Japan develops its own Electric Cannon to complement its anti-missile defense

Electric gun technology, or rail gun, was favored by many staffs a few years ago, especially in the United States, where the US Navy had invested several hundred million dollars to develop its own model. But lately, and especially since the Pentagon abandoned the program, which prioritized directed-energy weapons like high-energy lasers and microwave cannons, the buzz around this topic seems to have waned. little dried up. Even the Chinese program, which had hit the headlines three years ago when a Rail Gun was observed on a transport ship...

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Japan wants "options" in the face of new North Korean ballistic capabilities

Until recently, Tokyo relied fully on its anti-missile shield, and in particular on its 8 AEGIS heavy destroyers of the Kongo, Atago and Maya classes, to neutralize the ballistic threat coming from North Korea. But the performance demonstrated in recent months by Pyongyang's technology, whether it be semi-ballistic trajectory missiles capable of moving under the floor of anti-ballistic systems, or new systems equipped with hypersonic gliders, has largely undermined these certainties, to the point of leading the Japanese authorities to consider options that until now had not even been imagined. On October 23, following the last tactical missile test...

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Military drones and ethics: real debate or pretense?

Since their entry into service some twenty years ago, drones have regularly made the news, particularly in an area where the development of combat systems is little expected, namely ethics. Fueled by a popular culture rich in cinematographic and literary references, many political personalities, but also scientists, soldiers and philosophers, have seized on the debate in an attempt to understand and control the evolution of these new systems and prevent the appearance of the famous "killer robots". This debate, against a backdrop of ethical values ​​but also of very real fears of automated runaway combat, does it have foundations and objectives...

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To protect Taiwan, can the United States count on the Japanese ally?

Japan is now unquestionably one of the most faithful allies of the United States in the Pacific, and the American forces maintain permanently on the Japanese archipelago about 50.000 men, including the 7th fleet based in Yokosuka, the 3rd Marines Expeditionary force on the island of Okinawa, and 130 US Air Force combat aircraft at Misawa and Kadena airbases. The Japanese government participates in the costs of American deployment, by paying each year more than $4 billion to the US treasury for this purpose. However, in the event of a conflict between the United States and China, for example over a Chinese attack on…

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Japan to build 2 additional Aegis destroyers for missile defense

At a press conference on Wednesday, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced that the government had come out in favor of building two new AEGIS destroyers to replace the program's anti-missile defenses. AEGIS ASHORE that the Japanese authorities decided to cancel after expert reports showed that missile fire would cause aerial elements to fall on inhabited areas. After considering several options, including that of moving the system ashore, transferring it to a naval platform, and even to a commercial vessel recycled to serve as a support, it is finally towards the…

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Are aircraft carriers now too vulnerable to be useful?

Since the announcement of the launch of the French New Generation Aircraft Carrier program by the President of the Republic, many voices have been raised to question the relevance of such an investment, particularly in the face of the threat represented by, now, long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M22 Tzirkon, or the Chinese DF26. According to them, and according to others, particularly in the United States, such behemoths of the seas are easily located, and therefore constitute prime targets for new enemy anti-ship missiles. However, a factual and objective analysis of the capabilities offered by aircraft carriers, as well as the reality of…

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US Navy destroys intercontinental missile with SM3 missile from AEGIS system

This Monday, November 16, the US Navy managed, using an anti-ballistic missile SM3-IIA, to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile with the trajectory of an ICBM, an Intercontinental missile. The test was held in the Pacific near Hawaii, and involved the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer John Finn, which, using its Aegis Baseline 9 system, detected the target ballistic missile launched from the Ronald Reagan Experiment Center on Kwajalein Atoll, then destroyed it with an SM3-IIA missile it had just launched. This demonstration is a real success, both for the US Navy and for Raytheon, designer and…

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Japan forced to interpret constitution to strengthen military capabilities against China and North Korea

Inherited from the American occupation following the defeat of the Empire of Japan during the Second World War, the Japanese constitution prohibits the country from having a military force, as well as armaments likely to strike other countries. If the reasons that led General McArthur to design such a constitution had a certain legitimacy at the end of the war (apart from the urgency of the need and the lack of experience of American diplomats in the matter), they quickly lost their weight with the start of the Cold War, and the intensification of tensions between the Western camps of which Japan, like Federal Germany, was a part, and the…

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Anti-missile defense: Japan cancels purchase of two Aegis Ashore systems

In December 2017, Japan approved the construction of two Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense sites to counter the ballistic threat from North Korea, but also from China. Particularly strategic for the Japanese deterrence policy, these two Aegis Ashore systems were to make it possible to cover the whole of Japanese territory thanks to the very long-range SM-3 Block IIA missiles. Last week, however, Japan announced that it wanted to abandon this acquisition. The argument put forward is the risk represented by the first stage (booster) of the SM-3 missile, which could fall on a populated area in certain firing configurations. Modify missiles to avoid such…

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Covid-19: Thailand and South Korea to significantly cut defense budgets

It's no surprise to anyone: many countries will have to reduce their defense spending in the coming months. On the one hand, the economic consequences of the crisis will not allow the same level of investment to be maintained. On the other hand, public opinion in many countries will demand that military investments be particularly put to use during economic reconstruction, particularly for countries that are used to importing their weapons. Asia having been the first continent affected by the pandemic, it is logical to find the first announcements in this direction there. As we have already mentioned, Thailand has confirmed that it wants to drastically reduce…

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