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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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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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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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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Russian Defense Ministry May Acquire Checkmate on Next Programming Law

Until now, the communication from the Russian authorities around the new Checkmate 5th generation single-engine fighter program had only focused on industrial and export aspects. The acquisition of the device by the Russian armed forces had always been a subject carefully avoided by them, especially since the country is already fully committed to a military programming law, or GPV, already very ambitious project extending until 2027, and focusing on the acquisition, in this area, of Su-57, Su-35 and Su-34 fighters and the S70 Okhotnik-B heavy drone to modernize the Russian air force. Add in these conditions the acquisition of a new unplanned device…

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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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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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