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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Defense against hypersonic missiles is structured in the West

Since the entry into service of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic airborne missile in 2018, and even more so with the upcoming arrival of the 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile, both of Russian origin, the fear of seeing these munitions permanently neutralize naval power West has been widely relayed in the media. It is true that due to their speed, their low trajectory, and for some, their ability to maneuver in the descending phase, these weapons undermine the Western anti-missile shield, based on THAAD and SM-3 kinetic impactor missiles. In addition, the anti-aircraft missiles currently in service, such as the SM-2, the Aster 30 or the Sea Ceptor, have…

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US Navy Validates Many Aspects of Drone Cooperation During Exercise UxS IBP

The US Navy expected a lot from the exercise Pacific Fleet Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21, or UxS IBP, which was the first full-scale experiment concerning the use of drones and manned ships and aircraft in the naval field. We now know more about the nature of the exercises that have been carried out, and about the results, which seem very promising, obtained, and this in various fields ranging from the firing of anti-ship missiles beyond the horizon to the deployment from a swarm of anti-ship drones, to a simulation of submarine hunting. The results obtained will allow Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations of the US…

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Japan to build 2 additional Aegis destroyers for missile defense

At a press conference on Wednesday, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced that the government had come out in favor of building two new AEGIS destroyers to replace the program's anti-missile defenses. AEGIS ASHORE that the Japanese authorities decided to cancel after expert reports showed that missile fire would cause aerial elements to fall on inhabited areas. After considering several options, including that of moving the system ashore, transferring it to a naval platform, and even to a commercial vessel recycled to serve as a support, it is finally towards the…

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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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U.S. Navy to significantly boost anti-ship strike capabilities

The Pentagon's budget forecast for the fiscal year 2021 should continue to be written about for some time. Like every year, the Pentagon indeed publishes a document listing the way in which it intends to spend the – gigantic – American defense budget over the coming fiscal year. This therefore implies placing orders, but also sacrificing certain programs in order to remain within the budget set by the civil authorities of the country. Contrary to what happens in many other nations, however, the American Congress can decide to modify, sometimes substantially, the lines of expenditure planned by the military, in order to save certain…

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The US Navy updates the Tomahawk but plans to drastically reduce its stocks

Along with the mythical B-52 and the bomber with futuristic lines B-2, the Tomahawk TLAM cruise missile is undoubtedly the most symbolic machine of American striking power. Entering service in the mid-1980s, this missile has been in all conflicts since then in different variants that are regularly updated. While the US Navy has never had so many launch platforms for this missile – 10000 compatible tubes scattered over 89 destroyers and 58 submarines – and it still has nearly 4000 Tomahawks in stock, the 'US Naval Institute announces that the United States Navy is about to begin a new…

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