Israel Threatened Iran with Air Strike; US Wants Naval Coalition; Russia Testing Robotic Combat Platform
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 10 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Israel warns Iran it is within range of Israeli air strikes
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Iran on Tuesday that it is within range of Israeli air strikes, citing what he described as Iranian threats to destroy Israel, MEMO reported.
“Iran recently has been threatening Israel’s destruction,” Netanyahu said at an Israeli air force base, where he viewed a squadron of advanced US-built F-35 warplanes.
“It should remember that these planes can reach anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran, and certainly Syria,” he said in a YouTube video clip filmed at the base, with an F-35 in the background.
Last week, a senior Iranian parliamentarian was quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying that if the United States attacked Iran, Israel would be destroyed in half an hour.
Israel has long said that every option is on the table in ensuring that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon, and has backed pledges to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria by carrying out air strikes there.
US pushing for military coalition to patrol waters in Gulf region: Top general
A top United States general has announced plans to set up a coalition of allied countries willing to patrol key shipping channels in the Gulf region, amid weeks of instability and a string of attacks on vessels in the area, MEE reported.
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that Washington plans to enlist its allies to patrol the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandeb.
The Strait of Hormuz is a key shipping channel in the Gulf of Oman, while Bab al-Mandeb is a strait located between Yemen on one side, and Djibouti and Eritrea on the other.
“We’re engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab al-Mandeb,” said Dunford.
Last month, Donald Trump called on countries to protect their own ships from Iran as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz, saying that US troops do not “even need to be” in the Gulf.
Russia testing experimental robotic combat platform
Russian specialists have assembled and are testing two experimental prototypes of the Marker combat unmanned ground vehicle, CEO of the Advanced Research Fund Andrei Grigoryev told TASS on Tuesday.
“Currently, the project’s first stage is nearing completion. During this stage, two tracked experimental robotic platforms were assembled and launched into operation,” the chief executive said.
The Marker is primarily an experimental platform to test advanced ground robotic technologies: autonomous control, group interactions, artificial vision and navigation, he specified.
The control system mounted on this combat robot allows operating in a regime close to real time, automatically laying the route and bypassing obstacles. The Russian specialists have developed algorithms and programmed modules making it possible to detect various targets.
The Marker robotic platform is a joint project of the Advanced Research Fund and Android Technology NGO (the developer of the Fedor humanoid robot). The Marker combat robot is expected to lay the basis for testing the joint interaction of ground robots, unmanned aerial vehicles and Special Forces. The Marker is positioned as a building kit for creating future warfare models.
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Source: TASS, MEMO, MEE