Category: Military & Defense

2 navy helicopters were seen colliding in midair during a military parade rehearsal, killing 10 people

Rescuers work to move bodies at the wreckage of a crashed helicopter in Lumut. Bomba Bahagian Korporat/Facebook Two helicopters in Malaysia crashed into each other in midair during a parade rehearsal on Tuesday. Footage posted by local media showed the rotors of one of the choppers striking the other vehicle. Local authorities said 10 people, all naval staff, died in the crash. At least 10…

Turkey may soon put its controversial Russian S-400 air defenses in operation

Parts of a Russian S-400 missile-defense system are unloaded from a Russian plane at Murted Airport, known as Akinci Air Base, near Ankara, Turkey in 2019. Turkish Military/Turkish Defence Ministry/Handout via REUTERS Turkey may deploy its Russian S-400 Triumf air defenses on the Iraqi border. US officials have warned Turkey against “activating” it. The missile attacks between Israel and Iran may also be a rationale…

Russia may ramp up attacks on Ukraine to capitalize on the limited window they have before new US aid arrives:...

Ukrainian gunners firing at Russian positions in the Kharkiv region. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images Ukraine may face more attacks from Russia even though US aid �is on its way, says the ISW. The ISW says Russia can “take advantage of the limited window before the arrival of new US aid.” The House finally passed more than $60 billion of aid to Ukraine after months…

China’s scenarios for invading Taiwan could be altered following Iran’s failed attack on Israel, report says

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles during a military parade in 2015. Andy Wong – Pool /Getty Images China is likely analyzing Iran’s failed attack on Israel to prepare for a possible invasion of Taiwan. Experts believe China will focus on how Israel and its allies thwarted the attack, a report said. Tensions between China and Taiwan have heightened in recent years. China…

Vital US arms and ammo could reach Ukraine in days once Senate passes military aid bill as expected, Pentagon says

L: Demonstrators holdUkrainian flags outside the Capitol after the House of Representatives voted on legislation providing $95 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan at Capitol Hill, April 20, 2024. R: US military aid delivered to Ukraine, is unloaded from a plane at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv, Ukraine, February 13, 2022. REUTERS The Pentagon is expediting preparation for a military aid…

These 112 House Republicans voted against Ukraine aid

Reps. Thomas Massie, Lauren Boebert, and Matt Gaetz all voted against a more than $60 billion bill to provide aid to Ukraine. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images The House passed a more than $60 billion bill that provides more military aid to Ukraine. It’s part of a larger foreign aid package that’s likely to pass the Senate and be signed into law. 112 Republicans…

Arab states unexpectedly helped Israel fight off Iran’s attack

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan shows a video of drones heading toward Israel during a United Nations Security Council on April 14, 2024. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU via Getty Images Israel found help from unlikely sources against an Iranian missile attack. Jordan shot down an Iranian missile, and other Arab states may’ve provided intel.  Arab countries have complicated motivations for seemingly aiding Israel. The skies…

Iran’s attack on Israel could be bad for Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting in Tehran on July 19, 2022. Sergei Savostyanov/AFP/Getty Images Iran’s attack on Israel could impact Russia’s war in Ukraine. Iran is a key arms supplier and economic partner to Russia. A broader Middle East conflict could also boost China’s regional influence at Russia’s expense. Iran’s attack on Israel on Saturday is bad not…

John Bolton calls for a ‘far stronger’ response from Israel after Iran’s missile and drone attack

Former National Security advisor John Bolton. LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images Ex-national security advisor John Bolton called for a “far stronger” response from Israel against Iran. Bolton made the comments after Iran launched a barrage of retaliatory strikes toward Israel. John Kirby told NBC News President Joe Biden did not want to engage in a wider war with Iran. Former national security advisor John Bolton called…

Boeing helped develop Israel’s Arrow 3 missile defense system, which ‘proved itself’ during Iran’s retaliatory attack

Israel relied on its Arrow 3 defense system to fend off the majority of the drones and missiles Iran fired during its retaliatory attack on Saturday. REUTERS/Amir Cohen Israel’s Arrow 3 system helped intercept drones and missiles during Iran’s retaliatory attack. Boeing helped develop the Arrow 3 system, which was funded largely by the US. Israel’s chief military spokesman said Arrow 3 had  “proved itself”…

New UK laser weapon could be used against Russian drones in Ukraine, British defense secretary says

The UK testing its new laser weapon, the DragonFire. MoD The UK’s new laser weapon could be used in Ukraine, the UK defense secretary said. The laser, dubbed DragonFire, was originally scheduled for deployment in 2027. Grant Shapps hopes to speed up the roll out so it could be put to use on Ukraine’s frontlines. A new high-tech laser weapon developed by the UK that…

Iran’s strike on Israel shows how the Biden administration has lost control of the conflict, foreign policy expert says

Iran launched an airborne strike against Israel on Saturday, dismissing President Joe Biden’s warnings against such an attack. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Iran launched a drone strike on Israel despite warnings from the Biden administration. The attack shows how much the US has lost control of the conflict in Gaza, a military expert said. The Biden administration wants to be “firefighters in a raging house…

US shoots down Israel-bound drones fired from Iran

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles toward Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel April 14, 2024. Amir Cohen via Reuters Iran launched a retaliatory attack against Israel on Saturday. The US military shot down Iran-fired drone aircraft amid the attack, an official confirmed to BI. The US military remains poised to provide “defensive support” to Israel, the official said. The US…

Iran launches drone attacks on Israel

The flags of Iran, left, and Israel, right. Manuel Augusto Moreno/Getty Images Iran launched an airborne attack toward Israel on Saturday. The White House confirmed the attack was underway and underlined American support for Israel. Iran has threatened retaliation for an earlier strike by Israel on Iranian military targets in Syria. Iran has begun an airborne attack against Israel, the White House confirmed on Saturday….

Russia’s firing new, long-range Kh-69 cruise missiles, war experts say, piling on the misery for Ukraine’s dwindling air defense

Russia Kh-69 cruise missile pictured at the 2023 Dubai Airshow Giuseppe Cacace / AFP via Getty Images Russian forces have deployed a new cruise missile, the Institute for the Study of War said. The Kh-69 was used in an attack on a major power station near Kyiv this week. The Kh-69 is a leap forward in Russian tactical munitions. Russian Forces are deploying a new,…

Take a look at the workhorse C-130 cargo plane that the US Air Force is reinventing to fight like a...

The MC 130J Commando aircraft rolls onto the flight line during an arrival ceremony in Middletown, Pennsylvania. US Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Diana Snyder The MC-130J Commando II is an upgraded version of the C-130 cargo plane. The plane assists in infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply for special ops forces. The US Air Force recently began utilizing the cargo plane to airdrop palletized…

Zelenskyy says Ukraine will lose the war without help from the US

Low munitions put Ukraine in a desperate position as aid from allies stalls. Zelenskyy says the country is at risk of losing the war. Read the original article on Business Insider Go to Source

Russia’s army is now 15% bigger than when it invaded Ukraine, says US general

A Russian soldier launching missiles toward Ukrainian positions in Donetsk. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images Russia’s army has grown bigger despite sustaining losses when it invaded Ukraine, says a US general. US Army Gen. Christopher Cavoli said the Russian army “is actually now larger — by 15 percent.” “Russia is on track to command the largest military on the continent,” Cavoli said. Russia’s armed forces…

Some of Russia’s ‘prestigious’ guided missiles may be malfunctioning and falling short of their targets: UK intelligence

Russia dropping AS-23A Kodiak missiles in Syria in a video uploaded in July 2017. Russian Ministry of Defense/YouTube Some Russian missiles may be malfunctioning and missing their targets, per British intelligence. The AS23a Kodiak — or Kh-101 — is one of Russia’s top precision-guided munitions. “Issues in its production” could lead to rushed production jobs, the UK MOD says. Premium Russian cruise missiles might be…

Iran’s stealth drones have become the new blueprint for international warfare

An Iranian schoolboy takes selfie with Iran’s Shahed-136 (L), and Shahed-131 unmanned aerial vehicles in western Tehran, October 11, 2023. Photo by Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images Iran has become a global drone powerhouse as countries around the world copy its technology. Russia has become increasingly reliant on Iranian drones to fight its war in Ukraine.  Iran can easily bypass Western sanctions and buy electronic…

See Israel’s aerial defense systems in action on land and sea

Missiles launched from the Iron Dome defense system attempt to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza strip. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images Israel has one of the most advanced air defense systems. In January, Israeli officials amended its 2024 budget to allocate $15 billion more in war spending. Its air defenses are being tested from all sides amid its war against Hamas. Israel has some…

NATO helicopters are shooting down and eliminating enemy drones in a rarer kind of Red Sea battle

A Houthi attack drone (L) and a French NH90 helicopter (R). French defense ministry and EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP via Getty Images Houthi attack drones have mostly been intercepted by US and allied warships in the Red Sea. Air-to-air combat has been much less common, but last month, a French helicopter shot down a drone. A former US naval aviator said the engagement is not necessarily surprising….

Russian convicts who earned their freedom fighting Ukraine are going home with swagger and a stash of money to burn:...

A Russian soldier launching artillery attacks towards Ukrainian positions in Donetsk. Russian Defense Ministry/Anadolu via Getty Images Fighting in Ukraine has given some of the ex-convicts Russia recruited their swag back. These men are granted freedom after surviving their military service. Around 15,000 ex-convicts have reportedly returned to Russia, per The New York Times.  Ex-convicts who fought for Russia in Ukraine are heading home with…

Shani Louk: Hamas victim’s father defends award-winning photo of her body as ‘symbol’ of an era

Shani Louk. shanukkk/Instagram The father of a woman killed by Hamas has defended an award-winning image of her. The Associated Press photo showed Shani Louk half naked and face down in the back of a Hamas pickup. This article contains an image that may cause distress. The father of a woman who was killed during Hamas’ October 7 attacks on Israel has defended the decision…

Ukraine’s deep drone strike into Russia hit an airfield housing the fighter-bombers able to drop punishing glide bombs

Sukhoi Su-34 bombers drop bombs during the Keys to the Sky competition at the International Army Games 2017 at the Ashuluk shooting range outside Astrakhan. MAXIM SHEMETOV/Reuters Ukraine staged a major drone strike on a Russian airfield home to Su-34 fighter-bombers. Su-34s have been responsible for launching devastating glide bomb attacks on the front lines.  Reports are conflicted on the attack’s outcome, and images suggest…

Shifting focus to threats from China and Russia starts with people, not tech, US special operations leaders say

Members of U.S. Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Europe (NSWTU-E) reload their Colt Mk 18 Carbines during shooting drills at a range in Cyprus, September 29, 2021. U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Patrik Orcutt The US military is adjusting to what it sees as the two most pressing national security threats: China and Russia. US Special Operations Command emphasizes the importance of people over hardware…

Ukrainian soldiers are relying on leftover artillery shells as US aid remains in limbo: WSJ

Ukrainian soldiers at the artillery position in an unidentified area on the Adiivka frontline prepare to fire the D 30 gun. Jose Colon/Anadolu via Getty Images Ukraine is running short on munition as it fends off Russian forces. As aid from the West remains locked up, Ukraine is relying on unused artillery shells, per WSJ. One soldier has been able to supply brigades with at…

As the IDF searches for Hamas’ tunnels in Gaza, archeologists in Israel uncover an ancient labyrinth used by rebel Jews...

Yinon Shivtiel, a historian at Zefat Academic College, crawls through an underground hideout in Huqoq, northern Israel. The labyrinth, comprising narrow tunnels and large storage spaces, was dug by Jewish villagers nearly 2,000 years ago at a time of revolt against the Roman Empire. Ari Rabinovitch (Reuters) Archaeologists are excavating a 2000-year-old network of tunnels in Israel. The labyrinth, found in Huqoq, was used by…

Israel may have just hit a turning point in its war on Gaza — but not for the reason you...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Leo Correa/AP Mass protests are taking place in Israel, and even its closest global allies are turning critical. But these events are not necessarily the most likely to prompt a change in Israel’s invasion of Gaza Instead, a heated internal feud over the conscription of ultra-Orthodox Jews could prove decisive. In Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, thousands flooded the streets in…

Israel’s military admits to a series of errors that led to the killing of 7 aid workers: ‘It shouldn’t have...

A memorial was held for Damian Soból, an aid worker for World Central Kitchen who was killed by an Israeli airstrike. Anadolu/Getty Images Israeli military errors resulted in the deaths of seven World Central Kitchen aid workers in Gaza. The military said it mistakenly identified the aid convoy as armed Hamas operatives. WCK called for an independent investigation into the incident. Israeli’s military said a…