Weekend Briefing (16-20 August)

Welcome to another Weekend Briefing, where we round-up the week’s most important defense news and some of the stories that may have flown under the radar. This week at Overt Defense we have continued our coverage of the the dramatic situation unfolding in Afghanistan. In other news from around the world the MQ-25 Stingray’s second refueling test was completed with an E-2D, Russia and China’s joint ZAPAD/INTERACTION-2021 Exercise came to a close, Turkey unveiled its NAZAR laser and a US Navy vessel visited the Philippines for the first time since the resumption of the visiting forces agreement. These stories and much more are rounded up below:

World Scrambles to Evacuate Kabul

New Zealand to deploy C-130, Troops, to Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation

Chaos At Kabul International Airport Following Fall Of Afghan Capital

Russian BE-200 Aircraft Rented By Turkey Crashes During Fire-Fighting Operations

Joint Russo-Chinese ZAPAD/INTERACTION-2021 Exercise Comes To An End

First Pakistani Babur-class MILGEM Corvette Launched at Istanbul Shipyard

Sole Flying Illyushin Prototype Transport Aircraft Destroyed In Fatal Crash

CISA Launches New Cybersecurity Initiative

First German Evacuation Flight Departs Kabul With Just Seven On Board

US Cyber Command Visited by Japanese State Minister of Defense

Turkey Donates New Armored Vehicles – Including Mine-Resistant KİRPİ Vehicles To Somalia

Pentagon Believes it Could Evacuate Up to 9,000 From Afghanistan Daily

Strategic Command Chief Warns of Nuclear Threat Posed by China and Russia

Future of Afghan Cadets in India Uncertain

US Navy Reinforces Indo-Pacific Fleet With Two New Destroyers

U.S. Missile Defense Agency Resumes Hypersonic Missile Defenses Effort

USS Charleston Visits The Philippines

Lithuania Accuses Belarus Border Guards Of Illegal Border Crossing

The NAZAR Laser Electronic Warfare System Unveiled at IDEF-21 For the First Time

Thales Australia Cuts Steel for New Zealand’s new Bushmasters

MQ-25 Stingray Successfully Refuels E-2D In Second Refueling Test

Germany Deploys Two Helicopters For Kabul Evacuations

Israel Launches Missile Strikes On Syria Over Lebanese Airspace

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