Category Archives: States and Regions

Zapad 2017 demonstrates the modernisation of the Russian armed forces

by Patrick Truffer. He has been working in the Swiss Armed Forces for more than 15 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), and a master’s degree in … Continue reading

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India Conducts Unannounced Air Exercise near Doklam

Indian Air Force (IAF) rotations of SU-30MKI Flanker continued in 2017/2018 at Bagdogra Airbase, likely for an unannounced air exercise. Previous commercial imagery acquired in January 2016 also showed a squadron level deployment of the IAF’s advanced fighter. Up to … Continue reading

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The Ivorian Army Downsizes: Force Transformation, Belt Tightening, or Something Else?

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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The planned Franco-German fighter aircraft – a highly risky defence project?

by Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter; originally published in German). Björn is journalist in Berlin focusing on security policy and geopolitics. It would be Europe’s biggest defence project for the next decades: Germany and France want to collaborate on the … Continue reading

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PAF Has Operated AVIC’s Wing Loong I Since 2015

A review of commercial satellite imagery acquired between 2015 and 2017 by DigitalGlobe confirms that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is operating the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Wing Loong I medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Imagery shows … Continue reading

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That time Israel boldly flew F-15s through the air spaces of five Arab countries

by Paul Iddon. In October 1991, less than a year after the Gulf War at least two Israeli F-15 Eagle air superiority jet fighters took off from Israel and made a round-trip that violated the air spaces of five Arab … Continue reading

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IAF Su-30MKI Deploy to Hasimara

Due to ongoing tensions with China, the Indian Air Force has deployed a flight of at least four Su-30MKI Flanker multi-role fighter to Hasimara, the nearest Indian airbase to the recent Doklam standoff. Commercial imagery first captured the aircraft in … Continue reading

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India’s Strategic Situation in Doklam: a Rout or a Rut?

by Paul Pryce. With degrees in political science from both sides of the pond, Paul Pryce has previously worked as Senior Research Fellow for the Atlantic Council of Canada’s Canadian Armed Forces program, as a Research Fellow for the OSCE … Continue reading

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Why Iraq’s Assyrians took up Arms

by Austin Michael Bodetti. He is an analyst and journalist specializing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a comedic email list about the Middle East that you can join here. Whether intentional or not, the Middle East has spent over … Continue reading

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Geplantes deutsch-französisches Kampfflugzeug – Rüstungsvorhaben mit grossem Risiko?

von Björn Müller (Facebook / Twitter). Er ist Journalist in Berlin mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheits- und Geopolitik. Dieser Artikel basiert auf dem Manuskript der NDR-Sendung “Streitkräfte und Strategien” vom 03.06.2017 — der dazugehörige Podcast befindet sich hier. Es wäre das … Continue reading

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