More and More Killer Drones Take Aim at Islamic State‘s Bosses
There are killer drones in Kuwait, in a perfect position to strike Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But it’s not clear the drone attacks will actually help very much. January satellite imagery of Kuwait’s Ali Al Salem air base shows the distinctive shapes of American-made MQ-9 Reaper unmanned... Read more
What Are Ukrainian Warplanes Doing in Niger?
Satellite imagery from Digital Globe in late October depicts Niger’s two recently acquired Su-25 ground attack aircraft at Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey. Both planes sit close to U.S. and French drone aprons. The warplanes are certainly interesting. What’s even more interesting is why they’re at the airport.... Read more
Pakistan Could Soon Have More Nukes Than the U.K. and France
Pakistan has one of the fastest growing nuclear stockpiles in the world. Islamabad refuses to release any information regarding its nuclear stockpile, but open sources suggest it possesses as many as 120 atomic warheads. And lately, Pakistan has been working hard to shrink the warheads’ size and fit them... Read more
What in the World Is NASA’s Research Plane Doing at a Military Base in Africa?
Digital Globe satellite imagery of the U.S. military base at Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, dated Sept. 20, depicts NASA’s WB-57 high-altitude aircraft on the recently-expanded auxiliary operations apron. The question is—why? What purpose does a scientific research plane have in visiting America’s main military outpost in Africa? One possible... Read more
Drone Appears Overhead as Islamic State Surrounds Kobane
Amak news agency reporting from Syria posted images online purporting to show an American Predator drone orbiting the skies of Kobane, a Syrian Kurdish town on the border with Turkey. Kobane, also known as Ayn Al Arab, has been under siege by Islamic State militants since Sept. 15. Kurdish... Read more
American Predator Drone Circling Islamic State’s Stronghold
Activists in Ar Raqqa have posted images online purporting to show a U.S. Predator drone orbiting the skies of the north-east Syrian city, the chosen “capital” of the Islamic State militant group. The 16-member activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently provided the images to various online publications. Their... Read more
Sudan’s Genocidal Air Force Is Getting More Bombers
Workers at Belarus’ 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi have moved three decommissioned Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer swing-wing bombers from open storage to the plant’s work area, possibly queuing them up for overhaul—and export. And it seems pretty clear where the powerful, Soviet-era bombers are going. In addition to helping... Read more
Belarus Is Building an Air Force for Oil-Rich Angola
Satellite imagery that private company Astrium acquired on April 4 shows former Indian air force Su-30K fighters still parked at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant at Baranovichi in Belarus. They don’t look like much now, but the second-hand, Russian-made Sukhois could soon form the steely core of a rising... Read more
India Boosts Aerial Sub-Hunters
Satellite imagery from March 19 shows one of India’s latest military machines—the multi-mission P-8I maritime patrol aircraft. The twin-engine planes are variants of the Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon, originally built for the U.S. Navy. As seen in imagery collected by satellite firm Astrium, the aircraft are parked at the Indian... Read more
Russia Is Deploying More Air Power Near NATO Borders
The latest satellite imagery from April 2014 shows several additions to the 61st Fighter Air Base at Baranovichi in Belarus, fewer than 90 and 80 miles from the Polish and Lithuania borders, respectively. The Belarusian facility is an important operating base for Russian warplanes as tensions mount between Moscow... Read more
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