Long-range artillery: the French are thinking about it, the German industrialists are anticipating it

Long-range artillery has become a critical operational issue for modern armies, its effectiveness in high-intensity conflicts having been widely demonstrated in Ukraine. And in this field, modern systems, such as the HIMARS from the American Lockheed-Martin or the Russian Tornado S and G, provide considerable added value over older systems, in particular due to their precision and a range unmatched by previous generation systems. In the West, only the United States had proven know-how in the field, the latter having developed the M270 MRLS which entered service in 1980 as a response to the Soviet Grad and Smerch.…

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RCH-155, L52-Radhaubitze: Are the Germans bogged down in designing a mounted artillery gun?

As we have already discussed several times, the CAESAR truck-mounted artillery system from French Nexter is one of the weapon systems that has best demonstrated its effectiveness and concept of use in Ukraine. Indeed, while tracked self-propelled artillery systems like the Polish Krab or the American M109 suffer heavy losses against drones and the Russian counter-battery, the Caesars transmitted by France and now by Denmark, manage thanks to their great mobility, to avoid the ripostes carried out by the Russian forces, while ensuring precise and concentrated strikes requiring in fact fewer shells for a…

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Why turning to Israeli armaments represents a double-edged decision for European countries?

In recent years, the Israeli defense industry has grown very rapidly on the international scene, and the year 2022 saw Elbit, Rafael and other IMIs record a growth of more than 30% in export sales. to reach a production volume of almost $12 billion, almost 5 times higher than it was just 10 years ago. It is true that Israeli equipment has something to seduce, offering sometimes impressive performance such as the SPIKE-ER anti-tank missile capable of reaching targets over 50 km away or the Iron Dome anti-aircraft protection system, formidable innovations...

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After the Netherlands, the Israeli long-range artillery system PULS could seduce Spain

A few days ago, the Spanish Army announced that it intended to obtain, within the framework of the modernization of its artillery capacities, 12 long-range artillery systems so as to arm two batteries within the Grupo de Artillerie Lanzacohetes de Campaña (Field Rocket Artillery Group) or GALCA. For the Spanish forces, as for the majority of armed forces in Europe, it is a question of reinforcing the engagement capacities in terms of high intensity, and of reinforcing the strike capacities in the depth of the enemy device, whose effectiveness was demonstrated in Ukraine, especially when the air forces were, as for…

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Netherlands looks to US and Israel for long-range strike capabilities

Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Netherlands has been one of the European countries that has changed its defense posture the most. From May 2022, Amsterdam announced an increase of €5 billion in its defense investments, i.e. a growth of 40%, to reach by 2024 a defense effort of more than 2% of the country's GDP, where it does not was only 1,41% in 2021, and that it was envisaged in 2020 to drop from the NATO defense objective. Two months later, in July, the Dutch authorities published a very ambitious new White Paper, providing in addition to the increase in…

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With the ARCAS, Elbit propels the infantry soldier into the future

Science-fiction cinema is rich in futuristic weapons, capable of locating a concealed target, of turning a beginner into an experienced Sniper, or of coordinating and presenting information from the battlefield. If James Cameron imagined it, the Israeli company Elbit has transformed this vision into a very real assault rifle, the ARCAS, which will be presented next week at the DSEI show in London. And in fact, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System indeed offers a promise of capabilities unmatched by existing infantry weapons, even the most modern, by bringing together in a single piece of equipment, an assault rifle, an Electro- optical…

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The Australian Army urgently deactivates its Israeli-born battlefield management system

In 2010, as part of the LAND 75 and LAND 125 programs, the Australian Army had selected the Israeli Elbit to provide its Battle Management System or BMS, allowing to digitize the static and dynamic information of the field of battle and thus greatly improve the conduct of military operations. The system, including in particular a certain number of kits to equip command vehicles, combat vehicles and infantry personnel, was gradually deployed in the years that followed, in order to overcome certain weaknesses noted in particular during deployments in Afghanistan. From 2019, however, questions and doubts…

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OMFV program to replace US Army M2 Bradleys back on track

Among all the branches of the US Army's BIG 6 super-program, intended to give the US Army the necessary means to impose itself during the wars to come, the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, or OMFV, is probably the most urgent, and in a sense, the most critical, since it is to replace the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. This armored vehicle, one of the 5 programs of the BIG 5 super-program launched in the 70s, entered service in 1981, and has now reached the canonical age of 39 years. But it's not so much her age as her plumpness inherited from almost 40 years of modernization...

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British Army unveils Streetfighter II tank as Challenger 2's future remains uncertain

A few days ago, following an exercise at Coperhill Down, the British Army's Royal Tank Regiment unveiled a Challenger 2 battle tank demonstrator optimized for urban combat. Designated Streetfighter II, this modified variant of the British battle tank follows on from the first Streetfighter of the name, another demonstrator intended to test the integration of rolling drones, new anti-IED shielding, a rear camera or even a teleoperated turret for secondary armament. The new version of the Challenger 2 presented by the British Army has a set of modifications that should allow the tank to improve its overall performance in combat, in particular…

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