Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO News: May 27, 2011: Britain Deploys Helicopter Gunships To “Turn The Screw” On Libya

27 May 2011 Stop Nato

  • Day 70 Of Libyan War: 8,444 NATO Air Missions, 3,229 Combat Flights
  • Non-Aligned Movement Conference: Cuba Condemns NATO Attacks Against Libya As International Crime
  • Britain Deploys Helicopter Gunships To “Turn The Screw” On Libya
  • U.S. Seeks $4 Billion Interceptor Missile Deal With Turkey
  • Former NATO Ambassador Named State Department Spokeswoman
  • Georgia Parades Afghan, Iraqi War Veterans, New Armored Vehicles In Front Of Protesters

Day 70 Of Libyan War: 8,444 NATO Air Missions, 3,229 Combat Flights

www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pdf/pdf_2011_05/20110527_110527-oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

May 27, 2011

NATO and Libya

Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Air Operations

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 8444 sorties, including 3229 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 26 May: 140

Strike sorties conducted 26 May: 54

Arms Embargo Activities

A total of 21 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.

10 Vessels were hailed on 26 May to determine destination and cargo. 3 boardings (no diversion) were conducted.

A total of 1060 vessels have been hailed. 56 boardings and 7 diversions have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.

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Non-Aligned Movement Conference: Cuba Condemns NATO Attacks Against Libya As International Crime

www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5768:cuba-describes-aggression-against-libya-as-a-crime&catid=3:world&Itemid=14

Cuban News Agency

May 26, 2011

Cuba Describes Aggression against Libya as a Crime

-NATO’s strategic concept, which was updated on November 19, 2010, in a Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, not only unilaterally redefines what it regards as risks for its member countries, but it also establishes the access to energy as a strategic target…[A]ccording to that concept, crises and conflicts outside NATO’s borders can turn into a direct threat for the security of the territories and the peoples of the Alliance, which will lead to NATO’s involvement wherever and whenever it can.

Havana, Cuba: Cuba denounced during the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Conference, in Bali, Indonesia, the aggression against Libya by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as constituting an international crime.

During his speech at the meeting, the Cuban deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Abelardo Moreno, rejected and condemned the aggression carried out as part of the implementation of Resolution 1973 of the UN Security Council.

According to the Prensa Latina agency news, Moreno noted that the recent events in Libya concern everyone and warned that this could also happen in other NAM member nations.

The diplomat stated that the U.S. and NATO are getting increasingly more effective in the imposition of actions at all levels of the UN, which opposes the original reasons that gave birth to this organization.

He pointed out that NATO’s strategic concept, which was updated on November 19, 2010, in a Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, not only unilaterally redefines what it regards as risks for its member countries, but it also establishes the access to energy as a strategic target.

Moreno explained that, according to that concept, crises and conflicts outside NATO’s borders can turn into a direct threat for the security of the territories and the peoples of the Alliance, which will lead to NATO’s involvement wherever and whenever it can.

The diplomat said that the Cuban people cannot accept the use of all available means allegedly for the sake of the protection of civilians, making reference to the concept used for the bomb attacks in Libya.

Cuba’s permanent representative to the UN, Pedro Nuñez Mosquera, also condemned the hypocrisy in the use of the concept last May 10 and stated that it was just a pretext to achieve political and economic interests.

On that occasion, Nuñez warned that there are still many aspects to clarify in this sense such as deciding who needs protection and when, what are the grounds and criteria for deciding those actions, and which are the boundaries.

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Britain Deploys Helicopter Gunships To “Turn The Screw” On Libya

www.scotsman.com/news/Britain-sends-in-gunships-to.6775168.jp

The Scotsman

May 27, 2011

Britain sends in gunships to break Gaddafi

Four Apache helicopters are to be deployed against Gaddafi’s forces in Libya and could be active within days

By Nick Eardley

Prime Minister David Cameron has approved the use of British helicopters in Libya as Nato forces look to “turn the screw” on Muammar Gaddafi, it was confirmed last night.

The announcement came after Mr Cameron reached the decision following a meeting of the UK’s National Security Council at Downing Street yesterday.

The Apache aircraft could participate in strikes within days.

The French government had already confirmed it would send Tigre helicopters to aid the campaign against the Libyan regime, suggesting they expected their British counterparts to do the same…

The final decision lay with Cameron, who held discussions with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the G8 summit in France yesterday.

Four Apache helicopters will now be put at the disposal at the Nato command in the country, alongside existing warplane deployments and the 12 French attack helicopters Mr Sarkozy has already approved.

Attack helicopters are capable of flying close to the ground and are expected to target Gaddafi’s forces around Misrata and other urban areas. They are likely to be used to attack a wider range of targets than long-distance aircraft and can reach speeds of 362km/h.

The Apache helicopters also have thermal imaging capabilities and can take enhanced video images that have been used in Afghanistan. There had been fears that low-flying aircraft would be at increased risk of being hit by surface-to-air missiles, which Col Gaddafi’s followers are believed to have access to.

The helicopters are normally based in Suffolk, though they are currently on an exercise in the Mediterranean. It is understood they will be based at HMS Ocean. It is likely they will be deployed within days.

Meanwhile, RAF jets have attacked a military vehicle depot in the Libyan desert.

Major General John Lorimer, the Chief of Defence Staff’s spokesman, said last night: “A major target for the Royal Air Force contingent yesterday was the large military vehicle depot at Tiki in the west…Tornado and Typhoon aircraft, accompanied by other Nato aircraft, used Paveway guided bombs to attack multiple targets within the depot, causing very extensive damage.”

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U.S. Seeks $4 Billion Interceptor Missile Deal With Turkey

www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=us-raytheon-announces-nearly-4-billion-worth-missile-project-for-turkey-2011-05-26

Hürriyet Daily News

May 26, 2011

US Raytheon announces missile project worth nearly $4 bln for Turkey

ÜM?T ENG?NSOY

-”Through our contracts with the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, the Turkish defense industry [mainly Aselsan and Roketsan] already have agreements worth a few hundred million dollars for the sale of Patriot components to these countries.”

-[U]nder a NATO plan approved during a leaders’ summit meeting in Lisbon in November, the Western alliance will create a collective missile system…NATO now seeks to deploy special X-band radars in Turkish territory for early detection of missiles launched from the region.

ANKARA: A US team led by Raytheon is hoping to win the international competition for Turkey’s long-range-missile and air-defense systems. At least $2 billion of the project would be done by Turkish companies locally, says Mike Boots, Turkey Patriot program manager at Raytheon, implying that the price of the US systems could be around $4 billion.

The U.S. partnership of Raytheon, a top missile maker, and Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense company, has offered their Patriot air and missile defense systems in the tender, which seeks to provide for Turkey’s long-range-missile and air-defense systems, or T-Loramids. The systems fire both Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Advance Capability-3 (PAC-3) and Raytheon’s GEM.T anti-air missiles.

Mike Boots, the Turkey Patriot program manager at Raytheon, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Thursday that his company had special cooperation agreements with Turkey’s Aselsan, a military electronics powerhouse and the country’s largest defense company, and Roketsan, Turkey’s main missile and rocket maker.

“Through our contracts with the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, the Turkish defense industry [mainly Aselsan and Roketsan] already have agreements worth a few hundred million dollars for the sale of Patriot components to these countries,” Boots said.

“If we win the Turkish contract, another $2 billion may come to the Turkish industry related to our sales to several Middle Eastern countries and other customers elsewhere,” Boots said.

“If we win the Turkish contract, the local partners will already be producing Patriot components for the national program…,” Boots said.

Potential problems

One potential problem between Turkey and NATO is the presence in the Turkish competition of China and Russia, which are not NATO members and whose systems are not compatible with the alliance’s systems and procedures.

“One explanation is that Turkey itself doesn’t plan to select the Chinese or Russian alternatives, but is still retaining them among options to put pressure on the Americans and the Europeans to curb their prices,” one Western expert said.

Separately, under a NATO plan approved during a leaders’ summit meeting in Lisbon in November, the Western alliance will create a collective missile system…

NATO now seeks to deploy special X-band radars in Turkish territory for early detection of missiles launched from the region.

Ideally, in the event of such a launch, U.S.-made SM-3 interceptors – based on U.S. Aegis destroyers to be deployed in the eastern Mediterranean and possibly in Romania – would then be fired to hit the incoming missile mid-flight.

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Former NATO Ambassador Named State Department Spokeswoman

en.rian.ru/world/20110527/164259337.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti

May 27, 2011

U.S. State Department names new spokeswoman

Washington: The U.S. State Department on Thursday named Victoria Nuland, a career diplomat and a Russia specialist, its new spokeswoman.

Nuland will fill the job vacated in March by Philip Crowley, who resigned after describing the Pentagon as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid” in its treatment of Pvt. Bradley Manning, imprisoned on charges of leaking classified documents to whistleblowing website Wikileaks.

A former NATO envoy and special envoy for Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, Nuland will take over from Mark Toner, who will remain a deputy spokesman.

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Georgia Parades Afghan, Iraqi War Veterans, New Armored Vehicles In Front Of Protesters

en.trend.az/news/politics/1882308.html

Trend News Agency

May 26, 2011

Georgian armored vehicles presented during military parade in Tbilisi

N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: Georgian Armed Forces today at a military parade on Rustaveli Avenue demonstrated a new military technology, created in Georgia. After the infantrymen who have already served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military vehicles were demonstrated at the parade.

Movement of equipment was started by Georgian armored personnel carriers “Didgori” (named after the places where the Georgians won the greatest military victory in history). This was a major innovation in the parade.

The Georgian Defense Ministry stated that all the innovations of the military industry were taken into account in the establishment of the military vehicle. “Didgori” has been assembled in Georgia, particularly in the tank plant.

During the passage of armored vehicles, President Mikheil Saakashvili came down from the tribune, stopped the armored vehicles, personally examined it and talked with the military.

After “Didgori”, there were demonstrated armored vehicles such as “Hammer” – a model HMMWV M1151 (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), transportation of high mobility, the model 1151 with heavy armor, the purpose – the transportation of personnel to the battlefield, export and escort. There are more than 15 modifications.

After the heavy armored vehicles and artillery systems, the aviation participated in the parade.

Aviation was represented by helicopter UH-1H (Iroquois), purpose: amphibious vehicle, the evacuation of wounded from the battlefield, Mi-8 – Model: Mi-8 Mi-8 MT, purpose: transportation of personnel, cargo; helicopters Mi -24 – model: a combat helicopter Mi-24, a purpose: close air support to maneuver ground units.

Also there were demonstrated light combat aircrafts “I-39? – “Albatross”, a purpose: training, retraining of pilots and combat training, combat aircrafts Su-25, model – Su-25 Su-25UB, Su-25 “Mimino”, purpose: support of infantry from the air, pinpoint strikes, the destruction of the enemy and heavy equipment. After the flight of Su-25, the military parade ended.

Because of yesterday’s events in Tbilisi, the dance of the ensemble “Suhishvilebi” – “Horumi” was canceled.

The parade was headed by the Chief of the Joint Staff of Georgian Armed Forces, Major-General Devi Chankotadze, who gave a report Commander-in-Chief, President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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