Turkey remains determined to receive a second Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft battery

Since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, Turkey has shown a posture consistent with its NATO alignment, in particular by closing the straits and thus preventing Russian ships positioned in the Mediterranean from reinforcing the Navy fleet. Black. In addition, Ankara has actively supported Kyiv's military effort, in particular by delivering Bayraktar TB2 drones, the latter having played an important role in harassing Russian units during the offensive against Kyiv, as well as in the conduct of Ukrainian strikes against Russian naval units present in the Black Sea, including against the cruiser Moskva. This change of…

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What is Russia's conventional military might today?

In 2015, in reference to Russian military interventions in Crimea and Syria, President B. Obama declared that Russia was no more than a regional force in decline. Today, while Moscow has massed nearly 100.000 men on the borders of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that his country's military power is sufficient to enable him to impose firm conditions on European countries regarding the future of his neighbour. Considering the discretion of all the European powers in this matter, it is clear that, for none of them, Russia is today a negligible military power, and even then...

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Unsurprisingly, the US Congress is hostile to the export of F-16s to Turkey

The situation tends to become more complex for President Erdogan in the matter of the acquisition of new 40 new American F-16s as well as 80 kits to transform part of his 240 aircraft in service into F-16 Block 70 Viper, the most advanced version of the Lockheed Martin aircraft, notably carrying the new EASA AN/APG-83 radar, as well as modernized avionics and an advanced self-defense suite. Indeed, while US President Joe Biden kicked into touch by promising his Turkish counterpart RT Erdogan to “do everything he can” to push this request forward, in a diplomatic way…

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Faced with Western threat, Vladimir Putin will increase Russian air defenses

Between 2012 and 2020, the Russian armed forces underwent a phase of modernization and operational preparation of exceptional magnitude, seeing in particular the number of its combat brigades increase from 15 to 65, and the rate of "modern" equipment in staffing go from less than 50% to more than 70%. In particular, they put into service nearly a hundred S-400 systems within twenty regiments, as well as more than 1200 modernized T90, T72B3/M and T80BVM tanks. Nearly 250 new Su-34, Su-35, Mig-35 and Su-30 combat aircraft have joined their units, as well as a large number of helicopters, drones...

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What answers if Turkey bought S-400 systems from Russia again?

Turkish President RT Erdogan has once again met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the seaside town of Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea. Among the many topics discussed by the two heads of state, Ankara's acquisition of a second regiment of S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems appears to be the most problematic from the Western point of view. The first order of two complete S-400 batteries in 2017 by Turkey provoked a strong response from Washington, Donald Trump having, after much procrastination and pressure from Congress, decided to exclude Ankara from the F-35 program, and to cancel in 2020 the order for 100…

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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On the eve of the Zapad-2021 exercise, the rapprochement between Minsk and Moscow is accelerating

Each year, the Russian Armed Forces organizes a large major exercise taking place at the beginning of September. In a 4-year cycle, it takes place alternately in eastern Russia (Vostok), central Russia (Tzentr), in the Caucasus (Kavkaz), and in the western zone (Zapad). This year's exercise, Zapad-2021, whose culminating part will take place from September 10 to 16, will take place largely in Belarus, as well as around Saint Petersburg and in the enclave of Kalningrad, and will mobilize , in total, nearly 200.000 soldiers and civilians, even if the number of soldiers actually deployed by Russia for this exercise in Belarus will not exceed…

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Pakistan, Turkey: When Qatar trains its allies to face the Rafale

Qatar was one of France's first two partners to trust Dassault Aviation's Rafale, just as it trusted the Mirage 2000 twenty years earlier, the aircraft having long been the backbone of the small state's air defense. gas. Not only did Doha order 24 Rafales from Paris in 2015, only a few weeks after Egypt's first export order for the aircraft, but two years later it ordered a dozen additional copies, as well as the modernization of its fleet to F3R standard. In this sense, Doha certainly played an important role in the success that we know today of the…

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How will the Su-57 become the centerpiece of Russian Integrated Air Defense?

Russia's integrated anti-aircraft defense is today, almost unanimously recognised, one of the most efficient in the world. It implements, internally and in a coordinated manner, systems with complementary performance, such as the S-400 long-range interdiction systems, the Buk and S-350 medium-range systems, and the short-range systems TOR and Pantsir, so as to present at all times a homogeneity in defense that is difficult to fault. It also cooperates with air defense elements, such as Be50 early warning aircraft, Su-27 and Su-35 fighters, and Mig-31 interceptors,…

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The Sukhoi Hypothesis resurfaces in Turkey

After a very tense end to the year, in particular due to the implementation of sanctions imposed by the American Congress, the Turkish authorities had chosen to adopt a more conciliatory profile on the international scene, at least in appearance, so as to curry favor with new US President Joe Biden, and lift US and European sanctions that are severely hampering the smooth running of the country's defense programs. If some have indeed changed their posture, such as Europe which, under pressure from Berlin, suspended the implementation of the yet symbolic sanctions decided at the end of December in order not to…

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