Increasingly lethal response likely to quell Myanmar protests

by Deepa Kumar

In a statement released on 13 April, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that Myanmar was moving towards a “full blown conflict”. The comments followed the killing of at least 82 people when security forces opened fire on largely unarmed protesters demonstrating against the 1 February coup in Bago on 9 April.

Protesters with their faces painted stand near a burning makeshift barricade in Yangon on 30 March 2021 during a protest against the military coup. Security forces opened fire on protesters in Bago on 9 April, killing at least 82 people. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)


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General Atomics XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station conducts first flight

by Zach Rosenberg

The XQ-67A in flight (location unknown). (GA-ASI)

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has flown the XQ-67A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time, the company announced on 29 February.

“Flight demonstration of this system is a major first step towards showing the ability to produce affordable combat mass,” said Trenton White, Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL's) Off-Board Sensing Station (OBSS) programme manager, in a statement announcing the flight.

The flight took place on 28 February at GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility, outside Palmdale, California.


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IMH 2024: Leonardo, Bell to explore tiltrotor options for NGRC next-gen rotorcraft

by Gareth Jennings

Leonardo and Bell are to leverage their respective AW609 (pictured) and V-22/V-280 tiltrotors for the NATO NGRC programme. (Leonardo)

Leonardo and Bell signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 29 February geared at evaluating tiltrotor options for the NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) programme.


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US military service officials highlight impacts of full-year continuing resolution

by Michael Fabey

Repair work on attack submarine USS Boise is just one of the programmes that could be at risk during a year-long continuing resolution restricting funding. (Newport News Shipbuilding)

Officials for the US Navy, US Air Force, and US Army painted a grim picture for the services if they are saddled with a full-year Continuing Resolution (CR) and unauthorised supplemental funding for fiscal year (FY) 2024 during a 28 February round-table media briefing at the Pentagon.


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