Abrams, Challenger 3, Armata…: What are modern battle tanks worth? 2/3

After their planned disappearance was almost announced with the appearance of new weapon systems, the tank is once again becoming a key marker of the military power of an armed force, and this in all theaters. This article is the second of a series of 3 intended to present the main models of modern tanks which equip or will equip the armed forces in the world. A first article presented the German Leopard 2, the Chinese Type 99A, the Israeli Merkava Mk IV and the French Leclerc. This one features the American M1A2C Abrams, the British Challenger 3 and the Russian T-90M and T-14 Armata. A final article will present…

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For the head of the US hunt, the added value of the 5th Generation is far from obvious

With more than 6000 hours recorded on his flight log On F-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-35A and even F/A-18 during his visit to Australia, General Mark D. Kelly, who commands the US Air Force fighter, is what is commonly called in this environment, "a Mustache". In fact, when he gives his opinion on the performance of the F-15EX after taking control of the aircraft, it is appropriate to pay attention to what he has to say. Fervent supporter of the new Boeing fighter within the US Air Force, even when the latter was more than reluctant to this arrival, the officer did not…

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Australia and USA advance design of hypersonic cruise missile

To date, there are three technological approaches to designing a hypersonic missile. The first relies on a missile following a semi-ballistic trajectory, and having enough fuel to maintain its speed until impact. This is the case of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal, an airborne missile derived from the Iskander short-range ballistic missile, which saves the precious fuel necessary for the hypersonic race thanks to the Mig-31K or Tu-22M3 launcher. The second approach is that of the hypersonic glider, a projectile designed to maintain hypersonic speed and maneuverability throughout the descent phase after being brought to very high altitude and…

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