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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Will the future US Navy DDG (x) destroyer be a "transitional" destroyer?

While Congress has approved the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke Flight III class destroyer for 2022, and the US Navy has announced a vast plan to modernize its Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers to install the new SPY radar -6 with active electronic antenna as for the Flight III and the frigates of the Constellation class, the American navy is also advancing on the replacement of the destroyer Arleigh Burke but also of the cruisers of the Ticonderoga class, while 32 units of these two classes must be retired from service in the years to come. Communication around the new ship,…

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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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US Department of Defense defines blueprint for directed energy weapons

According to the Pentagon, directed-energy weapons, such as high-energy lasers and microwave weapons, are set to become prevalent in the coming years on board warships, armored vehicles and even aircraft. Beyond the technological pitfalls that remain to be overcome, particularly in terms of energy production, the Department of Defense has taken the initiative to entrust one of the veterans of the US Navy's on-board laser programs, Christopher Behre, with the drafting of a technical master plan, which will serve as a framework for all the developments of these weapon systems in the American armies,…

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Helios laser defense system will equip the first US Navy destroyer from 2021

All of the American armies consider that directed energy weapon systems will largely ensure the close anti-aircraft protection of forces, and this before the end of the current decade. A pioneer in this field, with the AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System installed on board the USS Ponce in 2014, the US Navy will also be a pioneer when, in 2021, its first Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be equipped with the HELIOS laser system, in order to ensure the protection of the ship against drones, light craft and, if necessary, light missiles. On the occasion of the Directed Energy Summit 2019, Rear Admiral Ron Boxall indeed…

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US Navy bets on laser to protect combat ships

To explain how the US Navy is ready to invest in Laser technology, especially to defend its combat vessels, the Chief of Naval Surface Operations, Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, gave the example of Cortez , who sank his ships on arriving on the new world, in order to galvanize his men, who knew that there would be no possible escape. And indeed, the American navy intends to force fate, by replacing in 2021 on the destroyer USS Preble, the very one which continues to make headlines and which has become accustomed to brushing against the islets claimed by China at sea. …

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