Faced with Europeans, the Russian Army in 2030 will be much more powerful than today

The present Russian-Ukrainian crisis, whatever its conclusion, will have enabled Moscow to make an extraordinary show of force in Europe, to the point that no European country, even those closest to kyiv, plans to engage militarily alongside the Ukrainian armies in case of conflict. And it is clear that these Russian armies have succeeded in mobilizing, moving and assembling around a hundred combined arms tactical battalions, the Russian equivalent of the French inter-arms tactical groups, i.e. 65% of its land operational force, and this between the of November and the beginning of February. For comparison, the Army of…

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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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Russian S-70 Okhotnik-B combat drone will be more stealthy than anticipated

Unlike the European air forces which plan to rely, in the decades to come, on manned fighters and possibly on airborne Remote Carrier drones for fighter and attack missions, Russia has chosen to develop, at the alongside its new-generation Su-57 and Su-75 combat aircraft and Grom airborne drones, a heavy combat drone intended to take a prominent place in the air inventory, replacing part of the fighters and attack aircraft light, like the Mig-29 and the Su-25. This drone, designated S-70 Okhotnik B (fighter in Russian), was unveiled for the first time…

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After China, Russia is developing an advanced air traffic control drone

On the occasion of the 2018 Zhuhai air show, the Chinese aeronautical industry presented the JY-300 drone for the first time, a MALE drone whose main mission was advanced air control, a function traditionally assigned to heavy and very expensive, such as the S3 Sentry or the E-2C Hawkeye in Europe, and which are commonly referred to as AWACS. Obviously, the Russian engineers were inspired by this approach, since according to Nikolai Dolzhenkov, the chief engineer of the Kronshtadt company, which designs the Orion drones in particular, the company would develop an advanced air control drone intended to replace the Beriev A-50…

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Russia develops "light" airborne version of Tzirkon anti-ship hypersonic missile

Since the entry into service of the hypersonic missile Kh47m2 Kinzhal within the Russian air force in late 2017, the country has taken a comfortable lead vis-à-vis other nations, and in particular the United States, in this domain. And the conclusive tests of the 3M22 Tzirkhon hypersonic anti-ship system conducted in recent months have only reinforced this fact, especially since unlike the Kinzhal, the Tzirkon uses a new Scramjet-type engine for its propulsion. It is precisely on the basis of a brand new scramjet designated “Object 70” (Izdelie 70), more compact than that used on board the Tzirkon, that the engineers…

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Sukhoi develops two-seater Su-57 that can control 4 S-70 Okhotnik B drones

Since its official presentation, the heavy combat drone S-70 Okhotnik B, developed by the Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi, has always been presented as an extension of the heavy fighter Su-57, called to replace the Su-27 within the air forces. Russians, and to become the technological basis of a large number of devices, like its predecessor. In fact, the announcement of a two-seater version of the device had been awaited for some time by specialists in the field, as it seemed appropriate to add a crew member to control several drones of this type. It is now done, since the Tass Agency, citing a source from the Ministry of Defense, has published…

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What do we know about the new Russian light fighter?

The announcement of the presentation of a new light fighter model developed by the Russian Rostec at the Moscow MAKS 2021 fair had already had the effect of a small bomb in the small world of world military aeronautics. But the photos showing a device that is visibly well advanced in development even though it is covered in tarpaulins, and the lobby proudly displaying the word "CheckMate" in English, Chess and Mat in French, clearly show that , the Russian aeronautics industry intends to mark the spirits with this device during this show. This is therefore an opportunity to summarize what we already know about…

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More information on the Russian New Generation Light Fighter Program

Russia's efforts to develop a new light fighter that can be piloted or used as drones seem to be bearing fruit, and both the official TASS agency and the Rianovosti.ru site have obtained additional information to get an idea of ​​​​the performance , but also the positioning of the new aircraft, the development of which was publicly announced by the CEO of the Rostec group, Sergei Chemezov, in December 2020. We thus learn that the new fighter will have a maximum take-off weight of 18 tonnes, classifying it in the category of the Mirage 2000 or the JF-17, that it will be powered by the Izdeliye 30 reactor…

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Drones, Artificial Intelligence, digitization: Russia is also at the forefront of new defense technologies

In recent years, the American armed forces have undertaken a profound transformation in order to integrate new technologies such as the massive use of drones, the digitization of the battlefield and cooperative engagement, and to attempt to regain the military ascendancy over its potential adversaries, and in particular on China, which now occupies most of the attention of Pentagon strategists. The announced objective is to compensate for the numerical advantage linked to the omnipotence of the PLA and the probable proximity to Chinese soil in a hypothetical engagement against Chinese forces in the Western Pacific, and in particular around Taiwan. A report published by the American Center for Naval Analysis, recalls that…

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Russia's PAK DA strategic bomber program ambitions revealed

Although started at the beginning of the previous decade, the Russian strategic bomber program PAK DA, intended to replace from 2027 the antediluvian Tu-95 Bear still in service in the strategic arsenal of Moscow, remains very mysterious, and well little information has actually been divulged about him, without it being possible to judge its veracity. An article published on the RIA Novosti site offers a slightly more enlightened vision of what this new aircraft will be, which will evolve alongside the Tu-160M ​​Black Jack strategic bombers and the Tu-22M3M Backfire supersonic long-range bombers. C at the beginning of the next…

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