Af/Pak & Other News (11/20/2020)

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Boeing Insitu to supply 15 ScanEagle UAVs to Afghan army

https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_november_2020_global_security_army_industry/boeing_insitu_to_supply_15_scaneagle_uavs_to_afghan_army.html



France turns the screws on Imran Khan, declines upgrade for Mirage, subs and more

https://www.defenceaviationpost.com/2020/11/france-turns-the-screws-on-imran-khan-declines-upgrade-for-mirage-subs-and-more/









Malabar exercise: Indian Navy's MiG-29Ks, US Navy's F-18s carry out simulated attacks

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/malabar-exercise-indian-navys-mig-29ks-us-navys-f-18s-carry-out-simulated-attacks/articleshow/79318801.cms



Nimitz Strike Group concludes four-nation Malabar sea exercises

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/11/20/Nimitz-Strike-Group-concludes-four-nation-Malabar-sea-exercises/8011605892298/









Iran Unveils Its New Sea Base Warship That Looks Like A Floating Arms Bazaar

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37726/iran-unveils-its-new-sea-base-warship-that-looks-like-a-floating-arms-bazar









US general says IS in Iraq and Syria still long-term threat

https://apnews.com/article/politics-islamic-state-group-syria-iraq-c15ed37959f39e7d40f7c613fc8cb5e8



China Looks To Buy Stake In A Major Iraqi Oilfield

https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/China-Looks-To-Buy-Stake-In-A-Major-Iraqi-Oilfield.html









Turkey issues detention warrants for 101 people on alleged terrorism links

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security/turkey-issues-detention-warrants-for-101-people-on-alleged-terrorism-links-idUSKBN2800VW



Turkish Firm to Develop AI to Link Up to 50 Drones in Swarm

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28360/Turkish_Firm_to_Develop_AI_to_Link_Up_to_50_Drones_in_Swarm









Islamic State Kills Brig. Gen. Bashir Ismail in Eastern Syria

https://syrianobserver.com/EN/security/62015/islamic-state-kills-brig-gen-bashir-ismail-in-eastern-syria.html



Israel launches airstrikes against Quds Force and Syrian military positions

https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/11/israel-launches-airstrikes-against-quds-force-and-syrian-military-positions.php









Libya Rivals Yet to Start Withdrawing Forces: UN Envoy

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/11/19/libya-rivals-yet-withdraw/



Turning the Tide: How Turkey Won the War for Tripoli

https://www.mei.edu/publications/turning-tide-how-turkey-won-war-tripoli




Official: Ethiopia’s latest airstrike hits Tigray university

https://apnews.com/article/africa-kenya-ethiopia-bad977901c6b5fd10a9fd02869b72e52



Ethiopian government says troops take two towns from Tigray fighters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-conflict/ethiopian-government-says-troops-take-two-towns-from-tigray-fighters-idUSKBN2800FB









Russia jails man for 13 years for trying to pass military secrets to CIA

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-espionage/russia-jails-man-for-13-years-for-trying-to-pass-military-secrets-to-cia-idUSKBN2800MD



Analysis 1/3: Russia focuses on the development of nuclear submarines

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis/naval-technology/9300-analysis-1-3-russia-focuses-on-the-development-of-nuclear-submarines.html



Russian Shrinking Ambitions

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20201120.aspx



Russian Army Receives 18000 'Ratnik' Combat Outfits

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28356/Russian_Army_Receives_18000__Ratnik__Combat_Outfits



New in Russia: Khabarovsk Class Submarine

http://www.hisutton.com/Khabarovsk-Class-Submarine.html




Azerbaijani Troops Take Control Of Agdam As Armenians Flee

https://www.rferl.org/a/nagorno-karabakh-azerbaijan-army-enters-aghdam-armenians-flee/30959905.html




In first review, EU comes clean on military failings

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-defence/in-first-review-eu-comes-clean-on-military-failings-idUSKBN2801SR



Social media disinformation disrupts EU missions worldwide

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/social-media-disinformation-disrupts-eu-missions-worldwide



Europe launches future medium-lift helicopter project

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/europe-launches-future-medium-lift-helicopter-project




Hungary to procure Kongsberg-Raytheon NASAMS air defence system

https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/hungary-kongsberg-raytheon-nasams-air-defence-system/




Parliament of Germany approves budget to acquire 31 Sea Tiger naval helicopters for their frigates

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/november/9297-parliament-of-germany-approves-budget-to-acquire-31-sea-tiger-naval-helicopters-for-their-frigates.html




Interesting Photos Of Spanish EF-18 Hornet With Inert Upgraded Taurus 350 Stand-off Air-Launched Cruise Missile

https://theaviationist.com/2020/11/20/interesting-photos-of-spanish-ef-18-hornet-with-inert-upgraded-taurus-350-stand-off-air-launched-cruise-missile/



The F-5 Freedom Fighter Reaches 50 Years Of Service In The Spanish Air Force

https://theaviationist.com/2020/11/19/the-f-5-freedom-fighter-reaches-50-years-of-service-in-the-spanish-air-force/





French Navy to Procure Falcon 2000 Albatros Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Under AVSIMAR Program

https://defpost.com/french-navy-to-procure-falcon-2000-albatros-maritime-surveillance-aircraft-under-avsimar-program/




The Royal Navy Could Get A Mysterious ‘Type 32’ Frigate—What Is It?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/11/20/the-royal-navy-could-get-a-mysterious-type-32-frigate/



UK to become ‘foremost naval power in Europe’ says PM

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-to-become-foremost-naval-power-in-europe-says-pm/



Everything We Know About The United Kingdom's Big New Defense Spending Plan

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37722/everything-we-know-about-the-united-kingdoms-big-new-defense-spending-plan



New RAF space command to launch rockets from Scotland

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/new-raf-space-command-to-launch-rockets-from-scotland/









Spotlight on Ladakh, China secretly made moves in central, Sikkim and eastern sectors

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/spotlight-on-ladakh-china-secretly-made-moves-in-central-sikkim-and-eastern-sectors/story-GuwPWJKoYjQ3hGlNx7rZUP.html



PLAGF's Tibet Military District orders new VTOL UAVs, says report

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/plagfs-tibet-military-district-orders-new-vtol-uavs-says-report



China Has Launched the World's First 6G Satellite. We Don't Even Know What 6G Is Yet.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/satellites/a34739258/china-launches-first-6g-satellite/



China’s next border friction may be with Afghanistan, the ‘graveyard of empires’

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3110713/chinas-next-border-friction-may-be-afghanistan-graveyard



AVIC Harbin Z-20 to become most delivered Chinese military helicopter

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2020/november/6695-avic-harbin-z-20-to-become-most-delivered-chinese-military-helicopter.html



China's Black Hawk Competitor, Z-20 helicopter, to have Multiple Variants

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28358/China_s_Black_Hawk_Competitor__Z_20_helicopter__to_have_Multiple_Variants



Images show PLAGF Mi-171 helo equipped with possible ECM pods

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/update-images-show-plagf-mi-171-helo-equipped-with-possible-ecm-pods





Taiwan to start work on building the first of eight new domestically-developed submarines

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/taiwan-to-start-work-on-building-the-first-of-eight-new-domestically-developed-submarines/articleshow/79321956.cms





US and Japanese Navies began Mine Warfare Exercise 3JA 2020 off the coast of southwestern Japan

https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2020/november/9298-us-and-japanese-navies-began-mine-warfare-exercise-3ja-2020-off-the-coast-of-southwestern-japan.html





South Korea Competes

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20201120.aspx



Hanwha displays models of laser-based weapon systems

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/dx-korea-2020-hanwha-displays-models-of-laser-based-weapon-systems





Australia building new underwater tracking range for ASW edge

https://defbrief.com/2020/11/20/australia-building-new-underwater-tracking-range-for-asw-edge/





New Zealand: Rocket Lab launches satellites, recovers booster in 'Return to Sender' mission

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2020/11/20/Rocket-Lab-launches-satellites-recovers-booster-in-Return-to-Sender-mission/1581605716303/



US 109th Airlift Wing deploys LC-130 Super Hercules to New Zealand for emergency missions to Antarctica

https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2020/november/6696-us-109th-airlift-wing-deploys-lc-130-super-hercules-to-new-zealand-for-emergency-missions-to-antarctica.html










Y'all Qaeda: Ex-Marines allegedly planned takeover of Michigan capitol and public executions of officials

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-veterans-michigan-terror-plot



Let Your Robots Off The Leash – Or Lose: AI Experts

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/let-your-robots-off-the-leash-or-lose-ai-experts/



U.S. Destroyer, Cutter Suffer COVID-19 Outbreaks in Pacific

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/19/u-s-destroyer-cutter-suffer-covid-19-outbreaks-in-pacific



New Report On U.S. Military Aircraft Reliability Is Downright Miserable

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37731/new-report-on-u-s-military-aircraft-mission-capable-rates-is-downright-miserable



The Army is hunting for a new all-electric light recon vehicle

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/army-electric-light-reconnaissance-vehicle-markey-survey



Air Force releases list of 6 potential locations for U.S. Space Command

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/11/19/Air-Force-releases-list-of-6-potential-locations-for-US-Space-Command/3111605832257/



The Air Force is picking up a handful of feisty new submachine guns

https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/air-force-submachine-gun-apc9k-procurement



US Air Force orders counter-UAS radar for integration with its THOR drone killer

https://defbrief.com/2020/11/20/us-air-force-orders-counter-uas-radar-for-integration-with-its-thor-drone-killer/



US Navy secretary's surprise plan for a new fleet in Asia doesn't hold water, experts say

https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-secretary-surprise-plan-for-new-asia-fleet-not-likely-2020-11



Navy Maritime Patrol Planes Flying From Cold War Base In Bermuda For First Time In Decades

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37728/navy-maritime-patrol-planes-flying-from-cold-war-base-in-bermuda-for-first-time-in-decades



DARPA Thinks Linking USVs Together Like Train Cars Can Increase Their Range At Sea.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erictegler/2020/11/20/darpa-thinks-linking-usvs-together-like-train-cars-can-increase-their-range-at-sea/



Why the U.S. Navy Is Going All in on Drone Ships

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-us-navy-going-all-drone-ships-172932



US Navy submarines have big plans to turn small drones into 'a flying periscope' to hit long-range targets

https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-submarine-forces-to-use-drones-for-targeting-cargo-delivery-2020-11



Navy Officials Reveal Details of New $100M Light Amphibious Warship Concept

https://news.usni.org/2020/11/19/navy-officials-reveal-details-of-new-100m-light-amphibious-warship-concept



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