What solutions to deal with the threat of light drones and vagrant ammunition?

At the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the balance of power, particularly in terms of available firepower, was so much in favor of the Russian forces that it seemed very difficult, if not impossible, for the Ukrainian forces could withstand more than a few weeks in the face of the onslaught of fire and steel that was to come. However, the Ukrainian command managed to use its available means to the best of its ability to exploit the opponent's weaknesses, such as the need to stay on paved paths and roads, to harass with mobile and determined infantry units, the Russian logistics lines , while blocking mechanized offensives by…

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Japan develops its own Electric Cannon to complement its anti-missile defense

Electric gun technology, or rail gun, was favored by many staffs a few years ago, especially in the United States, where the US Navy had invested several hundred million dollars to develop its own model. But lately, and especially since the Pentagon abandoned the program, which prioritized directed-energy weapons like high-energy lasers and microwave cannons, the buzz around this topic seems to have waned. little dried up. Even the Chinese program, which had hit the headlines three years ago when a Rail Gun was observed on a transport ship...

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The 4 future air defense systems close to Directed Energy of the US Army

In many fields, such as long-range surface-to-air systems, anti-tank missiles, electronic warfare and even artillery and armour, the US Army has seen its technological advantage inherited from the end of the Cold War eroding over years of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, while other countries, especially Russia and China, invested methodically to catch up, and sometimes even overtake US technology. But there is one area in which the American armies have been able to invest in time and enough to maintain a significant gap over their competitors, directed energy weapons, in particular for…

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US Army prefers Dynetics to Israel's Iron Dome for close air defense

After the demonstrations of strength and efficiency made by the Iron Dome systems to protect Israeli cities from Hamas rockets in recent months, one could reasonably think that the joint offer of Rafael and Raytheon would be preferred by the US Army against to that of the American Dynetics to provide close anti-aircraft protection of US Army sites as part of the Indirect Fire Protection Capacity program, or IFPC. However, it is the latter's Enduring Shield, using the expensive AIM-9X Sidewinder missile at $0,5 million per unit, which was chosen to the detriment of the Iron Dome and its Tamir missile at $190.000. $,…

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The US Army tests the Stryker DE M-SHORAD armed with a 50 Kw laser

Directed energy weapons, such as hypersonic weapons, have been two absolute technological priorities for the American armies in recent years in an attempt to catch up with the technological dynamics imposed by Beijing and Moscow. If the hypersonic programs encounter problems, the programs of the US Army, the US Navy and the US Air Force concerning the short-term implementation of anti-drone, anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems based on directed energy weapons are advancing in accordance with the very ambitious planning imposed by the Pentagon. This is how, last week, the US Army announced that a first test of engagement “in a combat situation” had been…

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The US Army will test the Iron Dome to protect its vulnerable infrastructure

One of the major lessons of the war that pitted Azeri forces against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 was the great vulnerability of force support sites, such as logistics areas, command posts, and fortifications, in the face of modern artillery systems coupled with reconnaissance drones. And if the Armenian anti-aircraft defenses managed to keep the Azeri fighters at a distance, they were largely idle in the face of the small reconnaissance drones directing the enemy artillery fire. Beyond this example, the increase in range and accuracy of modern and future artillery systems, whether artillery…

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US Army sends first Stryker M-SHORAD close air defense to Germany

5 years. This is the time it took between the urgent call made by the American central command in Europe, the US European Command, for a mobile anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system, and the delivery of the first Stryker M-SHORAD vehicles to the 5th Battalion of the 4th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment of the 10th US Army, based in Ansbach in Bavaria. By the summer of 2021, the battalion will have received the 32 M-SHORADs which will constitute its inventory, giving back to the American mechanized forces deployed in Germany a self-defense capacity in this area largely eroded since the withdrawal of the antediluvian Chaparral systems and of the few Franco-German Roland 2s acquired by the United States…

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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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The US Army wants to speed up the entry into service of its laser and hypersonic weapons

Negotiations are going well between the American staff and Congress, while the army budget for 2021 is being prepared. But where traditionally, the debates revolved around a few major long-term programs capturing resources colossal, the American armies, spurred on by the rapid and undeniable rise in power of military powers such as China and Russia, must now focus their efforts on programs offering rapid convincing results, capable of re-balancing the global operational landscape. . This is the case of the US Army which, if it negotiates the financing of its BIG 6 super-program in parallel, does not neglect it...

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