Category Archives: General Knowledge

Mikhail Dudin Rounds the Iberian Peninsula

The Mikhail Dudin left Iran in late December and is making her way to Russia after passing through the Suez and the Strait of Gibraltar, AIS data shows. Iran’s low enriched uranium loaded on-board the Mikhail Dudin is over half-way … Continue reading

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Deutschlands Beitrag im Kampf gegen den Islamischen Staat – ein Kommentar

von Seka Smith. Seka Smith ist Politikwissenschaftlerin, lebt in Berlin und arbeitet im Politikbereich. Für Offiziere.ch schreibt sie unter Pseudonym. Es brauchte wohl leider die fürchterlichen Anschläge in Paris vom 13. November 2015, damit sich Angela Merkel (CDU) endlich für … Continue reading

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French Fighters Target Islamic State Revenue

“We intervened in Syria… yesterday evening with a strike on an oil supply center near Deir Ezzor on the border between Iraq and Syria,” French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced today. Given the location of the strikes, it’s likely … Continue reading

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New Missile Base Highlights Importance of Iran’s Underground Facilities

by Galen Wright. Recent imagery showing Iran’s use of underground facilities (UGF) to house ballistic missiles highlights the continued importance of hardened shelters to Tehran’s military doctrine. This can be seen, not just among ballistic missiles, but also with the … Continue reading

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Imagery of the Week: TAI Anka UAV at Sivrihisar Test Airfield

Predator clones. China’s not the only one that’s built copies of one of the most widely known UAVs. Of course, not many stack up well against the Abe Karem original. That’s certainly the case with the Anka, Turkey’s version. While Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Imagery of the Week: Singapore F-16s in India’s West Bengal

Since the end of the Cold War, India’s ties with Singapore have steadily expanded along a two-pronged strategy focused on economic and military cooperation. Today’s imagery of the week comes from India’s state of West Bengal which exemplifies the evolution … Continue reading

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UAE adds at least 6 Patriot Sites during 2013-2015

Satellite imagery shows that the UAE has been busy in the lead up to the Iranian nuclear deal establishing new Patriot surface-to-air missile sites. And apparently, its armed forces have taken a page from the U.S. and deployed the system with … Continue reading

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Google Earth: Democratizing Image Intelligence in Syria and Beyond

by Galen Wright. June 2015 marked Google Earth’s 10th anniversary, which a number of writers marked with reflective essays. One theme was how quickly the program spilled over into the real-world. One writer described – for example – how rescue … Continue reading

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Rezension: „Die Rote Armee: Uniformen, Ausrüstung und Bewaffnung 1939-1945“

von Seka Smith. Seka Smith ist Politikwissenschaftlerin, lebt in Berlin und arbeitet im Politikbereich. Für Offiziere.ch schreibt sie unter Pseudonym. In den Wirren des russischen Bürgerkrieges gegründet, wurde die Rote Armee (Rabotschi krestjanskaja krasnaja armija) zum bewaffneten Rückgrat der Sowjetunion … Continue reading

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Coalition ISR Aircraft Supporting Iraq Ops

The recent imagery update available in Google Earth from June shows a French Navy Atlantique 2 (ATL-2) maritime patrol aircraft parked on the French ramp at Al Dhafra Airbase, UAE. France deployed the aircraft late last year to support strike … Continue reading

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