Defense against hypersonic missiles is structured in the West

Since the entry into service of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic airborne missile in 2018, and even more so with the upcoming arrival of the 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile, both of Russian origin, the fear of seeing these munitions permanently neutralize naval power West has been widely relayed in the media. It is true that due to their speed, their low trajectory, and for some, their ability to maneuver in the descending phase, these weapons undermine the Western anti-missile shield, based on THAAD and SM-3 kinetic impactor missiles. In addition, the anti-aircraft missiles currently in service, such as the SM-2, the Aster 30 or the Sea Ceptor, have…

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These 7 technologies that will revolutionize the battlefield by 2040

If the last years of the cold war were the occasion of numerous and important technological advances in the field of armaments, with the arrival of cruise missiles, stealth planes and ships and advanced command and geolocation systems, this dynamic came to a complete halt with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. In the absence of a major and technologically advanced adversary, and because of the numerous asymmetrical campaigns in which the armed forces took part, very few significant advances were recorded from the technological point of view between 1990 and 2020, with the notable exception of the generalization of aerial drones of all types. But with the emergence, since the beginning of…

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NATO on the offensive against Russia and European defense aspirations

After the American debacle in Afghanistan this summer, several European leaders revived the desire to acquire, within the European Union, its own operational military capacity for intervention, complementary to the Atlantic Alliance, allowing it to act independently of the United States should the need arise. For a time, Washington and NATO did not react, or very little, to this, the image of the American ally having been tarnished. The Franco-American crisis over Australian submarines brought new arguments to the pillars of European strategic autonomy, France in the lead, the United States having clearly demonstrated that they were following a…

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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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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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Germany joins European anti-missile defense program TWISTER

Announced just a year ago, the TWISTER program, for Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based Theater surveillance, is undoubtedly the most ambitious European program developed within the framework of the permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, of the European Union. Led by France, the program brought together at its launch Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, with the aim of developing a European anti-missile system capable of intercepting new threats, including hypersonic missiles and atmospheric gliders, today beyond the reach of existing anti-missile systems. Berlin was not actively participating in the program, having only observer status and by…

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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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