sábado, 25 de febrero de 2017

Teniente español exonerado por decir puta o zorra

Exonerado un teniente que llamó “puta” y “zorra” a una sargento
La juez militar cree que estas expresiones "malsonantes y soeces" no constituyen delito
MIGUEL GONZÁLEZ - El País


Mujeres militares durante un acto en la base de El Goloso (Madrid). ULY MARTÍN

Los términos “puta” y “zorra” que el teniente D. R. S. empleó para dirigirse a la sargento C. D. A. “no son nunca admisibles, no solo en las Fuerzas Armadas sino en cualquier ámbito de la vida, pero es lo cierto que los mismos no pueden sino catalogarse como meras expresiones malsonantes y soeces, pero que en ningún caso presentan entidad penal”. Así lo concluye la titular del juzgado togado militar territorial 11, que ha dictado el archivo de las diligencias previas abiertas contra el oficial por el trato a su subordinada jerárquica.

El auto explica que, tras una cena de despedida en el Club Militar La Dehesa (Madrid), ambos fueron a tomar copas con otros militares y el teniente intentó que su subordinada le mostrara sus tatuajes, lo que esta rechazó. Cogiéndola por la cintura, dijo que estaba “dura como una puta”. Posteriormente, al negarse la suboficial a invitarle a una copa, el teniente la llamó “zorra”. También arremetió contra un cabo que fue testigo del incidente y avaló la versión de ella, a quien le espetó: “Hijo de puta, te voy a meter el flequillo por el culo”.

La suboficial se quejó igualmente de que su jefe le envió Whatsapps en los que le decía “tu sigue llevando canalillo” o “es que no te vendes bien ese cuerpo”; pronunciaba en su presencia frases del tipo “ojo, cómo está la sargento”; o que le recriminara que otra suboficial le hubiera “meado encima”. En otra ocasión cambió sus órdenes, desacreditándola, y en una celebración le habló de manera despectiva haciéndola llorar.

La juez considera que estas conductas no encajan con los delitos de acoso sexual o laboral, ya que “no hubo ninguna solicitud o insinuación de contenido sexual” por parte del oficial y que la sargento “no daba muestras con su actitud de sufrir esa sensación concreta de humillación o degradación grave [...], antes al contrario, solía seguir el cuento al teniente en sus bromas”. Para la juez, no resulta creíble la explicación de la sargento, quien declaró que había dicho al teniente que viniera a tomar copas con los demás militares “por pena”.

Según la juez, “existía entre ambos una relación que iba más allá de lo estrictamente profesional” y la supuesta amistad “diluye esa connotación ofensiva que podrían tener los términos empleados” por el teniente.



viernes, 24 de febrero de 2017

Kongsberg provee entrenador UUV a Indonesia

Kongsberg Delivers Hugin AUV Training to Indonesian Navy


Hugin AUV training to Indonesian Navy 

Kongsberg Maritime’s Marine Robotics department has provided a three-week training of Hugin AUV systems set up on Indonesian Navy’s new survey ship program.

The introduction training was conducted at a hotel in Central Jakarta, and the last week was at sea in Semangka Bay for practical training down to depths of 1000 metres.

The training objectives for the crew before embarking for the sea trials ranged from system understanding to inertial navigation and advanced mission planning.

“Language barriers made the training challenging,” says chief AUV instructor Stian Hopmark, “luckily, this was compensated for by the students having an extraordinary interest in the subjects and willingness to learn.”

OCEA, the French shipbuilder that built and delivered the two survey ships has stated that they are very pleased with Kongsberg Maritime’s efforts during the training. “Both crews have gained a lot of experience and feedback on their Hugin AUV system, in a very high level of expertise provided by the Kongsberg team. Goals of operator training have been reached above expectations,” says Julien Lagadec, OCEAs representative in Jakarta.

The Head of Delegate from the Indonesian Navy, Colonel Budi, said: “We are in many ways pioneers using such advanced survey equipment in South Asia. This is just the start”.

SubseaworldNews

jueves, 23 de febrero de 2017

Australia prueba sus vehículos ligeros LAND 400 en sus LPD

Australia Tests LAND 400 Armoured Vehicles on HMAS Canberra

A Rheinmetall Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle prior to being loaded onto the heavy vehicle deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra during a series of trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 6 December 2016. 

Armoured vehicles put to the test on Canberra


HMAS Canberra was introduced to the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles late last year, as part of Project Land 400 phase two trials.

The project will acquire and support the next generation of armoured fighting vehicles with the firepower, protection and mobility to defeat increasingly lethal and adaptive adversaries well into the future.

Phase two of the project seeks to identify a vehicle to provide a mounted combat reconnaissance capability, a replacement for the Australian light armoured vehicle.

The combat reconnaissance vehicle will be required to perform up to seven different combat roles, comprising reconnaissance, command and control, joint fires, surveillance, ambulance, battlefield repair and recovery.

Rheinmetall Defence has offered the Boxer multi-role armoured vehicle for test and evaluation. This vehicle is currently in production, with 300 already delivered to other customers in six variants.

BAE Systems Australia has teamed with Patria of Finland to offer the Patria armoured modular vehicle as a contender. This vehicle is in service with eight nations with more than 1500 vehicles delivered.

These two vehicles were loaded over Canberra’s side ramps into the heavy vehicle deck during the trial, where they were positioned to drive on board the ship’s landing craft.

The Project Manager Test and Evaluation of Land 400, Lieutenant Colonel Chris McKendry, said the trial was a success.


A BAE Systems Australia Patria AMV35 combat reconnaissance vehicle drives onto the heavy vehicle deck of the Royal Australian Navy amphibious ship HMAS Canberra during a series of trials at Fleet Base East in Sydney on 6 December 2016.

“The trial was conducted in order to meet some of the objectives of the phase two user evaluation,” he said.

“Specifically, this was to determine if the tendered vehicles can be deployed to all designated theatres.

“There is now the potential for some follow-on work with the amphibious assault ships in 2017 to confirm loads on the landing craft.”

Lieutenant Colonel McKendry said working with the crew of Canberra was very enjoyable.

“Maintaining regular communications with the ship’s amphibious department meant it all slipped into place on the day,” he said.

“These ships will provide the new combat vehicles with the ability to deploy into any theatre of operations the Australian Defence Force enters, providing a significant capability for deployed forces.”

The project will now continue the vehicle performance assessment at Monegeetta in Victoria before heading to Puckapunyal.

Royal Australian Armoured Corps soldiers will be trained on the operation of each vehicle in order to commence a four-month user evaluation.

Transportability testing for other strategic lift assets such as the Royal Australian Air Force’s C-17 is due to commence in mid-2017.

After all testing and evaluation, Defence will undertake a final evaluation of the tenderers’ proposals to develop the business cases for consideration by the government.

Royal Australian Navy

miércoles, 22 de febrero de 2017

Fiji compra 10 Bushmasters australianos

Fiji Buys 10 Refurbished Australian Bushmasters



Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles 


Bushmaster sale another boost to Fiji-Australia defence partnership


Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne today welcomed the sale of 10 refurbished Australian Defence Force Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles to Fiji to support the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ United Nations peacekeeping missions at the Golan Heights and in Syria.

“Fiji will use the vehicles to form part of the force protection mix that protects UN Observers in the Golan Heights and Syria, which includes Australian Defence Force personnel,” Minister Payne said.

“The sale of the Bushmasters is a significant milestone in Defence cooperation between Australia and Fiji.

“Australia and Fiji have a long and proud history of peacekeeping.

“Enhancing peacekeeping cooperation with Fiji reflects the strength of the relationship and underscores the importance of working with partners in the region.”

Minister Payne said the Bushmaster was widely recognised as one of the finest protected mobility vehicles in the world, and has saved countless Australian Defence Force lives on operation.

“Bushmasters provide Australian troops with mobility and protection, including against improvised explosive devices, and I’m proud that Fiji is buying our vehicles,” she said.

“The refurbished vehicles will be overhauled, serviced, inspected and repainted to ensure they are fully operational, and reconfigured to meet Fiji’s specific requirements.”

Seven vehicles will be deployed to the Golan Heights and Syria, and three vehicles will be transported to Fiji for pre‑deployment training by mid-2017.

MinDef de Australia

martes, 21 de febrero de 2017

Israel: 18 meses de cárcel a soldado que remató a terrorista herido

Israel condena a 18 meses de cárcel al soldado que remató a un atacante palestino malherido
La fiscalía militar había solicitado hasta cinco años de prisión por homicidio

JUAN CARLOS SANZ - El País



FOTO: El soldado Elor Azaria antes de escuchar la sentencia, este martes en Tel Aviv. / VÍDEO: Las imágenes de la agresión. JIM HOLLANDER (AFP) / B'TSELEM

El caso del tiro en la cabeza de Hebrón ha dividido profundamente a la sociedad israelí desde hace 11 meses. La indulgente sentencia de 18 meses de cárcel por homicidio dictada este martes por un tribunal militar en Tel Aviv amenaza con agrandar esa grieta. El soldado Elor Azaria, que había alcanzado a los 19 años el grado de sargento sanitario durante su servicio militar obligatorio, disparó a bocajarro el 24 de marzo de 2016 a un atacante palestino que yacía malherido en Hebrón, al sur del territorio de Cisjordania ocupado por Israel desde 1967. Diez minutos antes de su llegada, Abdelfatá al Sharif, de 21 años, había apuñalado junto con otro joven palestino a un soldado israelí que sufrió heridas leves en el pecho. Ambos agresores fueron abatidos a tiros por la guarnición del puesto de control de Jiber, en el camino de acceso al asentamiento de colonos de Tel Rumeida. Sharif quedó malherido, su acompañante falleció en el acto.

Netanyahu reclama el indulto para el soldado condenado por rematar a un agresor palestino
Israel juzga por homicidio al soldado que remató a un palestino malherido
Tras un largo consejo de guerra celebrado en un cuartel de Jaffa, en la parte sur de Tel Aviv, Azaria fue declarado culpable en enero de homicidio, un delito que puede ser castigado con hasta 20 años de cárcel. La fiscalía castrense solicitó finalmente que se le impusieran  entre tres y cinco años de prisión.  El tribunal ha limitado la sentencia a 18 meses de internamiento en un penal militar, además de degradarle a soldado raso. El tiempo de detención —una especie de arresto domiciliario en dependencias del Ejército— durante el proceso no le será descontado. Sus abogados habían anunciado que iban a recurrir la sentencia o a solicitar el perdón para el soldado del jefe del Estado Mayor y del presidente de Israel, que pueden conmutarle sucesivamente la condena. En un precedente registrado en 2003, un soldado israelí fue condenado a ocho años de privación de libertad por haber causado la muerte a un activista británico propalestino.

Durante la lectura del fallo, que se desarrolló en el cuartel general de las Fuerzas Armadas en Tel Aviv, la presidenta del tribunal, la coronel Maya Heller, le recordó a Azaria que había cambiado su versión de los hechos al menos cinco veces durante la vista y que no había mostrado arrepentimiento. “Se atribuyó el papel de juez y verdugo”, afirmó la magistrada militar. El soldado declaró haber actuado bajo estrés de zona de combate y en defensa propia porque el palestino Al Sharif aún respiraba y se movía, y tenía todavía a su alcance el cuchillo con el que había agredido al vigilante del puesto de control. También alegó en su descargo que temía que el atacante ocultase un chaleco cargado de explosivos bajo sus ropas y lo hiciese estallar. La fiscalía le recordó durante el juicio que en su primera declaración ante sus superiores, poco después de que le dispara un tiro con su fusil de asalto al palestino malherido e inmovilizado, dio a entender que había actuado por venganza. “[Este palestino] merece morir”, dijo en en voz alta ante otros soldados que se encontraban en la barrera de Jiber en Hebrón, según consta en el sumario.

El soldado no sabía aún que los hechos se habían recogido en un vídeo grabado por un activista palestino que colabora con la ONG pacifista israelí B´Tselem, que se encargó de difundirlo y que circuló de forma viral por las redes sociales a escala global. Los mandos de las Fuerzas Armadas anunciaron entonces que “la violación de las reglas de enfrentamiento sin justificación” mercería ser severamente castigada. Los sectores nacionalistas y conservadores de la sociedad israelí reaccionaron, sin embargo, en contra de la tesis del castigo ejemplar para el soldado de reemplazo, que como la mayor parte de los hombres y mujeres de Israel mayores de 18 años debe cumplir un servicio militar obligatorio de hasta casi tres años de duración.

La división social que el caso del tiro en la cabeza de Hebrón ha suscitado en el Estado Hebreo quedó patente en encuestas que reflejaban que la mitad de los ciudadanos estaban en contra tanto del arresto de Azaria como de que se le impusiera una condena de cárcel. Los familiares del soldado, judíos de origen norteamericano que emigraron a Israel desde Francia, movilizaron en actos de protesta a amplios sectores de la población que se identificaban con su sufrimiento —ampliamente exhibido a lo largo del proceso en los medios de comunicación— porque también tienen a sus hijos en las filas del Ejército.

Durante el juicio, hubo manifestaciones en favor de Azaria, "el chico de todos", e incluso se registraron enfrentamientos con la policía frente a la sede del tribunal. Netanyahu llegó a manifestar su apoyo en un mensaje de Twitter. "Este es un día difícil y doloroso —primero y sobre todo para Elor, su familia, los soldados de Israel, muchos ciudadanos y los padres de soldados, entre ellos yo... Apoyo otorgar el perdón a Elor Azaria", escribió el primer ministro israelí.

“Este caso ha sido excepcional, porque Israel no suele encausar a sus soldados, aunque haya pruebas claras. Pero la sentencia mínima, que refleja la amplia impunidad de las fuerzas de seguridad, no lo ha sido”, aseguró Hasan Yabarin, director de Adalah, ONG jurídica de la minoría árabe en Israel. “Es un fallo que menosprecia el valor de la vida de los palestinos”, concluyó. Tarik Richmaui, portavoz de la Autoridad Palestina, dijo a su vez que la “leve pena impuesta equivalía a dar luz verde” a nuevos casos de “crímenes militares”.

Singapur termina las pruebas con el Terrex

Singapore Completes Checks on Terrex Vehicles Previously Detained by Hong Kong


A Singapore Armed Forces' 8x8 Terrex infantry carrier vehicle (ICV), similar to the nine detained in Hong Kong in November 2016. 

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has completed a series of checks and maintenance tasks on the nine 8x8 Terrex infantry carrier vehicles (ICVs) previously detained by the Hong Kong authorities, the Singapore Army announced via an official social media channel on 6 February.

The ICVs, which were detained on 23 November at the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department's River Trade Terminal following inspections, were released in January 2017. The vehicles were originally in transit to Singapore via a commercial freighter after completing an SAF training exercise in Taiwan.

The Hong Kong government has cited possible breaches of its strategic commodities regulations as a reason for the detention.

"The ICVs and equipment will be deployed for training shortly," the Singapore Army said via its social media post, although no further details on this was provided.

Jane's

lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017

Arabia Saudita construye muro contra ISIS

Saudi Arabia Is Building A 600-Mile 'Great Wall' To Shield Itself From ISIS
Richard Spencer, The Telegraph
Busniess Insider


 When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost.

The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest-profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours.

The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” — a combined fence and ditch — to separate the country from Iraq to the north.



Plans for the 600-mile wall and ditch Saudi Arabia will build with Iraq in an effort to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbors.The Telegraph

Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the “Two Holy Mosques” of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal.

The proposal had been discussed since 2006, at the height of the Iraqi civil war, but work began in September last year after Isil’s charge through much of the west and north of the country gave it a substantial land border with the Kingdom to the south.

The border zone now includes five layers of fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras, and radar cameras.

 Riyadh also sent an extra 30,000 troops to the area.



The funeral of the three Saudi guards who were killed in the attack last week.AFP

It is not the only fence with which Saudi Arabia has chosen to surround itself. Despite the difficulty of access to westerners, the country is relatively open to fellow Muslim nations, particularly during the Haj season when pilgrims from across the world come to Mecca and Medina.

However, that is changing in changing times.

It has also created a physical barrier along parts of the even longer, 1,000-mile border with Yemen to the south.

The attack last week is the sort of incident the Saudis hope to avoid. Three border guards, including General Oudah al-Belawi, commander of border operations in Saudi Arabia’s northern zone, were killed.

All four attackers also died.

domingo, 19 de febrero de 2017

Sólo tomó 5 segundos matar a Kim Jong Nam

It only took five seconds for assassins to kill Kim Jong Nam
By Jamie Schram and Danika Fears
The New York Post


It was over almost as soon as it began.

In a mere five seconds, the pudgy playboy son of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was taken down by a team of poison-toting assassins in a 007-style murder plot.

Just before the Monday execution, Kim Jong-nam was standing near the check-in desk at bustling Kuala Lumpur International Airport ahead of a flight to his Macau home, the New Straits Times reported Thursday.

Little did he know that his stealthy female attackers — one wearing a T-shirt that read “LOL” — were skulking in the background, waiting for the opportunity to pounce.

When they struck, Jong-nam had little time to think.

One agent stepped in front of Jong-nam, the banished step-brother of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, and distracted him, as another woman wearing a dark glove on one hand locked him in a chokehold from behind, then squirted a toxic spray on his face.

The women were gone in a flash, disappearing into the crowded airport.

Feeling dizzy, Jong-nam walked toward an airport bathroom, but was soon overcome with pain and turned back in agony toward a reception desk.

A female AirAsian staffer escorted him to an airport clinic, where his condition only deteriorated. There, he shut his eyes and slumped in a chair, grimacing in pain.

By the time he reached Putrajaya Hospital for emergency treatment, Jong-nam was dead.

The spy-movie-worthy attack went off with just one hitch — Jong-nam’s assassins were caught on cameras throughout the airport.

Doan Thi Huong, 28, was arrested Wednesday when she returned to the airport. Authorities identified her using footage from a surveillance camera affixed to a taxi stand outside a departure terminal.

Huong’s alleged female accomplice, Siti Aisyah, 25, of Indonesia, was arrested Thursday morning along with her boyfriend, Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin, 26, of Malaysia.

“She was also positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of arrest,” Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement.

All told, six suspects are believed to be behind the murder plot.

A Malaysian security source told the Telegraph the six perpetrators were total strangers to each other before the assassination, and the two women and four men were recruited for the job by a secret agent.

One of the men may have disguised himself as a woman during the attack, the NST reported.

“We have reason to believe that this might be the work of foreign agents,” Federal Police Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said.

In another twist, Aisyah and Huong both allegedly told police they thought the plot was part of a “prank” — and didn’t know they’d be taking out the exiled prince.

Aisyah had been working as a nightclub hostess in Kuala Lumpur when a strange man came into the establishment and offered her $100 if she’d join the team, she told police, according to Indonesian news site Kumpuran.

Not knowing who Jong-nam was, the divorced mom went along with the stunt because she was strapped for cash, she claimed.

Huong, who said she went back to the airport to catch a flight after the others abandoned her, told a similar story to authorities, saying she was also tricked into carrying out the plot.

The mastermind behind the murder remains unknown — but some were quick to blame Jong-nam’s reportedly jealous, estranged half-brother.

Jong-un was suspected to be behind two past assassination attempts against Jong-nam, in 2010 and 2011. Five years ago, Jong-nam even begged the North Korean dictator not to harm him and his family, South Korea’s intelligence agency said.

“He knew his life was at risk . . . and he was aware his brother was after him,” a source told the South China Morning Post.

Despite his fears, Jong-nam had a relaxed attitude about his personal security, and even chronicled his glamorous life on Facebook.

Using the alias Kim Chol — the same name printed on his passport during the Monday attack — the banished heir posted numerous photos of himself in front of fancy hotels and tourist sites around the world, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The profile page for Chol says he attended international schools in Geneva and Moscow, and listed his residence as Macau.

“Open activities like these do not look like they are coming from a person who is constantly under death threats,” South Korean Intelligence Secretary Cha Du-hyeogn told The Telegraph.

“I think it is possible that Kim was careless, leading to his unsuspecting death.”

F-22 americanos entrenan como F/A-18E/F australianos

First Enhanced Air Cooperation Activity to Commence



USAF F-22 Raptor 

A squadron of United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptors will arrive in Australia today ahead of the first Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) activity in Australia under the US Force Posture Initiatives.

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the visiting F-22s will be located at RAAF Base Tindal and will be the largest and longest rotation of fifth-generation aircraft to Australia to date.

“The F-22s will conduct integrated training activities with the Royal Australian Air Force’s 75 Squadron F/A-18A/B Hornets along with ground assets and personnel,” Minister Payne said.

“The EAC aims to strengthen bilateral collaboration and interoperability with the United States.”

The commencement of EAC activities in 2017 will continue to strengthen our already close air-to-air relationship with the United States.



RAAF F/A-18E/F Super Hornet 

“The EAC will build on a range of air exercises and training activities already undertaken between Australia and the United States,’’ Minister Payne said.

“While EAC will see an increase in training, it will be on a short term rotational basis using Australian facilities.’’

While visiting RAAF Base Tindal, the USAF F-22s along with the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A/B Hornets will conduct short training visits to Townsville while the F-22s will also be on public display at the Australian International Air Show in Avalon.

The commencement of EAC activities will be followed by the sixth rotation of United States Marine Corps personnel to Darwin.

The 2017 rotation, arriving in Darwin in April, is forecast to be the most complex Marine Air Ground Task Force deployed to Australia.

Approximately 1,250 Marines and up to 13 aircraft, including four MV-22 Ospreys, will create opportunities for more complex and sophisticated training activities.

MinDef Australiano