Category Archives: Intelligence

Syria remains the foremost proving ground for the world’s most powerful armed forces

by Paul Iddon For years now Syria has been the foremost proving ground for major military powers to test their equipment in real combat conditions. The first half of 2018 has proven no exception and in fact demonstrates that this … Continue reading

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PLAN Vessels Mobilize in South China Sea: A Timeline

Almost fifty People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels were mobilized in the South China Sea not far from Hainan Island, satellite imagery acquired in late March by Planet Labs confirms. Hainan Island is host to China’s strategic base for military … Continue reading

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Soar Dragon UAVs Deploy to Yishuntun Airbase

New satellite imagery acquired on 04FEB2018 by DigitalGlobe shows that China has deployed the Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong (Soar Dragon) 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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Iran Relocates Radar and Expands UAV Airfield on Qeshm

Iran continues to upgrade the UAV airfield on the island of Qeshm which sits near the Strait of Hormuz, an important maritime choke-point. Satellite imagery acquired in late 2017 and early 2018 by Planet Labs shows workers widening and lengthening … 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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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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China’s Shigatse Gets New Infrastructure

Satellite imagery has revealed some new developments at the Shigatse civil-military airfield, the closest People’s Liberation Army Air Force deployment near the disputed Doklam plateau. Sentinel 2 imagery captured on 11 November 2017 shows continued progress on a new runway … Continue reading

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Belarus Preps Angolan Aircraft to Depart

A review of satellite imagery shows some new developments at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi. Co-located at the 61st Fighter Airbase, the Belarusian-based Plant overhauled two former Indian Su-30K Flanker attack aircraft, imagery from August and September 2017 suggests. According to domestic sources, … Continue reading

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Shigatse During the Doka La Standoff

A couple weeks back, we jumped over the border and looked at India’s Hasimara airbase. This week we go back and touch on China’s Shigatse, a civil-military airfield less than 160 km west of Lhasa. Commercial imagery acquired during July … Continue reading

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India’s Hasimara During the Doka La Standoff

Last week we looked at the Gonggar civil-military airfield, one of China’s closest to the Doka La standoff. In this post, we’ll look at India’s Hasimara, an airbase in West Bengal about 80km southeast of the crisis. Recent commercial imagery … Continue reading

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