The United States fears the trivialization of Russian and Chinese “blackmail to deterrence”

Barely a few days after the start of military operations in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered, in a very publicized manner, his Chief of Staff and his Minister of Defense to put the Russian strategic forces on high alert, in response the first round of sanctions from the United States and Europe against Russia in response to this aggression. Since then, Moscow has repeatedly repeated its strategic threats in an attempt to prevent the West from interfering in the ongoing conflict, and to provide growing support to the Ukrainians. If this did not prevent the United States, Great Britain and many European countries from delivering armaments...

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These 7 technologies that will revolutionize the battlefield by 2040

If the last years of the cold war were the occasion of numerous and important technological advances in the field of armaments, with the arrival of cruise missiles, stealth planes and ships and advanced command and geolocation systems, this dynamic came to a complete halt with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. In the absence of a major and technologically advanced adversary, and because of the numerous asymmetrical campaigns in which the armed forces took part, very few significant advances were recorded from the technological point of view between 1990 and 2020, with the notable exception of the generalization of aerial drones of all types. But with the emergence, since the beginning of…

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North Korea announces successful test of hypersonic glider

On September 28, the North Korean armed forces launched another short-range ballistic missile. But according to the state website Rodong Sinmun, this test was much more than just another expression of Pyongyang's annoyance at American maneuvers in South Korea and the Pacific, since it was, according to statements North Koreans, to test a new missile equipped with a hypersonic glider, the Hwasong-8. The launch was reportedly tracked by South Korean radars, with an apogee at 30 km and a recorded range of 200 km. But according to Pyongyang, the test would have given complete satisfaction, even going so far as to publish…

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Chinese People's Liberation Army tests new tactical ballistic missile

Almost simultaneously with the escalation of tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea and Taiwan, the People's Liberation Army has dramatically increased the number and scale of exercises in which its forces participate. , with a notable resurgence of scenarios approaching a military intervention against the independent island under American protection. Thus, in recent months, the Chinese naval, air, amphibious and naval air forces have carried out exercises almost daily in front of and around Taiwan, exercises widely reported by the press and the media in Beijing, a way of increasing the pressure on the island authorities,…

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Summary 2020: Major technological advances in Defense in 2020

If 2020 will go down in history as the year of the great Covid-19 Pandemic, it will also be, with regard to Defense technologies, a pivotal year marking the transition between the technological vision inherited from the Cold War which had changed little in these 30 years, and the technological breakthrough approaches underway in many armed forces, and in many research laboratories. Among these many and varied advances, some deserve special attention. 1- Hypersonic Weapons Hypersonic weapons have been at the heart of the concerns of the vast majority of the great technological nations. The subject is not new, since the hypersonic missile Kh47m2…

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China also has an airborne hypersonic missile

When Vladimir Putin confirmed, in March 2018 on the sidelines of the Russian presidential elections, the existence of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile, Westerners were amazed at Moscow's technological advance in an area likely to give Russian forces a tactical advantage. more than significant in the face of NATO. Since then, the United States, like its European, Japanese or South Korean allies, have launched a large number of programs aimed at designing, as quickly as possible, hypersonic weapons, whether implemented by terrestrial vectors, naval or air. It must be said that hypersonic missiles are not lacking in interest from an operational point of view. No…

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Beijing deploys DF-17 hypersonic missiles to increase pressure on Taiwan

The annexation by force of the independent island of Taiwan seems to become one of the main concerns of the Chinese leaders and the People's Liberation Army, as they multiply the declarations and actions taking such a hypothesis as a framework. The latest action is none other than the supposed deployment of DF-17 surface-to-surface missile batteries near the south-eastern coasts of the country in order to be able to strike Taiwan in a very short time if necessary, the DF-17 being presented as a hypersonic missile. The English-language state website globaltimes.cn, relaying information from Taiwanese and Hong Kong media, has indeed…

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Japan develops two hypersonic missile models to strengthen its strategic posture

The Japanese authorities have presented the two complementary programs for the development of hypersonic weapons to strengthen their defensive capabilities, in particular against China, Russia and North Korea, which just last week fired ballistic missiles towards the Japanese sea. The first program is based on a hypersonic cruise missile with anti-ship capabilities, while the second is a hypersonic glider comparable to the Russian Avangard or the Chinese DF17. Not having anti-missile systems capable of neutralizing the threat posed by the new Russian or Chinese hypersonic missiles, the Japanese authorities have chosen to…

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How have hypersonic weapons changed the data of modern military action?

This week again, hypersonic weapons represented a significant part of the World Defense technological news. In Russia, engineers announced that they had successfully fired the first 3M22 Tzirkon missile from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, while the development of a mini version of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal airborne missile was started in view of being able to implement it at from the holds of the new Su-5 57th generation fighter. In the United States, the US Army presented a scale model of its Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, a land-launched hypersonic missile that is to perform its first test in 2023. In this…

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Northrop-Grumman develops missile to intercept hypersonic weapons

DARPA, the Pentagon's R&D agency, selected aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman a few days ago to carry out the study and technology demonstration phase of its Glide Breaker hypersonic threat defense concept. Launched in 2018, Glide Breaker is part of a larger hypersonic missile defense effort. This component in particular is primarily interested in the destruction of hypersonic gliders (Hypersonic Glide Vehicles in English), such as the Russian Avangard missile or the Chinese DF-17. The HGVs developed in recent years are revolutionizing strategic warfare by replacing the old inert loads of ballistic missiles. Hypersonic gliders...

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