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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Germany is interested in the Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic system and is (still) unaware of the existing French solutions

While Paris and Berlin continue to proclaim loud and clear their common desire to cooperate in the field of defense technologies, numerous arbitrations carried out by the German authorities, before and after the change of government in December, show a situation well more complex, and a permanent rivalry between the two biggest economies of the euro zone, in particular in the field of Armaments. From the EuroSpike to the P8 Poseidon, from the F-35 to the ESSM, from the Apache to the Arrow 3, the past, present and future choices of the German armies in terms of equipment seem to systematically exclude alternatives. Venus…

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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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Washington lifts range and power restrictions on South Korean ballistic missiles

In 1979, Seoul obtained an important technology transfer agreement from the United States for the development of its own ballistic missiles, in order to cope with the rise of North Korea in this field, very supported in this by Beijing and Moscow. This agreement included, however, a clause limiting the range of South Korean missiles to 180 km, and the power of the military charge, conventional of course, to 500 kg of explosive. With the appearance of new North Korean models more efficient and more powerful, and capable of potentially carrying nuclear charges, Washington modified these limitations twice; first time in 1997...

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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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Taiwan, India: This time, China is no longer playing

Tensions between Beijing and its neighbors have been growing for several months. But this weekend, the semantics of the Chinese Communist Party has significantly evolved towards a direct threat to its Taiwanese and Indian neighbors, with the United States in sight. No longer a question of keeping up appearances now, President Xi Jinping has called on the People's Liberation Army to be ready to carry out war actions. The trigger for this vehemence seems to have been the visit to Taipei by US Under-Secretary of State Keith Krach on Thursday, September 17, the first visit by an official of this rank to the independence island since…

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North Korea to fire 2 new ballistic missiles in Sea of ​​Japan

On Saturday March 21, both South Korean and Japanese surveillance systems detected two consecutive ballistic missile launches from North Korea. The weapons flew over 450 km and peaked at 50 km before crashing into the Sea of ​​Japan. This is the third attempt of this type since the beginning of March, even as South Korea tries to emerge, apparently successfully, from the coronavirus epidemic which had hit it hard from from mid-February. If these shots triggered official protests from regional capitals, as well as from Washington, it…

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Northrop-Grumman develops missile to intercept hypersonic weapons

DARPA, the Pentagon's R&D agency, selected aircraft manufacturer Northrop Grumman a few days ago to carry out the study and technology demonstration phase of its Glide Breaker hypersonic threat defense concept. Launched in 2018, Glide Breaker is part of a larger hypersonic missile defense effort. This component in particular is primarily interested in the destruction of hypersonic gliders (Hypersonic Glide Vehicles in English), such as the Russian Avangard missile or the Chinese DF-17. The HGVs developed in recent years are revolutionizing strategic warfare by replacing the old inert loads of ballistic missiles. Hypersonic gliders...

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Europeans to develop anti-missile solution to counter emerging threats

Among the new programs announced within the framework of PESCO, the structured cooperation program of the European Union, the TWISTER program, for TIMELY WARNING AND INTERCEPTION WITH SPACE-BASED THEATER SURVEILLANCE, is undoubtedly the most ambitious from a technological point of view. Led by France, in cooperation with Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, TWISTER aims to develop an anti-missile solution intended to counter so-called emerging threats, i.e. threats that cannot be dealt with today by existing anti-missile systems, so as to provide a European base for NATO's ballistic missile defense programme. We already have to…

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Does the ballistic missile come back from the ashes?

During the Cold War, the ballistic missile, whether or not equipped with nuclear warheads, was considered a reference unit for determining the military power of a country. At that time, there was no system capable of effectively intercepting this type of device, the mere possession of which therefore posed an existential threat to all the States entering the range of the missile. It is for this reason that two of the principal crises of this period, the crisis of Cuba in 1962, and that of the Euromissiles in 1983, resulted from deployment of these machines near the borders of the States. With the entry into service, at the…

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