This video is called Bahrain: “It was a complete bloodbath”.
From Defense Industry Daily; a website for what they themselves call “defense procurement managers and contractors”, the latest euphemism for merchants of death, whose bloody weapons usually have very little to do with “defense” and much with aggressive wars and/or oppressing pro-democracy movements:
Bahrain to Buy Mobile TOW-RF Missiles
Sep 19, 2011 18:57 EDT
The country [Bahrain] serves as the headquarters for the US Navy’s regional 5th Fleet, and recently cooperated with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council to suppress internal unrest among its Shia population.
A recent request for mobile TOW short range guided missile launchers illustrates that military philosophy. While they could conceivably be used in an internal security role, this buy is more calibrated toward external defense…
The three ellipsis full stops at the end of that sentence are by Defense Industry Daily, not by me. Maybe they were ashamed about their parroting of the Bahrain dictatorship‘s propaganda language. In which bloody oppression of pro-democracy protesters is called “internal security”. In which the Bahrain pro-democracy movement is slandered as sock puppets of the Iranian regime, making “external defense” by the Bahrain absolute monarchy necessary. Maybe Defense Industry Daily were a bit ashamed about their reduction of the pro-democracy movement to “Shia” people, while in fact it is most people of various religious backgrounds not linked to the monarchical clique.
Defense Industry Daily continues:
Sept 14/11: The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announces [PDF] the Government of Bahrain’s formal request to buy 44 HMMWV jeeps equipped with TOW missile launchers, and accompanying missiles. Bahrain already uses the TOW as its Army’s main anti-armor weapon, but these will be a new variant. While the name is “Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided” (TOW) Missiles,” the new models don’t uncoil a wire behind them, relying instead on encrypted radio guidance. Even so, if the sale goes through, it won’t require any additional US government or contractor personnel to help.
If Congress doesn’t block the sale, and contracts are negotiated, the prime contractors will be AM General in South Bend, IN, and Raytheon Missile Systems Corporation in Tucson, AZ. The estimated cost is up to $53 million, and the exact request involves:
44 M1152A1B2 Armored High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs). The most current version, designed to carry removable armor.
200 BGM-71E-4B-RF (TOW-2A) Radio Frequency (RF) missiles.
7 Fly-to-Buy RF TOW-2A Missiles, used for testing.
50 BGM-71H-1RF TOW-2A Bunker Buster Missiles.
7 Fly-to-Buy TOW-2A RF Bunker Buster Missiles.
40 BGM-71F-3-RF TOW-2B Aero Missiles, with no nose spike, longer range, and warheads designed for top-attack profiles.
7 Fly-to-Buy RF TOW-2B Aero Missiles.
48 TOW-2 Launchers, AN/UAS-12A Night Sight Sets.
Plus spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and other forms of U.S. Government and contractor support.
The two days of reckoning in Bahrain are fast approaching as the Al Khalifa junta threatened a bloodbath. On 23rd and 24th September the people of Bahrain will attempt to re-conquer the Pearl Roundabout in order to mourn those who were murdered by the Saudi and Al Khalifa forces in mid March: here.