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Royal Navy to resume training of Iraqi counterparts

Posted on 22/10/2009 by Strike-Hold Training of the Iraqi Navy by the Royal Navy is expected to resume as soon as possible following consideration by the Iraqi Council of Representatives it was announced today.The Iraqi Government had requested that after the UK concluded combat operations in Iraq on 30 April 2009...

Taking wargames from the board to the field

Posted on 21/10/2009 by Strike-Hold Here’s an idea…I just happened to find a post on Osprey’s military history blog about Leigh Neville’s “Operation Uruzgan” rulebook for the Force on Force board-based wargame. Leigh wrote the best-selling Osprey books on “Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan” and “Special Operations Forces in Iraq“. In...

Advanced Tactical Concealment System – no longer secret

Posted on 15/10/2009 by Strike-Hold Seems it took less than a day to rumble the “teaser campaign” for A-TACS.  What was supposed to be some super-secret, high-speed, unusual camouflage pattern to be announced at the 2010 SHOT Show has had its cover blown.A quick Google search turned up half a...

OV-10 Comeback: Will the Bronco buck again?

Boeing has confirmed that it is going to offer a new, upgraded version of the Vietnam-era OV-10 Bronco for the USAF’s OA-X Light Strike aircraft programme.  While the plane would maintain much of its 1960s-vintage rugged external design, the 21st Century OV-10(X) “Super Bronco” would feature a computerized cockpit, intelligence...

Helmand-bound Cavalry test Jackals in the dunes

Posted on 14/10/2009 by Strike-Hold source: UK MODSoldiers from the Household Cavalry, who are normally based at Windsor, took to the spectacular Braunton Burrows 900-acre sand dune system near Barnstaple this week.They put their Jackal vehicles through their paces in tough and demanding sandy conditions which are similar in many...

Beryl gets a facelift – wz.96 Beryl assault rifle that is

Posted on 11/10/2009 by Strike-Hold The kbs wz. 1996 “Beryl” is a Polish 5.56mm assault rifle, designed and produced by the Łucznik Arms Factory that replaced the 7.62x39mm AKM and 5.45x39mm “Tantal” used in the Polish Armed Forces.  The Beryl was officially adopted in 1997 as the 5,56 mm karabinek szturmowy...

Dutch Paras nab quad bike thief in UK

Posted on October 10, 2009 by Strike-Hold Here’s a nice little “human interest story” from The Daily Mail:A quad bike thief who was trying to make a speedy getaway took an unlucky turn – into the path of a crack squad of airborne* soldiers.The Dutch paratroopers caught the suspect, who...

UCP-Delta: Did Kazakhstan get there first?

Posted on October 8, 2009 by Strike-Hold The general public “know” Kazakhstan from the comic Borat character of TV and film fame (or infamy, depending on how you look at it).  But of course the reality is very different, for one thing, Kazakstan is the birthplace of the famous Kazakh...

UK’s 19 Light Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Strike-Hold source: UK MoDSoldiers of 19 Light Brigade’s elite Reconnaissance Force have recently undertaken one of their biggest deployments to date – and have had to draw on all their training and determination to get the job done.For some the thought of being ambushed,...