Will the United States oppose the sale of Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missiles to Germany?

Barely a few days ago, following the Prague speech by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Prague, which is establishing itself as the founder of German strategy in terms of European defense from now on, the German authorities confirmed their intention to order the anti- Israeli Arrow 3 ballistic missiles to constitute its anti-missile shield, and consequently, that of the European countries which will join the initiative proposed by Berlin. If this announcement made Paris and Rome cringe, which together are developing the all-European Aster 1NT anti-ballistic missile, it did not provoke any official reaction from Washington. It is precisely this lack of…

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After Japan, South Korea chooses the American SM-6 to counter the hypersonic threat

While the eyes of the world remain on the war in Ukraine, tensions in the Pacific theater remain very high, and the major nations involved are redoubling their investment and innovation in an attempt to gain the upper hand over their potential adversaries. Thus, in recent months, the two Koreas have engaged in a tug of war over their respective long-range strike capabilities, successively demonstrating the effectiveness of their new ballistic and cruise missiles, while the China has also implemented new capabilities in this area, including hypersonic and semi-ballistic trajectory weapons. Those…

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China's new hypersonic anti-ship missiles are a game-changer in the Pacific

Could China have stolen the courtesy from Russia by deploying a hypersonic anti-ship missile aboard its new Type 055 heavy destroyers? In any case, this is the question that arises following the publication of photos showing the firing of a missile identified as YJ-21 from one of these ships, suggesting that the missile could actually be in service, or at least in the advanced testing phase. As if that news alone wasn't enough, new photos have emerged showing an H-6N long-range naval bomber also carrying an anti-ship ballistic missile, which…

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The United States announces the end of the tests of its anti-satellite systems

On November 15, 2021, Russia destroying the Kosmos-1408 satellite using an anti-satellite missile, causing nearly 1500 pieces of debris to be released into a busy orbit, including by the International Space Station. Since the 60s, no less than a dozen successful tests have been carried out by the United States, the Soviet Union / Russia, China and India in this field, creating more than 6500 pieces of space debris of which 4500 are still in orbit, threatening both civil and military satellite constellations. For Kamala Harris, the American vice-president, it was now necessary to put an end to this escalation, including,…

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US May Demonstrate New Anti-Satellite Weapon Soon

In the field of space warfare, two schools of thought clash at the Pentagon: those in favor of absolute confidentiality concerning the majority of programs, so as to leave the potential adversary (China or Russia) in the dark about existing capabilities and programs under development, and those who consider that the declassification of part of this information is essential to reinforce the deterrent effect vis-à-vis a potentially overconfident adversary. Until now, the partisans of secrecy had the advantage, and a severe blackout had covered for many years the real space capabilities of the US armies, and of its new Space Force component, both in the offensive field...

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China to build third ICBM nuclear missile launch site

At the beginning of July 2021, two American researchers highlighted the construction of a vast site on the high plateaus of Gunza, between Mongolia and Tibet, intended to accommodate at least 119 silos capable of implementing intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs, a first for Beijing, which until now had deployed only 2 limited sites to implement old-generation DF-5 missiles, and which seemed above all to rely on its new DF-41 mobile ICBMs to reinforce the rise in power of its strategic deterrent force. 3 weeks later, the construction of a second site, some 380 km from the first, was identified by these…

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US Navy destroys intercontinental missile with SM3 missile from AEGIS system

This Monday, November 16, the US Navy managed, using an anti-ballistic missile SM3-IIA, to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile with the trajectory of an ICBM, an Intercontinental missile. The test was held in the Pacific near Hawaii, and involved the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer John Finn, which, using its Aegis Baseline 9 system, detected the target ballistic missile launched from the Ronald Reagan Experiment Center on Kwajalein Atoll, then destroyed it with an SM3-IIA missile it had just launched. This demonstration is a real success, both for the US Navy and for Raytheon, designer and…

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Beijing deploys DF-17 hypersonic missiles to increase pressure on Taiwan

The annexation by force of the independent island of Taiwan seems to become one of the main concerns of the Chinese leaders and the People's Liberation Army, as they multiply the declarations and actions taking such a hypothesis as a framework. The latest action is none other than the supposed deployment of DF-17 surface-to-surface missile batteries near the south-eastern coasts of the country in order to be able to strike Taiwan in a very short time if necessary, the DF-17 being presented as a hypersonic missile. The English-language state website globaltimes.cn, relaying information from Taiwanese and Hong Kong media, has indeed…

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Anti-missile defense: Japan cancels purchase of two Aegis Ashore systems

In December 2017, Japan approved the construction of two Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense sites to counter the ballistic threat from North Korea, but also from China. Particularly strategic for the Japanese deterrence policy, these two Aegis Ashore systems were to make it possible to cover the whole of Japanese territory thanks to the very long-range SM-3 Block IIA missiles. Last week, however, Japan announced that it wanted to abandon this acquisition. The argument put forward is the risk represented by the first stage (booster) of the SM-3 missile, which could fall on a populated area in certain firing configurations. Modify missiles to avoid such…

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Commissioning of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Poland again delayed by two years

The entry into operational service of the NATO ballistic missile defense site in Poland has once again been postponed by two years. Initially scheduled for 2018, then for the course of 2020, the delivery of the Polish site of Aegis Ashore is finally no longer expected before 2022 due to difficulties related to the construction of the buildings. The Aegis Ashore system is a land-based version of the AEGIS long-range air defense system which is on board American cruisers and destroyers of the Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke classes, as well as on certain Spanish, South Korean, Australian or even Japanese. The…

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