glad that’s all cleared up
That actually looks a lot like a…field expedient… version of the “Rhino Passive Infrared Defeat System” that the US started using when IEDs became a real menace in Afghanistan. Just a heat source mounted on a boom; but against IEDs with simple IR triggers it had the virtue of making the explosively formed penetrator pass in front of you rather than through you.
Sound enough in principle against unsophisticated IR triggers; but what I don’t know is how many, if any, of the IR-guided missiles you have to worry about now count as ‘unsophisticated’ for the purposes of just blindly locking on to an IR source that is reasonably strong but entirely the wrong shape. IR camera resolution remains kind of garbage(the Javelin apparently has a 64x64 pixel sensor; though sample rate and details of signal processing witchcraft are not the subjects of candid public discussion); but my (very much layman’s) understanding is that just chasing the strongest heat source was only ever viable in anti-air, where that source is normally a vulnerable and important engine; with elaborations to counter flares beginning not long after IR guidance itself.
Being nice worked for in WWII. There was a small uprising that led to the Battle of Bowmanville, the only action against enemy soldiers on soil. I recall hearing an interview with one of the prisoners who said they were convinced the Canadians were going to machine gun them all down, and was very grateful that it was mostly settled in a “fair fight”.
Russian sympathizer and US traitor Gosar licking Putin’s taint again:
I’m sure Merrick Garland will get right on it
The GOP cutting aid to Ukraine on his behest if it wins is as inevitable as winter arriving in the northern hemisphere next month.
As I understand it, it’s not inevitable at all. Not only is opposition to Russia and support for Ukraine pretty broad among older and/or saner Republican voters, and the congressional GOP, but doesn’t the lend-lease authorization basically mean Biden can keep sending aid to Ukraine no matter how much the Trumpoids howl?
They’ll starve it of funding and resources however they can. Republicans, including the party establishment, understand how much Putin has done to help them since 2015. Since they want ( really need) him to keep sowing division and disinformation going forward, the “America First” wing will set the tone for the rest of the GOP.