Week on the web 10 September

With allies and foes feeling the Syrian heat in the eastern Mediterranean, Israel and the USA should perhaps have let the Russians know they were planning to air-launch a couple of targets designed to simulate the trajectory of a Scud ballistic missile. As The DEW Line found, Russia’s defence ministry was spooked to detect unidentified “ballistic objects” that were, actually, Sparrow-series targets released from an Israeli air force Boeing F-15 (pictured). And, Hyperbola finds the Syria crisis, which is unravelling UK-US relations with Russia, is raising questions about whether Moscow would disrupt plans for manned launches to the Space Station in the event of an attack on Damascus. After the fatal Super Puma crash off the UK, David Learmount looked at offshore helicopter safety and asks, why does Norway get it right?


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