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Turkey Conducts First Test of Russian S-400 Missile Systems: Social Media Reports
Da defenseworld.net del 16 ottobre 2020

Screenshot of video reportedly showing S-400 being transported to Sinop for tests next week (via social media)

Turkey has reportedly conducted the first test of S-400 air defense system (ADS) it bought from Russia, today.

On October 16, photographs and video from the purported test being circulated in the social media show a column of smoke rising. According to Turkish media reports last week, the ADS was being transported to Sinop
(https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28033/Turkey_Preparing_for_S_400_Test_in_Black_Sea#.X4mQRdAzbIU) located on the Black Sea coast. Turkish authorities had closed the area from October 13-16 saying “Practice shooting will be carried out” in the region. The area had been declared “dangerous” for mariners.

Earlier, a government official told the Turkish Minute (https://www.turkishminute.com/2020/10/02/exclusive-turkey-to-test-s-400-air-defensesystem-october-5-16-official-correspondence-reveals/) that 10 Banshee air targets were delivered to Sinop for S- 00 tests. Tests will be carried out to check the combat readiness of the S-400, the radar’s ability to detect and track targets, the capabilities of communication system, as well as check the fire control systems.

 

It may cost a bomb… but it will protect you from one! London home that was once a nuclear bunker and is now billed as a ‘Covid refuge’ goes on sale for £10million
Da dailymail.co.uk del 9 ottobre 2020

Seafield House in North London, used to be a bunker for military commanders during the Cold War, now it's a £10million home

The bunker was one of four 'civil defence war rooms,' in London, with space for 50 staff and steel blast doors to protect them

Because of its history as a former nuclear bunker, the multi-million pound home has been billed as perfect for a playboys, secretive businessmen or even celebrities looking to dodge the paparazzi

After an incredible makeover, the home now boats five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, a cinema, a sauna and a pool
The former

• Seafield House in Mill Hill, North London, was built as a Cold War-era bunker for military commanders to use
• It is now a £10million home that boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, a cinema and a 30ft pool
• The home has been billed as fit for a secretive businessman, celebrities avoiding paparazzi, or even a playboy

By ROBERT HUTTON

Its concrete walls are thick enough to withstand a 500lb bomb and its massive steel doors were built to repel all Cold War intruders.
Now this vast nuclear bunker is being sold as a luxury refuge from a very different threat: Covid.
The £10million home is billed as fit for a ‘secretive businessman, celebrity avoiding paparazzi, young or old playboy, trophy hoarder, car collector, original thinker or eccentric intellectual’.

The former bunker boasts two sprawling kitchens, with space to eat outside for families - a far cry from its days as a shelter

The building, originally made to serve military commanders in the event of attack, became run down and the victim of vandals

The sauna is part of a wealth of new rooms that have transformed the old bunker into a luxury home for a family or playboy

Despite being in a 'dull' part of North London, the transformed home boasts scenic views from its outdoor eating area

In the early 1950s, Seafield House in Mill Hill was one of four ‘civil defence war rooms’ for London – the place where military commanders hoped to live through a nuclear attack.
Behind the blast doors there was room for 50 staff to live and sleep.
There were communications rooms to bring in news from outside and a ventilation system to filter radioactive fallout.

The bunker originally went up for sale for £4.5million, its value has more than doubled since, but the seller doesn't seem to fond of the area, describing it as a 'dull north-west London suburb with nothing on offer'

Thanks to a ‘grand designs’ refurbishment, it is now fit for a luxury lockdown –with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, a cinema, a sauna and a 30ft pool.

It first went on the market in 2010 for £4.5million.

But despite it having doubled in price since then, there are signs the present owner isn’t wild about the neighbourhood.

The property description reads: ‘In a dull north-west London suburb with nothing on offer.’

 

 

Turkey Preparing for S-400 Test in Black Sea
Da defenseworld.net del 9 ottobre 2020

Screenshot of video reportedly showing S-400 being transported to Sinop for tests next week (via social media)

Turkey is all set to test its S-400 air defense systems near Sinop on the Black Sea coast next week.
Turkish authorities have closed the area from October 13-16 saying “Practice shooting will be carried out” in the region. The area has been declared “dangerous” for mariners.
Although Turkey has not mentioned anything about the S-400 test, local media in Sinop published photographs and video footages of a convoy of heavy vehicles carrying S-400 missile systems.

Earlier, a government official told the Turkish Minute (https://www.turkishminute.com/2020/10/02/exclusive-turkey-to-test-s-400-air-defense-systemoctober-5-16-official-correspondence-reveals/) that 10 Banshee air targets were delivered to Sinop for S- 00 tests. Tests will be carried out to check the combat readiness of the S-400, the radar’s ability to detect and track targets, the capabilities of communication system, as well as check the fire control systems.
An AviaPro report in July said the S-400 radar system had the opportunity to 'detect' the presence of U.S. stealth fighter jets at least thrice. Russia’s TASS (https://tass.com/world/1175927)also that a Turkish defense ministry official “confirmed” Ankara’s testing of its S-400s against U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets last year. "Yes, such trials have indeed taken place last November," the source allegedly said.

The U.S.-Turkey tensions nosedived after the latter bought the S-400 systems from Russia for $2.5 billion in 2017. Washington’s attempts to persuade Ankara to ditch the systems went in vain. Soon after Russia began shipping the S-400s to Turkey in July 2019, the U.S. struck off Turkey’s name from the list of F-35 program partners.

 

Russia Could Use Hypersonic Missile as Bargaining Chip in Arms Control
Da defenseworld.net del 8 ottobre 2020

Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Launch @MoD Russia

Russia could use its Hypersonic anti-ship missile, “Tsirkon” as a bargaining chip in arms control negotiations with the United States.
The Russian ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said yesterday that the successful tests of the newest Russian hypersonic missile Tsirkon (also spelt as "Zircon") gives confidence to Russian diplomats in the United States in arms control negotiations.

“This directly affects our work in Washington. You feel more confident, calm and comfortable when you negotiate with your colleagues on strategic stability issues, on arms control issues,” Russia 1 TV channel quoted him as saying.
This could be the first time a conventionally-armed missile with a relatively short range (450 kms-according to the Russian MoD) will be used as a bargaining chip in tough USRussia arms control negotiations.
While the US and Russia have focused on reducing missiles armed with nuclear warheads, neither side will take the first strike option given the propensity for the other side to reply with a nuclear strike not to mention the horrendous human casualties caused by a nuclear blast.

With the Tsirkon, however, the strike could be limited to a single aircraft carrier or missile carrying frigates bringing back fears of the Pearl Harbour attack. The confidence that Russia has in the missile as a negotiating tool stems from the fact that currently the US has nothing matching the Tsirkon.

 

Ooit bood kazemat XI in Den Oever bescherming tegen de vijand. Nu gaat de zaag er in om plaats te maken voor de aanleg van een nieuw gemaal
Da noordhollandsdagblad.nl del 7 ottobre 2020

© Foto Rijkswaterstaat/Jan Wessels

Winnie van Galen

DEN OEVER

Een bunker slopen met muren en een dak van zo’n twee meter dik is een pittige klus. Veel bunkers blijven dan ook maar staan, zeker als ze een monumentale status hebben.

Voor deze bunker, die onderdeel uitmaakt van de Stelling Den Oever, loopt het even anders. Een derde gedeelte van dit betonnen militaire verdedigingswerk (formeel kazemat XI) moet er af.
Lees ook: De zaag gaat in een bunker bij Stelling Den Oever die ooit bescherming bood tegen vijand uit het oosten [video]
Dat is nodig voor de bouw van een nieuw gemaal waarmee IJsselmeerwater op de Waddenzee is te lozen.  De aanleg van de Stelling Den Oever begon in 1932 en kwam vier jaar later gereed.
De gedachte was dat met de voltooiing van de Afsluitdijk in 1932 de vijand vanuit het oosten rechtstreeks naar Amsterdam en verder kon doorstoten. Kazemat XI (14,6 meter lang en 20 meter breed) bevatte oorspronkelijk logieslokalen voor manschappen en officieren, opbergplaatsen voor munitie en levensmiddelen, een centrale ruimte en een keuken.
In de jaren ’50 werd deze bunker verbouwd tot ziekenhuis. Stelling Den Oever bestaat uit ruim tien bunkers.

De kazemat van bovenaf gezien. Met een witte stippellijn is de plek voor de betonzaag aangegeven. © Foto Rijkswaterstaat/Jan Wessels

Nadat de zaag in de bunker een lijn getrokken heeft, komt het sloopwerk op gang. © Foto Rijkswaterstaat/Jan Wessels

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Betrouwbaar nieuws is een kostbaar goed, zeker in tijden van fakenieuws, hypes en frames op social media en het internet. Dan is het fijn wanneer er nieuwsmerken bestaan die hun verhalen, reportages en interviews onafhankelijk en vrij kunnen brengen. Ook op internet.
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Elke bijdrage van een lezer is daarom waardevol voor onze toekomst en die van de regionale journalistiek.
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Turkish Armed Forces to Activate, Test S-400 Air Defence System
Da defenseworld.net del 5 ottobre 2020

Turkish armed forces have commenced the process of activating and testing the S-400 Air Defense System (ADS) purchased from Russia at a training ground near the northern city of Sinop.
In preparation for the test, 10 Banshee air targets will be delivered to the Sinop missile range for the S-400 tests, which are to take place from October 5 to 16, Turkish Minute (https://www.turkishminute.com/2020/10/02/exclusive-turkey-to-test-s-400-air-defensesystem-october-5-16-official-correspondence-reveals/)  reported, citing official government correspondence.

"Test launches of the S-400 system will be carried out at the Sinop missile range from 5 to 16 October 2020 to test the combat readiness of the S-400, the ability to detect and track the radars of the system, the capabilities of the communication system, as well as to test fire control and command control," - the document reads, according to the publication.

According to the document, the Turkish President had authorized the preliminary activation of the system to test the capabilities of the radars at the Myrted airfield near Ankara from September 28 to October 2 2019.
It was during this time reports had emerged of the Turkish S-400 ADS tracking Turkish F-16s and US F-35s as they flow close to the Caspean Sea
The documents seen by Turkish Minute states that during the tests, the commanders at the observation post will have to obtain permission from the Turkish President for each missile launch two hours before it.
S-400 batteries, 10 air targets, a ground control station for drones and other necessary equipment were to arrive from the Myrted airbase in Sinop on October 5.
After deployment near Sinop, the S-400 batteries will have to fire at aerial targets from October 5 to 16, the document reads, says Turkish Minute.
The activation may further aggravate relations between the US and Turkey as Washington has already the sale of F- 35 jets and US politicians are clamoring for sanctions to be imposed on Ankara for buying Russian equipment.

 

US to Sell Switzerland PATRIOT Missile Units Worth $2.2 billion
Da defenseworld.net del 2 ottobre 2020

The US State Department approves a possible Sale to Switzerland of five Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units for an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale September 30.
The Government of Switzerland requested to buy five (5) Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units, consisting of: five (5) AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets; five (5) AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations; seventeen (17) M903 Launching Stations; up to seventy (70) Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile Tactical (GEM-T) Missiles; seven (7) Antenna Mast Groups; five (5) Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III; and six (6) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) (11) Block Upgrade Two (BU2). The prime contractors will be Raytheon Corporation and Lockheed-Martin.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value is expected to be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded

 

El castillo de La Herradura se inaugura como museo de la Armada en marzo
Da ideal.es del 1 ottobre 2020

Este primer centro cultural de la pedanía sexitana recreará el hundimiento en la costa granadina de veinticinco naves en 1562, donde murieron cerca de 5.000 personas

PILAR GARCÍA-TREVIJANO

LA Herradura inaugura su primer museo el 19 de marzo, coincidiendo con la fiesta local en honor de San José, patrón de la localidad. El Castillo herradureño se ha convertido en un espacio cultural que recordará el naufragio de 1562, donde se produjo el hundimiento de 25 naves durante el reinado de Felipe II y muerieron 5.000 personas.

El proyecto del museo histórico, que se vió frenado por el estado de alarma motivado por la pandemia, se hará realidad a mediados del mes de marzo, según ha manifestado el teniente de alcalde y delegado de Turismo y Playas, Daniel Barbero.

«La tramitación está muy avanzada. Ya se celebró la mesa de contratación para conocer las cuatro propuestas presentadas por distintas empresas, para el montaje e instalación que acogerá el Castillo de La Herradura», dijo Barbero En estos momentos el procedimiento sigue su curso con la apertura de plicas que recogen las propuestas técnicas y económicas para adjudicar el montaje.

La ejecución de este importante proyecto, cuantificado en su totalidad en 140.000 euros con colaboración de la Junta, pondrá en valor un bien patrimonial de extraordinaria riqueza monumental, dinamizando el municipio y el entorno con un espacio histórico que se sumará a la oferta turística y cultural del municipio, enriquecida con la puesta en valor y apertura de este museo tan singular en el que turistas, visitantes y vecinos podrán conocer y adentrarse en épocas pasadas, a través de los hechos históricos más significativos acaecidos en La Herradura.

«La idea es crear un contenido interpretativo, no ya del patrimonio construido, sino de la navegación y de la historia asociada a dicho patrimonio, tematizando la visita y contextualizando el acontecimiento histórico del naufragio de La Herradura, y principales hechos históricos de La Herradura, creando de esta forma una visita adaptada a un público de perfil turístico y escolar. Mejorando la experiencia de visita y aumentando la oferta turística y cultural de la localidad», afirmaba el teniente de alcalde de Turismo y Playas.
El Ayuntamiento de Almuñécar es propietario desde principios del año 2005 del Castillo de La Herradura, situado dentro del núcleo urbano del mismo nombre, a 120 metros de distancia a la bahía, restaurado por el equipo técnico de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes, dirigido por los doctores arquitectos, Antonio Almagro Gorbea y Antonio Orihuela Uzal. Durante el es de marzo de 2011 se finalizaron la totalidad de las obras de restauración exterior e interior del propio Castillo, así como, los trabajos de acondicionamiento del entorno del recurso, dotándolo de todo el esplendor e infraestructura necesaria para su uso como antesala del propio monumento como de espacio ajardinado de libre acceso para los turistas, visitantes y residentes. En estos trabajos se realizaron también la señalización mediante la instalación de paneles con textos en español e inglés con la descripción de las distintas zonas que componen el Castillo; además de dotar a la fortaleza de 3 réplicas de cañones que fueron instaladas en la batería.