Overnight Thread

Workin like a Chien. Thank the Gang for all their hard work.

  • Maneki-neko
  • Exile1981

    Anyone know why the canadian forces is moving a bunch of ADATS tanks around and support vehicles as well? They were retired a few years ago but these ones looked in new condition.

    • bob e

      mebbe it’s for a new islamic slaughter response brigade they
      are dreaming up …

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll be in front of mosques to guard against mythical backlash.

    • tom_billesley

      Are air defence ships being positioned near coastal cities? That would be telling.

      • Exile1981

        No idea but, but these tanks had new paint, flat army green. No camo or markings at all.

    • canminuteman

      Where did you see them? That might be a clue. On a train somewhere?

      • Exile1981

        Back of a semi -2 per semi x 2 semis. A third semi had a military fuel tanker on it.Easr bound just outside swift current headed easr on the #1.

        • canminuteman

          I’ve been out of the forces for a while now, but this is the back story. When we bought the F18’s and based the in Europe we went cap in hand to get NATO to pay for modern hardened aircraft shelters at CFB Baden where they were to be based. NATO had a multinational infrastructure budget for such programs. NATO told us that unless we were to provide a modern air defence system for the base it would be a waste of money and they weren’t going to do it. At the time the air defence consisted of WW11 era 40 mm AA guns salvaged from HMCS Bonaventure when it was scrapped put on ground mounts (seriously, those guns were further recycled and used to arm the coastal defence vessels built in the 80/90’s, so as far as I know they are still in service), and Blowpipe shoulder launched missiles. So we created 4 Air Defence Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, based in Germany and an air defence training school at CFB Chatham in New Brunswick, with a detachment at CFB Cold Lake where they went for gun camps. They had the ADATS missile system built under licence in Quebec (naturally, at the time the plan was to sell them to other people as well, but I don’t think we ever did) and Oerlikon 35mm guns and SkyGuard radar system. When the wall came down and we started downsizing (that’s when my career ended) 4 AD Regt became a 10/90 unit of mostly reservists and a handful of regs. They did get to see a little bit of action during gulf war 1 when a detachment (commanded by a mate of mine) of hurriedly purchased more modern shoulder launched systems (can’t remember what they were)went to sea on our destroyers to increase their AA defences. I don’t know what has happened since, but they could have been bound for Cold Lake for training if any of them are still in service.

          There is a wikipedia article on the system that talks about a new use for them. I refer you there. Anyway, probably more than you ever wanted to know about ADATS.

          • Exile1981

            Thanks. I read the wiki article last night. These were east bound of swift current headed towards moose jaw. I read the bot about new mounts for the missiles but these were still on tracked chasis with the 8 tubes on top.

      • Exile1981

        I didn’t know we had anything like that so I had to look up what threy were. Supposedly they wete scrapped in 2012, though other articles say they were removed from service and put into storage in 2012.

  • tom_billesley

    The soft underbelly of North America:
    Costa Rica has detained a Syrian woman with a fake Greek passport, two days after five Syrian men were arrested in Honduras trying to travel to the US on stolen Greek passports.

  • Xavier

    Double standard? French police fire 5,000 bullets in raid


  • tom_billesley
  • Brett_McS

    Via Instapundit, this is good:


  • tom_billesley

    Kuwait busts multi-national IS cell
    Cell bought missiles from Ukraine, shipped them to Syria via Turkey.

    Kuwait has busted a multi-national cell linked to the terror group Daesh in an operation the interior ministry described as “a major blow to terrorism in the country.”
    The cell was included five Syrians, two Australians, one Lebanese, one Egyptian and one Kuwaiti, the ministry said in a statement carried by Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).
    “The cell was providing Daesh in Syria with new recruiters, money, weaponry and logistical support,” the statement said.