Category Archives: Intelligence

China Builds Carrier Support Infrastructure on Hainan

In December 2019, China commissioned its second aircraft carrier Shandong (CV-17) at the Sanya-Yulin naval base on Hainan Island near the South China Sea. Officials announced that the location will become the vessel’s home-port where it will join the 9th … Continue reading

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Iran Readies Carrier Barge for Show of Force

Satellite imagery shows Iran repairing the U.S. carrier mock-up it previously targeted during the Great Prophet 9 military exercise in February 2015. The first signs that Iran may have renewed plans for the mockup occurred between July and August 2019. … Continue reading

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Additional EA-03 Deployed to Yishuntun

Up to ten EA-03 Soaring Dragon High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been deployed to Yishuntun airbase near Shuangliao in northeastern China, satellite imagery confirms. That’s four more EA-03 airframes observed since January 2019. The Soaring Dragon … Continue reading

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Qatar Constructs Airbase near Dukhan

Commercial satellite imagery shows the construction of Qatar’s new airbase located east of Dukhan on the peninsula’s western coast (coordinates 25.4723 N 51.0133 E). News reporting from 2018 suggests it will be called Tamim Airbase after Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad … Continue reading

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Current generation of US spy satellite has a resolution of 10 cm per pixel

At the end of August, US President Donald Trump released a photo from satellite imagery showing the launch pad of the Imam Khomeini Spaceport at the Semnan Space Center in northern Iran, where a launch of an Iranian Safir space … Continue reading

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Third Egyptian Wing Loong Deployment Located

Satellite imagery acquired by Maxar reveals that Egypt has deployed the Wing Loong I unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Dakhla airport near Mut, New Valley Governorate. Imagery first captured the UAV parked outside of a new hangar in October 2017. … Continue reading

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Additional EA-03 Arrive at Yishuntun

New satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe shows that China has increased the deployment of Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) EA-03 Xianglong high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Yishuntun airbase in Jilin province. The platform, identified by … Continue reading

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How Turkey could be undermining its opportunities to field fifth-generation aircraft

by Paul Iddon Turkey’s apparent inability to prevent leaks of sensitive American and British military and technical information to third parties may be one factor that results in it losing an opportunity to field not one, but two types of … Continue reading

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China Deployed Two H-6 Bomber to Tibet in March

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force deployed two Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6 bomber to Xigatse airbase in the Tibet Autonomous Region, reviewed data has confirmed. Xigatse is the nearest airbase to the previous Doklam crisis and India’s strategic Siliguri corridor. … Continue reading

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The secret clubs of intelligence and security services: A look behind the scenes of counter-terrorism cooperation in Europe

by Dr. Adrian Hänni. He is a lecturer in political history at the Swiss Distance Learning University and is currently doing research at the University of Newcastle in Australia. He has been living in Washington D.C. and Zurich. This article … Continue reading

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