Japan wants to double its Defense effort and transform its defensive doctrine

Like most countries in the Asian Pacific Ocean belt, Japan has significantly increased its defense effort in recent years, with a 2,6% increase for 2022 and a budget which, for the first time exceeded $50 billion. However, for the Liberal Democratic Party currently in power, the account is not there, in particular taking into account the lessons related to the war in Ukraine. And the latter to propose, in a document sent to the Japanese government, a proposal to increase the Japanese defense budget to 2% of the country's GDP, against only...

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Japan to upgrade 68 of its F-15Js for $5,6 billion

The negotiations were long and difficult, but they ended up being successful, since Tokyo has just announced the signing of a contract worth 646,5 Tr de Yen, or €5,6 billion, to modernize 68 of the approximately 200 F- 15J still in service with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. The fate of the 36 remaining potentially modernizable two-seater F-15DJs has not yet been decided, while around a hundred of the oldest F-15s will be withdrawn from service with the arrival of the F-35As ordered by Tokyo. two years ago. By 2035, Japan will therefore have a strong air force of 300 to 350 modern aircraft,…

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Indonesia cleared to acquire 36 US Boeing F-15EXs

In terms of exporting military equipment, the United States favors the use of Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, a body allowing customers of the US arms industry to benefit from the prices and contractual frameworks of the American armies. , rather than having to negotiate all of these aspects for each contract. As in most countries, arms exports are also conditioned by government authorization from the State Department and Congress, most often also passing through the FMS. It is within this framework that Indonesia has just been authorized to acquire up to 36 Boeing F-15EX heavy fighters as well as an exhaustive set of parts,…

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US Air Force tests new 5000-pound GBU-72 bunker bomb

Most often, when talking about bunker busters, reference is made to the famous GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb of 22.000 pounds, sometimes called MOAB for Mother of All Bomb, and made famous for their use against cave networks in Afghanistan, as well as the 57-pound GBU-30.000A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator designed to equip the B-2 bombers. But these munitions are both very expensive to build and complex to implement, the MOAB being able, for example, to be dropped only from a C-130 transport plane. While the risks of having to intervene against strongly defended targets continue...

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For its leaders, the US Air Force must move quickly or lose to China

If anyone still had doubts, the United States and its armies are actively preparing for a possible confrontation, and only one, against China. And to do so, the US Air Force will not only have to mobilize all its resources, but also quickly evolve, otherwise it may well not be able to give US and allied forces the essential advantage to stand up to the armed forces. from Beijing. At least that's what several of the world's premier air force leaders said, with remarkable synchronicity, at the annual Air Force Association's Air, Space &…

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For the head of the US hunt, the added value of the 5th Generation is far from obvious

With more than 6000 hours recorded on his flight log On F-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-35A and even F/A-18 during his visit to Australia, General Mark D. Kelly, who commands the US Air Force fighter, is what is commonly called in this environment, "a Mustache". In fact, when he gives his opinion on the performance of the F-15EX after taking control of the aircraft, it is appropriate to pay attention to what he has to say. Fervent supporter of the new Boeing fighter within the US Air Force, even when the latter was more than reluctant to this arrival, the officer did not…

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Congress wants new tactical electronic warfare aircraft for the US Air Force

It was in 1998 that the last electronic warfare EF-111A Raven was withdrawn from service with the US Air Force, without any replacement having been provided for this purpose. However, the aircraft fulfills many crucial missions, in particular to neutralize the detection and engagement capabilities of Iraqi anti-aircraft defenses during the first Gulf War, and to allow tactical aircraft, and in particular the F117 stealth aircraft, to operate safely. Convinced of the omnipotence of the passive stealth of its F-22s and the future F-35A, the US Air Force did not consider it necessary to replace this capability, it is really expensive...

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Facing Congress, US Air Force calls for more 15-EX, but no F35A

In the United States, the annual defense budget is certainly proposed by the administration in place, but it is above all decided and broken down by Congress, and not the executive. In fact, once the Pentagon budget has been presented by the White House, it is customary for the US Armed Forces to publish a list of requests for additional funding not included in the draft budget, in order to encourage US parliamentarians to strike more or less supported in certain areas. This year was no exception to the rule, since the US Army submitted a request for additional funding of $5,5 billion, covering…

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Why did the F15-EX finally seduce the US Air Force?

When in 20190 the Trump administration decided to place an order for 8 F15-EX in the Pentagon's 2020 budget, the latest version of the famous Boeing fighter, in its budget, the US Air Force accepted coercion and forced to see this new aircraft join its ranks, while the acquisition strategy aimed above all to increase the F35A fleet to eliminate the F16, A10 and some of the F15s still in service. Since then, and while only 2 aircraft have today been delivered to the American Air Force, the F15-EX has enjoyed a completely different image, to the point of being designated by the Chief of Staff of the USAF, General Brown, like...

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The US Air Force foresees a future with 5 fighter models, but without F22

A few months ago, the future of the US Air Force, at least in its official strategy, came down to 2 aircraft for its fighter component: the F35A which was to represent the bulk of its tactical air force with more than 1700 aircraft, as well as the F22, as well as its replacement from the Next Generation Air Dominance or NGAD program, for air superiority. But many events have occurred in recent years, leading the powerful American air force to re-evaluate its needs, and therefore its equipment strategy. This is how during his congressional hearing in…

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