Af/Pak & Other News (4/29/2021)

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Afghanistan: A29 Super Tucano carries laser guided bomb for precision strikes

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/april/7257-afghanistan-a29-super-tucano-carries-laser-guided-bomb-for-precision-strikes.html



Congress demands answers on Afghanistan withdrawal

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/550276-congress-demands-answers-on-afghanistan-withdrawal



U.S. Unconditional Withdrawal Rattles Afghanistan's Shaky Peace Talks

https://www.npr.org/2021/04/28/990160846/u-s-unconditional-withdrawal-rattles-afghanistans-shaky-peace-talks



Mission Accomplished in Afghanistan?

https://warontherocks.com/2021/04/mission-accomplished-in-afghanistan/



Afghan forces prepare to take on the Taliban without U.S. help, because there's "no other option."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghanistan-war-us-withdrawal-afghan-forces-prepare-to-fight-taliban-alone/



California man guilty in $100M Afghanistan fraud scheme

https://apnews.com/article/afghanistan-government-los-angeles-california-business-d8055f5742c02b22f44fe48f7104b092









Indian Navy expects to take delivery of INS Vikrant aircraft carrier by end of 2021

https://navalpost.com/ins-vikrant-aircraft-carrier-and-visakhapatnam-class-guided-missile-destroyer/









The Kerry Tapes, Another Iranian Disinformation Attempt?

https://sofrep.com/news/the-kerry-tapes-another-iranian-disinformation-attempt/



Russia secretly feared the Iran nuclear deal. Here’s why.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/iransource/russia-secretly-feared-the-iran-nuclear-deal-heres-why/



Iran Unveils Electronic Warfare, Surveillance Systems for Drones

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29466/Iran_Unveils_Electronic_Warfare__Surveillance_Systems_for_Drones



How Iran’s Militia Proxies Could Threaten Israel From These Four Countries

https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2021/04/29/how-irans-militia-proxies-could-threaten-israel-from-these-four-countries/









What Is Behind the Attack on Turkey’s Military Base in Iraq?

https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/bekir-aydogan-mehmet-alaca-bashiqa-base-attack-iraq-militias-iran-turkey-krg-news-12019/









Chadian rebels claim they have shot down military helicopter

https://apnews.com/article/chad-africa-fd5ae38542e7d871c904835846bbf10b









Why Putin Flexed His Military Muscle on Ukraine’s Border

https://time.com/6004236/russia-ukraine-border-putin/



Russia Wants to Take the S-400 Global

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/russia-wants-take-s-400-global-183917



Russian Cruise Missile Spins Out Of Control Before Crashing Into Sea Near Launching Destroyer

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40383/russian-cruise-missile-spins-out-of-control-before-crashing-into-sea-near-launching-destroyer



Moscow is annoyed Eastern European governments no longer turn a blind eye to assassinations by 'Unit 29155'

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/moscow-is-annoyed-eastern-european-governments-no-longer-turn-a-blind-eye-to-assassinations-by-unit-29155/ar-BB1g9Tdu



Russia Spreading Disinformation Other Countries Out to Sabotage Its COVID Vaccine, EU Says

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-spreading-disinformation-other-countries-out-sabotage-its-covid-vaccine-eu-says-1587251



Navalny Network Crumbling Under Kremlin’s Sustained Assault

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/world/europe/navalny-group-putin-russia.html



Alexei Navalny Team Fixes Sights on Russia Election Showdown With Vladimir Putin

https://www.newsweek.com/alexei-navalny-team-fixes-sights-russia-election-showdown-vladimir-putin-1587400





Kyrgyzstan Says Seized Tajik Border Post During Heavy Fighting

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/29/kyrgyzstan-tajikistan-border-clash/



Tajikistan’s army deploys tank convoy to Kyrgyz border

https://defence-blog.com/news/army/tajikistans-army-deploys-tank-convoy-to-kyrgyz-border.html




Netherlands: Jetpacks and commandos: How to take down a ship

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/jetpacks-and-commandos-how-to-take-down-a-ship/




Bulgaria expels Russian diplomat over arms depot blasts

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/bulgaria-expels-russian-diplomat-over-arms-depot-blasts/ar-BB1gb4RQ




Romania officially signs up for Naval Strike Missile systems

https://defbrief.com/2021/04/29/romania-officially-signs-up-for-naval-strike-missile-systems/




EuroDASS consortium signs contract to equip new German Typhoons with protective electronic warfare system

https://airrecognition.com/index.php/news/defense-aviation-news/2021/april/7261-eurodass-consortium-signs-contract-to-equip-new-german-typhoons-with-protective-electronic-warfare-system.html




British RC-135 intelligence aircraft monitors Crimea

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-rc-135-intelligence-aircraft-monitors-crimea/









Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to study loyal wingman concept

https://www.aerotime.aero/27800-brazil--and-embraer-to-study-loyal-wingman-concept




Eight Venezuelan Soldiers Killed in Clashes on Colombian Border: Army

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/29/venezuela-colombia-clashes-border/









China launches core module of space station on Long March 5-B rocket

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/04/29/China-Tianhe-Long-March-core-launch/2981619701157/



Helicopters Collide Mid-Air, Video Shows Fiery Wreckage

https://www.newsweek.com/helicopters-collide-mid-air-video-shows-fiery-wreckage-1587348



The game of chicken the US and China are playing in the Pacific looks worryingly familiar

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-china-are-playing-game-of-chicken-in-the-pacific-2021-4



China seeks to douse speculation of shrinking population

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/chinas-population-continued-grow-2020-stats-bureau-2021-04-29/



The Right Way to Fight a Maritime War Against China

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/04/the-right-way-to-fight-a-maritime-war-against-china/





South China Sea: Taiwan unveils coastguard vessel that doubles as warship

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3131625/south-china-sea-taiwan-unveils-coastguard-vessel-doubles





North Korea: Days Of Whine And Poses

https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/korea/articles/20210429.aspx



N. Korea Completes Reconnaissance and Attack Drone Tests: Source

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/04/28/n-korea-reconnaissance-attack-drone-tests/





Japan explores multihull design for Aegis Ashore replacement

http://alert5.com/2021/04/29/japan-explores-multihull-design-for-aegis-ashore-replacement/










US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/29/politics/us-investigating-mysterious-directed-energy-attack-white-house/index.html



WMD charges added against men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan governor

https://news.yahoo.com/u-grand-jury-adds-wmd-170644051.html



Navy Dismisses Pearl Harbor Submarine Commander Due To ‘Loss of Confidence’

https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/04/navy-dismisses-pearl-harbor-submarine-commander-due-to-loss-of-confidence/



A Company Discovered It Could Track US Military Operations

https://sofrep.com/news/a-company-discovered-it-could-track-us-military-operations/



How To Empty The Pentagon

https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htpeace/articles/20210429.aspx



Spike in Russian aircraft intercepts straining Air Force crews in Alaska, three-star says

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2021/04/28/spike-in-russian-aircraft-intercepts-straining-air-force-crews-in-alaska-three-star-says/



Flying with F-22 fighters patrolling the Arctic: exclusive

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flying-with-f-22-fighters-patrolling-the-arctic-exclusive/vi-BB1g9UE4



Remembering Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/space/remembering-apollo-11-astronaut-michael-collins



Two former Navy SEALs’ plan to map the ocean floor

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/two-former-navy-seals-plan-to-map-the-ocean-floor/



Navy Releases Eighth Round of USS Thresher Inquiry Documents

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/29/navy-releases-eighth-round-of-uss-thresher-inquiry-documents



New Fires Technology Destabilizes Boundaries Between Warfighting Communities

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/04/29/new-fires-technology-destabilizes-boundaries-between-warfighting-communities/



World's Biggest Airplane Takes To The Skies For A Second Time After A Two Year Hiatus

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40391/the-biggest-airplane-in-the-world-has-taken-to-the-skies-a-second-time-after-two-year-hiatus



Apptronik to Demonstrate Munition-Lifting Robot Arm for US Army

https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/04/29/apptronik-to-demonstrate-munition-lifting-robot-arm-for-us-army/



Why Green Beret training involves shooting out of a Toyota Corolla and ramming vehicles

https://taskandpurpose.com/culture/green-beret-training-driving-shooting/



U.S. Army to test Robotic Rocket Launcher

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/29465/U_S__Army_to_test_Robotic_Rocket_Launcher



First Image of Marines’ New Anti-Ship Missile Unmanned Truck Emerges

https://news.usni.org/2021/04/28/first-image-of-marines-new-anti-ship-missile-unmanned-truck-emerges



USAF Logistics Chief Raises Urgent Warning On Surge Capacity

https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/supply-chain/usaf-logistics-chief-raises-urgent-warning-surge-capacity



F-15E Strike Eagle Smart-Bomb Transports Are Hauling Munitions Around The Middle East

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40367/f-15e-strike-eagle-smart-bomb-transports-are-hauling-munitions-around-the-middle-east



Here's the Tech That Will Define the Air Force's Secret New Fighter Jet

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a36280083/air-force-secret-new-fighter-jet-sixth-generation-aircraft-tech-capabilities/



How the F-35 flies the line between failure and success

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/how-the-f-35-flies-the-line-between-failure-and-success/



SitRep: Is the F-35 officially a failure?

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/sitrep-is-the-f-35-now-officially-a-failure/



Navy at ‘Unacceptable Risk’ From Missiles, Pentagon Tester Warns

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-28/navy-at-unacceptable-risk-from-missiles-pentagon-tester-warns



Tracked & Destroyed: U.S. Navy Successfully Takes Down Over the Horizon Missile

https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven/sea/tracked-destroyed-u-s-navy-successfully-takes-down-over-the-horizon-missile-Jb17hm5csEmcU8gJYJMXzA



The U.S. Navy Finally Has A Universal Missile—And That Means More Firepower For War With China

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2021/04/29/the-us-navy-finally-has-a-universal-missile-and-that-means-more-firepower-for-war-with-china/



Stealth Zumwalt destroyers will be first US Navy warships armed with hypersonic missiles, top admiral says

https://www.businessinsider.com/zumwalt-destroyers-will-be-first-to-get-hypersonic-missiles-navy-2021-4



The Navy’s Final Design for the Constellation-Class Frigate Is Nearly Complete

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/navy%E2%80%99s-final-design-constellation-class-frigate-nearly-complete-183887



Seawolf Class Submarine: Hunting the Soviet Typhoon

https://gentleseas.blogspot.com/2021/04/seawolf-class-submarine-hunting-soviet.html



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