In service with 10 air forces, 9 of which are members of NATO, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance MQ-9 Reaper drone from the American General Atomics, is today the Western reference in the field of combat drones. this range. Able to stay in the air for 15 hours at an altitude of more than 7 km and at more than 300 km/h while carrying 4 Hellfire or Brimstone air-to-ground missiles, the Reaper is today a central component of the operations carried out by Western armies, especially over the vast expanses in Africa and the Middle East, both to monitor the movements of potential adversaries and to conduct…Read the article
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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…Read the article
LPM 2023: a trajectory already mapped out for the Air and Space Force?
During the 2000s and until 2015, the French Air Force, which has since become the Air and Space Force, was largely privileged, and sometimes envied, vis-à-vis the other armies. In fact, it captured, on its own, almost half of the credits for equipment devoted to Programs with major effects, forcing both the Army and the Navy to review some of their programs by reducing their volumes and spreading out the calendars. This situation was not so much due to government preference or a form of lobbying, as to strong industrial constraints. Indeed, it was then necessary in order to maintain in activity…Read the article
The Netherlands confirms the order of 6 additional F-35A and 4 new MQ-9 Reaper drones
Following the example of a majority of European countries and following the Russian attack against Ukraine, the Netherlands, hitherto particularly reluctant to increase its defense effort, announced a few weeks ago a rapid increase of the country's defense effort to achieve the objective of 2% of GDP in accordance with NATO requirements, for 2025. And like this same majority of European countries, Amsterdam has announced a capacity building of its armies, through new arming commands. In this case, the Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed, a few days ago, its desire to order 6 additional F-35A combat aircraft…Read the article
General Atomics introduces the lightweight Eaglet airborne drone intended for high intensity
Since the entry into service of the first MALE MQ-1 Predator drone in the US Air Force in 1995, the role of these aircraft piloted from the ground and equipped with an autonomy of more than 24 hours has not stopped growing. in world armies. Now, most of the world's major armies use this type of drone, or its successor the MQ-9 Reaper, to carry out intelligence and sometimes strike missions in low-intensity theaters, as was the case during the Iraqi campaigns. and Afghans for the United States, or for Operation Barkhane in the Sahel for the French armies.…Read the article
The US Navy funds a drone program with a range of more than a week
Among the lessons learned from the Ukraine war, the preponderant role of reconnaissance drones in the conduct of military operations probably represents, if not the greatest surprise, in any case the most obvious confirmation of the transformations that are now taking place in the field. high-intensity military action. The success of the Ukrainian armies in the face of more numerous and powerfully armed Russian forces is in fact largely based on the perfect integration of a device combining an innovative communication system to coordinate the units deployed with the information reported by different types of drones ranging from MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) lightweight…Read the article
General Atomics presents an on-board version of its MALE MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone
Over the past two decades, Medium Altitude Long Endurance combat drones, or MALE, such as the famous MQ-1 Predator from the American General Atomics, and its successor the MQ-9A Reaper, have profoundly changed air-land combat. Endowed (as the name suggests) with a long endurance of the order of 30 hours for the Reaper, these devices can patrol and survey huge areas thanks to advanced Electro-optical systems, and strike targets with air-to-surface munitions such as the AGM-114 Hellfire missile and the GBU-38 JDAM guided bomb. While their effectiveness in high-intensity combat remains to be determined due to significant vulnerability, and this…Read the article
What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?
On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…Read the article
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan continue their budgetary efforts in favor of Defense
Like the majority of developed countries, the countries bordering the China Sea have seen their defense budgets increase significantly in recent years, in the face of the relentless rise of the People's Liberation Army which will have, in ten years time, redrawn the map of regional geostrategic balances.Read the article
Can France and Europe get back into the MALE drone race thanks to NEURON?
To say that France, and Europe in general, lacked flair regarding the arrival of drones, and in particular Medium Altitude Long Endurance or MALE combat drones, such as the MQ1 Predator, the MQ9 Reaper, or the Turkish TB2 Bayraktar, would be a profound understatement. Not only do they all have to equip themselves abroad, with the United States for the vast majority of cases, but today they still remain unable to agree on the functionalities and the financing of the Eurodrone program, which runs the risk of to see the light of day even as a new generation of combat drones, much more efficient than the one currently in service, will begin to…Read the article