Poland wants to go from 4 to 6 operational divisions in 2035

As part of the work on the "Model 2035" program aimed at modernizing and strengthening the Polish armies by 2035, the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that the size of the country's Army would change from 4 divisions today, to 6 divisions in 2035, with a significant increase in manpower and staffing equipment. While Poland only has a GDP of €600 billion, a quarter of that of France, and a population of 38 million, barely 55% of the 68 million French people, the country has of a very large armed force, in…

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Iraq announces it has ordered Rafale planes and artillery systems from France

As the country still faces an intense rebellion by the Islamic State, as Shia militias under Iranian control continue to grow in its territory, and as Turkish ambitions in the north of the country threaten the Kurdish regions, Iraq is trying to modernize its armed forces, by negotiating defense programs with its historical partners, the United States, Russia and France. However, as is very often the case with Baghdad, it is very difficult to see clearly in the announcements of the Iraqi authorities, which are not lacking in contradictions or even very improbable information, such as that mentioned at the start of this year wearing…

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Poland continues to exclude European offers from its arms contracts

Since the cancellation of the Caracal helicopter contract announced in 2016 to turn to American-made helicopters, Warsaw has shown a very clear preference for American equipment, with the order of 2 anti-aircraft and anti-missile batteries Patriot PAC3 in 2018, 20 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 185 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 32 F-35A fighter bombers in 2019, and more recently 250 M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks in 2021. In many cases, equivalent or even superior equipment of European invoice were proposed (Rafale/Typhoon/Gripen aircraft, MMP/EuroSpike missiles, SAMP/T Mamba system and Leopard 2A7 tanks), without being able to impose themselves against American offers.…

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Is the island of Taiwan going to have to turn into a fortress?

During the Second World War, the island of Malta, under British mandate, was transformed into a defensive fortress which allowed Great Britain to hinder the ambitions of the axis in North Africa, playing a preponderant role in the final collapse of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, running out of raw materials, especially fuel. The island was so reinforced that the Herkules invasion operation, scheduled for November 1942, and which was to mobilize more than 60.000 men, 1600 vehicles and nearly 600 combat aircraft, was canceled in the face of some 26.000 defenders of the island, to a dozen tanks, and to 60 to 80 Spitfires and…

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The US Marines Corps wants to quickly acquire new generation anti-ship missiles

As we often mention in our lines, it seems that the strategic initiative has changed sides, after three decades of American superiority in military affairs. In China, Russia and with their main customers, the generalization of anti-aircraft and anti-ship access denial systems (A2/AD) has gradually reduced Western air and naval superiority. At the same time, the emergence of a Chinese ocean-going navy has represented, for the US Navy, an unprecedented challenge since the end of the Cold War, prompting the American armed forces to adapt their strategy of means to these new threats hanging over their expeditionary forces. As we explained…

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After Romania, Poland commands the HIMARS system

The Polish authorities have announced that they will sign an order on February 13 for 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, for an amount of $414 million. This is the second European country, after Romania, to select this long-range rocket launcher system in Europe. The HIMARS is a multiple rocket launcher system carrying 6 rockets with a range of up to 300 km, mounted on a wheeled truck, and not a tracked armored vehicle like the M270. The result is a lighter, faster system with a far greater range than the M270. The HIMARS is in service with 5 active brigades and 8…

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