Global Hotspots Report – 8/2014

AQAP militants execute 14 soldiers in Hadarmout, amid sectarian fighting in Yeme | Overloaded Iraqi Mi-17 crash on a rescue mission to Sinjar | West provide air support, sending arms, advisors to assist Iraqi Kurds | ISIL regain grip of Deir el-Zor rural area in East Syria | US conducts air strikes against ISIL near Erbil | White House authorise humanitarian support to Iraqi minorities, air strikes targeting ISIS | US missile cruiser enroute to the Black Sea | 40,000 stranded on Sinjar mountain under ISIS death threats | France to speed up arms for Lebanon | Pakistan air strikes hit militants in Datta-khel, North Waziristan | US general killed by Afghan 'insider attack' | Egypt, Algeria align against Libyan extremists | 32 Strike Tunnels Destroyed in Gaza | Lebanon: ISIS Takes the town of Ersal | AQAP jihadists kill 9 Yemeni soldiers | Two Terror attacks rock Jerusalem | Iraqi Air Force to assist Kurds fighting ISIS | 23 Syrians killed by barrel bombs in Idlib

Israel’s campaign directed at Gaza’s tunnel infrastructure

Operation 'Protective Edge' will be remembered as one of the first military operations where a modern army had to face an irregular enemy mostly in the subterranean operational environment. While irregular forces have exploited the underground dimension in the past, in Gaza, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Palestinians in Gaza relied on their subterranean tunnel network as a battlespace - gaining mobility, communications, force protection and survivability, and denying the enemy from its main advantage - dominance in intelligence and firepower.

Operating robots underground

As robots are assuming part of the roles performed by human operators, particularly in dangerous missions, it is obvious they will be used in subterranean environments. However, denied the basic attributes necessary for its operation - navigation, guidance and communications - most military robot are still awaiting some technological solutions when tasked with missions underground

Carbon fiber clouds hiding naval destroyers from anti-ship missiles

The US Navy has tested radar absorbing carbon-fiber cloud generators on board ships, which could be used to protect naval vessels from attacks by radar-guided anti-ship and air-launched cruise missiles

US Navy destroyer conducts longest ever surface-air engagement with new SM-6 missiles

Over the course of three days, the crew of John Paul Jones successfully engaged six targets off the coast of Southern California, firing a total of five missiles that included four Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missiles and one Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile

DAN .338, a new Israeli sniper rifle from IWI

IWI is launching the DAN .338 sniper rifle at Eurosatory 2014. The new bolt action sniper rifle was developed in cooperation with the IDF special operations units. Bolt action rifles are preferred by snipers for their high precision at long range

Climbing paddles carry ‘gecko man’ over vertical glass walls

A person climbing a glass wall using 'gecko gloves'? It wasn't a replay from "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol", it was the real thing. A 99 kg climber ascending a vertical glass wall using paddles coated with novel bio-inspired tape that can stick to glass and separate from the surface at will.

Lockheed Martin Unveils the Vector Hawk

Lockheed Martin unveiled today a family of small unmanned aerial vehicle, part of the line of Small UAS line. The mini-drone dubbed 'Vector Hawk' was unveiled at the AUVSI 2014 convention in Orlando, Florida. "Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system" Steve Fortson, business development manager for Lockheed Martin explained. The...

Yamaha, Northrop Grumman to tailor a Rotary UAV for the US Market

Northrop Grumman and Yamaha Motor Corp., are working jointly to develop and market a small, unmanned and autonomous helicopter based on Yamaha's existing product RMAX. In addition to RMAX's use in agriculture, the new helicopter to be called 'Rotary Bat' (R-Bat) merges the RMAX's proven airframe produced by Yamaha, with the autonomous control and intelligence-gathering technologies provided by Northrop...

Industry Team Offers MAV-L for Special Applications Beyond SOCOM

MAV-L Driving Tests
MAV-L was designed to meet SOCOM GMV 1.1 requirements, the team considered it has applications beyond SOCOM. For example, such vehicles could be suitable for US Army and Marine Corps recon teams, forced entry teams operated by the Air Force, or for international customers.

Evolving into Hybrid Forces – Challenging the IDF Precision Fires Domination

The evolution of the Syrian, Iranian armies and guerrillas into semi-irregular formations, challenging the Israeli domination of the battlefield with hybrid warfare concepts. Defense Update covers this topic in two parts, one outlining the transformation of the Syrian land forces.