waterproof, 7/16” diameter detonating cord (100 grains/ft) with approximately 150 coiled fragmentation ring units assembled to it. The entire mine was olive drab in color and bared no markings. Attached picture illustrates the XM61 linear frag AP mine and its employment. The fragmentation rings were improved and made of square wire and serrated on the inside to provide better fragmentation upon detonation. The 1.25” long fragmentation rings were spaced evenly along the length of the detonating cord at 2” intervals. The XM 61 AP mine like the XM-37 could be shortened as required by cutting between the fragmentation rings, or if a longer mine was required, individual mines could be connected together with a metal coupling assembly.

Detonation of the mine was accomplished with a standard electric or non electric blasting cap which is either control fired or assembled to a standard firing device. Upon detonation of the mine, the serrated rings produced fragmentation covering a circular area along the entire length of the mine.

The following were some suggested employment tactics:
(a) Placed in a ditch where the enemy is expected to take cover, prior to an attack, and detonated remotely.
(b) Attaching several cords together and emplaced around the entire perimeter either on the ground or in the trees. Primed to detonate all at once or in sections.
© Booby trap trails by cutting into smaller sections and wrap around tree trunks waist high. Rig with a trip wire.
(d) Use as an improvised hand grenade. Coil or ball the stripe and attach blasting cap with short piece of safety fuse.

These types of linear AP mines, had a very short life, field tests did not match the predicted controlled tests. By mid 1968 the mines were no longer being produced, but mines still in the inventory in VN were used by whomever or when seen fit. Several hundreds of feet of these mines were issued not only to the SpecOps community, but also to various Infantry Division’s and companies of the75th (Ranger) Infantry. The M-18 Claymore continued to be the best AP mine for fragmentation.


Quelle: British Ordnance Collectors Network
Dave76
^ Jo, danke für die Präzisierung, aber dann lag ich ja mit det cord nicht so daneben...
Dave76

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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, prepare to participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 10, 2012. The exercise is conducted in order to evaluate and train members on de-escalation of force, reactions to enemy contact, and other objectives that prepare them for forward operating.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company provide supporting fire while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 10, 2012.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 10, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company provide supporting fire while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 10, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company provide supporting fire while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 10, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 10, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company, prepare to assault through a training range while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company, debrief after a training iteration while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)
Dave76

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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. The exercise is conducted in order to evaluate and train members on de-escalation of force, reactions to enemy contact, and other objectives that prepare them for forward operating.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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A U.S. Army Ranger, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company, laughs with a friend before assaulting through a training range while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, provide supporting fire while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Alpha Company, provide supporting fire while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 11, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/ Released)



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A U.S. Army Ranger, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company, rides to the firing range for a blank fire exercise while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 12, 2012.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company, simulate medically treating a ranger who was shot in the leg while participating in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 12, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)



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U.S. Army Rangers, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Charlie Company, relax after a 2 hour long assault during a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX) near Ft. Stewart, Ga., January 12, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew J. Bruch/Released)
Dave76

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No. 4 Squadron Combat Controllers, Sergeant G (front) and Corporal R, conducting assault zone survey training with a Dynamic Cone Penetrometer and a handheld Global Positioning System. 13/06/2012 © Commonwealth of Australia



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No. 4 Squadron Combat Controllers, Sergeant G (left) and Corporal R, conducting assault zone survey training with a Dynamic Cone Penetrometer and a handheld Global Positioning System. 13/06/2012 © Commonwealth of Australia



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No. 4 Squadron Combat Controllers, Sergeant G (left) and Corporal R, conducting assault zone survey training with a Dynamic Cone Penetrometer and a handheld Global Positioning System. 13/06/2012 © Commonwealth of Australia
Nachdenker
Wozu verwenden die Penetrometer ?
Dave76
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Wozu verwenden die Penetrometer ?

Wie die Unterschrift eindeutig sagt, sind das Combat Controllers ('Kampffluglotsen'), also im Prinzip eine Kombination aus FAC/Vorgeschobener Beobachter, ATC und Pathfinder. Und wie auch ihre amerikanischen Vorbilder (AFSOC CCTs), ist eben eine wichtige Aufgabe, Landezonen zu erkunden, zu markieren und zu sichern. Daher die Kontrolle der Tragfähigkeit des Untergrunds mittels Penetrometer.
Dave76



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PALANGA, Lithuania (June 11, 2012) Lithuanian special forces members lie in formation on a beach during a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012 amphibious operation exercise. This is the 40th iteration of BALTOPS, a maritime exercise intended to improve interoperability with partner nations by conducting realistic training at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/Released)



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PACIFIC OCEAN (June 12, 2012) A Chilean special forces team prepares to enter the centerline passageway of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) after boarding the ship. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Frank J. Pikul/Released)
revolution

Shahid Shooshtari, Ex-Vizekommandeur der Pasdaran, mit einem Kheybar KH-2002
Dave76

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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Three Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, search for possible enemy combatants during Operation Jaws, in Zamindawar, an area known as an insurgent stronghold, May 26, 2012. The Marines cleared the area of insurgents, searched for improvised explosive devices and destroyed enemy fighting positions during the 15-day operation.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Petty Officer 3rd Class Norberto Zamora, a corpsman with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, takes a knee during a security halt, during Operation Jaws, May 27, 2012. The Marines and sailors with the battalion cleared compounds, searched for improvised explosive devices and destroyed enemy fighting position in and around the town of Zamindawar.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Three Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, stack up behind each other to view a suspicious compound during a patrol, May 27, 2012. The Marines cleared Zamindawar, disrupting the insurgents leadership and logistics chain.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, take a breather as the smoke clears from a firefight, May 28, 2012. The Marines encountered small arms fire, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, during their clearing operation through Zamindawar.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Christopher Yudin, a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, works with his spotter, Cpl. Garrett Smith, a team leader with the battalion, during a firefight, May 30, 2012. The Marines eliminated over 50 insurgents with no civilian casualties.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Kyle Prather, a team leader with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, sights into his M240B machine gun, during a firefight, May 30, 2012. The Marines engaged enemies with machine guns, sniper rifles, mortars and tanks.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Lance Cpl. Kyle Yudin, a machine gunner with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrols through the town of Zamindawar, a known insurgent stronghold, June 1, 2012. Marines fought through hostile enemy contact and temperatures reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit during the operation.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – A Marine posts security during an early morning patrol in the town of Zamindawar, June 3, 2012. Marines moved early in the morning to confuse insurgents and avoid the mid-morning heat.



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KAJAKI, Afghanistan – Sergeant Nicholas Crites, a squad leader with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiments, searches for suspicious activity during a 15-day operation, June 4, 2012. The Marines eliminated more than 50 insurgents, without taking any combat related casualties or civilian casualties.



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CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Marines with 3rd Platoon, Golf Company, return from a successful operation in the town of Zamindawar, June 9, 2012. The Marines cleared and patrolled throughout the town, eliminating more than 50 enemy insurgents and without taking any combat related casualties.


BlackBoxBRD
Guten Tag
Ich hätte eine Frage zu diesem Bild aus der Fuerzas Commando Serie von Dave.

Wozu dienen den die spiralförmigen Fräsungen des Laufes?

Viele Grüße

Benjamin
Ferrus_Manus
ZITAT(BlackBoxBRD @ 16. Jun 2012, 12:55) *
Guten Tag
Ich hätte eine Frage zu diesem Bild aus der Fuerzas Commando Serie von Dave.

Wozu dienen den die spiralförmigen Fräsungen des Laufes?

Viele Grüße

Benjamin


Naja, die Fräsungen haben zwei Zwecke. Einmal um das Gewicht des Laufes zu senken, und zum zweiten um die Wärmeabfuhr zu verbessern.
Fennek
Fluting
Dave76
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When an IED explodes: The shocking pictures of what really happens when the Taliban attacks

By SQUADRON COMMANDER ALEX GARDINER
21 September 2011

Rarely has the casual brutality of the Taliban’s favourite weapon been so vividly illustrated as in these remarkable pictures. Taken by an ex-SAS officer turned photographer, they will reshape your perception of true courage


DATELINE: FIREBASE TAMBA, HELMAND PROVINCE, APRIL 7 2011

A huge CH47 'Casevac' Chinook helicopter appears from the south; its rotor beat a heart-warming sound. We know there is a field surgical team on board, ready to work life-saving magic on our wounded

It is a windless, overcast morning as we leave Firebase Tamba. Our 25-man patrol force, comprising a squad of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Special Forces, a dozen Afghan commandos (ANA) and U.S. Special Forces (the elite Green Berets) is scheduled to conduct a ‘hearts and minds’ visit to the villages that sprawl along our segment of the Helmand Valley.

It is almost impossible to get an embed with Special Forces. I am tolerated only because, having served in the SAS for nine years, I can be expected to hold my own if things ‘go south’ outside the wire. The temperature is comfortably warm and our progress north is observed by villagers either too old or too young to be out labouring in the fields.

Our force moves with practised ease. The Green Berets have done a good job instructing and mentoring these Afghan commandos. There is a ripple of banter along the ranks as one of the Green Berets, who has a habit of re-naming the Afghans, calls out: ‘Justin! Yes you… Justin Bieber. Keep in formation!’

The ANA commandos stand out from the local Pashtun. Recruited from other provinces, they have paler complexions and a different bone structure. Their presence is a reminder to the peasant farmers here that there might be unfinished business when the coalition finally departs.

The Emirati troops are no more popular than the native Afghan troops, yet just 20km away is a UAE firebase with a clinic, a radio station and a telecommunications mast. These men come from a nation which is seen as a force for stability in the Arab world.

On a patrol a week earlier, I observed the Emiratis unsheathe possibly the most effective weapon I have seen in nine years of observing the war in Afghanistan: a modest invitation by the senior officer to village elders to join them at midday prayer.

Whenever we pause a crowd gathers. The presence of Muslim troops provokes curiosity among the Afghans, who are willing to shake hands with these men from ‘Arabstan’. The Emiratis hand out Korans as well as notebooks, pens and chocolate. This is a potent force at work – one the Taliban dare not challenge and one the coalition cannot wield.

At midday, the American captain decides three hours is long enough for the patrol, so we swing our formation south. Our firebase is within sight, a little more than 500m away.

One burly Green Beret throws his head back and yells: ‘And so ends… the most boring…’ he pauses to inflate his lungs then barks, ‘******* patrol…’ – another lungful – ‘in the history of Afghanistan.’

There are smiles all around. But his words must have carried further than he imagined, for a moment later, a whiplash cracking overhead tells us we are in contact with the enemy...

1. CONTACT WITH THE ENEMY - 14:30 -

Justin Bieber's Afghan namesake is returning fire with a long burst from his machine gun. A Green Beret yells at him to save ammo and advance into enemy fire

The volley of Taliban bullets cracking past sends every man scurrying for whatever cover the bare ground can offer. We are down before the echo of high-velocity rounds and swear words die in the air. Justin Bieber’s Afghan namesake is returning fire with a long burst from his machine gun. A Green Beret yells at him to save ammo and advance into enemy fire. My body armour and helmet no longer feel uncomfortable. In an extended line and at a crouched scurry, we retrace our way to a vantage point on high ground. I take cover by a wrecked British Viking troop carrier and we pause before moving north again. We have halved the distance to our opponents who, if they are still there, can only be 200 or 300 metres away.

2. TELL-TALE SIGNS OF DANGER - 15:15 -

The shots came from the north-west and the U.S. 'K9' tracker-dog team is on the scent of two men. Confident the situation is under control, I join a group of soldiers relaxing along the earth bank protecting the canal

Radios crackle with American voices discussing options. The shots came from the north-west and the U.S. ‘K9’ tracker-dog team is on the scent of two men. We consolidate at a narrow bridge across a deep irrigation channel flanked by high earth banks, a natural choke point for foot and vehicle traffic and also for an IED. I spot scraps of burned yellow plastic, tell-tale residue from an earlier IED blast, and the dog becomes excited, indicating a spot where the earth looks freshly disturbed. The flanking pursuit group has detained two suspects; we are ordered to wait. ‘The EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) guys are on task,’ the captain says. ‘They’ll get to us next.’ Confident the situation is under control, I join a group of soldiers relaxing along the earth bank protecting the canal.

3. AN IED EXPLODES... - 15:38 -

Screams of pain start instantly as the cloud of soil and dust subsides to reveal three prostrate figures. I recognise the black hair of an Afghan commando as he lies in a fresh IED crater

An ear-splitting crack stuns me and I whirl round to see a geyser of earth erupting from where I’d been sitting moments before. Screams of pain start instantly as the cloud of soil and dust subsides to reveal three prostrate figures. I recognise the black hair of an Afghan commando as he lies in a fresh IED crater. The U.S. captain is swearing loudly, lying on the bank, clutching his right hand and covered in dirt. Another American is lying yards from me. Both are groaning but their curses are almost heartening, whereas the wounded Afghan is silent. He is face down but conscious and struggling to raise himself on his elbows. As I drop my camera and run to drag him clear of the crater I see he no longer has legs.

4. ... QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY A SECOND - 15:53 -

The American captain materialises from the settling cloud, covered in earth, dust and grit, lying at the foot of the earth bank. He has taken the full blast against his back but his body armour has saved him

The Green Beret medic has just begun working on the casualty when there’s a second blast so close it rocks me with a concussive punch. Another brown cloud kicks up and we all seem suspended, breathless in a second of dazed silence. A renewed stream of ripe profanity and indignation tells me that, unbelievably, the American captain is still with us. He materialises from the settling cloud, covered in earth, dust and grit, lying at the foot of the earth bank. He has taken the full blast against his back but his body armour has saved him. He drops his trousers and underpants; his skin is flayed from backside to ankle. The medic and the badly wounded Afghan have also been caught in a storm of gravel. It seems they were the intended target of the second blast. Take out a medic and you take out a whole patrol. He knows it and, deafened by the blast and peppered with gravel, waves away a colleague in case there is more punishment to follow.

5. THE MEDIC WORKS FRANTICALLY - 16:03 -

The medic is yelling, maybe because he is almost deaf, maybe because adrenaline is surging but mainly because he needs to believe. 'Hang in there, buddy,' he urges his Afghan colleague. 'You're gonna make it!'

The American Green Beret medic cannot cope alone and is now calling for help with the wounded Afghan. He tosses me a tourniquet and points to the man’s shattered legs. The feet and lower legs have gone. The bone has been skinned clean, showing ivory and pink. I get the tourniquet on over the left thighbone and I pull it to the man’s groin to get purchase against whole flesh. The medic is yelling, maybe because he is almost deaf, maybe because adrenaline is surging but mainly because he needs to believe. ‘Hang in there, buddy,’ he urges his Afghan colleague. ‘You’re gonna make it!’ Within minutes he has worked magic. The bleeding has been stopped, and painkillers flood the man’s system. His shattered thighs are swathed in clean, white bandages that cover and protect the pulped limbs. The Afghan was planning to get married on his next leave.

6. INJURED, THE CAPTAIN REMAINS CALM AND IN CONTROL - 16:10 -

The young Green Beret captain (left) has been caught in two blasts, is lacerated and bleeding. Jeroo the interpreter (right), untreated from the first blast and caught in the second, is sobbing

The young Green Beret captain, a man I’d nicknamed the Quiet American, gives a lesson in leadership – even for an SAS veteran like me. He has been caught in two blasts, is lacerated and bleeding, has a serious injury to his right hand, is in shock, and perhaps permanently deafened. Being closest, I unzip his medical pouch, rip open the field dressing and work it around his bloodied hand. His face is a mask of pain and dust but he is amazingly rational, calling in instructions on the radio and issuing orders to his men.

As I tie off the captain’s dressing, Jeroo the interpreter, untreated from the first blast and caught in the second, is sobbing. His left arm hangs limp and bloodied from his ripped uniform. I get to him with a spare dressing, wrap it round his arm and tie it off to his right shoulder strap.

I tell Jeroo he should send his shattered watch back to the manufacturer claiming it is not shockproof in spite of the guarantee. He is too exhausted for humour. His eyes barely register. The huge medic, shaking gravel from his hair, is still working on the Afghan.

The captain remains composed, leading the rescue operation and commanding his men. He seems to have been constantly calculating the odds against us – knowing that to back off would have meant losing face with the Afghan community he was trying so hard to influence. He is clearly a soldier who understands the bigger picture.

7. HELP ARRIVES AND THE INJURED 7 ARE FERRIED TO THE HELICOPTER - 16.25 -

Minutes later, the CH47 'Casevac' Chinook will be loaded and its twin turbines will howl into lift-off. It will surge forward, dip its nose to gather speed and streak for Camp Bastion and the field hospital

Mine roller vehicles from our base have blazed a mine-free route to us and are standing by, gun crews offering us all-round protection. Flying low and coming in fast, a huge CH47 ‘Casevac’ Chinook helicopter appears from the south; its rotor beat a heart-warming sound. We know there is a field surgical team on board, ready to work life-saving magic on our wounded. Above too, silhouetted against the sky, attack helicopters orbit, like angry hornets. Minutes later, the Chinook will be loaded and its twin turbines will howl into lift-off. It will surge forward, dip its nose to gather speed and streak for Camp Bastion and the field hospital. It has reached us in just 30 minutes, halfway through the so-called ‘golden hour’, the 60-minute target medics set themselves to collect their casualties and stabilise them.

8. TEMPERS BOIL OVER AS EVIDENCE IS UNCOVERED - 16:30-

Having watched their comrade lose his legs, the Afghans' simmering fury boils over and two more suspects are ejected from a nearby house (one is pictured with the evidence)

The rest of us prepare for the walk back down the mine-free route. The Afghan commandos have searched houses and come up with the incriminating paraphernalia of IED triggers – batteries, mobile phone parts and circuit boards – as well as drugs. Our minds flash back to the choke point where we spotted the debris of an IED and where, as we now know to our cost, others were buried. Having watched their comrade lose his legs, the Afghans’ simmering fury boils over and two more suspects are ejected from a nearby house (one is pictured with the evidence, above). Women shriek in terror as they watch a son or a brother stagger and fall under a hail of blows and kicks as he is dragged into our column. I watch dispassionately. The evidence is bagged and will be handed to Afghan police.

9. ANOTHER REMINDER OF THE BRUTAL SIMPLICITY OF IEDS - 16:33 -

A powerful man, maybe even two, could never match such explosive force, making them the perfect weapon in an insurgency such as the one in Helmand

The injured Afghan commando’s weapon, an M4 carbine, which has been smashed, twisted and bent in a split second by the gases that tore off his legs, illustrates the power of even a small IED, one which weighs no more than a few pounds. A powerful man, maybe even two, could never match such explosive force, making them the perfect weapon in an insurgency such as the one in Helmand. They remain the Coalition’s deadliest threat – although I am grateful to say everyone caught in this contact survived.

On the long walk back to the firebase I come to realise we’d been watched all the way and that the Taliban had judged their moment with military precision. The gauntlet, thrown down by that first burst of AK-47 fire over our heads, was the baited challenge. In accepting, we had been lured to a choke point and onto a killing ground.

The hidden Taleb who detonated the devices, probably with fingers skipping over a mobile phone, would have had a marker, a tree or perhaps a feature on the skyline, as accurate as any cross-hairs on a scope. He had guaranteed a casualty with his first IED, using his victim as a magnet to draw in a medic and maybe a commander – two key players in any small unit – for his second bomb. He succeeded on both counts.

The IED is perhaps the most formidable weapon in any terrorist arsenal: low-cost, low-maintenance, constructed by willing or intimidated proxies. When armed and well sited it is a weapon that never sleeps. IEDs positioned individually or in multiples can either warn off or draw into a spectacular web. They wreak havoc with lives, morale and matériel, civilian as well as military. That night, sleep is difficult and I wander up to the roof of our tiny firebase, to smoke and enjoy the cool and a night sky bright with countless stars. To the east an electrical storm is in full swing. To the west another kind of storm rages.

The Helmand Valley, a trophy U.S. irrigation project in the Sixties, is now the scene of a more deadly American effort. My mind churns through the day’s images – the Afghan peasants, their children, desperate for books and a chance in life, the seeming hopelessness of an existence torn between their Taliban tormentors and the American-led effort to bring enlightenment and a future.

The Afghan commandos, with few if any Pashtun in their ranks, are strangers in their own land and are as unwelcome in Helmand as the rest of the Coalition. Yet from somewhere they summon the courage to try.

The Americans, in spite of their heroism, commitment and bravery, are surely much misunderstood. I recall the giant Green Beret medic, working like a mad angel and in pain himself, screaming: ‘Hang on, buddy, you’re going to be fine, just fine,’ as he strove to keep life flickering in someone he hardly knew nor would likely see again. Both he and the captain, caught in the eye of the storm, had the wellspring of their courage tapped deeply on this day. All of the Green Berets would, if needed, have gone straight back out on patrol to set the example to their Afghan compatriots.

And soon they will be beyond the wire again, repeating the ‘spiel’, whether they believe it or not, and ‘walking the walk’, as the odds against their survival narrow daily.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/ar...an-attacks.html
muckensen
Scheiß-IEDs. Danke sehr für den Link zu dem Artikel, er war lesenswert. Wobei ich mich frage, warum ein "SAS veteran" ein M4 als "machine gun" bezeichnet.
Dave76
ZITAT(muckensen @ 16. Jun 2012, 19:08) *
Wobei ich mich frage, warum ein "SAS veteran" ein M4 als "machine gun" bezeichnet.

Wahrscheinlich weil er eins führte (also MG, kein M4)? Die Bildunterschrift passt nicht direkt zu dem Bild, im Vordergrund sind ja zwei UAE-SOF Soldaten zu sehen, der mit dem MG (Justin) ist ja Afghane. Später im Text spricht er ja auch vom M4 carbine.
muckensen
Tatsache. Ich habe nur auf die (unpassende) Bildunterschrift geachtet.
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