Friday Linkzookery – 15 April 2011

Libyan rebels to get UK body armour
Crap like this makes Murdoc wince.

Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight
Parents are charge of their kids, pal.

Carrier officers say Gadhafi’s troops hard to spot
Rafales and Super Etendards off the Charles de Gaulle are finding that the Libyans are hiding.

Invincible arrives at her final resting place
British Harrier carrier, a Falklands vet, to be broken up in Turkey.

The Reaper Harvest
It took 14 years to amass a million combat hours with the Predator and Reaper fleet. It will likely only take another two-and-a-half years to reach the two million combat hour mark.

Gray Eagle Contract
Murdoc noticed this: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, Calif., was awarded on April 8 a $173,458,076 fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the procurement of low rate initial production in support of the Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system. Work will be performed at Poway, Calif., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2014. One bid was solicited and one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting authority (W58RGZ-11-C-0099).
The MQ-1C Grey Eagle was formerly called the Warrior or the Sky Warrior. It will replace the MQ-5 Hunter for the US Army.

Japan launches F-X fighter RFP
Boeing and Lockheed Martin have confirmed a US government representative has received Japan’s RFP on behalf of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-35 Lightning II, respectively. The Eurofighter is also in the running.

With F-35 delay, IAF looking at purchase of used F-15s
Will upgrade some older F-15s and F-16s and possibly purchase a squadron of USAF F-15s.

BAE Systems Delivers Greater Intelligence Capabilities to Two U.S. Navy Ships
Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N) is currently being installed onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and will soon be going onto the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan.

Coburn spars with Norquist over tax breaks for ethanol
Murdoc is not opposed to cutting niche tax breaks, but there should be a corresponding cut elsewhere or that tax break elimination becomes an effective tax increase.

Korea Likely to Buy Apache Helicopters
Probably 36 AH-64 Apache Block IIIs.

Sikorsky’s Next-Gen Gamble
The S-97 Raider will have a pusher propeller meant to send it zooming past the roughly 200 mph top speed of conventional rotorcraft

Russia to Deliver Carrier to India in 2012
Admiral Gorshkov will become the INS Vikramaditya at a cost of at least $2.33 billion. It will fly MiG-29Ks.

U.S. Senators Warn Obama on Missile Shield Moves
The group, led by Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., warned against giving Moscow any right to veto use of the shield or providing Russia with “access to America’s most sensitive missile defense data and technology.”

Troubled SBIRS satellite poised for 1st launch
Space Based Infrared System missile warning satellite.

Just how creepy is ‘Creepy’? A test-drive
It’s trivial to plot regular location service users on a map and determine when they normally arrive at work and when they get home.


  1. Quite a bit of info I was unaware of in this zookery. I was quite amused by the last story about the new program that allows users to track other’s wireless transmissions to social networks. I recently attended 3 weeks of training in NC/VA, and I was amazed at the near full time internet contact a number of my classmates were able to maintain. All the way from our motel over the backroads to a rural location in VA and back (their internet signal did drop out periodically). I made do with checking my e mail and surfing a bit in the AM before leaving and after we got back (sometime not even then). As the motel connection was wireless only I did not access any online accounts I have except my email and I’ve changed my passwords for those since I’ve returned to MI. Watching these other guys, it looks a bit like obsessive compulsive, or some sort of drug addiction, gotta have it, gotta have it, gotta have it.

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