NATO condemns Russian ASAT test

by Nicholas Fiorenza

NATO's North Atlantic Council (NAC) has condemned Russia's 15 November anti-satellite (ASAT) test, describing it as “reckless and irresponsible”, in a 19 November press release.

The NAC, the alliance's highest decision making body, said the test “caused an orbital debris field that significantly increases risk to human life and to the space-based assets of numerous nations and entities”.


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Turkey to export Anka UAVs to Kazakhstan

by Lale Sariibrahimoglu

Turkish Aerospace (TA) will deliver three Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and two ground control stations to Kazakhstan by 2023, the company tweeted from its official social media account on 27 November.

The company did not disclose which Anka model will be exported to the central Asian nation, only that, ”Anka's new address is Kazakhstan.”

Turkey's state-owned Anatolia News Agency (AA) quoted on 27 November TA general manager Temel Kotil as saying, “ We consider Kazakhstan exports a very important success after Tunisia. We are proud that our Ankas will now be used internationally.”


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NASA launches DART on planetary defence trial

by Nick Brown

A Falcon 9 launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, carrying the DART spacecraft on its terminal mission to the Didymos binary asteroid system. (NASA)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission payload out of Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on 24 November 2021, the first tangible mission under the US banner of ‘planetary defense'.

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Brazil receives series-production F-39 Gripen fighters

by Victor Barreira

The four series-production F-39E fighters received by Brazil on 24 November join the F-39E FTI aircraft received in 2019. (Sgt Bianca/FAB)

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has achieved a major milestone in the ambitious and complex effort to modernise its air combat capability with the formal receipt of an initial four series-production Saab F-39E Gripen multimission fighters.

The jets were accepted by FAB Commander Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior at the Saab Aeronautics plant in Linköping, Sweden, on 24 November.


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