The US Army to invest $ 2,7 billion in the sighting systems of its new generation assault rifles

In most science fiction films, the weapons of the future are accompanied by extremely advanced targeting systems, capable of detecting targets in the dark or behind cover, calculating the ballistic trajectory and communicating with other weapons. Once again, reality will soon meet fiction, since the US Army has just awarded a contract worth no less than $2,7 billion to the company Vortex Optics, in order to deliver some 250.000 XM157 NGSW fire control systems. -FC (Fire Control) as part of the Next Generation Squad Weapons program. The system will equip both NGSW-R assault rifles and weapons…

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North Korea re-tests advanced performance hypersonic ballistic missile

Although geopolitical attention is now focused more on the risk of conflict in Ukraine or around Taiwan, certain theaters less exposed to the media are still very active. This is particularly the case of the Korean Peninsula, while the two countries, North and South Korea, have for several years been engaged in intense competition in the field of long-range missiles. The year 2021 was thus marked by numerous tests on both sides, with notable advances both in the field of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. But it was unmistakably the September 28 test of a North Korean ballistic missile equipped…

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The first Greek Rafales operational just 12 months after the Athens order

The first 6 Rafale combat aircraft ordered by Greece in January 2021 will join the 114th combat squadron at the Tanagra base in Boeotia, north of Athens, between January 17 and 19, 2022, barely a year after the first order for 18 aircraft, including 12 second-hand aircraft taken from the Air and Space Force fleet and modernized to F3R standard by Dassault Aviation, has been signed. This air base, close to the facilities of the local industrialist HAI, had previously hosted the Greek Mirage F1 from 1973 to 2003, then the Air Force Mirage 2000-5...

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Thailand reckons F-35A will be cheaper than Swedish JAS-39 Gripen E

This is a statement that must have hurt the Saab headquarters in Linköping very badly. According to comments reported by the Bangkok Post, the Chief of Staff of the Thai Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya, reportedly declared that he favored the acquisition of 8 F-35A Lightning IIs to replace part of the F-5 and F-16 the oldest of the Royal Thai Air Force, rather than acquiring a second squadron of Gripen from the Swedish Saab, of which 7 JAS 39C aircraft are already in service within the No. 7 squadron of Surat Thani. He thus takes the direct opposite of his predecessor, the Air Chief Marshal Maanat...

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A new version of the Chinese heavy embarked fighter J-15 soon in service?

As for the J-11 air superiority fighter which was derived from the Su-27, or the J-16 fighter-bomber derived from the Su-30, the standard carrier-based fighter of the Chinese naval aviation, the J-15, results from a reverse-engineered a Russian fighter from the Flanker family, in this case a Su-33 acquired from Ukraine when Beijing acquired the hull of the aircraft carrier Varyag, left unused in the shipyards Ukrainians after the implosion of the Soviet Union. But unlike the J-11B, and especially the J-16, the J-15 had undergone little modernization in the conversion process, and suffered from several defects that already struck its Soviet big brother, in particular…

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Indonesian runway resurfaces for Dassault Rafale

Several times announced as close, it seems that a first order of Rafale combat aircraft is on track before the end of the year in Indonesia. In any case, this is what goes back to the investigations carried out by the journalist specialized in Defense Michel Cabirol of the economic site La Tribune, and which could even take place before the end of the year 2021. It would not be, this time, a major order for around forty aircraft as mentioned above, Jakarta simply not having the resources to finance such a program. On the other hand, there would remain on the 2021 budget resources of the order of $600 million in…

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The new FDI frigates of the French Navy less well armed than expected

The ceremony for laying the keel of the first Defense and Intervention Frigate, or FDI, of the French Navy, was held on December 16 at the Naval Group site in Lorient. Baptized Amiral Ronarc'h, this first frigate of an eponymous class of 5 ships which will enter service between 2025 and 2030, will weigh 4500 tonnes and be 122m long, will be one of the pillars of the renewal of the surface fleet of the Navy. And if it will carry many new capabilities for the French Navy, such as the Thales Seafire 500 active plate antenna radar which offers…

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The Chinese Navy will have received 8 new destroyers in 2021 alone

As we know, the Chinese military naval industry has been extremely successful for several years. Thus, from 2017 to 2020, it had enabled the Chinese Navy to accept into active service no less than 21 destroyers, i.e. 3 times more ships of this type than those entered into service with the US Navy, the South Korean Navy, Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces over the same period. Far from slowing down the pace, it set a new record in 2021 with no less than 8 destroyers delivered to the Naval Forces of the People's Liberation Army, or more exactly, 3 Type cruisers...

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Russian S-70 Okhotnik-B combat drone will be more stealthy than anticipated

Unlike the European air forces which plan to rely, in the decades to come, on manned fighters and possibly on airborne Remote Carrier drones for fighter and attack missions, Russia has chosen to develop, at the alongside its new-generation Su-57 and Su-75 combat aircraft and Grom airborne drones, a heavy combat drone intended to take a prominent place in the air inventory, replacing part of the fighters and attack aircraft light, like the Mig-29 and the Su-25. This drone, designated S-70 Okhotnik B (fighter in Russian), was unveiled for the first time…

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UAE Mirage 2000-9 interests Morocco and Egypt

There are signs that do not deceive. Barely a week after the announcement made of the order of 80 Rafale by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, that the sixty Mirage 2000-9 acquired at the end of the 90s by the country, and which must precisely be replaced by the Rafales ordered, would have already found takers. Indeed, according to several sources of information, it appears that Egypt, but also Morocco, would have approached Abu Dhabi in order to acquire these fighter planes which still have a remarkable operational potential. If Cairo's request is not surprising, the air force...

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