Let’s talk death.
A Hillary win undoubtedly means death and destruction will rain down wherever and whenever the USA is challenged, or some despot wants abandon the USD. With yesterday’s news of 300,000 NATO troops put on high alert for direct conflict with Russia over a fucking pipeline, it’s clear that this inconvenient election has only temporarily paused the neocon agenda.
Let’s take a look at some of the toys Hillary is going to use to turn countless Ruskies and impoverished Syrians to pink paste. You’ll note that Lockheed Martin is not on there, mostly because I doubt their ability to turn the beleaguered F-35 JSF program around. Lockheed was also a stop on James Comey’s path to the head of the FBI, which perhaps explains how they secured the F35 contract which has topped $1.45 Trillion. Fuck that, shady Lockheed is not going on my list even if their stock is set to triple.
BAE Systems ($BAESY)
M109A7 155mm Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer Artillery System
This little puppy is an upgrade to the M109A7 Paladin used in Kuwait. BAE was awarded a $245.3 Million contract in 2015 for the first order of 66 units, with an expected rollout of 580 vehicle sets (M109A7 + M99283 ammunition carrier combo).
The Paladin M109A7 next-generation artillery system being manufactured by BAE Systems is a significant upgrade to the combat-proven M109A6 Paladin cannon artillery system. The enhanced artillery system offers key fire-support for a variety of potential combat missions conducted by the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs) in conventional, hybrid, irregular and counterinsurgency combat environments.
The US Army awarded a $688m contract to BAE Systems in October 2013 for the production of Paladin M109A7 artillery systems, with an option to procure a total of 66 vehicle sets including a self-propelled howitzer and an ammunition resupply vehicle. The artillery system was inducted into low rate initial production (LRIP) in May 2014, while full rate production is expected to commence in 2017.
Frickin’ Laser Guided Rockets (APKWSTM) – Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System
Last month BAE was awarded a $600 Million contract by the US Navy to build laser guided rockets, and are expected to produce up to 20,000 APKWSTM units / year. Expect Russian scum to pay dearly for hacking our supreme commander’s server.
Type 26 Gun System
BAE was awarded a $245 Million contract in July to develop the Maritime Indirect Fires System (MIFS) for the UK’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship. This will come in handy fighting the Russian fleet over Syria, as well as helping our Saudi friends repel rebel scum in Yemen.
Northrop Grumman ($NOC)
MQ-88B Fire Scout
The MQ-88B Fire Scout is a cute little helicopter of death, able to perform reconnaissance as well as deliver munitions.
Northrop Grumman’s battle-proven, unmanned vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft system MQ-8B Fire Scout is designed to deliver intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR), aerial fire support, laser designation and battle management services to tactical military operators. The Fire Scout can be deployed from any air-capable vessel or land base in support of ground, air and sea forces.
BACN: Battlefield Airborne Communications Node
After landing a $782 Million contract in 2006 and a successful deployment in Afghanistan, Northrop is in the catbird’s seat for their airborne communications system in future conflicts.
BACN is a high-altitude, airborne communications gateway that translates and distributes imagery, video, voice and data, often from disparate elements, enhancing situational awareness, communications and coordination for warfighters in the air and on the ground. The system can act as a high-altitude relay and has been used for missions such as airdrop and airstrike operations.
Long Range Strike Bomber: Upcoming And Super Secret!
In the largest contract since James Comey’s Lockheed Martin won the Joint Strike Fighter deal, Grumman will be developing the new Long Range Strike Bomber for the US Air Force. The program is expected to exceed $55 Billion, and will surely kick into high gear if we go to war over Syria.
Northrop’s win is a game-changer for the aerospace company, which is currently the sixth-largest defense contractor, behind Lockheed and Boeing. With the contract in hand, Northrop will no longer struggle to retain its grip on the combat aircraft market. Not only does the bomber contract boost Northrop’s aviation capital, it also likely keeps the company’s Palmdale, California, facility afloat. –Defense News
Raytheon is a scary, scary company. They are currently working on their $174 Million award to develop a hypersonic missile, a $178 Million contract with the Navy for their SeaSparrow defense system, and a $255 Million contract to develop an automated landing system for drones and manned aircraft. They also make the ASPIS II system which allows for an interconnected flight squadron that can coordinate data. Aside from these, Raytheon will have this cute and highly adaptable system on the ground in any future conflicts:
BGM-71 TOW – Tube Launched, optically-tracked, bunker buster (equippable) long range heavy munitions system.
This little bottle rocket is used around the world to fuck shit up, massively. From Raytheon’s description:
The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW®) Weapon System, with the multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles, is the premier long-range, heavy assault-precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today.
The TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles can be fired from all TOW launchers – including the Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS), Stryker anti-tank guided missile vehicle (modified ITAS) and Bradley Fighting Vehicles (Improved Bradley Acquisition Subsystem).
With its extended range performance, the TOW Weapon System is the long-range precision, heavy anti-tank and assault weapon system of choice for the U.S. Army Stryker, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, ITAS High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and Light Armored Vehicle-Anti-tank platforms. The TOW weapon system will be in service with the U.S. military beyond 2050.
Science Applications International Corp ($SAI)
SAIC has been intimately involved with the US Government since Robert “Bob” Beyster founded the company in 1969. After an internal coup in 2013 led to the ouster of Beyster and the splitting up of the company, SAIC stock has skyrocketed. They have their hands in so many pots through their “line organization” subsidiaries that it’s probably appropriate to call them a military defense conglomerate. You can thumb through their current press releases to see what the fuck they’ve been up to recently, but suffice to say – if the USA is going “all in” over Syria, SAIC will be along for the ride.
General Dynamics ($GD)
During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, General Dynamics was awarded a $2.2 Billion contract to handle supply chain management for the State Department. Additionally, just last month they were awarded a $900 Million USSOCOM (US Special Ops Command):
Under the terms of the contract, GD said it will provide USSOCOM forces and staff with technical and management support around the globe. GD also stated all work under the contract will be completed by ARMA Global, a subsidiary of GD’s information technology business segment.
Furthermore, GD noted it will deliver “engineering and technical services for major weapon systems, program technical assistance, support systems requirements and assist with production decision-making and program controls” as part of the agreement.
General Dynamics also makes the following hardware:
Stryker Dragoon 8-wheel drive troop transport:
The Stryker is the US Military’s premiere troop transport system, and it has been heavily upgraded recently for anticipated conflict. As Breakingdefense.com highlights:
The armored eight-wheel-drive troop transport, built by General Dynamics and normally armed with no more than a 0.50 calibre (12.7 millimeter) machinegun in an unprotected mount, has been rebuilt with an armored turret containing a 30 mm quickfiring cannon.
That’s enough firepower, the Army computes, to dispose of other lightly armored vehicles like the Russian BMP troop carrier. If the Russians invade the Baltics, the Stryker Dragoon can’t stop their heavy tanks, but it can thin out their scout vehicles and transports, allowing American M1 tanks to focus their 120 mm firepower on the heaviest targets.
Hydra-70 air-to-ground Rocket System
Used heavily in Afghanistan, the Hydra 70 rocket is a 2.75-inch fin-stabilized unguided rocket used primarily in the air-to-ground role. It can be equipped with a variety of warheads, and in more recent versions, guidance systems for point attacks. The Hydra is widely used by US and allied forces, competing with the Canadian CRV-7 which is physically interchangeable. -Wikipedia
I hope this list of defense companies is helpful. Put them on your radar and consider them fit for your arsenal should Chairman Hillary saunter back into the White House in January.
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