• China builds listening station in Hong Kong

    The existence of a People's Liberation Army (PLA) communications installation atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain - the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan - recently came to light. Construction began around 2010, with a geodesic dome first appearing in satellite imagery in 2011. The facility has been

  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the

  • OSCE seeking UAV capability for Ukraine mission

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is aiming to acquire two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to support its activities in Ukraine, it has been revealed. The body is looking to gain this UAV capability immediately, or as soon as possible; which would mark the first time

  • Russia receives first serially upgraded Il-38N MPA

    The first serially produced Il-38N 'May' maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft has been handed over to the Russian Navy by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex. The Il-38N is an upgrade to the original Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a derivative of the Il-18 'Coot' transport aircraft,

  • Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered

    Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. "It is clear that

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  • USAF space chief endorses new heavy-lift rocket engine effort

    Key Points The US should begin development of an alternate rocket engine to the Russian-built RD-180 for the Atlas V launch vehicle, the USAF's space chief said He cited the benefit of such an effort to the US industrial base, as well as the 'national security imperative' The United States should
  • Australia's JORN network completes upgrade

    The latest upgrade to Australia's Jindalee Over The Horizon Radar network (JORN) has achieved final operational capability (FOC), Defence Minister David Johnston announced on 28 May. Although the official range of the three-radar JORN system is 3,000 km, it is understood to be significantly greater

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