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The news about the MQ-9 Reaper drone downed by the Houthis over Yemen did not make headlines. The Houthis numerously demonstrated the ability to down adversary drones. A month ago, they downed an MQ-1 Predator drone, and in April, Saudi Arabia lost one of its Wing Loong drones purchased in China. The Houthis even downed fighter jets, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has considerably complicated exams for antiaircraft units since 2019 due to arming regiments with S-300 and S-400 weapons and Pantsir-S close-range systems. Previously, each weapon fired at its own targets. Now they will act jointly to increase effectiveness. Control and target distribution systems built by the netcentric principle will synchronize the fire, the Izvestia daily writes.

SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) has expanded its research on security issues in the Horn of Africa region by launching a new series of publications investigating major questions for the future security and stability of the region. Notably, it highlights the increasing importance of geopolitical, commercial and military competition as the driver of foreign military deployments to the region.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s partnership with NATO testifies to the country’s achievements, Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on Friday, May 3, News.Az reports.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the University of Texas at Austin hosted the Mad Scientist Conference at the university on April 24 and 25th. The Mad Scientist Conference brings together military, academia, and private industry experts in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, ethics in future innovation, and the future of space. Tom Piernicky, U.S. Army Futures Command, reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Joe Kumbun* reminds in the Irrawaddy, a newspaper from Myanmar (formerly Burma), that he had written, in May 2017, that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) could potentially create unprecedented political risk in the country through the intensified pursuit of its interests—claiming its territory as a state and rejecting the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) through its alliance with other ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) while strengthening its military capability.

Electronic warfare (EW) is an armed struggle which affects controls, communications, and reconnaissance of the adversary with radio emissions and protects friendly systems from jamming. In peacetime, EW is used to protect important facilities from potential attacks. Today EW weapons can be carried by various vehicles, Rostec Corporation said.

On April 12, Defense Minister of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held a defense hardware delivery day at the National Defense Control Center, according to the Ministry of Defense`s (MoD`s) press department and newspaper Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda).

The U.S. Army's senior air defender talked about current and future developments in the air and missile defense, or AMD, with senior military leaders during an Association of the United States Army professional development forum March 12. Jason Cutshaw (SMDC/ARSTRAT) reports on U.S. Army’s website.

Five years ago, the Russian armed forces held a unique military operation in Crimea. Foreign observers focused on the appearance of the engaged Russian military. They noted the discipline, uniform and new hardware. But the main changes remained unnoticed at the time, the Izvestia daily writes.

The Syrian combat experience changed the engagement tactic of the Russian Ground Forces. Now, even motorized rifles train to helicopter assault in adversary rear. In the future, all Russian infantry units will be trained to operate in a tactical airborne assault. However, the transition to total air mobility encounters problems, the Izvestia daily writes.

Amid the looming threat of surveillance by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), 8th Army recently validated the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea. In order to support 8th Army and combat the UAS threat, Echo Battery, 6-52 Air and Missile Defense Battalion (E/6-52 AMD BN) established the first garrison Counter-UAS (C-UAS) defense design in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO). 2nd Lt. Matthew Becker reports.