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 ...

US Expands African Drone Aprons

Satellite imagery shows that the U.S. has expanded drone aprons at African airfields in Djibouti and Niger. New clamshell shelters and clearing activity suggest that the US is increasing its ...

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 ...


RAF Akrotiri Deployments

Recent imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe from January 2015 confirms ongoing deployments to ...

Kataib Hizbullah Convoy in Anbar Province

From the Long War Journal: The Hezbollah Brigades, or Kata’ib Hezbollah, receives ...

New Tech Could Reduce Illegal Fishing

  Recent reporting from the Economist highlights a new satellite-based surveillance center based in the ...

UAE Paves Drone Testing Strip

DigitalGlobe imagery from April 2014 shows a recently paved drone airstrip in ...

New Heliport on China’s Nanji Islands

IHS Jane’s has acquired imagery to confirm reports in December that China ...

Khushab Plutonium Production Complex

The above video from the Nuclear Threat Initiative provides a three dimensional ...

Prior Reporting

United 40 Block 5 UAV at ADCOM’s Test Airfield

DigitalGlobe imagery from November 2014 shows ADCOM’s United 40 Block 5 UAV at the company’s test airstrip located south of Al Dhafra Airbase. 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 […]

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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 development—and still does if it wants to catch up. In 2012, the Russian government publicized the intent to pour […]

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Niger’s Su-25s Ready to Attack Militants

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. Imagery shows the aircraft at a section of the airfield that formerly housed two white-painted Mi-17 Hip helicopters. To read the rest, […]

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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 mixed state of full active and experimental combat duty. The two variants, the Voronezh-DM […]

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Indian Heron UAV Crashes in Gujurat

An Indian Air Force drone crashed on 26NOV14 near Mankuva village, a location 40 km from Bhuj while doing routine surveillance in Gujurat, reports India’s domestic press. IAF officials quoted in the Indian Express said that the UAV had been flying in the area during the last few months providing surveillance on movements around “the airbase.” […]

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Pakistan’s Non-Strategic Nuke Delivery Systems Growing

  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 on smaller, more flexible tactical […]

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