The US armies are preparing their evolution towards drone warfare before 2030

The use of military drones is not a recent subject. Already, during the Second World War, attempts were made to transform certain fighter and bomber aircraft, as well as to use remote-controlled systems to conduct short-range reconnaissance. During the Vietnam War, American forces frequently employed drones to carry out certain risky reconnaissance missions, or to bring the North Vietnamese anti-aircraft defenses to light. But the first army that made intensive and coordinated use of drones in combat was the Israeli Air Force which, in 1982 during Operation Peace in Galilee, intensively employed drones to…

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Thailand reckons F-35A will be cheaper than Swedish JAS-39 Gripen E

This is a statement that must have hurt the Saab headquarters in Linköping very badly. According to comments reported by the Bangkok Post, the Chief of Staff of the Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya, reportedly declared that he favored the acquisition of 8 F-35A Lightning IIs to replace part of the F-5 and F-16 the oldest of the Royal Thai Air Force, rather than acquiring a second squadron of Gripen from the Swedish Saab, of which 7 JAS 39C aircraft are already in service within the No. 7 squadron of Surat Thani. He thus takes the direct opposite of his predecessor, the Air Chief Marshal Maanat...

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Australia and USA advance design of hypersonic cruise missile

To date, there are three technological approaches to designing a hypersonic missile. The first relies on a missile following a semi-ballistic trajectory, and having enough fuel to maintain its speed until impact. This is the case of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal, an airborne missile derived from the Iskander short-range ballistic missile, which saves the precious fuel necessary for the hypersonic race thanks to the Mig-31K or Tu-22M3 launcher. The second approach is that of the hypersonic glider, a projectile designed to maintain hypersonic speed and maneuverability throughout the descent phase after being brought to very high altitude and…

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The Australian Armies are also bracing for the worst in the years to come over Taiwan

A few weeks ago, Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the American forces deployed in the Pacific, publicly considered that from now on, it was to be expected that Beijing would begin military action with a view to taking Taiwan by force, and this by 2027. According to the American general officer, the People's Liberation Army will indeed have the necessary military means to accomplish this mission in the next few years, thanks to a specific global effort by the Chinese authorities to achieve it. Obviously, the Australian armies share the same concerns, and have begun strategic thinking, as well as exercises, to deal with them. Thus, the…

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British Mosquito Combat Drone Demonstrator to fly in 2023

For several years, the French and Germans viewed the British FCAS program, which includes among other things the new generation fighter Tempest, as an outsider to the SCAF program, even as a burst of pride from politicians across the Channel following Brexit. Today, it is clear that this program is advancing rapidly, and much more serenely than the "European" program, and that its ambitions are far from being so limited that one could hear it say there is no only a few months yet. In addition to the significant effort made by the British authorities to support this programme, with an annual budget set at £2bn by the new Strategic Review…

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Estonian Milrem Robotics develops a "Loyal Wingman" for armored vehicles

For a little over three years, the Loyal Wingman or Remote Carrier concept has established itself as an indispensable component of the design of combat aircraft in the years to come. These discreet and fast drones will have the function of supporting piloted aircraft by carrying sensors and ammunition, and taking risks in their place if necessary. All the major military aeronautical nations are involved in this technological race, with the Remote Carrier of the European SCAF and Tempest programs, the American Skyborg and Longshot, the Australian Loyal Wingman or the Russian Grom. Much more than stealth or…

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With the Longshot, DARPA is developing its own airborne combat drone

A drone dropped from a fighter to penetrate adversary airspace, and capable of firing air-to-air missiles at enemy aircraft and drones: this is the objective of the Longshot program initiated by DARPA, the research and development of the Pentagon. And for Washington, the need is urgent, since the objective is to be able to test a prototype during the second half of 2024. 3 American aeronautical companies have been selected to compete in this project, the drone specialist General Atomics, the aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman , and the now essential Lockheed Martin. The program will be divided into 3 successive phases, the first lasting twelve months to define…

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Britain launches development of its own "Loyal Wingman"

The principle of the allied drone, an autonomous device but controlled by a piloted combat aircraft with which it would act in concert, seems to have imposed itself in the majority of the major aeronautical nations in a few years. In the United States, it is the Skyborg program, and in particular the XQ-48 Valkyrie drone. In Europe, it is the “Remote Carrier” program, belonging to the SCAF program bringing together Germany, Spain and France. In Australia, it is the “Loyal Wingman” program, designed with the cooperation of Boeing. Even Russia, despite the Okhotnik-B program, announced the development of its own program of this type. Either way, it's…

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Summary 2020: Major technological advances in Defense in 2020

If 2020 will go down in history as the year of the great Covid-19 Pandemic, it will also be, with regard to Defense technologies, a pivotal year marking the transition between the technological vision inherited from the Cold War which had changed little in these 30 years, and the technological breakthrough approaches underway in many armed forces, and in many research laboratories. Among these many and varied advances, some deserve special attention. 1- Hypersonic Weapons Hypersonic weapons have been at the heart of the concerns of the vast majority of the great technological nations. The subject is not new, since the hypersonic missile Kh47m2…

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Russian S-70 Okhotnik stealth combat drone tested with air-to-air missiles

Westerners often have the annoying habit of plastering their own tactical and strategic ideas on the armies and equipment of other countries. This is how many military experts and commentators have evaluated the performance of the S-400 system not in the context of the integrated multi-layered air defense for which it was designed, but in isolation, creating biases analyzes significantly altering the validity of the conclusions advanced. The same goes for a number of equipment in production in Russia or China, in the field of armored vehicles, aircraft, ships and submersibles, and strategic capabilities. It's this somewhat narcissistic approach that...

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