Category Archives: Intelligence

India Conducts Unannounced Air Exercise near Doklam

Indian Air Force (IAF) rotations of SU-30MKI Flanker continued in 2017/2018 at Bagdogra Airbase, likely for an unannounced air exercise. Previous commercial imagery acquired in January 2016 also showed a squadron level deployment of the IAF’s advanced fighter. Up to … Continue reading

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IAF Su-30MKI Deploy to Hasimara

Due to ongoing tensions with China, the Indian Air Force has deployed a flight of at least four Su-30MKI Flanker multi-role fighter to Hasimara, the nearest Indian airbase to the recent Doklam standoff. Commercial imagery first captured the aircraft in … Continue reading

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China’s Shigatse Gets New Infrastructure

Satellite imagery has revealed some new developments at the Shigatse civil-military airfield, the closest People’s Liberation Army Air Force deployment near the disputed Doklam plateau. Sentinel 2 imagery captured on 11 November 2017 shows continued progress on a new runway … Continue reading

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Belarus Preps Angolan Aircraft to Depart

A review of satellite imagery shows some new developments at the 558th Aircraft Repair Plant in Baranovichi. Co-located at the 61st Fighter Airbase, the Belarusian-based Plant overhauled two former Indian Su-30K Flanker attack aircraft, imagery from August and September 2017 suggests. According to domestic sources, … Continue reading

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Shigatse During the Doka La Standoff

A couple weeks back, we jumped over the border and looked at India’s Hasimara airbase. This week we go back and touch on China’s Shigatse, a civil-military airfield less than 160 km west of Lhasa. Commercial imagery acquired during July … Continue reading

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India’s Hasimara During the Doka La Standoff

Last week we looked at the Gonggar civil-military airfield, one of China’s closest to the Doka La standoff. In this post, we’ll look at India’s Hasimara, an airbase in West Bengal about 80km southeast of the crisis. Recent commercial imagery … Continue reading

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Gonggar During the Doka La Standoff

As the standoff between China and India continues at Doka La, we’ve been monitoring regional airbases on both sides of the border. Recent commercial imagery acquired in July of Gonggar continues to show the ongoing deployment of the PLAAF’s Shenyang J-11 … Continue reading

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Monitoring Economic Indicators from 500 Kilometers Up: Egyptian Oil and Gas Terminals

by Chris Biggers. This article was first published at Planet Stories. Ain Sokhna Port, south of the Suez Canal. Image ©2017 Planet Labs, Inc. Left: Jun 2017 / Right: Feb 2016 From space, satellites monitor the movement of commodities that … Continue reading

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Satellite Imagery Confirms Qatari Isolation

Left: Planet imagery of Qatar’s As Salwa Border Crossing dated 07JUN17 / Right: 05JUN17 As the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the rest of the GCC states unfolds, food, among other commodities, could be in short supply if some agreement … Continue reading

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Iran’s high speed catamaran, Shahid Nazeri, deploys near the Strait of Hormuz

Satellite imagery shows Iran’s high speed catamaran, Shahid Nazeri, at Bandar Abbas, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Navy (IRGCN) First Region naval base. The IRGCN deployed the Shahid Nazeri to an operational naval base and what could be the vessel’s home … Continue reading

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