Ukrainian Teenager Builds Landmine-Detecting Drone While Sheltering In A Basement

His invention can help geo-locate explosive objects and provide coordinates of their location within two centimetres.

World News Edited by Ritu Singh

Amid Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine, a Ukrainian teenage prodigy has created a drone that can locate landmines. According to a Metro UK report, 17-year-old Igor Klymenko, along with his family, was forced to flee his home in Kyiv. As the war raged around them, his family had to take shelter in a basement. After weeks of hearing bombs and planes outside of their basement, Igor decided to revisit a past passion project: a prototype of a drone that could detect unexploded land mines and send their exact coordinates remotely to a user.

”My favourite subjects had always been maths and science, and I had long dreamed of inventing something that could help the world. I decided to pour all my energy into building a landmine-detecting device to help protect not just my fellow Ukrainians, but all victims of war,” he told Metro.

Interestingly, he had started researching the drone in 2014 when he was only nine years old, at a time when Russian troops began their invasion and occupation of Crimea. Fast forward to 2022, he started reading books on robotics, and sought help from his teachers and other scientists and programmers, to create a working device. He now has two working prototypes of the device and two Ukrainian patents. Mr Klymenko’s invention, called the quadcopter mines detector, can help geo-locate explosive objects and provide coordinates of their location within two centimetres.

”I soon realised that a flying drone would present a major advantage in not setting off mines, and could be adapted to work for both anti-personnel landmines, which detonate when a person steps on them, and anti-vehicle landmines, which can be triggered remotely, or by pressure on the road from cars or tanks. I drew the designs while closely consulting with my teachers and scientists I spoke to from all over the world. I am now working to build a minimum viable product so that the device can be tested in the real world, and put to use to help free Ukraine and the world of landmines,” Igor added.

In September 2022, the young prodigy was awarded the Chegg.org Global Student Prize, a $100,000 prize for a student making an impact on society, learning and the lives of their peers.

The Taliban now ranks #26 in the world in total military aircraft

Thanks to the Government Accountability Office, we now have a clear picture of just how much U.S. military equipment has fallen into the hands of the Taliban, thanks to Joe Biden’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan.  Let’s have a look…

Aircraft: The Taliban now ranks #26 in the world in total military aircraft, thanks to us leaving behind 208 planes and helicopters:

110 helicopters

60 transport/cargo planes

20 light attack planes

18 intelligence/surveillance planes

Vehicles: You’ve probably seen the footage of the Taliban riding around in our Humvees.

We left a total of 75,898 vehicles:

42,604 tactical vehicles

22,174 Humvees

8,998 medium tactical vehicles

1,005 recovery vehicles

928 mine-resistant vehicles

189 armoured tanks

Weapons: Get ready for this…

599,690 of our weapons are now in the hands of the Taliban:

358,530 rifles

126,295 pistols

64,363 machine guns

25,327 grenade launchers

12,692 shotguns

9,877 RPGs

2,606 howitzers

And you can throw a couple thousand night-vision goggles, surveillance drones, and communication devices on that list as well.

Price tag: In total, it adds up to nearly $84 billion dollars

Joe Biden funded an army of terrorists in Afghanistan.

Source: GAO analysis of Department of Defence data.

PS: Don’t Forget “THE CASH”, A ROOM FULL of “CASH”.

Our worst ENEMY is not the Taliban, but the fools sitting in Washington D.C.!

 

 

Aussie Chief of Army views Ukrainian training

Photo: New Zealand Defence Force teams training Ukrainian recruits to defend their nation. Story by Lieutenant Commander John Thompson.

 

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart has praised the commitment and courage of Ukrainian army recruits during a visit to a military training site in the United Kingdom.

Lieutenant General Stuart is in the UK for briefings with senior British Armed Forces staff and a series of meetings with other key defence partners.

He took time out to visit the facility in southern England, where up to 170 Ukrainian civilians – including taxi drivers, bricklayers, solicitors and tradesmen – aged 18-55, are preparing to defend their country.

“This visit has been immensely valuable – one can’t help but be impressed by the determination and attitude of these trainees,” Lieutenant General Stuart said.

Over five weeks, Ukrainians learn field craft and survivability, tactical exercises, range practice, first aid, and International Law of Armed Conflict under the guidance of New Zealand soldiers working with the British Army.

In January, 70 Australian Army personnel will join the operation to help deliver training as part of the UK’s commitment to train 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers.

“I’m confident that we’ll make a difference,” Lieutenant General Stuart said.

“The Ukrainians will learn from us and our experiences in the field, but, equally, we will learn from them and their experiences fighting in eastern Europe.

“It will make all of us better soldiers.”

Commander of the UK’s 5 Rifles infantry battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Kempley Buchan-Smith, said he was looking forward to welcoming the Australians.

“Having Australian soldiers here will give the Ukrainians reassurance that they are not alone,” he said.

Lieutenant General Stuart’s visit to the UK started with his attendance at the Remembrance Day service at Westminster Cathedral.

“It was an appropriate way to start this visit – remembering the lives lost fighting for freedom and democracy,” Lieutenant General Stuart said.

“I see this visit as being an important continuation of a long-standing, unique, and successful relationship we have with the United Kingdom.”

 

Vietnam: Australia’s First Tunnel Rats

Chris Masters, a great TV Journalist, did this story for Page 1 (Channel 10) more than 34 years ago (in 1988). It is a story about the first allied tunnel rats in the Vietnam war in January 1966. Sandy MacGregor, the Troop Commander of 3 Field Troop (the original Tunnel Rats) has interviewed the Political Commissar and some of the enemy who were in the tunnels against his unit 3 Fd Tp Engineers (Australian Army). I want you to know that Journalists are not always accurate so I want to correct an aspect of this video – the handler of the dog was from the Army Republic Vietnam not a US soldier.

Royal commission reveals troubling statistics

The interim report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has unveiled troubling new statistics relating to veteran mental health.

Former female Australian Defence Force personnel are twice as likely to commit suicide as those from the general population, new figures show.

The findings were among those revealed in the interim report of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, which is attempting to find the causes and solutions to the trend.

In total, there have also been 336 instances of attempted suicide across the ADF from 2015 to 2022. However, actual figures are likely to be far higher given these are just those reported.

Suicide is a serious area of concern in the ADF, with at least 1,600 members having taken their own lives.

Following the commencement of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a report revealing the suicide rates of ADF and former ADF members, adding an additional five years of data.

“It is important we have a full picture of the problem, to understand where and how to best direct efforts to prevent suicide, and to improve the lives and wellbeing of the Defence and veteran community,” said commission chair Nick Kaldas.

According to the AIHW annual suicide monitoring report, the number of serving and ex-serving ADF members to die from suicide between 1997 and 2020 was at least 1,600, with 79 in 2020 alone.

The previous report said there had been 1,273 suicide deaths from 2001 to 2019.

The AIHW’s latest findings revealed that suicide rates for currently serving ADF service men and women are actually lower than the general Australian population:

  • 49 per cent lower for permanent male ADF members; and
  • 46 per cent lower for reserve male ADF members.

That being said, ex-serving ADF members suffer from greatly elevated suicide rates:

  • 27 per cent higher for ex-serving ADF males; and
  • 107 per cent (or 2.07 times) higher for ex-serving ADF females, of which the Air Force has the most.

The report also found that those who are discharged involuntarily due to medical issues are three times as likely to die by suicide than those who leave on their own.

“These aren’t just numbers, but people who tragically felt they could not go on,” said commissioner Kaldas, expressing that the rate is a major concern.

“Behind every death by suicide are family members, friends and colleagues whose lives are forever changed.”

This reveals that post-service support for former ADF members is insufficient.

The royal commission, alongside other recommendations, has suggested that the Australian government “accept or reject recommendations made by the Productivity Commission in its report, A Better Way to Support Veterans, that relate to reforming the legislative framework”.

The Productivity Commission’s report suggests reforming the support for former ADF members, implementing a future system that places a focus on lifetime wellbeing and rebuilding lives, with a principal aim to return a veteran to former physical and mental state, and to provide life-long treatment and financial support where that is not possible.

An excerpt from the report cites the Defence Force Welfare Association saying, “If the member was broken due to military service to the Nation, then the Nation has a moral obligation to restore and financially support the person to an ‘as new’ condition as possible.”

To further its reporting, the royal commission is encouraging current and ex-serving ADF members and their families to make submissions that would help it to direct efforts to lower suicide rates in the defence community.

“We want to hear about all aspects of the military, including recruitment, training, deployment, culture, injury management and transition into civilian life,” said commissioner Kaldas.

“Coming forward isn’t always easy, but your story can help us to make the changes needed to better support serving and ex-serving members.”

The final Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide report is due in June 2024.

If you have been affected by issues in this story and require urgent help, please call 000. The Suicide Call Back Service, on 1300 659 467, also offers 24-hour counselling via telephone, online and video.

 

Beware the sickly, ‘sleeping giant’

By Ross Eastgate

CUE theme music: ‘Colonel Bogey March’. Fade out. Announcer:

“Presenting episode one thousand nine hundred and one of ‘Who’s holding the fort’, dedicated to all those who’ve served and all those who care.

“As our last episode concluded, catatonic US president for life Franklin D Roosevelt died suddenly while sitting for a hagiographic portrait to mark the start of his unprecedented fourth term.

“The scheming to replace him had already preceded his mysterious demise as we pick up the story …”

History has a strange way of repeating itself.

CLICK LINK to read the article

Beware the sickly, ‘sleeping giant’ | Australian Defence History, Policy and Veterans Issues (targetsdown.blogspot.com)

Australia’s War in Afghanistan

The War in Afghanistan refers to the intervention in the Afghan Civil War by the United States and its allies, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to dismantle Al-Qaeda, the Islamic terrorist organization led by Osama bin Laden and to remove from power the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist regime led by Mullah Mohammed Omar, which at the time controlled 90% of Afghanistan and hosted Al-Qaeda leadership. Since the invasion in 2001 the presence of coalition forces there has been heavily criticized and the question the rest on everybody’s mind is “Was it all worth it?”

WW2 Hero Earns TWO Victoria Crosses! (Charles Upham)

Charles Upham was a New Zealand born Hero awarded two Victoria Crosses during WW2. Earning just one Victoria Cross is extremely rare, two is almost super human. Known as the VC and Bar, Charles Upham is the only combatant to hold two of these valour awards.

Follow along with his journey through fighting in Crete and North Africa where he would be wounded numerous times. Eventually captured by the German Army, he would continue to give the enemy a headache with a number of escape attempts until WW2 came to an end.

Sweden’s A-26 Submarine Creates New Possibilities For Seabed Warfare

Photo: The A-26 design is ideally suited to seabed warfare. Its hangar, termed the Flexible Payload Lock, can carry underwater drones and be used to retrieve objects on the sea floor.

Sweden’s new A-26 Blekinge Class submarines have been designed with covert missions in mind. Traditionally these would include special forces and intelligence gathering. Now as the naval world pivots towards seabed warfare, the Swedish submarine might find a new niche. One that the design is uniquely suited to.

Sweden’s submarine force, and particularly the future A-26 Blekinge class, may be very relevant. And, fortunately for NATO, inherently well-suited.

From Ivy Bells to Internet Cables

Seabed warfare is nothing new. Since the early days of submarines, some missions have involved aspects of it. In World War Two British X-craft midget subs were used to cut Japanese communications cables. And it would be remiss not to mention Operation Ivy Bells, the U.S. Navy’s Cold War mission to tap Soviet communications. And Britain’s SBS used diesel subs to retrieve Soviet listening devices laid off the UK. During the 1980s it was the Swedes’ turn to play the game, with numerous suspected Soviet submarine incursions in their waters.

The seabed warfare focus back then was military infrastructure, such as anti-submarine sensor networks and communications cables. However, things have changed since the Cold War. The amount of infrastructure laying on the sea floor had increased and now includes fibre optic internet cables. As you read this article there is a chance that the data has reached you by one of these ‘submarine communication cables’ (SCC).

Add to this the gas pipelines, wind farm infrastructure, electricity cables, and so much more. We are much more dependent on seabed infrastructure than before. The vital nature of these cables and pipes to economies is not lost on governments. But few countries are equipped to deal with the threat.

Going forward navies are expected to be able to defend and in times of war attack, seabed infrastructure. Some, like Russia and the United States, have decades of investment and specialist submarines. Other major navies, like the United Kingdom and France, are now reinvesting in this neglected area with specialist vessels.

On the defence front, governments will want the ability to inspect and repair underwater infrastructure and investigate incidents. Offensively, missions may include placing sabotage charges or listening devices and interfering with enemy sensor networks. These needs overlap with mine warfare and mine countermeasures.

Photo: The A-26 submarine’s torpedo room. Note the large diameter door of the hangar in the middle, between 4 regular torpedo tubes.

In many defensive scenarios, surface vessels will be sufficient. Typically they will use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to reach down into the depths. But submarines offer the advantages of greater discretion. And they can operate in bad weather which may inhibit surface vessels. In offensive missions, the submarines’ stealth will come into its own. Having suitable submarines will give governments options that they may not currently have.

So, as in previous times when the missions of navies have evolved rapidly. Countries will look to their regular submarines to play a role. And few designs seem as well-suited as Sweden’s.

What Makes The A-26 Submarine Particularly Suited

This is where the A-26 design may come into its own. It has been designed from the outset to better accommodate special forces missions and underwater drones. These features, principally the large hangar between the torpedo tubes, may also be useful in seabed warfare.

Sweden is already ahead of the curve with the development of the Saab SubROV. This form of ROV can be launched and operated from a torpedo tube of any submarine. In more traditional terms it can perform intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). It feeds high-resolution data back to the submarine in real time via a cable without the risk of signal detection. It can also be used to recover other underwater vehicles.

But it also gives the submarine the ability to perform some seabed warfare missions. It can locate and inspect pipes or cables. It could be used to inspect infrastructure down to 500 meters (1,640 feet), which is deep enough to reach anywhere in the Baltic.

But the new A-26 class will take things to another level. The hangar, known as a Flexible Payload Lock, allows it to carry larger underwater vehicles. These could include the Saab Double Eagle and Sabertooth systems. These can be operated both remotely (as an ROV) or autonomously without the tether. Large objects could be carried and placed on the seabed with the aid of the ROV/AUV. Or recovered objects to be carried away. These underwater vehicles would increase the reach of the submarine. Some versions of the Sabertooth can dive to 3,000 meters (9,850 feet).

There is no doubt that seabed warfare has, briefly, moved out of the shadows. Navies and policy makers are more open about the threats to undersea infrastructure, and the need to defend it. But whether this will lead to changes to submarine procurement remains to be seen. But if it does, the A-26 design may find itself well positioned. And for Sweden, which already has them under construction, they will open up new possibilities.