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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With the Skyranger 30, Rheinmetall positions itself on SHORAD systems in Europe

With the return of the threat of so-called High Intensity conflicts, i.e. opposing heavily equipped armies and having access to advanced technologies, many European armies were again interested in close anti-aircraft defense systems, or SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) for the English acronym, in order to be able to protect mobile forces and sensitive sites against combat aircraft, helicopters or cruise missiles. But the central role that drones and roving ammunition played by Azeri forces during the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war highlighted the urgency…

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5 programs to strengthen the High Intensity capacities of the French armies

While a few years ago, the hypothesis of high-intensity engagement, that is to say between technologically advanced forces with global military resources, was considered marginal, the deterioration of international relations and the multiplication points of tension appeared on the planet, will have given him an important credit. Unfortunately, as the Chiefs of Staff of the French armies as well as the deputies point out more and more frequently, the French forces are no longer sized or equipped to deal effectively with this type of engagement. Beyond the volume of forces, which is a matter of long-term global planning,…

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Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh show need for close-range anti-aircraft systems

Since the start of the clashes on Sunday, September 27, the two Azeri and Armenian protagonists of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh have been competing for media presence, each going from their own spectacular military results supported by videos showing the effectiveness of the destruction systems put in place. artwork. But if a lesson should already be learned from these confrontations, which can be described as medium to high intensity, given the heavy means engaged on both sides, it is the omnipresence of strikes based on drones or vagabond ammunition, highlighting the absolute necessity of having short-range anti-aircraft systems capable of neutralizing these threats, and…

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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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Pentagon doesn't want additional Israeli Iron Dome systems

According to the Israeli press, the Pentagon has given up the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems to strengthen its close protection capabilities, due to the incompatibility of the Israeli system with the anti-aircraft defense network used by the US Army. According to General Mike Murray, commander of the Future Command of the US Army, the analyzes would have shown several problems, in particular in terms of cybersecurity, and especially in terms of interoperability with the other defense systems used, and in particular those articulating the systems Patriot. This announcement does not call into question the acquisition of the first two batteries announced in 2019, which are still awaited today by the US Army as a solution...

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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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Close-up anti-aircraft protection of Russian units

Aware of NATO's superior air power, Russia never sought to match it, as the Soviet Union had done. However, Moscow has always been determined to neutralize this military power which represents, according to the British military authorities, “80% of NATO's firepower”. To achieve this, the Russian forces have built a multi-layer interconnected anti-aircraft defense system combining performance and equipment density. We have already dealt with long-range defense, represented by the S350, S400 and the future S500 systems, as well as medium-range defense, the preferred domain of BUK systems. Air defense...

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US Army seeks manufacturer for 144 IM-SHORAD system

When, at the beginning of 2017, the first American and European troops deployed in the Baltic countries and in Poland to deal with Russian military reinforcements, the lack of means in terms of anti-aircraft cover for the deployed elements emerged as a major risk. in case of conflict. The Pentagon quickly launched the IM-SHORAD program, for Interim Maneuver, Short Range Air Defense, an interim solution pending the design of a permanent solution. The IM SHORAD consists of a Stryker armored vehicle produced by General Dynamics Land System, and a weapon system integrating a radar produced by the Italian Leonardo. The weapon system carries 2 HellFire missiles with…

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