Are European defense programs in the right technological tempo?

While the 3 major world military powers, the United States, China and Russia, seem to have entered a new technological arms race, European industries remain engaged in programs whose timetable seems out of step with the technological tempo given by these superpowers. However, while counter-programming can be an effective market conquest tool, it can also have very damaging consequences in certain circumstances, for the very survival of the European defense industry. So how can we analyze the European strategy, its origins and its foreseeable effects in the medium and long term? European programs out of time Since…

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Huawei case: the point on the China-US arm wrestling and its consequences for the defense

After having first issued a presidential decree to prohibit the purchase by American companies of technologies developed by Huawei, the American Department of Commerce finally grants a reprieve of 3 months to the Chinese manufacturer. On the surface, these changes of course may have led one to believe that the American government was sailing by sight. However, Donald Trump announced on Friday that he would not close the possibility of including the Huawei case in the negotiations for a trade agreement with China. Despite the firmness of the measures adopted, the United States reveals its hand: exploiting the Huawei affair to establish a favorable balance of power in the trade war waged against…

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Is the S-400 only an intermediary system?

As information arrives on the S-500 system, it is obvious that the Russians have great ambitions for this system. On its own, it will fulfill the functions of medium, long, very long range, anti-ballistic missiles and probably anti-satellite systems. In fact, it will cover, on its own, the functions performed in the West by the PATRIOT, THAAD and GBI. For this, the S-500 system will implement a series of radars allowing low altitude, high altitude and long range coverage as well as a radar with an anti-ballistic missile function. This radar suite will be associated with a fire control operating on…

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US Senate puts in place safeguards to prevent exit from NATO

President Donald Trump's positions vis-à-vis NATO are unpredictable. Moreover, the plural used in "the positions" has nothing to do with a figure of speech, the American president having indeed mentioned, depending on the context, very different, and even divergent, positions concerning the Atlantic alliance, ranging from threats of unilateral exits to fiery declarations on the unbreakable bond which unites the United States and the European countries within this alliance. Be that as it may, the American senators preferred to take the lead in dealing with their versatile president, by putting in place safeguards to prevent any ill-considered action. And what could be more effective than...

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UK wants to extend NATO Article 5 to Cyber ​​attacks

NATO member countries can, if they are the object of military aggression, appeal to Article 5 of the Alliance, known as the “Collective Defense Article”. In effect, the attack against this member country would become an attack against all the countries of the alliance. However, each country would be free to choose the means it would use to fight against this aggression and provide assistance to the attacked country. This article has been invoked only once since the creation of the Atlantic Alliance, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, by the United States, which will provoke the intervention of NATO in Afghanistan. Faced with the resurgence of cyber attacks against targets of more than…

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Between fantasy and conservatism, is there a place for a European Army?

On this last day of the electoral campaign for European women, the idea of ​​creating a European army is coming back to the fore, with the publication of a column co-signed by more than sixty deputies and senators. of the presidential majority, advocating a European Army to guarantee peace on the Old Continent. Tribune immediately denounced and criticized by the actors of the opposition, judging it meaningless, and, in a certain way, misleading. It is striking to note, in this file, that the vast majority of the positions expressed are based on the sole expression of personal convictions, and that at no time, an objective reflection…

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Belgium and the Netherlands formalize the order for 12 Naval Group / ECA consortium minesweeks

After validation by their respective parliaments, Belgium and the Netherlands have officially notified the consortium formed by the French Naval Group and the Belgian ECA of the order for 6 new generation minehunters for the Royal Belgian Navy, and as many for the Navy Royal Dutch Navy, accompanied by a hundred underwater drones for the detection and defusing of underwater mines. This is a €2 billion contract, one of the largest export contracts signed by Naval Group in the past 10 years. With these 12 buildings, the Belgian and Dutch navies will have the most modern mine warfare force…

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US Navy bets on laser to protect combat ships

To explain how the US Navy is ready to invest in Laser technology, especially to defend its combat vessels, the Chief of Naval Surface Operations, Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, gave the example of Cortez , who sank his ships on arriving on the new world, in order to galvanize his men, who knew that there would be no possible escape. And indeed, the American navy intends to force fate, by replacing in 2021 on the destroyer USS Preble, the very one which continues to make headlines and which has become accustomed to brushing against the islets claimed by China at sea. …

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The Multiple Tornado-S rocket launcher equips a first Russian brigade

Heir to the Red Army, the Russian army has retained a certain appetite for artillery systems. Not only does it have many more than its Western counterparts, with a mobile artillery system for 120 men, one for 500 on average in NATO, but also does it develop many systems so as to maintain a permanent advantage over potential opponents. And today, it has advantages. Not only does its self-propelled guns fire farther and more accurately than the majority of Western systems, but it also employs a large number of multiple rocket launchers, with remarkable performance. The 9M542 Tornado-S system fits perfectly into this…

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XQ-58 Valkyrie UAV could quickly support US F35 and F15XE

According to the Pentagon's director of major acquisitions, the US Air Force could acquire the XQ-58 Valkyrie combat drone to accompany the F35 and F15XE combat aircraft during perilous missions. Designed to be able to accompany fighter planes, with supersonic speed, a range exceeding 1500 km, a payload capacity of 500 kg and maneuverability comparable to that of a fighter, the XQ-58 Valkyrie, built by the American Kratos Defense, will represent an intermediate level before the arrival of Skyborg, a program with much higher ambitions, but which is only in its infancy. In addition, the Valkyrie offers a strong argument, capable…

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