The French Ministry of the Armed Forces considers the principle of a Burst of Electronic Warfare useless

In June 2021, the UDI deputy for Seine Saint-Denis and member of the Defense commission of the National Assembly had questioned, based on an article published on Meta-Defense, the Ministry of the Armed Forces on the relevance of developing a version of the Rafale dedicated to electronic warfare missions, like what was done, for example, with the US Navy's E/A-18G Growler from the F/A-18F Super Hornet. According to the arguments put forward, a Rafale "specialized" in this electronic warfare mission, would make it possible to increase the capacities of the French air forces to suppress enemy anti-aircraft defenses, and thus guarantee, over time, the capacities of the forces...

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Chinese Air Force shows extended capabilities around Taiwan

Chinese air force incursions into the Taiwan Air Identification Zone have been a daily occurrence for several months. But since the show of force on April 10 with 52 aircraft in flight simultaneously, these missions have until now been limited in volume and ambition. The November 28 mission was notable in more ways than one. Indeed, not only did it involve 27 aircraft simultaneously, the largest number of aircraft since last April, but for the first time, one of the Chinese air force's new Y-20U tankers accompanied the five H-bombers 6 and its escort of four J-10C fighters and…

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China's J-16D electronic warfare aircraft reportedly already operational

While the official presentation of the new Chinese electronic warfare and anti-aircraft defense plane J-16D only took place at the beginning of September, a report by the 7th Chinese public channel devoted to the Armed Forces of the 'APL, found that the device was already in operational unit within the Chinese air force, which was confirmed by an article from the state site Globaltimes.cn published today. According to the article, the new electronic warfare fighter would be intended to evolve alongside the 5th generation J-20 fighter to eliminate adversary detection capabilities. The device would…

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52 Chinese fighter jets entered the Taiwanese air traffic control zone

The Chinese air force carried out, between October 1 and 2 on the occasion of the country's national holiday, an unprecedented show of force near the island of Taiwan, causing several take-offs of Taiwanese fighter planes, and vigorous protest from the Taipei authorities. On October 1, a first formation of 18 J-16 fighter bombers accompanied by 4 Su-30 fighter bombers, as well as two H-6 bombers and a Y-8 Maritime patrol aircraft carried out a first exercise south of the Taiwanese air control zone. A few hours later, on the night of the 1st…

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J-16D electronic warfare aircraft is in service with the Chinese Air Force

Many expected the two-seat J-20A or the carrier-based J-35 to be the star of the upcoming Zhuhai Air Show, to be held next week in southern China. No information concerning the presence of these new devices has yet filtered. On the other hand, a J-16D electronic warplane, in the colors of the People's Liberation Army air force, did indeed land at Zhuhai airport on Tuesday to participate in the show. Therefore, there is no doubt that the new device, which is intended to be the equivalent of the American EA-18G Growler, is actually in service within the forces…

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Chinese Navy has held 120 exercises over the past 3 months

“Sweat saves blood” used to say the architect and military strategist of Louis XIV, Vauban. And sweat, the Chinese military has obviously not lacked in recent months. Indeed, according to the CCP-affiliated site globaltimes.cn, the Chinese navy in cooperation with other arms of the People's Liberation Army, has organized nearly 120 naval, naval air and amphibious exercises in the past 3 months alone, including 50 of them took place near the island of Taiwan. Beyond the already extraordinarily high number of exercises that took place, the (partial) information provided by the Taiwanese authorities on many of them...

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China increases naval and air exercises around Taiwan

It has now been several years since the Democratic Progressive Party returned to power in 2016 with the election of Tsai Ing-wen, a staunch opponent of unification with the People's Republic of China, as President of the Republic of Taiwan. that tensions cease to grow between Taipei and Beijing. Tensions that have been greatly exacerbated by the Trump presidency, the latter's economic coup policy against China, and the very significant increase in arms sales to Taipei in recent years. But until now, the demonstrations of force of the People's Liberation Army had remained measured, and always...

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Chinese Shenyang announces the development of a new generation hunter… again!

It is through a publication on its WeChat page that the Chinese aeronautical giant Shenyang, which belongs to the AVIC consortium and which has developed, among other things, the J-11, J-15 and J-16 fighters equipping the Chinese air and naval air forces , announced that it has started research to develop a new generation fighter, presented as 5th generation in China and known as 6th generation in the West, whose entry into service is estimated in 2035. For purposes of understanding, we will use in the rest of the article the classification of Western generations. Concomitantly, the company also announced that it had started the development of a 5th generation fighter at…

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Taiwan, India: This time, China is no longer playing

Tensions between Beijing and its neighbors have been growing for several months. But this weekend, the semantics of the Chinese Communist Party has significantly evolved towards a direct threat to its Taiwanese and Indian neighbors, with the United States in sight. No longer a question of keeping up appearances now, President Xi Jinping has called on the People's Liberation Army to be ready to carry out war actions. The trigger for this vehemence seems to have been the visit to Taipei by US Under-Secretary of State Keith Krach on Thursday, September 17, the first visit by an official of this rank to the independence island since…

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Beijing launches large-scale exercise around Taiwan to respond to Washington

For several months, we have been witnessing the rise of tensions between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan. Until now, it was mainly about provocations and ripostes, with a good dose of postures more than military actions. But US Under Secretary of State Keith Krach's visit to Taipei on Friday seems to have triggered a different kind of response from China. In addition to the organization of multiple exercises including live fire all around the independent island by the naval and air forces of the People's Liberation Army, Beijing is now directly threatening military intervention against the island if Washington were to…

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