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Danish warship in deadly gun battle in Gulf of Guinea
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

Denmark’s naval deployment to the Horn of Africa mentioned in the final paragraph was part of NATO’s Ocean Shield and the EU’s Operation Atlanta.

Danish Military Kills Four Pirates During Gun Battle in Gulf of Guinea
Mike Schuler, GCaptain.com, Nov 27 2021

Danish military forces on a anti-piracy mission killed four pirates in a gun battle in the Gulf of Guinea this week, Denmark’s Defence Command reported. The military forces are embarked on board the Danish frigate Esbern Snare, which is currently on a six month deployment to the Gulf of Guinea to join the international fight against piracy. The frigate, equipped with a helicopter, departed Naval Base Frederikshavn in October with approximately 175 personnel comprising the permanent crew, military police, an expanded medical team, and a detachment of naval special forces. The deployment of the Esbern Snare comes after Denmark committed to sending a frigate to the region back in March following a call by Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and shipping industry groups for a more concerted international response. On average, up to 40 Danish-operating ships are operating in the region on any given day transporting around $1.5b in goods annually. The deployment marks the Danish first anti-piracy mission since leaving the Horn of Africa, where it was operating from 2008 to 2017.

Esbern Snare. Photo: Anders Fridberg/Danish Armed Forces

Atlantic values: Spanish, Swedish kings, consorts review military parade
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

Spanish State Visit to Sweden officially begins
, RoyalCentral.co.uk, Nov 24 2021

On the morning of Wednesday, Nov 24 2021, Stockholm woke up dressed for a party, as the Swedish capital was getting ready for the two-days State Visit from the King and Queen of Spain. On the morning of Nov 24, King Felipe and Queen Letizia travelled to the Royal Stables, where they were met by King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia. The four Royals then undertook the carriage journey from the stables to the Royal Palace, where a representation of the Grenadier Guards of the Life Guards was waiting for the two Kings to be reviewed. Following the military parade, the official welcome ceremony continued with the introduction of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to members of Government and the Parliament of Sweden, while King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia were introduced to the Spanish delegation.

Photo: Casa de SM el Rey

Sweden acquires almost 500 new military vehicles, joins with NATO states for armored vehicles
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

Sweden acquires hundreds of logistics vehicles
ShephardMedia, Nov 3 2021

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has placed two orders with Scania and Volvo for 487 logistics vehicles, with initial deliveries scheduled for 2022. The FMV placed two orders with a total value of approximately SEK700m ($82m) to replace an ageing Swedish military fleet. Sweden also plans to procure other military vehicles for its ground forces. In September, the FMV confirmed its intention to join the collaborative effort between Finland and Latvia to develop the Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS). The country is also teaming Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK in the Collaborative All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme.

Now targeting ballistic missiles: US delivers Patriot missile system to Sweden
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

The headline is misleading. Sweden has been a NATO partner for decades, has participated in NATO’s wars in Afghanistan and Libya, and is now an Enhanced Opportunity Partner.

Sweden Becomes First Non-NATO Partner with Patriot
Sgt Terrance Rhodes, MilitarySpot.com, Nov 23 2021

Senior leaders from 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and key leaders from the Swedish Armed Forces Air Defense Regiment witnessed a handover ceremony of the Patriot missile system on November 18 in Halmstad, Sweden. The new system marks the beginning of a new era for Swedish Air Defense and a decisive step towards enhancing Swedish air defense capability. There have been multiple joint exercises leading up to today’s handover ceremony. Maj-Gen Gregory J Brady, commanding general of the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, said: “This is a great day for not only for Sweden, but for all of us in the air defense community. Over the last few years, we have participated in exercises together and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship in 2022 with the Swedish armed forces.” Exercise Ramstein Legacy 2022, scheduled for this coming summer, is going to be the largest ground-based integrated air and missile defense exercise in the world, bringing together NATO IAMD allies and partners to build theater-wide procedural interoperability.

Next-generation warfare: combat drones become fastest-growing weaponry in global military arsenal
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

With Turkish and Turkish-provided combat drones (used in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and the Donbass) superseding and supplanting US ones (used in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia).

Next-Gen Warfare: 4 Reasons Why Combat Drones Are Becoming The Fastest Growing Weaponry In Modern Military’s Arsenal
Prakash Nanda, Eurasian Times, Nov 28 2021

Around this time last year (2020), Azerbaijan had conquered almost the entire Armenian exclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. If the war had attracted global attention, it was mainly because of one feature. And that was the widespread use of armed drones of Turkish production, which decimated and demoralized the unprepared Armenians from the air. In fact, the importance of armed drones nowadays is such that almost all the major countries are acquiring more and more armed drone systems. A side effect of this proliferation is an increase in their exports, a fact that was conclusively proved last week with the release of two reports. On Nov 25, Reportlinker.com announced the release of ‘Aircraft Insulation Market by Platform, Type, Material, Application and Region, Forecast to 2026.’ According to the report, the global aircraft insulation market size is projected to grow from $5.5b in 2021 to $8.2b by 2026, at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2021 to 2026. Based on this, the report says that the UAV platforms happen to be the fastest segment of the aircraft insulation market. It is not much affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. And major players of this market are DuPont (US), Triumph Group Inc (US), Transdigm Group Inc (US), Zotefoams (UK), BASF SE (Germany), Rogers Corporation (US), Safran Group (France), and Evonik Industries (Germany).

The other report coming on Nov 23, estimates that the Global Defense Drone Market will generate $16.9b and exhibit a CAGR of 7.9% from 2021 to 2028, owing to increasing defense expenditure in many countries around the world. The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to observe the fastest growth by 2028, the report says. Based on payload, the small drones sub-segment is estimated to generate a revenue of $7.9b by 2028 and hold dominating market share over the forecast period. This is majorly owing to the effectiveness of small drones to lift a payload up to 25 kg, and perform computerized command, communication, control, and information functions. Based on application, the combat operations sub-segment is expected to generate a revenue of $6.55b by 2028 and is predicted to witness the fastest growth during the analysis period. This is mainly due to the rising need for upgrading the existing unmanned aerial attack systems for threat elimination missions and target identification in military aviation. Based on region, the Asia-Pacific market for defense drones is expected to surpass $4b by 2028 and witness the fastest growth in the global industry over the forecast period. The increasing military expenditure of major countries in the region, such as China, India, Japan, Australia, and others is the major factor predicted to boost the regional market growth by 2028.

…Turkish Bayraktar TB2 is now export-hit and Ankara has ensured that the development and production of the drone can run as autonomously as possible. Among TB2’s customers are now Ukraine and Poland. The US, of course, is the leader in the market as it has used drones in conflicts for long, particularly in asymmetric conflicts with low intensity, both to cover ground groups from the air and to target suspected terrorist targets. In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Yemen, the US MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper systems have been used extensively. All told, if military drones are becoming increasingly indispensable for the armed forces all over the world, there are essentially four reasons behind this trend.

  1. They are less costly but pretty effective as operational intelligence platforms for proper data flow and they provide real-time surveillance to detect ballistic missile threats.
  2. They can be used in remote locations where the communication systems are poor. They are thus able to provide vital data, irrespective of location. As a result, the control center of the user is able to plan and prepare for uncertain attacks. They, thus, help in making well-informed decisions.
  3. This is a corollary of the above: in heavy fighting zones, drones help in providing information to the command center to identify the targets better, improve safety, and protect infrastructures from any kind of external threats or risks. In this sense, they greatly reduce putting military personnel in harm’s way or in combat….
  4. Drones are proving also lethal to enemy combattants as regular airplanes. This means that it is easier to neutralize enemy power using a drone with minimal human casualties. However, the biggest criticism against military drones is that they often cause collateral damages to civilian lives and property…

No wonder why US MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper are such dirty words in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. But then, modern warfare is increasingly becoming insensitive to civilian opinions. National interests weigh over notions of rights and wrong in fighting wars, particularly when the enemies happen to be those who have the scantiest respect for these very notions of rights and wrongs. And that explains why the armed drone market is growing and will grow further.

US dangerously misguided in believing Russia won’t respond to NATO threat: ambassador to Washington
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

US dangerously misguided in believing Russia won’t respond to NATO threat: ambassador
TASS, Nov 28 2021

The assumptions heard in the US that Russia is likely to be frightened with NATO capabilities in Ukraine and the Black Sea are dangerous delusions. Russia’s Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said: “NATO states are taking over the Black Sea, Ukrainian territory. There are assumptions, which are voiced here, that certain daredevils or a group of combatants may turn up in Ukraine, who will try to test the strength of Russian defenses, expecting that we will not respond fearing the NATO potential. I would like to say and emphasize unequivocally that it is a very dangerous delusion… Militarily speaking, this range of weapons funneled to Ukraine is expanding more and more. The Stinger, Javelin and even our Mi-17 got there. They keep saying that these are defensive weapons. But we know what ‘defensive weapons’ mean, what the US Mk-41 systems are like, which, on the one hand, are certainly defensive, as they are anti-missile systems, but it has already been proven, and the Americans are not concealing now that they can be used for launching intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.”

Turkish combat drones could be “complete game-changer” in Donbass war: Francis Fukuyama
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

And may lead to the end of history indeed, if not in the manner asserted by Fukuyama thirty years ago.

Ukraine’s use of Turkish drones could be a ‘game-changer’: Fukuyama
Daily Sabah, Nov 28 2021

Ukraine using Turkish drones in the region could be a “complete game-changer,” said prominent American political scientist, political economist and writer Francis Fukuyama. Writing on Twitter, Fukuyama argued that “this is why Moscow seems so preoccupied with this issue.” Ukraine recently employed a Turkish-made unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), namely Bayraktar TB2, to destroy a howitzer used by pro-Russian separatists in Donbas. The introduction of the drone is a potential game changer in the yearslong conflict after Turkish drones were used by Azerbaijan last year to overpower Armenia’s army in Nagorno-Karabakh, another frozen post-Soviet conflict.

From the Turkish army. But Lavrov says (see link above) he hasn’t been able to confirm the strike.

Baltic region: NATO, EU united against Belarus, Russia
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

Joint NATO-EU visit highlights solidarity and cooperation through visit to Baltic region
NATO, Nov 28 2021

NATO Sec-Gen Stoltenberg is visiting Lithuania and Latvia on Sunday (Nov 28 2021) together with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, to demonstrate solidarity with NATO Allies and EU member states in the Baltic region, and to further strengthen the cooperation between NATO and the EU. NATO Sec-Gen Stoltenberg, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė. In Lithuania, the Sec-Gen had discussions with President Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė about developments on Lithuania’s border and Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine. The Sec-Gen said that, while the Lukashenko regime is exploiting vulnerable people to put pressure on neighbouring countries, “no NATO Ally stands alone.” He said that all Allies have expressed solidarity with Lithuania and have provided practical help, including through a recently deployed NATO team of experts to Lithuania… Stoltenberg explained that cooperation between NATO and the EU is essential to counter this hybrid campaign. He said: “This crisis affects both NATO and the European Union. Lithuania is a member of both organisations, so it is important for President von der Leyen and me to be here together today. NATO and the EU work together on a range of security issues, including countering hybrid threats. Today, we discussed how we could step up our joint work, including though a new joint NATO-EU declaration… NATO stands ready to defend all Allies, and we will continue to provide our partner Ukraine with political and practical support.” NATO Foreign Ministers will meet in Riga on Tuesday and Wednesday to consult on a wide range of pressing security challenges in the region and beyond. Live streaming : The NATO Secretary General and the President of the European Commission visit Lithuania and Latvia.

British military moving closer and closer to, nuclear bombers 12 miles from Russian border: envoy
Rick Rozoff, AntiBellum, Nov 28 2021

Deployment of British troops in Germany doesn’t alleviate tension with Moscow – ambassador
TASS, Nov 28 2021

The deployment of British Armed Forces in Germany won’t reduce tension between NATO countries and Russia, Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin said in an interview with the Times Radio station. The Russian ambassador said: “NATO is stepping up its presence along the borders of the Russian federation. We have lots of manoeuvring now in the Baltic Sea. We have strategic aviation, with nuclear warheads, flying 20km close to the borders.” The ambassador also accused Britain of “stepping closer and closer” to Russia’s borders. On Thursday, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace announced the plan for the modernization of the British Armed Forces entitled Future Soldier… According to the Times newspaper, under this plan, London intends to station around 250 units of equipment in Germany, including tanks, armored vehicles and drones. It is assumed that the British brigade will be formed in Germany which will be engaged in exercises in different European countries, including Estonia and Poland.

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