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Military and Intelligence News Briefs — April 22, 2022

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Daily Mail: Biden sends classified ‘Ghost’ drones similar to tank-busting Switchblades in latest $800million weapons package to Ukraine: Air Force has rapidly developed loitering warhead that flies into targets and explodes

* The U.S. is providing 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones for Ukraine

* They are part of the latest $800 million aid package

* U.S. also is providing 72 155mm Howitzers and 144,000 artillery rounds

* Comes as Russia is launching a new phase of its Ukraine invasion

* Biden said the new phase would feature different geography but similear ‘brutality’ by Russia’s forces

* Air Force rapidly developed the drones to meet Kiev’s requirements

The Pentagon announced that the U.S. is putting a new weapon in Ukraine’s arsenal as it pushes back against Russia’s relentless attacks: previously classified Phoenix Ghost drones that have been specially tailored for the conflict.

Little information was available about the weapons system, which President Joe Biden only referenced briefly in remarks announcing the latest $800 million aid package.

The package includes 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones, according to the Pentagon, which says they have capabilities similar to the ‘Switchblade’ drones the U.S. included in the previous military aid package.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs — April 22, 2022

Biden announces heavy artillery, other weapons for Ukraine — AP

Biden Announces Third $800M Weapons Package To Ukraine To Help Donbas Fight — Defense One

Biden Unveils Another $800 Million Military Aid Package For Ukraine — Zero Hedge

Meet ‘Phoenix Ghost,’ the US Air Force’s new drone perfect for Ukraine’s war with Russia — Breaking Defense

Kyiv Asked for a New Kamikaze Drone to Fight Russia. The Air Force Delivered Phoenix Ghost — Defense One

Ukraine’s Shift To A New NATO Arsenal Is Unprecedented-And Inevitable — Forbes

Nato’s ‘achilles heel’: alliance conducts war games in nervous Lithuania — The Guardian

Sweden to speed up security review as Ukraine puts NATO question in spotlight — Reuters

NATO eyes in the sky, keeping Europe out of Russia’s war — AP

U.S. to appoint new commander of NATO allied forces in Europe — The Week

Navy Could Extend the Oldest Nimitz-class Carriers, Decision in Next Budget — USNI News

The Biden administration’s new shipbuilding plan is wholly inadequate — Rep. Rob Wittman and Rep. Mike Rogers, Defense News

Breakdowns, Ripped Clothing and Dying Batteries: Army Commits to Arctic But Still Figuring Out What Soldiers Need — Military.com

Pentagon to build nuclear microreactors to power far-flung bases — Military Times

Army Picks Its Replacement for the M4 and SAW — Military.com

US Army orders more MK22 sniper rifles for close combat force — Defence-Blog

Soldiers Will Have to Wait Until Next Year for New Rifle, Ammo — Defense One

Japan, US hold navy drills off Koreas amid nuke test worry — AP

Japan Feels Heat of China’s Intensifying Military Maneuvers — Newsweek

Russian, Chinese Ships Steaming Near Japan as Carrier Lincoln Operates Near Korea — USNI News

The West Is As Poorly Prepared to Help Taiwan As It Was for Ukraine. — Julian Spencer-Churchill, RCD

China President Xi Jinping proposes ‘global security initiative’ — ABC News Australia

UK military vaults upgraded to store new US nuclear weapons — The Guardian

China, Russia Speeding Up Militarization of Space — Foreign Policy

Fire at Russian military weapons research facility kills one person and injures 30 as scientists jump from window — Daily Mail

The World’s Most Powerful Nuclear Missile Is a Russian ICBM Nicknamed ‘Satan’ — Military.com

Russian ICBM test ‘not deemed to be a threat’ — Pentagon — DW

UK and India ink Indo-Pacific defense agreement — DW

Is India planning to shrink its army? — Soutik Biswas, BBC

Israel successfully tests new laser missile defense system — AP

In ‘game changer,’ Israeli laser-based air defense shoots down drones — Times of Israel

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Mysterious South China Sea Missile Launch Caught on Video

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To their bewilderment, they spotted a SLBM emerging from the sea below their previously intended flight path!! PLAN Missile Submarine launch with very little regard to Commercial Air Traffic in the area!! That would’ve been me on the ‘delivery end’ of that Missile 30 years ago!

— Captain Overnight (@jchovernut)

May 24, 2022

Warzone/The Drive: Mysterious South China Sea Missile Launch Claimed To Be Caught By Airliner (Updated)

Video taken from an airliner appears to show the launch of a missile from a ship or a submarine in the South China Sea.

Video has emerged on social media that is said to show an apparent launch of a missile, possibly from a submarine, as viewed from a Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 flying over the South China Sea. Unseen individuals can be heard in the clip talking about whether it is heading their way.

Twitter user @jchovernut, a pilot for U.S.-based airline Allegiant Air and a veteran of the U.S. Navy’s submarine community, posted the video, seen below, online on Tuesday. “They were over the South China Sea & were issued a last-minute hectic call from ATC: ‘turn left 90 degrees immediately!!,'” according to one Tweet accompanying the video.

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Update: Watch: Mysterious South China Sea Missile Launch Came Dangerously Close To Commercial Airliner (Zero Hedge)

WNU editor: China was conducting military exercises in the South China Sea when this missile launch was spotted …. China launches military exercises in South China Sea as Biden visits Asia (FOX News).

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China’s Foreign Minister in South Pacific Offering Financial and Security Proposals to Island Nations

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The Guardian: Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific

Leaked copy of draft shows Beijing wants more involvement in policing, cybersecurity and marine mapping

China is pursuing a sweeping regional economic security deal with Pacific nations that would dramatically expand its influence and reach into those countries, in a pact that has western countries and some Pacific leaders deeply worried.

The wide-ranging deal lays out China’s vision for a much closer relationship with the Pacific, especially on security matters, with China proposing it would be involved in training police, cybersecurity, sensitive marine mapping and gaining greater access to natural resources.

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China’s Foreign Minister In South Pacific Offering Financial And Security Proposals To Island Nations

China Signs MOU on Civil Air Transport With Solomon Islands — Reuters

Beijing’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin says China ‘firmly supports’ the Solomon Islands after new security deal — SKY News

China’s Pacific plan seen as regional strategic game-changer — AP

China plays for influence in South Pacific with security proposal and diplomatic tour — CNN

EXPLAINER: What’s at stake for China on South Pacific visit? — AP

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Russian Ministry of Defense Says the Last 500 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Surrendered at “Azovstal” in Mariupol

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Ukrainian soldiers of the Azov battalion who have surrendered at the Azovstal steel plant walk on a road in the Russia-controlled port city of Mariupol, Donetsk People’s Republic. © Sputnik/Russian Defence Ministry 

RT: Azovstal ‘fully liberated’ – Russian military 

The last members of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi ‘Azov’ unit have surrenderred in Mariupol The entire territory of the “Azovstal” factory complex in Mariupol has been liberated, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday. More than 2,400 people surrounded inside for almost a month, including Ukrainian servicemen and members of the neo-Nazi ‘Azov’ unit, have laid down their arms and surrendered. 

“The last group of 531 militants surrendered today,” the Russian military spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement. He added that a total of “2,439 Azov Nazis” and Ukrainian servicemen had laid down their arms since May 16, and that the entire “Azovstal” complex is now under control of Russian armed forces. 

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WNU Editor: This last surrender is coming about hours after Kyiv ordered its remaining troops to lay down their arms …. Ukraine Orders End to Defense of Mariupol (Moscow Times/AFP). 

According to Russia and the DPR. 2,439 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered since May 16, and the entire complex is now under Russian/DPR control.

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