NEWS BRIEFS: INTERNATIONAL
1 February 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Human Rights Watch is calling for an investigation into the “apparent use” of antipersonnel landmines by Ukrainian forces in part of Kharkiv province when it was Russian-occupied. HRW said January 31 that the “butterfly” or “petal” munitions, proscribed by the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty that Ukraine ratified in 2005, “hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid and prevent agricultural activities.”
1 February 2023   (Task & Purpose)
An air-launched missile that’s basically an anvil covered in blades evidently was used to kill three “suspected al-Qaeda militants” in Yemen earlier this week. Images indicate that the target vehicle was shredded from above, a telltale sign of a Lockheed Martin AGM-114 R9X Hellfire which has a kinetic warhead designed to avoid civilian casualties.
1 February 2023   (Al Jazeera)
A London-based organization concerned that a humanitarian disaster in war-torn Yemen is being exacerbated by British arms sales to Saudi Arabia is challenging the legality of those exports in a case the U.K. High Court began hearing January 31. The Campaign Against Arms Trade lobby says exports to Saudi Arabia have totalled more than £23 billion since the civil war began nine years ago.
1 February 2023   (Defense News)
A compact General Atomics Aeronautical Systems surveilance drone launched from a larger GA platform recently completed a successful test at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. The company, which builds the Army’s MQ-1C Gray Eagle long-range surveillance platform, calls its smaller and cheaper “air launched effect” UAS the Eaglet. “It enables extended reach of sensors and increased lethality while providing survivability for manned aircraft,” said GA President David Alexander.
1 February 2023
A new paper from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute explores the financial cost of war using links between taxation and defence spending and drawing on data from 100 countries, including Ukraine. It offers evidence to understand how increases in military spending may affect tax structures, but also how low-income, autocratic and conflict-affected countries fund their military spending.
31 January 2023   (Defense News)
Boeing has been awarded a $2.3-billion U.S. Air Force contract for 15 KC-46 flying tankers for delivery by the end of August 2026. They would increase to 128 the contracted total, 68 of which are already have been delivered. Boeing also has export contracts for the aircraft, which is based on its civilian 767 platform.
30 January 2023   (Globe & Mail)
Researchers at 50 Canadian universities have collaborated for nearly two decades with Chinese military scientists at the National University of Defence Technology, according to Strider Technologies, a strategic intelligence company headquartered in Utah. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has warned that China increasingly uses joint academic research to obtain innovative science and technology. NUDT was blacklisted by the U.S. in 2015 because it posed a “significant risk” to national-security or foreign-policy interests.
30 January 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Even though it has a policy of not exporting military materiel to countries involved in conflict, South Korea is being urged by NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg to “step up” support for Ukraine. He thanked South Korea for its nonlethal aid to date but said there is an “urgent need” for ammunition and pointed out that some NATO countries also had amended “longstanding policies not to export weapons to countries in conflict.”
30 January 2023   (Air & Space Forces)
A senior USAF officer’s suggestion that war with China could happen by 2025 has led the Department of Defense to quickly distance itself from his comments. “I hope I am wrong,” General Mike Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command said in a memo, generating global headlines. “My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.” The DoD said January 28 that it disagrees with his assessment.
30 January 2023   (Defense News)
The Italian defence ministry has contracted with four of the country’s defence firms for development along with Britain and Japan of next-generation fighter. An evolution of the British-led Tempest initiative, the Global Combat Air Program, has targetted 2035 to begin production.
30 January 2023   (BBC)
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki today unveiled plans to increase his country’s defence budget this year to four per cent of GDP from the current level of nearly 2.5 per cent. “The war in Ukraine makes us arm ourselves even faster,” he said. “That is why this year we will make an unprecedented effort” he said, adding that the increase “might mean that this will be the highest percentage . . . among all NATO countries.”
30 January 2023   (Al Jazeera)
Elected in 2019 as a left-leaning liberal, Croatian President Zoran Milanov today criticized NATO allies for supplying Ukraine with weapons in its campaign against Russia, saying it only would prolong the war. “What is the goal: disintegration of Russia, change of the government?” asked Milanov, who has shifted to populist nationalism. “There is also talk of tearing Russia apart. . . . It is clear that Crimea will never again be part of Ukraine.”

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