New tension between China and India in the Himalayas

The situation has once again become tense between Chinese and Indian forces in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, at the level of the demarcation zone which is the de facto border between the two countries. According to a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of Defense, Chinese forces would have started, on the night of August 19 to 30, 2020, unilaterally a movement of forces along the southern shore of Pangong Tso Lake, breaking the status- quo put in place following clashes between the military of the two countries last May. The Indian armed forces immediately also took position to reinforce…

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US Army orders new batch of 155mm Franco-Swedish BONUS shells

It is through BAe, parent company of the Swedish company Bofors, that the US Army announced the order of a new batch of BONUS artillery shells to equip the M109 Paladin self-propelled guns and light howitzers M777. The delivery of this order, the volume and amount of which have not been revealed, will take place in 2021, and constitutes a real success for the two designers of this 155mm anti-tank artillery shell, the Swedish Bofors and the French Nexter Munitions. Traditionally, 155mm artillery shells are used for barrage or saturation fire. Despite their accuracy, whether GPS-guided or not, their…

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The US Army will equip its howitzers with hypersonic shells

Brigadier General Stephen Maranian, in charge of the Long-Range Precision Fires project announced that the US Army will soon lengthen the barrel of its M777 howitzers to be able to fire hypersonic shells, extending the speed of the ammunition beyond Mach 5 and the range increasing from 30 to 40 km. The shells will be compatible with the guidance devices in use in the US Army. As always, we see the Spear and the Shield evolve in concert. While the US Army is developing the SHORAD program for short-range protection against aircraft, drones, missiles and artillery shells, it is simultaneously developing hypervelocity munitions...

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