Faced with Ukrainian resistance, the Russian armies change their strategy

While the Russian offensive is marking time in front of Kyiv and Kharkiv, and the cities given as Russian hands, such as Kherson and Berdyansk, continue to resist despite a very deteriorated situation for the Ukrainian defenders, the Russian armies seem to have he radically changed his strategy to overcome the Ukrainian resistance. Renouncing special operations and heavy use of airborne forces, Russian forces are reportedly engaging in a much more conventional doctrine, with massive attacks carried out by combined arms battalions backed by heavy support artillery and tactical aviation, leading to fears of a very rapid increase in losses...

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Russia's PAK DA strategic bomber program ambitions revealed

Although started at the beginning of the previous decade, the Russian strategic bomber program PAK DA, intended to replace from 2027 the antediluvian Tu-95 Bear still in service in the strategic arsenal of Moscow, remains very mysterious, and well little information has actually been divulged about him, without it being possible to judge its veracity. An article published on the RIA Novosti site offers a slightly more enlightened vision of what this new aircraft will be, which will evolve alongside the Tu-160M ​​Black Jack strategic bombers and the Tu-22M3M Backfire supersonic long-range bombers. C at the beginning of the next…

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Are aircraft carriers now too vulnerable to be useful?

Since the announcement of the launch of the French New Generation Aircraft Carrier program by the President of the Republic, many voices have been raised to question the relevance of such an investment, particularly in the face of the threat represented by, now, long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M22 Tzirkon, or the Chinese DF26. According to them, and according to others, particularly in the United States, such behemoths of the seas are easily located, and therefore constitute prime targets for new enemy anti-ship missiles. However, a factual and objective analysis of the capabilities offered by aircraft carriers, as well as the reality of…

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NATO re-invests the North Atlantic against Russia

In 1986, the writer Tom Clancy and his sidekick Larry Bond, to whom we owe the famous naval simulation game Harpoon, published the novel “Red Storm Rising”, in French “Tempête Rouge”. The fascinating story presented in the book addresses, in particular, the key role for NATO that Iceland represented in the potential mastery of the North Atlantic to maintain a logistical flow between the United States and Europe in the event of a conflict with the Soviet Union. The novel so marked the minds that NATO decided to strengthen its presence on the Icelandic air base of Keflavik, by permanently deploying a squadron of F15 fighters. After…

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The test campaign of Russian 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile accelerates

Obviously, the Russian Navy is eager to implement the 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile intended to replace the P700 supersonic missiles on part of its underwater and surface units. Indeed, according to the state news agency Tass, the state test campaign, which still requires a dozen launches, will be held between 2020 and 2021, suggesting an entry into service for the second half of 2021, or the beginning of 2022. By way of comparison, the validation tests of the P800 Onyx supersonic anti-ship missile took place over nearly 5 years. According to an unnamed source, the campaign…

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How have hypersonic weapons changed the data of modern military action?

This week again, hypersonic weapons represented a significant part of the World Defense technological news. In Russia, engineers announced that they had successfully fired the first 3M22 Tzirkon missile from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, while the development of a mini version of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal airborne missile was started in view of being able to implement it at from the holds of the new Su-5 57th generation fighter. In the United States, the US Army presented a scale model of its Long Range Hypersonic Weapon, a land-launched hypersonic missile that is to perform its first test in 2023. In this…

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Tu-160M2 marks renewal of Russian strategic bombing

In a few days, the news was particularly rich on the question of Russian bombers, announcing the renewal of the strategic forces of the Russian Air Force in the decades to come. Indeed, after the first flight of the prototype of the supersonic Tu-160M2 on February 2, followed by the announcement of an order for 10 serial copies, the Russian press indicated the next day that the Russian Ministry of Defense gave its agreement for the launch of production of the future PAK-DA stealth bomber, whose first flight is expected for 2027. These two very distinct programs are indeed closely linked on the industrial level and…

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Will Russia take over the Western fleets with the Tsirkon missile?

According to the Tass agency citing sources close to the North-Western Federal Defense District, Russia will conduct a new test of the 3M22 Tsirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile before the end of the year. According to several statements by Russian officials made this year, including Vladimir Putin himself, the Tsirkon missile will soon equip Gremyashchiy corvettes of project 20385, Udaloy destroyers after modernization (the example given is the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov being modernized) , as well as the Antey submarines of the project 949-A. In reality, designed to be able to be launched from the same silo as that which allows the long cruise missiles to be fired…

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