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March 13, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Iran Relocates Radar and Expands UAV Airfield on Qeshm

This article was originally published on Offiziere.ch Iran continues to upgrade the UAV airfield on the island of Qeshm which sits near the Strait of Hormuz, an important maritime choke-point. Satellite imagery acquired in late 2017 and early 2018 by Planet shows workers widening and lengthening the airfield’s runway. The clearing and leveling activity suggests Iran will…

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February 13, 2018

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Sentinels, Saeqehs and Simorghs: An Open Source Survey of Iran’s New Drone in Syria

The complexity of the Syrian conflict reached a new point with renewed attacks on Syrian and alleged Iranian military targets in Syria, the shooting down of an Israeli F-16 by the Syrian Arab Army, and the downing of Iranian drone crossing into Israeli airspace. The latter showed a particularly interesting new detail regarding Iran’s military…

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January 6, 2018

By Christiaan Triebert

Verified and False Footage of the Iran Protests

The Islamic Republic of Iran is witnessing the largest anti-government demonstrations since the 2009 presidential elections protests. Via social media, it is possible to get a sense what’s going on, for example by searching on Twitter for the most ubiquitous hashtags in English and Farsi: #IranProtests and #اعتراض_سراسری. Social media footage is a way to get…

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April 27, 2017

By Chris Biggers

Shahid Nazeri Deploys Near the Strait

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 port, a review of imagery suggests. The vessel has been berthed at the naval…

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September 28, 2016

By Chris Biggers

USNS Invincible Back at Bahrain

Some of the latest commercial satellite imagery confirms that the USNS Invincible is currently operating from Manama, Bahrain—home of the U.S. Navy’s fifth Fleet. Subordinate to the naval arm’s Military Sealift Command (or MSC), the ship functions as a “missile range instrumentation ship” capable of collecting ballistic missile launch data over 2000 km away. The vessel…

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September 21, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Iran Bushehr Shipyard Update

An update for Iran’s southern shipyards couldn’t come at a better time. Last week, Iran unveiled the Shahid Nazeri, a high-speed catamaran helicopter carrier. Space photography available in Google Earth (28°58’33,96″N 50°51’22,68″E) shows the first signs of the new vessel’s construction back in November 2014. At the time, imagery captured the boat’s hulls protruding from…

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August 23, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Iran ISOICO Shipyard Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In June, the Kilo-class attack submarine and the Kharg (431) replenishment ship departed the shipyard and relocated back to Bander Abbas naval base. The vessels have been located at the shipyard since October 2015 and November 2014, respectively. While the…

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January 29, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Iran ISOICO Imagery Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In December, the extension on the yard’s smaller syncrolift appeared complete with new winches and a larger platform visible in imagery. Workers in the eastern part of the yard should now be able to handle heavier vessels. This may be…

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January 28, 2016

By Adam Rawnsley

Syria’s “New” Iranian Drone

Iran has sent another model of drone to northern Syria, according to imagery posted on social media in the latter half of 2015. Pictures of wreckage taken inside Syria indicate that Turkey shot down the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a May border incident in which Turkish officials claimed the aircraft violated Turkish airspace. The drone also…

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November 13, 2015

By Chris Biggers

The Iranian-built Sorocaima Reflagged

Previously, I wrote about Iran’s construction of the Sorocaima for Venezuela’s PDVSA in what was supposed to be a four tanker deal. Despite Iranian news stories to the contrary, the vessel was never delivered, largely due to Venezuela’s mismanagement of the economy. It also seems apparent that Iran’s burgeoning strategic relationship with the country was…

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