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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Japan wants "options" in the face of new North Korean ballistic capabilities

Until recently, Tokyo relied fully on its anti-missile shield, and in particular on its 8 AEGIS heavy destroyers of the Kongo, Atago and Maya classes, to neutralize the ballistic threat coming from North Korea. But the performance demonstrated in recent months by Pyongyang's technology, whether it be semi-ballistic trajectory missiles capable of moving under the floor of anti-ballistic systems, or new systems equipped with hypersonic gliders, has largely undermined these certainties, to the point of leading the Japanese authorities to consider options that until now had not even been imagined. On October 23, following the last tactical missile test...

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Arleigh Burke, Kongo, Super Gorshkov: Modern Destroyers - Part 2

This article follows the article “Hobart, Type 52D, Sejong le Grand: modern destroyers – Part 1” published on May 24, 2021, which presented the Hobart (Australia), Type 052D/DL (China), Sejong le Grand (South Korea) and Kolkata (India). The second part completes this panel of the 8 main classes of Modern Destroyers, with the Kongo class (Japan), Arleigh Burke (United States), Daring (United Kingdom) and 22350M Super Gorshkov (Russia). Kongo class (Japan, 4+2+2 units) The Japanese Naval Self-Defense Forces are considered the most powerfully armed 3rd fleet in the world, on par with Russia and second only to the US Navy…

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The Japanese high seas fleet in 2030

In the early 90s, as the world celebrated the end of East-West bipolarity with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Japan set out to develop a leading high seas fleet capable of defending all of the archipelago against a technologically advanced adversary. Did Japan anticipate China's dazzling transformation, and the threat it would pose to its security just 20 years later? Be that as it may, the High Seas Fleet of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces now occupies third place among the world's navies, sharing, behind the US Navy and the PLA, its podium with the Russian fleet, but far exceeding the…

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