Russia unveils export version of its new Hermes long-range anti-tank missile

Beyond wandering ammunition and drones, if there is one weapon system that demonstrated its effectiveness during the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in the fall of 2020, it is the Israeli long-range SPIKE NLOS anti-tank missile, which destroyed significant numbers of Armenian armor and strongholds without the targets ever being aware of being targeted. In the same way as the first generation AT-2 anti-tank missiles which wreaked havoc in the ranks of Israeli armor during the Yom Kippur War, leading to the massive entry of this new type of armament...

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Drones, Artificial Intelligence, digitization: Russia is also at the forefront of new defense technologies

In recent years, the American armed forces have undertaken a profound transformation in order to integrate new technologies such as the massive use of drones, the digitization of the battlefield and cooperative engagement, and to attempt to regain the military ascendancy over its potential adversaries, and in particular on China, which now occupies most of the attention of Pentagon strategists. The announced objective is to compensate for the numerical advantage linked to the omnipotence of the PLA and the probable proximity to Chinese soil in a hypothetical engagement against Chinese forces in the Western Pacific, and in particular around Taiwan. A report published by the American Center for Naval Analysis, recalls that…

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Russian Mi-28NM combat helicopter enters the era of drones

As we know, the Russian Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter had shown certain limitations during its engagement in Syria, which led the Russian authorities to negotiate with the manufacturer a major modernization phase of the aircraft. We now know more about the important developments made to the helicopter and its weapon system, as well as the evolution of the doctrine for the use of combat helicopters by the Russian armed forces. During an interview given to the Tass Agency by Vitaly Shcherbina, the chief designer of the Mil and Kamov design offices, the latter indeed provided many clarifications on this profound modernization relating to…

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Modern attack helicopters, from the AH64 Apache to the Z19.

Although helicopters have been used in combat since the end of the 40s, notably during the Korean War during which they played a determining role for the first time in missions to evacuate wounded and recover ejected pilots, will have to wait until 1967 for an armed helicopter specially designed for attack missions to participate in an armed conflict. It was the American Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter of the US Army in the context of the Vietnam War. Since then, the attack helicopter has established itself as an indispensable tool in the inventory of modern armies, and the Mi-24 Hind, the AH-64 Apache and…

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New arms orders for Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

In North Africa, the last fifteen years have seen the Algerian and Moroccan armed forces modernize in depth. If the balance of forces between the two neighboring countries has not particularly evolved between the two countries, their land, air and naval forces are now equipped with modern and efficient equipment. As the European powers experienced at the same time a reduction in their means and manpower, Morocco and especially Algeria saw by contrast their strategic importance grow in the Mediterranean region. For some years now, however, the arms race between the two countries seems to have settled down. The big contracts follow one another…

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Russian Ka-52M Alligator helicopter could receive light "cruise missiles"

According to the Russian press, citing sources from the military-industrial complex, the modernization program for the Ka-52 Alligator combat helicopter, the Ka-52M, could include the integration of an air "cruise missile" -ground that can carry up to 100km. The information is surprising, but nevertheless sheds light on the intentions of the Russian army vis-à-vis this new variant of the Ka-52, which could soon be ordered at nearly 114 copies to be delivered by the end of the decade. Originally, the single-seater Kamov Ka-50 and the two-seater Ka-52 were designed at the end of the Cold War to succeed the mythical Mil Mi-24 Hind, and were presented in…

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Modernization of Russian Ka52M attack helicopters takes shape

In May 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced its intention to order 30 new Ka52 combat helicopters to be delivered by 2022, and to modernize 114 of the existing Ka52s to the M standard, based on feedback from the forces deployed in Syria. . But since then, nothing really seemed to materialize this announcement. But things are about to change, since according to the company Russian Helicopters, the Ministry of Defense should sign, during 2020, a global contract for the modernization of the Ka52M comparable to that which was signed for the modernization of the Mi28MN this year, and which unlocked the negotiations between the industrialist Mil…

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Russia will develop a new generation of helicopter "Hind"

The Mil MI-24 gunship, referred to as “Hind” in NATO terminology, was a symbol of Soviet military power during the Cold War. Built in more than 2500 units, exported to more than 60 countries, the aircraft has participated, over its evolutions and modernizations, in more than ten major conflicts, ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the Russian intervention. in South Ossetia. Unlike Western designs, which divided combat helicopters like the AH-64 Apache and AH-1 Cobra, Soviet engineers opted for the "GunShip" configuration, a heavily armed and armored helicopter capable of carrying up to 8 men simultaneously. In…

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Mi-28NM combat helicopter to receive extended range anti-tank missiles

Once again, the Syrian experience has been put to good use by the Russian armies and industrialists to improve the combat effectiveness of forces and equipment. The MI-28M helicopter was deployed several times in the Syrian theater, and carried in standard configuration the 9M120 Ataka-B anti-tank missile, a radio-controlled missile with a range of up to 10 km. However, helicopters find themselves very exposed to anti-aircraft missiles and artillery systems during the implementation of these missiles, requiring a line of sight, and whose reduced range puts them at a distance for these systems. This is why the MI-28 will undergo a cure of…

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Russia modernizes Mi-35 helicopters after Syrian experience

After armored vehicles and drones, it is the turn of Russian helicopters to take stock of their skills following their use in the Syrian theater, in order to update their capabilities and systems. After the Ka-52 and the Mi-28, it is the Mi-35, heir to the famous Mi-24 Hind, to undergo an evolution, the majority of the fleet will therefore move from the M standard to the MV standard, integrating a new system anti-missile protection President-S, modernized optronics OPS-24N1, new engines and reinforcement of its armor. This modernization is interesting in more ways than one. First, it intervenes while the Mil office…

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