Have we overestimated the Russian Armies?

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the armies of the Kremlin have been closely observed by military specialists. This is, in fact, the first massive deployment of these armies since the invasion of Georgia in 2008, an operation which revealed many serious shortcomings within them. However, as in 2008, it appears that the Russian Armies are the subject of significant difficulties, even though the reforms of 2008 and 2012 were designed specifically to correct them and bring the Russian Armies to a much higher operational standard than that observed in the field. Under these conditions, and in view of the observations made on...

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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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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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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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By equipping itself with a Su-34 fighter-bomber, Algeria would expose itself to US sanctions

Long announced, it seems that the contract for the acquisition by Algiers of 12 Su-34 fighter-bombers is now effectively about to be formalized by the country's authorities. These devices, almost 24 meters long and weighing up to 45 tons at take-off, derived from the famous Su-27, would participate in the modernization of the Algerian air force. The first batch of 6 devices must indeed arrive in the coming weeks in Algeria, the 6 others to be delivered in 2022 and 2023. If this delivery actually takes place, after having been repeatedly announced as imminent and this since 2016, it will mark the first success...

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Su-35, S-400… Saudi Arabia puts pressure on Washington

On January 28, just days after his swearing in, US President Joe Biden announced that he was suspending US support for the military intervention in Yemen led by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. . Concomitantly, several arms contracts, notably concerning guided bombs for Riad and the acquisition of F35 and MQ9B Gardian by Abu Dhabi, were also suspended. Even if the presidential decision was surrounded by a diplomatic context, explaining that it was for the new administration to examine these contracts, some of which were signed barely an hour before the end of his Presidential mandate by…

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Indonesia wants to build an air force of 170 fighters in the coming years

In recent months, Indonesia's acquisition and communication strategy for defense programs has been perceived as chaotic to say the least. Indeed, the country, which today has a strong fleet of around fifteen Russian Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, around thirty American F-16s and around forty FA- 50 South Koreans and British Hawks, has engaged in all-out negotiations to modernize the latter: here 11 Su-35s with Moscow, there 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons with Austria, F16s or F35s with the United States, and recently 36 or 48 Rafale with France. These announcements were...

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US Congress imposes sanctions on Turkey for 2021

The 2021 US Defense Budget is today the subject of intense political contests between Congress and the Presidency of Donald Trump, on many subjects. But Congress has also fully seized this opportunity to control or neutralize certain excesses of foreign policy undertaken by President Trump in recent years. One of the most sensitive aspects on the international scene, particularly for Europe, of this American political showdown, is undoubtedly the obligation imposed on the American president, whoever he is, to implement the sanctions by CAATSA legislation against Turkey following the purchase of…

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US denies sale of F35 to Indonesia paving way for Su-35s

The modernization of the Indonesian air force looks more and more like a soap opera, so many are the twists and turns. While Jakarta has entered into negotiations with Vienna with a view to acquiring the 15 used Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets which the Austrian authorities would be delighted to get rid of, Washington has just sent an unfavorable response to the Indonesian request concerning the acquisition of F35, offering as an alternative the F16 Block 72+ or the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet. But for the Indonesian authorities, this refusal could be used as an argument to validate the order of 11 Russian Su-35s fighters in negotiation for several years. Traditionally non-aligned, Indonesia…

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Russia to equip Su-35s fighters with ultra-long-range R-37M missile soon

Since entering service in 2016 with the Swedish Air Force, the European ultra-long-range air-to-air missile METEOR has been universally recognized as the best missile in its class, with a (public) range given to exceed 150 km. But for 4 years, Moscow has also launched its own very long-range missile program, like Washington with the AIM-260, with the R-37M missile from the Vympel company capable, according to Russian public data, of reaching targets at nearly 400 km. The program is now close to its entry into service, to the point that the Russian authorities have broadcast in the media…

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