The Spanish Army would be interested in the Nexter CAESAR cannon

Along with the Rafale combat aircraft, the CAESAR cannon designed and produced by Nexter is undeniably today one of the most successful French defense equipment items on the international scene. Indeed, the CAmion Equipped with an Artillery System, has already been chosen by 8 foreign armed forces, including 4 NATO members (Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic and Lithuania), and new orders should soon be confirmed. from Iraq and Colombia. The CAESAR also seems to behave very well in Ukraine, where 18 of these systems have been offered by France to the Ukrainian forces to support the resistance against aggression…

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South Korea tries to offer its Dosan Anh Changho submarine to Australia

The least that can be said is that the South Korean authorities spare no effort to promote their defense equipment throughout the world. After convincing Egypt to acquire 200 K-9 self-propelled guns, and signing a partnership with Turkey to complete the construction of the Altay battle tank, Seoul has partnered with Warsaw in what could be one of the most ambitious defense industrial cooperation efforts of the decade. In Australia, the South Korean authorities have already managed to place the K-9 self-propelled gun under the Land 8116 program, Canberra having announced in December 2021 the acquisition of…

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China, too, would develop a nuclear-powered torpedo

The imminent arrival of the strategic couple formed by the nuclear-powered missile submarine Belgorod, a variation of the Antey class, and the nuclear-powered strategic drone torpedo Poseidon, within the Russian Navy, has caused much ink to flow. in recent weeks in the West, even if the effective strategic contribution of this pair capable of eliminating a large coastal city with its head of 2 megatons, is more than debatable. However, the principle has apparently inspired Chinese engineers, who have just announced the design of a torpedo equipped with a miniaturized nuclear reactor. On the other hand, the operational concept targeted by the Chinese Navy differs…

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Deprived of F-16V, the Turkish president threatens to reinstate his veto on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

3 days ! That's how long it took President RT Erdogan to once again threaten a Turkish veto on Sweden's and Finland's membership of the Atlantic Alliance, after the US Congress voted , on the occasion of the vote of the 2023 finance law of the US armed forces, two amendments which hinder the possibilities of exporting the F-16 Viper but also other defense technologies to Ankara. Of course, the subjects not being supposed to be officially linked, President Erdogan publicly takes umbrage at the lack of “responsiveness” of the Swedish authorities concerning the request for the extradition of 33 refugees to…

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Japan set to scrap defense spending cap

At the end of the Second World War, Japan occupied by American forces was endowed with a constitution hastily drafted by the plenipotentiary services of Washington under the strict control of General MacArthur. What followed was a very restrictive constitution regarding the country's defense capabilities. Unlike Federal Germany, which in the mid-50s obtained the green light from Washington, London and Paris to increase its defense effort within the framework of NATO, to become in a few years the largest conventional armed force of the old continent, the Japanese self-defense forces remained contained in a strictly investment effort…

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British FCAS/Tempest and Japanese FX fighter jet programs may soon merge

While the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program which brings together France, Germany and Spain has been on hold for several months for lack of a balanced agreement on industrial sharing, the British and their program FCAS competitor with next-generation Tempest fighter aircraft continues to push ahead, despite threats to its funding. This risk could very soon be fully addressed. Indeed, after seducing Rome and, to a lesser extent, Stockholm to join the program and participate in its financing, London is, according to Reuters, on the verge of signing a historic agreement with Tokyo to merge…

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Turkey launches competition for the engine of its next-generation TF-X combat aircraft

At the 2019 Paris Air Show, the model presented by Turkey of the TF-X program aimed at developing a new medium combat aircraft with characteristics close to the 5th generation, caused a sensation, especially since it then seemed much more successful than the one presented with great fanfare by France, Germany and Spain concerning the FCAS programme. However, between the consequences of the Covid crisis, and especially Western sanctions against Ankara following Turkish interventions in Syria and Libya, its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, and especially the acquisition of an S-400 battery from Russia, dealt a severe blow to the industrial ambitions of…

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SHIELD airborne system's high-energy laser soon ready for testing

Since the mid-60s, increasingly modern anti-aircraft defenses have continued to pose a growing threat to air forces, and to armies which, like Western forces, base most of their firepower on this component. The Vietnam War, then that of Yom Kippur, made the staffs aware of this threat, leading to the design of new aircraft designed to challenge these systems, either based on stealth like the F-117A Nighthawk, or on the low-altitude, high-speed penetration like the Tornado, the Su-24, the F-111. The Gulf War...

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With KDDX, South Korea launches its 3rd new generation destroyer program

At the turn of the 2000s, the South Korean naval forces were mainly composed of coastal protection ships, such as the 2.200-ton Ulsan-class frigates or the Gangwon-class destroyers, American 3500-ton Gearing-class destroyers intended for anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare. Since then, the profile of these naval forces has changed profoundly, with the entry into service of large destroyers such as the Sejong the Great class ships, among the largest (10.600 tons in load) and the best armed (128 vertical silos) of the planet, but also the 3.600 ton frigates of…

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US Air Force and US Navy test airborne electromagnetic pulse munition

During the 2000s, the US Air Force Research Laboratory developed ammunition whose operational potential was not based on the use of kinetic energy or a large explosive charge, but on the emission of an impulse Electro-Magnetic likely to destroy nearby electronic equipment. In 2012, Boeing carried out a demonstration test of the Counter-electronics High-Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, by destroying the onboard electronics of 7 targets with this new missile. However, if the effectiveness of the technology was indeed proven, its constraints prevented its efficient military use, since the dimensions of the on-board Electro-magnetic pulse generator required the use of one more missile...

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