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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French armies prepare to test their first laser weapons from the Orleans-based SME CILAS

In the battle currently underway in Idlib, Syria, Turkish forces seem to be imposing an unprecedented operational tempo and an implacable operational superiority largely linked to the intensive use of drones of all types and formats. Direct attack vectors, target detectors or artillery designators, aerial drones (UAV) are now at the heart of land and air-land combat doctrines. If France has understood this well, by planning to integrate more and more drones into the SCORPION combat system, it has also been able to take the measure of the threat represented by such systems implemented...

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The less revolutionary Israeli drone dome laser device than it seems

At the beginning of January, the Israeli military authorities had published on social networks a video showing an anti-aircraft and anti-missile protection device based on laser energy which foreshadowed a remarkable technological leap. But the video published yesterday by Rafael concerning his system called "Drone Dome", suggests much less spectacular performance, and a more limited tactical use. So, has the mountain given birth to a mouse? The video presented yesterday by Rafael, one of the major Israeli defense companies, shows a device for detecting, tracking and engaging light drones on board an armored vehicle, and using a laser beam to destroy its targets.…

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US Army wants to quickly deploy laser weapons on its Stryker armored vehicles

According to Bruce Jette, in charge of acquisitions for the US Army, the US Army would plan in the near future to acquire laser weapon systems of 10 Kwh and more, intended to equip its Stryker armored vehicles. If the US Army has already started the deployment of the MEHEL system, a Stryker equipped with a 5 Kwh laser, intended mainly to intercept light drones on the battlefield, it has also launched 4 programs aimed at producing systems much more powerful, capable of intercepting not only drones, but also missiles, rockets, shells and aircraft. According to General James Pasquarette, Deputy Chief of Staff of…

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