Test Firing Goryunov SG43 after Battle of Long Tan

Checking out a capture VC Machine gun – circa 1966.

 

2/7758 Warrant Officer 2 John William ‘Jack’ Kirby, Company Sergeant Major (CSM) D Company, 6th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) of Windsor, Brisbane, Qld, (left), and Major Harry Smith of Ashgrove, Brisbane, Qld, Officer Commanding D Company 6RAR, test firing the Goryunov SG43 7.62 x 54mmR Soviet made Chinese communist heavy machine gun captured at the battle of Long Tan.

Smith and Kirby distinguished themselves at the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966. Smith was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and Kirby the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). On 6 February 1967, whilst participating in Operation Tamborine, Kirby was fatally wounded by artillery fire from the 161st Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA), when 12 105mm rounds accidentally fell on and around the D Coy Headquarters. This friendly fire incident killed four Australians (including Kirby) and wounded 13 others.

Inside the UK Navy’s Supersub

Deadly Hunter Killer submarine is capable of hearing a ship leaving port in New York… while sat underwater in the English channel

One of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful nuclear submarines

  • Carries dozens of cruise missiles capable of hitting targets 1,200 miles away
  • Her sonar can detect vessels moving on the other side of the ocean
  • Powerful nuclear reactor allows her to cruise non-stop for 25 years
  • HMS Ambush is so hi-tech the giant submarine doesn’t even need a periscope

By SAM ADAMS

PUBLISHED: 08:59 GMT, 14 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:59 GMT, 14 September 2012

She cost around £1billion to build, has sonar so sensitive it can hear other vessels 3,000 miles away and carries a giant payload of 38 deadly Tomahawk cruise missiles.

HMS Ambush, the Royal Navy’s newest nuclear attack submarine, is one of the most sophisticated and powerful vessels of her type ever built.

The giant Astute-class sub, which was launched today, is so hi-tech she doesn’t even need a periscope.

Scroll down to watch the submarine’s weapons being tested…

Awesome: HMS Ambush, which was built by BAE Systems, is believed to be the world's most powerful nuclear attack submarine. Her huge weapons payload includes super-accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish torpedoes for fighting other vesselsAwesome: HMS Ambush, which was built by BAE Systems, is believed to be the world’s most powerful nuclear attack submarine. Her huge weapons payload includes super-accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish torpedoes for fighting other vessels
Success: The super hi-tech vessel has undergone rigorous testing ahead of today's launch. Despite her size the sub's 103 crew will be tightly packed, with some sleeping up to eight to a room in bunk bedsSuccess: The super hi-tech vessel has undergone rigorous testing ahead of today’s launch. Despite her size the sub’s 103 crew will be tightly packed, with some sleeping up to eight to a room in bunk beds

Enlarge Super sophisticated: A cross-section of the sub shows the complexity of her design and the need to fit as much technology in as possible 

Super sophisticated: A cross-section of the sub shows the complexity of her design and the need to fit as much technology in as possible

HMS Ambush graphic

Her crew instead using a digital camera system to see above the surface when she is submerged.

Built by BAE Systems, she has enough nuclear fuel to carry on cruising for up to 25 years non-stop – giving her huge tactical flexibility.

Her nuclear reactor is so powerful her range is only really limited by the need for maintenance and resupply.

 

 

Astute-class submarines are the largest, most advanced and most powerful in the history of the Navy, boasting world-class design, weaponry and versatility.

HMS Ambush can travel over 500 miles in a day, allowing them to be deployed anywhere in the world within two weeks.

The vessel is also one of the quietest sea-going vessels built, capable of sneaking along an enemy coastline to drop off special forces or tracking a boat for weeks.

Detailed: HMS Ambush was fitted out with her sophisticated technology at Devonshire dock hall in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria. She contains some of the most hi-tech weapons and sonar systems ever created Detailed: HMS Ambush was fitted out with her sophisticated technology at Devonshire dock hall in Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria. She contains some of the most hi-tech weapons and sonar systems ever created
HMS Ambush: Her powerful nuclear reactor allows her to travel around the world without stopping. She can cruise for up to 500 miles in a dayHMS Ambush: Her powerful nuclear reactor allows her to travel around the world without stopping. She can cruise for up to 500 miles in a day

Foreign forces will find it almost impossible to sneak up undetected by her incredibly powerful sonar equipment that can hear halfway around the world.

Her Tomahawk missiles are capable of hitting targets up to 1,200 miles away – making her a vital weapon for Britain’s armed forces.

The sub’s commander Peter Green, 47, said the vessel’s capabilities are ‘unparalleled.’

 

‘This sub is a huge step forward in underwater operations,’ he told the Daily Mirror.

‘Her listening ability is quite awesome. She has a sonar system with the processing power of 2,000 laptop computers.

Inside: The weapons room of the £1billion sub. Many details of her weapons system remain top secretInside: The weapons room of the £1billion sub. Many details of her weapons system remain top secret

 

Feeding the crew: The submarine's kitchen will be staffed by five chefs providing food 24-hours a day for her officers and crewFeeding the crew: The submarine’s kitchen will be staffed by five chefs providing food 24-hours a day for her officers and crew
Technology: Leading engineering technician Andrew Gee tests out the sub's steering system in the control roomTechnology: Leading engineering technician Andrew Gee tests out the sub’s steering system in the control room

‘It is possible this class of submarine is the most advanced in the world.’

Another Astute Class sub is currently undergoing sea trials – and could be operational within a year.

Many details of HMS Ambush’s weapons systems cannot be revealed for security reasons.

Most of her 103-strong crew live in bunk-beds measuring two metres by one metre, with up to 18 submariners sharing one room.

After today’s launch HMS Ambush will begin sea trials before eventually beginning operations.

She Kicks Like a Mule!

The guys from Knight Rifles “Americas Muzzleloader” head out to the range with Dave Fricke of Millennium Manufacturing to shoot the largest center fire rifle ever made.

 

Only 12 people have ever shot the .950 JDJ as a rifle.  This is a phenomenal rifle, the calibre is just astounding.

 

 

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Weapons-Maker Drops a Bomb

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ASX-LISTED Metal Storm (MST) today entered voluntary administration with debts exceeding $11.9 million.

The decision came less than a fortnight after the Darra firearm-maker secured an equivalent $1.43 million engineering-services contract with military-defence contractor Colt Canada.

Adam Shepard and Adam Farnsworth, of Dean-Willcocks Shepard Recovery and Strategy (DWSRS), have been appointed as administrators.

MST had negotiated an inter-conditional umbrella deed with Australian Special Opportunity Fund (ASOF) and Luxinvest Capital Advisors (LCA) that was hoped to eliminate debt and provide $2.95 million in working capital.

However, ASOF cancelled the deed claiming LCA did not fulfil its end of a related subscription agreement.

In the absence of the deed and an alternative suitor, MST expressed doubt over its chances of finding the necessary sources of funding to continue operating. However, the company reveals DWSRS is looking to reach a positive outcome.

“The administrators are now in control of MST and will work with all stakeholders including employees, note holders, other creditors and shareholders in an attempt to restructure the company or sell it as going concern,” says the company in a written statement.

MST shares last traded at 0.1 cents per unit.

 

US fighter jet crashes off Japan

Source:  ABC News Posted July 22, 2012 15:23:49

A US military fighter jet has crashed into the sea off northern Japan and its solo pilot is waiting for rescue at sea after ejecting.

“The F-16 jet crashed some 470 nautical miles north-east of Nemuro,” a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard said.

“The pilot ejected and is now waiting for rescue at sea.”

The crash happened around 11:30am (local time), and coast guard ships and plane are now heading to the accident site.

The city of Nemuro is 1,000 kilometres north of Tokyo.

The US military was not immediately available for comment.

AFP