The Netherlands confirms the order of 6 additional F-35A and 4 new MQ-9 Reaper drones

Following the example of a majority of European countries and following the Russian attack against Ukraine, the Netherlands, hitherto particularly reluctant to increase its defense effort, announced a few weeks ago a rapid increase of the country's defense effort to achieve the objective of 2% of GDP in accordance with NATO requirements, for 2025. And like this same majority of European countries, Amsterdam has announced a capacity building of its armies, through new arming commands. In this case, the Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed, a few days ago, its desire to order 6 additional F-35A combat aircraft…

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Joe Biden renounces the “No first use” doctrine for American nuclear weapons

If the doctrine of use of nuclear weapons in democracies is a highly political subject, it is clear that for fifty years, these have changed little, whether in France, in Great Britain like in the United States. During the last US presidential campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised to incorporate a firm rule on the use of these weapons if he were elected, renouncing them unless attacked by other weapons. nuclear. And as there were many before him, Joe Biden finally gave up implementing such a doctrine, sticking to the very traditional doctrine of using…

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Canada unveils characteristics of its next-generation frigates

In 2018, Ottawa awarded the British BAe one of the largest military shipbuilding contracts of the past 20 years, for the design and construction of 15 new generation frigates of the Canadian Surface Combattante program, or CSC. Based on the design of the Type 26 frigates, which will equip the Royal Navy but also the Royal Australian Navy, the exact characteristics of the CSCs were previously unknown. This is no longer the case, since the Royal Canadian Navy published this week a document presenting in detail what these combatant surface ships will be, which will obviously have nothing to envy to their…

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White House wants hypersonic missiles on all U.S. destroyers

Since the public presentation of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile by Vladimir Putin in March 2018, the subject has become the top priority of the Pentagon, which has launched several programs to equip the 4 American armies with it. If the US Air Force and the US Navy are collaborating to develop a hypersonic airborne cruise missile that can be launched from fighters and bombers of both air forces, the US Army and the US Navy are also collaborating to develop a missile ballistic-type hypersonic rocket launched from a land or naval platform. All programs must produce the first operational missiles for 2023 and 2024, so as to be in…

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The US Marines Corps wants to quickly acquire new generation anti-ship missiles

As we often mention in our lines, it seems that the strategic initiative has changed sides, after three decades of American superiority in military affairs. In China, Russia and with their main customers, the generalization of anti-aircraft and anti-ship access denial systems (A2/AD) has gradually reduced Western air and naval superiority. At the same time, the emergence of a Chinese ocean-going navy has represented, for the US Navy, an unprecedented challenge since the end of the Cold War, prompting the American armed forces to adapt their strategy of means to these new threats hanging over their expeditionary forces. As we explained…

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U.S. Navy to significantly boost anti-ship strike capabilities

The Pentagon's budget forecast for the fiscal year 2021 should continue to be written about for some time. Like every year, the Pentagon indeed publishes a document listing the way in which it intends to spend the – gigantic – American defense budget over the coming fiscal year. This therefore implies placing orders, but also sacrificing certain programs in order to remain within the budget set by the civil authorities of the country. Contrary to what happens in many other nations, however, the American Congress can decide to modify, sometimes substantially, the lines of expenditure planned by the military, in order to save certain…

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The US Navy updates the Tomahawk but plans to drastically reduce its stocks

Along with the mythical B-52 and the bomber with futuristic lines B-2, the Tomahawk TLAM cruise missile is undoubtedly the most symbolic machine of American striking power. Entering service in the mid-1980s, this missile has been in all conflicts since then in different variants that are regularly updated. While the US Navy has never had so many launch platforms for this missile – 10000 compatible tubes scattered over 89 destroyers and 58 submarines – and it still has nearly 4000 Tomahawks in stock, the 'US Naval Institute announces that the United States Navy is about to begin a new…

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