Has France lost its audacity in Defense innovation?

Earlier this week, the French Defense Innovation Agency launched two calls for projects to design vagrant ammunition models. These weapons, sometimes improperly called suicide drones, mark the news in the Ukrainian conflict, with the arrival of the Switchblade 300 and 600 models and the mysterious Phoenix Ghost specially designed by the US defense industry at the request of the Ukrainians. However, the effectiveness of vagrant ammunition did not emerge during this conflict, nor even during the Nagorno Karabakh war in 2020 during which the Israeli-made Harops and Orbiters saturated the Armenian defenses. Indeed, this type of ammunition exists…

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What solutions to deal with the threat of light drones and vagrant ammunition?

At the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the balance of power, particularly in terms of available firepower, was so much in favor of the Russian forces that it seemed very difficult, if not impossible, for the Ukrainian forces could withstand more than a few weeks in the face of the onslaught of fire and steel that was to come. However, the Ukrainian command managed to use its available means to the best of its ability to exploit the opponent's weaknesses, such as the need to stay on paved paths and roads, to harass with mobile and determined infantry units, the Russian logistics lines , while blocking mechanized offensives by…

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US to send Switchblade 600 anti-tank roving ammunition to Ukraine

The current repositioning of the Russian forces having left the north of Ukraine, lets anticipate a next massive effort of the armies of Moscow in the Donbass, in order to secure the capture of the two Oblasts of Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as the Ukrainian coasts bordering the Sea of ​​Azov south of the Dnieper. Despite very significant losses, the Russians having lost more than 450 tanks and 800 armored vehicles since the beginning of the conflict in a documented manner, and probably more, the Russian forces still have significant reserves, especially since their artillery has been relatively preserved with “only” 4% losses vis-à-vis the theoretical inventory (compared to 17%…

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The 5 Western Weapons Ukrainian Forces Need the Most Today

For 12 days now, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Territorial Defense have managed to resist the Russian offensive, despite an obvious tightening of the adversary's rules of engagement, when it is obvious that it is not will have no chance of a quick victory or of gaining the support or even the neutrality of the vast majority of the Ukrainian population. Initiated prior to the conflict by the United States and certain European countries, arms deliveries to the Ukrainian forces now play a decisive role in their ability to maintain pressure on the units taking part in the Russian offensive, striking effectively supply convoys and blocking certain offensives, in…

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Is technology moving too fast for industrial defense programs?

For 2 years, the United States Marine Corps has begun a deep reflection on the nature of its mission in the years to come, and on the means at its disposal to carry it out successfully against a technologically advanced adversary with significant military resources, such as the Chinese People's Liberation Army, all in a budgetary context that is at best fixed, at worst declining. The first advances in this thinking came to light with the publication last year of a new intervention doctrine for the Corps, based on smaller, much more mobile and agile units, acting in…

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5 programs to strengthen the High Intensity capacities of the French armies

While a few years ago, the hypothesis of high-intensity engagement, that is to say between technologically advanced forces with global military resources, was considered marginal, the deterioration of international relations and the multiplication points of tension appeared on the planet, will have given him an important credit. Unfortunately, as the Chiefs of Staff of the French armies as well as the deputies point out more and more frequently, the French forces are no longer sized or equipped to deal effectively with this type of engagement. Beyond the volume of forces, which is a matter of long-term global planning,…

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US Marines Corps wants light vagrant ammunition in infantry units

During the Second World War, all American infantry companies had a team of 60 mm mortars, intended to provide short-range artillery support when necessary. Improvements in communications technology and the range of its traditional artillery systems have gradually eliminated this practice. However, and despite the arrival of anti-tank infantry missiles, such as the Javelin, the General Staff of the Marine Corps today believes that its units need a boost in their own firepower. Rather than reverting to 60 mortars, and following the example of Israeli forces, the Corps today seeks to equip itself with…

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army will equip itself with suicide drones

The Chinese military authorities have announced the launch of a call for tenders, via the weain.mil.cn site dedicated to this, for the acquisition of two models of suicide drones, also called "Loitering munitions" in English, or "munitions wanderers”. Already in service in several armed forces around the world, such as in Israel, this type of autonomous drone describes the perimeter assigned to it until a target appears, after which it attacks it by rushing over it. If no target appears, the ammunition can then return to its starting point to be recovered, or self-destruct. This type of ammunition, which can, depending on the model, be dropped...

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