The Islamic State has been using a small UAV to conduct reconnaissance in Syria [National Defense], joining Hamas and Hezbollah among nonstate UAV users. This seems to be a clear break from the image of “guys in pajamas” equipped with AK-47s and pickup trucks.
President Obama on Syria [WaPo]: “we don’t have a strategy yet.” Or Ukraine for that matter. But this gets points for being candid, and reflects a lack of consensus [Daily Beast] within the US Administration. And it’s not like any other country is offering much either.
NATO released satellite imagery of Russian combat troops inside Ukraine, if videos from several Western media sources over the last several days had not been enough proof. And here’s a map from the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
Interestingly the Chinese state-owned CCTV America ran a segment with a guest openly calling for China to help Russia step back from its attack of Ukraine. But China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is mum on the matter.
New threats change the US Navy’s amphibious assault strategy [DoD Buzz]. The problem is that trying so hard to stay far away, and depending on long-range connectors with necessarily lower capacity, creates cost and capability problems.
Japan’s defense ministry submitted a $47B 2015 budget, which though it is growing by roughly 3%, is not doing so at a rate nearly as high as China’s. AP | Defense News.
China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier can carry 4 Z-18J airborne early warning (AEW) helicopters, 6 Z-18F anti-submarine helicopters, 2 Z-9C rescue helicopters, and 24 J-15 shipborne fighter jets, according to the Shanghai Morning Post via Want China Times.
IBN interviewed Avinash Chander, the chief of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to discuss a broad range of present and future programs: Part I – Part II.
Amazon.com showed a well-publicized demonstration of UAV deliveries in December last year, but it turns out Google has been running their own lightweight autonomous delivery experiment [The Atlantic] in Australia for 2 years. Video below: