TOW, AT4, M4: the US Army will strengthen its anti-tank firepower

Faced with the increased risk of so-called high-intensity conflicts, and the possibility of having to face adversaries equipped with armored vehicles, the US Army has undertaken to modernize its anti-tank arsenal, both in the field of light weapons than medium-range missiles. Today, American forces use 5 types of anti-tank weapons: the AT4 light rocket and the Carl Gustaf M4 recoilless gun of Swedish origin, the FGM-148 Javelin infantry missile, as well as the medium-range TOW missile and the AGM-114 Hellfire heavy missile for armored vehicles and armed helicopters. To modernize this park, the US Army undertook…

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With a new sale in Morocco, the Boeing AH-64 Apache confirms its status as a world best seller

The case had been going on for almost a year already. In 2019, following the purchase of new F-16s, the Kingdom of Morocco announced its intention to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters from the American Boeing. Since the failure of the French Rafale sale in 2006, and despite the acquisition of a French FREMM frigate, Rabat now seems resolutely turned towards cooperation with the United States in terms of defense and arms purchases. Last November, Washington quite logically authorized a sale of 36 Apache helicopters via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure, which guarantees low prices and fast deliveries. Only remained in Morocco at…

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Sikorsky offers its S-70i Armed Black Hawk in the Philippines and tries to revive the market for armed maneuver helicopters

Decidedly, the tiny Philippine market arouses all desires! In a previous article, we saw how the Americans Bell and Boeing were positioning themselves with radically different offers in order to replace at short notice the offer of the Turkish industrialist TAI. The winner of this commercial competition will thus be able to place half a dozen combat helicopters with the Philippine Air Force. If the Philippine ambitions seem modest, the contracts envisaged are still counted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. However, for American manufacturers, the Philippine market is above all seen as a showcase for the entire Asia-Pacific region, where…

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US Army seeks manufacturer for 144 IM-SHORAD system

When, at the beginning of 2017, the first American and European troops deployed in the Baltic countries and in Poland to deal with Russian military reinforcements, the lack of means in terms of anti-aircraft cover for the deployed elements emerged as a major risk. in case of conflict. The Pentagon quickly launched the IM-SHORAD program, for Interim Maneuver, Short Range Air Defense, an interim solution pending the design of a permanent solution. The IM SHORAD consists of a Stryker armored vehicle produced by General Dynamics Land System, and a weapon system integrating a radar produced by the Italian Leonardo. The weapon system carries 2 HellFire missiles with…

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