Indian military begins adapting to climate-change challenges
24 September 2021
by Dhanasree Jayaram & Caron Natasha Tauro
India's Union Minister for Environment and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav and United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilisation Dialogue (CAFMD) under the India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership, in New Delhi, India, on 13 September 2021. India's armed forces are beginning to address the security challenges posed by climate change. (Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment report (AR6) on the physical science basis of climate change, released in August 2021, was referred to as “code red for humanity” by the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG), António Guterres. This sentiment is shared by a large section of the scientific and policy communities.
As the window of opportunity to restrict the global temperature rise to below 1.5°C (or even 2°C) closes rapidly, there are many uncertain, unpredictable, unavoidable, and potentially unmanageable threats that climate change could pose to international security. Indeed, the security implications of climate change are already manifesting in various forms, thereby attracting the attention of countries' most important national security institutions, namely their militaries.
Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills
05 August 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
China's Eastern Theatre Command says it is launching hundreds of aircraft to participate in live-fire drills around Taiwan. (VCG via Getty Images)
China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.
assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.
China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan from 4 August, in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on 2 August.
On the first day of the drills, the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) Eastern Theatre Command said that it had “dispatched hundreds of fighters, bombers, and other multitype [aircraft] to the airspace in the north, southwest, and southeast of Taiwan Island”.
The PLA added that the aircraft are conducting “day and night” joint reconnaissance flights, air assault training, and support flights. All six live-fire zones are within Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
An Indonesian Navy AS565 helicopter hovers over the Turkish corvette
as other vessels serving with the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force follow behind during an exercise on 28 July.
(Millî Savunma Bakanlığı)
Israeli aircraft threatened a naval vessel assigned to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon's (UNIFIL's) Maritime Task Force in early June, the latest UN report on the mission's performance revealed.
The threatening behaviour began on 6 June, when six Israeli fighter aircraft manoeuvred near the vessel, launching flares and triggering supersonic bombs. On the following day, six Israeli fighters flew over the same vessel, which “detected the electronic signature of a fire-control radar in lock on mode heading towards it”, according to the report, which was released on 27 July.
The report said the vessel was in the UNIFIL maritime area of operations in the vicinity of the Karish offshore gas field when the incidents occurred.
The field crosses into the expanded exclusive economic zone that Lebanon has claimed since 2011. Israel decided to develop the field before resolving this maritime border dispute, and a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel arrived there on 5 June to start extracting gas.
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched a barrage of ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan on 4 August.
Janes analysis suggests that these missiles include the Dong Feng-15 (DF-15) and DF-16 family of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a total of nine missiles were launched on 4 August from within China into waters southwest, northeast, and east of Taiwan between 2.56 pm and 4.08 pm Japan Standard Time.
This tallies with information provided by a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson, who said in a press conference on 4 August that the missile launches started at 1.56 pm Taipei Standard Time.
The MND has not disclosed any information about the number of missiles launched, but various Taiwanese media reports indicate that up to 11 ballistic missiles may have been fired.
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