Category Archives: Intelligence

INS Vikrant Makes Progress at Cochin Shipyard

New satellite imagery shows that India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier has made significant progress since it was launched in August 2013, helping India inch towards the goal of a two carrier battle group. Imagery acquired by commercial satellite firm DigitalGlobe in … Continue reading

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Iran’s Mock-up Aircraft Carrier Returns to Bandar Abbas

New satellite imagery shows that Iran’s mock-up aircraft carrier was not destroyed during naval exercises but was towed back to Bandar Abbas. Imagery captured in mid-March shows what Western sources have called a “barge” berthed at the naval base with extensive damage … Continue reading

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Satellite Imagery Confirms Iran Deploying Additional UAVs along the Coast

Satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe shows a probable Mohajer-4 UAV attached to a pneumatic rail launcher on the side of an unmarked airstrip located near a naval base at Konarak. The airstrip is located on the coast of Iran’s southeast-most province … Continue reading

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Sessionsrückblick

Zwischen dem 02.-20. März 2015 fand die Frühjahressession der Eidgenössischen Räte statt und nach langer Pause lohnt es sich wieder einmal aus sicherheitspolitischer Perspektive eine Rückschau auf einige behandelte Themen zu halten.   Weiterentwicklung der Armee: Änderung der Rechtsgrundlagen Nach … Continue reading

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Imagery of the Week: RAF Akrotiri Deployments

Recent imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe from January 2015 confirms ongoing deployments to RAF Akrotiri, the UK’s airbase located in Cyprus. The southeast section of the airfield shows three Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules along with four CH-47 Chinook parked at … Continue reading

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Japan’s Izumo Helicopter Carrier Commissioned

This past week, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned the lead vessel of its new class of helicopter carrier at a ceremony at the Yokusuka naval base less than 10 miles south of Yokohama, Japan’s second largest city. The … Continue reading

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United 40 Block 5 UAV at ADCOM’s Test Airfield in the United Arab Emirates

When the US denied the sale of armed Predator drones to fulfill UAE Air Force requirements in 2002, the Gulf country set out to fill the gap by developing its own medium altitude long endurance UAV. Local target drone manufacturer … Continue reading

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Russia’s Project Altair Makes an Appearance at Kazan

It’s well known that Russia lags behind the rest of the world’s drone powers in a range of missions. Following Russia’s war with Georgia in 2008, it became clear that Russia required substantial investment for indigenous UAV development—and still does … Continue reading

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Russian Radars Started Active Combat Duty in 2014

Last month Major-General Oleg Maidanovich, the commander of Russia’s Space Command announced that four early warning radars began active combat duty in 2014. The long range Voronezh class radars located at Yeniseysk, Barnaul, Irkutsk and Kaliningrad are currently in a … Continue reading

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Iran’s Moudge Class Assembly at Bandar Abbas

Digital Globe imagery shows Iran making progress assembling ship modules brought out to the dry dock in January. According to measurements taken on imagery, Iran appears to be constructing another Moudge class frigate. The incomplete boat was located adjacent to the … Continue reading

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