Runway reopened at Russian airbase in Syria

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery showing that the runway closure markings at Humaymim Air Base have been removed and that dark grey Su-34 aircraft have been replaced by ones with the blue camouflage scheme. (CNES 2016, Distribution Airbus DS /2016 IHS) Continue reading

China builds another island in South China Sea


IHS Jane’s has obtained satellite imagery that further illustrates the extent of China’s building of new islands in the Spratly Islands.

The latest image shows a new island on Gaven Reefs, known in the Philippines as the Burgos Reef, in Vietnam as Dá Ga Ven and Dá Lc and in China as Nanxun Jiao and Xinan Jiao.

China previously built a concrete platform that sat above the reef on its western side. This structure was fortified and housed anti-air and naval gun systems, along with communications equipment. Continue reading