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Sum Thingz in the air... drones now official.
This drone needs to be equipped with a laser scanner
so that files can be uploaded to Earth for 3D printing.
(07-27-2016, 11:31 PM)EA Wrote: thats wild!

what scares me is the future 'first' unibomber.

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Yes I saw the article and saved one version of the event.

I think that the drone was CIA and somebody  ("Q" perhaps) over-wrote the programing similar to what Iran did with the Lockheed Martin Drone that STILL cannot "see" the blinking helmet light on OUR OWN soldiers.  All it sees is body heat, they do NOT have a software patch because the lights of the helmets are OUTSIDE the lens spectrum they chose for the Reaper Drone.  Now THAT is an "Entitlement" spending run amuck instead of Social Security being an EARNED BENEFIT where each individual puts in their own $$$ and the employer puts their share.  A self employed person pays ALL of the % of Social Security deductions from income earned.

For overblown "Entitlements" see:

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Army thwarts NEW attack...

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Gunfire also heard after attack — no word yet on casualties or injuries
Zero Hedge - SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 60 Comments 

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[b]What appears to be the most devastating Yemen Houthi rebel attack on Saudi Arabia to date, took place overnight on the world’s largest oil processing facility as stunning videos emerged of massive explosions rocking the major Aramco Buqyaq facility.[/b]
Fires burned into the morning daylight hours, with explosions also reported at the Khurais oil field, in what the Houthis said was a successful attack involving ten drones. “These attacks are our right, and we warn the Saudis that our targets will keep expanding,” a rebel military spokesman said on Houthi-operated Al Masirah TV.
Saudi authorities — initially slow or reluctant to identify the cause of the major blaze — on Saturday issued a confirmation via the Saudi Press Agency: “At 4.00am (01:00 GMT) the industrial security teams of Aramco started dealing with fires at two of its facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of… drones,” an interior ministry statement said, which further claimed the fires were “under control”.

Quote:#Buqayq city view as #Aramco facilities burn. Very likely to be an attack of some sort as gunshots are also heard. #SaudiArabia #Saudi #arabtwitter
— Ahmed Alsalman (@AAlsalman91) September 14, 2019

However, the Saudis have stopped short of acknowledging the Houthis were behind the attack, which Riyadh is also likely to blame on Iran, which has lately promised that if it can’t export its oil then “no one will”.
It remains unclear according to early statements whether there were injuries or casualties in the twin oil facility attacks.

Quote:More video of fires throughout #Buqayq in #SaudiArabia#arabtwitter #Arab
— Ahmed Alsalman (@AAlsalman91) September 14, 2019

In some of the video captured by onlookers outside the Buqayq facility, gunfire in or around the complex was apparent.

Quote:A third video filmed from around the corner from the first two.
Geolocated: (
— John Marquee (@john_marquee) September 14, 2019

The impact on global oil markets – closed for the weekend – could be significant given the Khurais field produces about 1% of all the world’s oil (estimated at over 1M bpd and reserves of over 20BN bpd) and more importantly Abqaiq, which based on the stunning local footage bore the brunt of the drone attacks, remains the most crucial of the kingdom’s processing plants.
Located 37 miles southwest of Aramco’s Dhahran headquarters, it controls all the flows from fields like the giant Ghawar field to coastal export terminals like Ras Tanura. Saudi Aramco describes the Buqyaq facility as “the largest crude oil stabilization plant in the world.”

Quote:The world's largest oil processing facility has been hit in a drone attack.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have said they were behind the strikes on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq plant. Read the full story here:
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 14, 2019

Meanwhile, the United States was quick to “strongly condemn” the attack amid already soaring tensions in the gulf after a summer of “tanker wars” and Iranian threats of walking away altogether from the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA).
The U.S. envoy to Saudi Arabia issued a statement saying, “The U.S. strongly condemns today’s drone attacks against oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais. These attacks against critical infrastructure endanger civilians, are unacceptable, and sooner or later will result in innocent lives being lost.”
According to Reuters reports the drone attacks will impact up to 5 million bpd of oil production, which suggests that the price of oil – already severely depressed by the recent news that John Bolton is out, making de-escalation with Iran far more likely – is set to soar when trading reopens late on Sunday, just what the upcoming Aramco IPO desperately needs, which in turn has prompted some to wonder if the “Yemen” attack on Saudi Arabia wasn’t in fact orchestrated by Saudi interests. 18 years after Sept 11, this shouldn’t sound all that outlandish…
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Those Houthi drones made it 500 miles Whip
into Saudi territory to hit the refinery.

US has only two little options:
attack Iran
do not attack Iran
all other non escalationary options  have already been targeted on Iran {sanctions etc}

The Houthi basically spanked the Saudi's and then said,
go ahead and bomb us with your jets,
we will send hundreds of drones in to attack your refineries in response.

The Saudi's do not have an anti drone capacity ...  or anti drone system.
They better buy them fast from the Israelis.
Iran smuggling ‘kamikaze’ drones to Yemen’s Houthi rebels

Quote:Iran has transferred so-called kamikaze aerial drone technology 
to Yemen’s Houthi rebels,
who have used them to disable Saudi-led coalition missile defences, 
according to a new report by an arms tracking NGO.

Instead of firing missiles or other munitions, 
the drone contains explosives inside its body, 
and has been used to crash into radar components 
of the coalition’s 
US-made Patriot anti-missile batteries Whip 
UAE military officials told Conflict Armament Research (CAR), 
a UK-based arms transparency organisation primarily funded by the European Union.

With the radars disabled, the rebels are able to fire volleys of missiles at coalition targets, the report said.

After two years of civil war, 
including an ongoing bombing campaign by Saudi fighter jets, 
the Houthis and their allies – 
former military forces loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh – 
are still able to launch ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia 
and have managed to target Yemeni and coalition forces with rockets and missiles.

Last year, 
CAR documented an arms smuggling route from Iran to the Horn of Africa
and Yemen that was used to send light weapons and anti-tank missiles to the rebels.

The aerial attack drones are the latest sophisticated weapon 
that Iran appears to have sent to the Houthis whom they support, 
allowing the rebels to target the coalition and US naval vessels in the Bab Al Mandeb 
with anti-ship missiles and a drone attack boat. 
Using open-source data, 
the rebels programme GPS guidance systems in the drones, 
which do not carry any video or camera sensors.

The drones found appear to be identical to one of four aerial drones the Houthis said last month they had manufactured domestically, which they called the Qasef-1. The CAR report said they are in fact versions of the Ababil-T drone produced by Iran’s Airca Manufacturing Industrial Company.

“These findings strengthen a body of evidence compiled by CAR, 
which links weapons captured from Houthi and Saleh-aligned forces, 
to transfers from Iranian national stockpiles,” the authors of the report said.

Researchers based their analysis on seven drones and one drone engine which the Houthis used in an attack in Yemen’s Marib governorate. Six of the partially assembled Qasef-1 drones were intercepted by the UAE armed forces in Marib on November 27, 2016, after allegedly being smuggled through Oman into Yemen. The seventh drone crash landed near Aden’s airport, according to UAE forces.

The smuggled drones found in the lorry were missing their nose cones as well as their engines, said one of the CAR researchers Jonah Leff. This may indicate that different components are sent separately.

“The fact that the UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] were disassembled while in transit suggests that the Houthis have personnel with technical expertise on UAVs,” Mr Leff said. “It is unlikely that the Houthis developed this technical know-how and newly employed tactics without foreign support. From a military equipment perspective, Iran seems to be playing a hand.”

The serial number prefix of the intercepted drones was identical to the prefix of Iran’s Ababil variants, the report said. The gyroscopes in the drones that researchers were given access to also had a serial number close to an Iranian Ababil drone used by Iranian-backed militia forces in Iraq.

The report said the Chinese-made engine of the crashed drone was identical to the drone engine used in the Marib attack. Both drones were marked with a handwritten “A”, indicating they came from the same batch, while the six new drones were marked with a “B”.

While the vast majority of the Houthis’ arsenal, including ballistic missiles, were seized from government military stockpiles before the war’s outbreak, the relatively small numbers of sophisticated weapons such as drones – and likely training by the Iranians to integrate them into complex asymmetric warfare tactics – have proven to be much deadlier.
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