The US Army abandons its Strategic Long-Range Cannon super-gun program

Faced with the probable return of international tensions and the risk of high-intensity conflict, the US Army undertook, in 2017, to launch a new super program designated BIG 6, in reference to the BIG 5 super program of the early 70s which gave birth to to the Bradley, the Patriot, and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, among other things. Among the critical pillars of the BIG 6, alongside the Futur Vertical Lift program to replace combat helicopters and the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program to replace the Bradleys, is the Long Range Precision Fire pillar, aimed at providing the US Army with new generation artillery.…

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The US Army chooses SIG Sauer for its assault rifles and its new generation infantry machine guns

Launched in 2017, the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon program aimed to develop a new generation of infantry weapons to replace the M4A1 assault rifles, M249 and M240 infantry machine guns, and 5,56 .6 mm NATO, judged by the American General Staff as insufficient in the face of the democratization of ballistic protection. Integrated into the BIG 2019 super program, the NGSW program began by choosing, in August 6,8, a smart 1186 mm ammunition designated XM2000, derived from a caliber developed by Remington RPC in the early XNUMXs, abandoning the idea for a while. mention of telescoped ammunition which, according to the US Army, would have caused too many logistical constraints...

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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The Pentagon's 2022 budget marks a major shift

After several weeks of waiting, the Biden Administration presented its first annual budget for the United States defense effort. Although it was the subject of several upstream declarations, and numerous comments, this new Pentagon budget marks a profound evolution in the strategy that the White House wants to employ to prepare and employ its armed forces, with a line of sight, the increasingly fierce competition between the United States and China in the Pacific. To be able to meet this challenge now deemed almost inevitable by American officials, including the President himself, Biden administration executives,…

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The US Army will test the Iron Dome to protect its vulnerable infrastructure

One of the major lessons of the war that pitted Azeri forces against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 was the great vulnerability of force support sites, such as logistics areas, command posts, and fortifications, in the face of modern artillery systems coupled with reconnaissance drones. And if the Armenian anti-aircraft defenses managed to keep the Azeri fighters at a distance, they were largely idle in the face of the small reconnaissance drones directing the enemy artillery fire. Beyond this example, the increase in range and accuracy of modern and future artillery systems, whether artillery…

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US Army sends first Stryker M-SHORAD close air defense to Germany

5 years. This is the time it took between the urgent call made by the American central command in Europe, the US European Command, for a mobile anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system, and the delivery of the first Stryker M-SHORAD vehicles to the 5th Battalion of the 4th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment of the 10th US Army, based in Ansbach in Bavaria. By the summer of 2021, the battalion will have received the 32 M-SHORADs which will constitute its inventory, giving back to the American mechanized forces deployed in Germany a self-defense capacity in this area largely eroded since the withdrawal of the antediluvian Chaparral systems and of the few Franco-German Roland 2s acquired by the United States…

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OMFV program to replace US Army M2 Bradleys back on track

Among all the branches of the US Army's BIG 6 super-program, intended to give the US Army the necessary means to impose itself during the wars to come, the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, or OMFV, is probably the most urgent, and in a sense, the most critical, since it is to replace the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. This armored vehicle, one of the 5 programs of the BIG 5 super-program launched in the 70s, entered service in 1981, and has now reached the canonical age of 39 years. But it's not so much her age as her plumpness inherited from almost 40 years of modernization...

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The US Army formalizes the order for IVAS intelligent infantry glasses

When it was launched in 2018, the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, or IVAS, smart infantry goggle program had many observers skeptical, including in the US Congress. Only 3 years later, the results obtained by Microsoft and its HoloLens technology have obviously finished seducing the heads of the US Army, who have just signed the Redmond giant a 10-year contract, therefore 5 years firm and 5 one-year options, for the design and manufacture of an undefined number of IVAS systems, we are talking about more than 40.000 systems, for a total amount capped at $21,88 billion. Outraged…

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Donald Trump wants to speed up military programs before Joe Biden's inauguration

Traditionally, the period between the presidential election and the investiture, and which is particularly long in the United States since it lasts more than two months, is devoted to handing over key files between the two administrations, so as not to not create a cut in the management of the country. But Donald Trump is anything but traditional. We will not return to the allegations of fraud on which the President-in-Office wants to base his legal remedies, as they relate to problems of internal politics. On the other hand, it appears that, whatever the results of these appeals, the president in office for another 2 months until January 2, 20, intends...

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What will the war look like in 2035?

Since the end of the Second World War, developments on the battlefield have mainly followed an incremental dynamic, with increasingly powerfully armed and better protected armored vehicles, increasingly fast and precise aircraft, and ships of better and better armed. But fundamentally, the conduct of operations remains largely modeled on that which prevailed during the 50s and 60s, with increased precision and more effective communications. But today a new form of warfare, much more dynamic, electronic, and…

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