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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Commissioning of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Poland again delayed by two years

The entry into operational service of the NATO ballistic missile defense site in Poland has once again been postponed by two years. Initially scheduled for 2018, then for the course of 2020, the delivery of the Polish site of Aegis Ashore is finally no longer expected before 2022 due to difficulties related to the construction of the buildings. The Aegis Ashore system is a land-based version of the AEGIS long-range air defense system which is on board American cruisers and destroyers of the Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke classes, as well as on certain Spanish, South Korean, Australian or even Japanese. The…

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Does the ballistic missile come back from the ashes?

During the Cold War, the ballistic missile, whether or not equipped with nuclear warheads, was considered a reference unit for determining the military power of a country. At that time, there was no system capable of effectively intercepting this type of device, the mere possession of which therefore posed an existential threat to all the States entering the range of the missile. It is for this reason that two of the principal crises of this period, the crisis of Cuba in 1962, and that of the Euromissiles in 1983, resulted from deployment of these machines near the borders of the States. With the entry into service, at the…

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South Korea validates the design of its new 3 heavy Aegis destroyers

The South Korean authorities have announced the final validation of the design of the 3 new Sejong le Grand class destroyers for its navy, which already has 3 units of this type delivered in 2008 and 2012, paving the way to begin construction of the 3 buildings. The Aegis class Sejon the Great destroyers, from the KDX-III project, are among the most powerful surface ships to date, yielding only to the Russian Kirov cruisers, and American Ticonderoga. Weighing nearly 11.000 tonnes loaded and 165 m long, they carry 80 SM2 Block III/IV anti-aircraft missiles in Mk41 silos…

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Japanese Navy Explores Cooperative Engagement Capabilities

The Ministry of Defense of Japan and the General Staffs of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces have launched a consultation with a view to deploying and strengthening cooperative engagement capabilities. This technology, deployed by the US Navy with the Aegis system, but also by the Chinese PLA, is based on the interconnection of detection systems, making it possible to extend, consolidate and strengthen detection and engagement of forces. This technology also makes it possible to differentiate detection vectors from engagement vectors, and will promote the development of large surface units implementing numerous long-range missiles, supported by smaller detection units, etc.

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US Navy Receives 65eme Destroyer from Arleigh Burke Class

On March 24, 2018, the US Navy took possession of the destroyer USS Ralph Johnson, the 65th unit of the Burke class, and the third and final unit of the DDG51 Flight IIA version which marked the resumption of Burke production after the abandonment of the Zumwalt destroyer project beyond the 3 units already ordered. The US Navy will receive 2 destroyers of this class this year, and this rate has been confirmed by the FYID. The next unit will be the first of the new Flight III standard, of which around ten units have already been ordered. The Burkes will gradually replace both part of the…

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