24 additional Sea-Ceptor anti-aircraft missiles for British Type 45 destroyers

Like the Horizon air defense frigates of the Navy and the Italian Navy, the 6 British Type 45 destroyers of the Daring class are equipped, for anti-aircraft defense, with 6 vertical launch systems for SYLVER 50 missiles for 48 silos containing a mix of Aster 15 missiles with a range of 30 km, and Aster 30 missiles with a range of more than 120 km. Referred to as the Sea Viper by the Royal Navy, this system provides global protection to the destroyer, as well as the ships it escorts, against many types of threat, such as combat aircraft or…

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Great Britain conditions new order for F35B on lower maintenance costs

While the Royal Air Force's F35Bs began the aircraft's first operational missions and strikes from the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth II, targeting Islamic State targets in the Middle East, the Minister of La British defense, Ben Wallace, has weighted these previous statements regarding future orders for the Lockheed-Martin aircraft. According to the Conservative minister, these new orders will only come into effect once the integration of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile has been completed and validated on board the new aircraft. Above all, he announced, on June 23, that these will only take place once the maintenance and upgrade costs…

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British Destroyer HMS Defender targeted by Russian warning fire in Black Sea

This is a very serious event between the Royal Navy anti-aircraft destroyer HMS Defender and the Russian naval and naval air forces. According to Russian media, Moscow naval forces twice opened fire on the British destroyer HMS Defender, when it penetrated 3 km into Russian territorial waters surrounding Crimea. At 12:06, then at 12:08, warning shots were fired at the British ship to force her to leave the area. At 12:19, a Su-24M fighter-bomber of the Russian Naval Air Force also reportedly dropped 4 OFAB-250 bombs upstream of the…

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British Royal Marines experiment with Gravity Jet Suit for naval boarding

In 2016, after having spent almost 2 decades in the oil industry and 6 years in the Royal Marines Reserve, Richard Browning acquired several mini-turbojets in order to develop an autonomous jet pack. 6 months later, in November 2016, he made the first flight of what would become, the following year, the Gravity jet Suit, a jet pack powered by 4 mini-jet engines controlled and directed by the pilot's arms, in an architecture both simple and very effective. Quickly, the British inventor raised £650.000 to continue developing his concept, without forgetting his years with the British commandos.…

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Royal Navy to send 165.000 tons of diplomacy to the Pacific

Obviously, British authorities like the Royal Navy want to make the first long-term operational deployment of their new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, an event that is as significant as it is symbolic. Indeed, the carrier battle group which will set sail next month for a 28-week mission in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, will be made up of no less than 8 major British-listed ships, representing a total tonnage of 165.000 tonnes, more to the global gauge of Marines like Turkey or Brazil. No month of 18 F35B will embark on the HMS Queen Elizabeth, including 8 belonging to the Royal Air…

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With the Vixen, the Royal Navy studies the use of a versatile on-board combat drone

Obviously, the ambition to equip the aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales with a catapult and arresting wires to implement combat drones is gaining momentum within the Royal Navy. Indeed, according to several articles that have appeared in the specialist press across the Channel, the Royal Navy is actively studying the possibility of using a fixed-wing combat drone, designated the Vixen program, on board its aircraft carriers, to fulfill numerous missions. , ranging from early air warning to in-flight refueling, air-to-ground and air-to-surface strikes, and intelligence and communication missions. Better, the objective...

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UK to order more F35Bs in coming years

Prior to the publication of the new Integrated Strategic Review, many rumors circulated about the arbitrations that will be carried out by the Johnson government, to redefine the format of the British armies. Among them figured prominently the hypothesis of a significant drop in orders for F35 aircraft, of which Great Britain had committed to order 138 copies. For a long time, it was even a question of limiting the size of the fleet of this essential device for the use of the two new aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class, to only 48 aircraft, i.e. the number of aircraft already ordered. and being delivered. The publication of the Review…

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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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The Royal Navy wants a catapult and stop strands on its aircraft carriers

Since the aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark entered service in 1959, Great Britain has no longer designed aircraft carriers equipped with catapults and arresters, capable of implementing conventional on-board fixed-wing aircraft. With the arrival of the Harrier and the Sea Harrier with short or vertical take-off and landing, the British Navy chose to design aircraft carriers equipped with springboards, which were certainly less effective, but also much less expensive than their counterparts equipped with catapults, such as the French Clemenceau-class aircraft carriers, or their successor, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. The last two British aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and…

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