UK wants more F-35Bs and A400Ms

Like most European armies, British military forces suffered the backlash of the benefits of peace at the budgetary level between the mid-90s and the 2010s. On the other hand, due to the significant British participation in the Second World War Gulf, and in the Afghanistan campaign, these quickly eroded their operational reserves, to the point of being on the verge of a global capability rupture at the start of the 2010s. maritime patrol or on-board naval air capacity, London undertook in 2012 to increase its investments, so as to reconstitute and modernize the…

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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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In Australia, Joe Biden opens a very dangerous Pandora's box

Since the confirmation of the cancellation of the contract for the acquisition of 12 conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda submarines designed by the French Naval Group, and the integration of Canberra into a tripartite alliance with the United States and Great Britain Britain including, among other things, the sale of American nuclear attack submarines, the defense community is in turmoil, especially in France. "Stabbing", "Treason"... the qualifiers are not lacking concerning the substance, but also the form with which this decision was made public, seriously damaging the international image of the French military naval industry for many many years. On the other hand, very few, including among…

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Is technology a substitute for the masses in Defense?

Since its public release last night, the new British Defense White Paper has been flowing endless streams of digital ink. In the crosshairs of most comments, very often hostile to the approach proposed by the Conservative government of Boris Johnson, the reduction in manpower and the volume of force of the British Army, which will lose 10.000 men to settle in 70.000 soldiers, some of its Challenger II heavy tanks and all of its Warrior infantry fighting vehicles once they reach their age limit, but also 24 first-generation Typhoons from the Royal Air Force, or even …

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Strategic Review: UK looks to the Pacific and strengthens its deterrent force

The British government of Boris Johnson presented, on March 16, the first part of its Integrated Strategic Review, which traces the defense trajectory of Great Britain for the years to come. London has obviously chosen a deliberate strategy that breaks with that applied since the end of the Cold War, to face the strategic challenges that are emerging around the Globe. This first part deals with the main strategic axes which will be the pillars of the evolution of the objectives and means allocated to Her Majesty's armed forces in the coming years. The second part, presented next week, will specify…

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UK to invest £ 2,7bn in its munitions industry

There are revealing signs of a country's strong will to take back the reins of its own defence. In recent months, several announcements by Boris Johnson's British government clearly go in this direction, such as the massive investment in the Tempest program, the increase in the Defense budget, and the announcement of a new class of frigates, the Type 32, to restore the Royal Navy to its status as the first European navy. It is precisely in this context that the announcement made today falls. Indeed, the British government has announced that it will devote not less than £2,4 billion, or €2,7 billion to the current exchange rate, for the modernization...

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The Royal Navy will keep its 2 Albion-class assault ships until 2033

It is difficult to measure, seen from the outside, to what extent the British armies were worried about their fate before the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a policy of reinforcement of the means of Defense of the kingdom last week, taking the contrary to several weeks, and even several months, of anxious speculation. Among the many issues of concern that were hurting the morale of the British military, the possible early withdrawal from service of the two assault ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark, was not the most spectacular or the most publicized, but it was probably the 'one of those who could most handicap the real military capabilities of…

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British Defense will see its budget grow by £ 24bn over the next 4 years

Great Britain is a country of contrasts, and its political class, like the climate, can sometimes hold big surprises. Thus, after 3 months of rumors and fears relating to the future budget allocated to the Defense of the Kingdom, and the probable consequences of the strategic axes which will be defined by the next strategic review, the government of Boris Johnson has taken the decision to engage in an unprecedented effort for 30 years across the Channel to give the British Armies the means to carry out their missions. In concrete terms, the armed forces budget will gradually increase by £24 billion over the next 4 years, an effort of…

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Will the United Kingdom sacrifice its defense on the altar of Covid19?

Since the end of the Second World War, Great Britain had, with France, the most experienced and most efficient armies in Western Europe, relying on a century-old military tradition and an efficient and innovative Defense industry which will have given birth to many equipment and techniques which are still used today by the armed forces of the whole world. But today, in the face of the Covid19 crisis which is hitting the United Kingdom hard, this powerful component of Western Defense is in great danger of seeing many of its capacities depleted, on the altar of budgetary savings. Indeed, as part of the Strategic Review…

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To finance the Tempest program, London could divide its fleet of F2B by 35

In 2010, the Royal Air Force justified, in part, the withdrawal of its 72 Harriers from service by the fact that the implementation of such a limited fleet of aircraft was both complicated and very expensive. However, this is what is likely to happen in the years to come, since according to the British press, the government of Boris Johnson is seriously considering dividing by 2 the fleet of 138 F35Bs, the acquisition of which was planned for the first half. the length of production of the American device. The savings made, representing at least £8 billion on the simple acquisition budget, would then be marked...

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