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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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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China builds replicas of US aircraft carriers and destroyers in the desert

The Taklamakan Desert, a desert and very hostile space of more than 270.000 km2 in the middle of Uighur territory in northwestern China, was proposed in 2010 to enter the natural world heritage of humanity. This arid space, which sees temperatures of 50°c during the day rub shoulders with -40°c at night, is also a privileged training area for the People's Liberation Army, which has been testing its ballistic missiles there for many years. Recently, however, forms incongruous for this environment have been detected by Western observation satellites. Indeed, the Chinese armies have built simplified replicas of several…

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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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Russian Naval Air Force acquires Kh47m2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles

Little known, the Russian Naval Aeronautics has more than significant air resources. In addition to the twenty Mig-29Ks and as many Su-33s capable of being deployed from the aircraft carrier Kuznetsov, its fighter fleet also consists of around twenty Su-30SMs, as many Su-27s and Su-24M attack aircraft operated from land bases to protect Russian waters. Above all, it aligns 32 MIG-31 interceptors which carry out interception missions near the country's naval bases. But this mission will soon be extended, since according to the Tass Agency, the Russian Navy is preparing to field two regiments of Mig-31K, the version ...

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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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Chinese Type 055 heavy destroyers soon to be equipped with anti-ship ballistic missiles

If there is one weapon China has today that poses a problem for the United States, it is its fleet of medium-range anti-ship ballistic missiles, made up of DF-21D missiles with a range of 1.500 km. , and DF-26 missiles with a range of 4.000 km. Long considered by Western military intelligence services as propaganda weapons, because supposedly unable to effectively target a moving ship, they are now taken much more seriously by the US Navy, which could see its major units, aircraft carriers and LHA (attack helicopter carrier) directly threatened. Beijing now seems determined to push its advantage, by embarking this type of missile at…

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Beijing says US has crossed red line in Taiwan

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have crossed a new critical threshold in recent days, according to the Chinese state press. Indeed, according to information published by the Think Tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI), based in Beijing, a US Navy EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft would indeed have taken off from an air base located on the island of Taiwan, to then return to Japan, his mission accomplished. However, the deployment of military means, and in particular heavy military means, on the island of Taiwan is considered an impassable red line by the Chinese authorities, to the point that they have made it known,…

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China steps up demonstrations of force against the United States

To say that tensions between Beijing and Washington over the China Sea and Taiwan are growing would be a real understatement, as the two protagonists are stepping up actions intended to show their respective intransigence, as well as their determination to go, if necessary, to to armed conflict. And the visit of the American Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, to Taipei, strongly participated in increasing this dangerous spiral, provoking a very vehement reaction from Beijing. Announced at the end of last week without official confirmation, the “surprise” visit of the American Secretary of Health, Alex Azar, to the island of Taiwan, is indeed a…

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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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