World military developments

Amnesty uses commercial satellite imagery to monitor Darfur
Commercial high-resolution satellite imaging technology is being used to monitor the conflict in Darfur by the human rights organisation Amnesty International USA. The organisation has launched its ‘Eyes on Darfur’ project, designed to raise awareness of the Darfur conflict by publishing ‘before and after’ high-resolution satellite imagery of 12 Darfur regions on the Internet

UK and US reach defence co-operation accord
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush have signed a treaty that ends the requirement for every piece of US defence equipment and technology to be granted an individual export licence, according to an announcement from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 21 June. “The treaty dramatically cuts the red tape around the exchange of goods, services and information in defence
Hamas wrestles control of Gaza from Fatah
As JDW went to press, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) completed the takeover of the Gaza Strip on 14 June after four days of brutal fighting against the Palestinian Authority’s (PA’s) security forces and the Fatah movement, loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas. In response, Abbas announced the dismissal of the three-month-old unity government with Hamas, declared a state of emergency and called for new elections in the Palestinian territories

Security outside Baghdad is ‘tenuous’, says US DoD report
Despite a surge of forces into Baghdad, the security situation outside the Iraqi capital remains “tenuous”, according to a statistical report that has been issued by the US Department of Defense (DoD). US and coalition forces launched a major military operation called Operation ‘Fardh al-Qanoon’ (FAQ – Imposing the Law) in mid-February 2007, which has focused primarily on increasing security in Baghdad
Taiwan approves part of controversial budget
The Republic of China (Taiwan) legislature approved a national budget for 2007 on 15 June that includes a hefty rise in military spending to cover part of a long-delayed procurement package. Defence spending will increase by 24.8 per cent to TWD295.8 billion (USD8.9 billion), with the defence allocation rising to 18 per cent of the national budget from 16 per cent in 2006

NATO launches study on impact of US BMD system
A study of the political and military implications of the US missile defence system on the NATO alliance was launched by defence ministers at a meeting in Brussels on 14-15 June. The study is scheduled for completion by February 2008, a month before the Bucharest summit that will decide the next steps to be taken in this area
US DoD examines China’s military rise
China’s road-mobile, solid-propellant DF-31 (CSS-9) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) achieved “initial threat availability” in 2006, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) ‘Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2007’ report to the US Congress. The ICBM will probably achieve operational status in the near future, if it has not already done so

China develops DF-15 SRBM variants
Asian military sources have revealed that China has developed several variants of its DF-15 (Dong Feng-15) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM), writes Ted Parsons. The new versions have greater target discrimination, thus providing tactical flexibility for China’s Second Artillery, which operates the DF-15 (CSS-6)
Russia tests cruise missile for Iskander TEL
Russia has flight tested a new ground-launched cruise missile able to be launched from the transporter-erector-launcher of the Iskander-M (SS-26 ‘Stone’) tactical ballistic missile, writes Doug Richardson. Its maximum range could exceed the limits set by the Soviet-US Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty

Source: Jane’s Defense Journal

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