Is the Mediterranean again an area of ​​concentration of forces?

Traditionally, when we think of geographical areas under tension where many military forces are present, it is common to refer to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, or more recently to the Western Pacific, especially around the China Sea. . On the other hand, the Mediterranean, and in particular the eastern Mediterranean, which was between the Second World War and the end of the 60s one of the most active areas militarily speaking, has since slipped, in the overall perception, towards the status of a secure area, allowing a significant commercial traffic. But for the past decade, many nations bordering the Mediterranean, as well as others there…

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What are these next generation camouflage technologies?

In English, a term is often used to designate new generation camouflage technologies: Cloaking, literally the “use of a cape”. The reference to the elven cloaks of Frodo Baggins and the invisibility cloak of the most famous of the young British wizards is obvious, while retaining a dreamlike dimension. However, this term is now used most seriously in the world by many research laboratories working for the Defense industry around the world. Thanks to new meta-materials, it is indeed now possible to completely or partially erase the presence of an object, a vehicle or a soldier, from view...

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Blekinge, Barracuda, Taigei: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - 2nd part

According to the staff of the American Navy, submarines would represent today the best response to the rise in power of certain naval powers, citing in particular China. It is true that in Asia, the number of submarines in service in the various navies has more than quadrupled in 20 years, and that all the major navies are engaged in the renewal or even the extension of their submersible fleet. . In the second part of this article intended to present the conventionally powered submarines which enter service today, or which will do so in the years to come, we will present the 5 latest models of this…

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Type 214, Scorpene, Yuan: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - Part 1

With the return of international tensions in the early 2010s, the role of attack submarines rose considerably for the world's navies. A new generation of conventionally powered attack submarines is now entering service, often fitted with anaerobic modules extending their diving range and offering increased performance and enhanced offensive capabilities. A dozen models today share this often critical market for many navies. In this article, we will present the first 5 models (alphabetical classification by country), to understand their performance and advantages. A second article will present the last 5 models. Germany: Type 212…

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What are the lessons of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Along with the Donbass conflict, the war that has just ended in Nagorno-Karabakh has been one of the rare conflicts involving heavy state military means on both sides of the belligerents in recent years. New tactics and new equipment have been used massively, raising their effectiveness but also their limits in a high-intensity environment. Staff throughout the world have all been working, since the beginning of this conflict, on the analysis of engagements and the effectiveness demonstrated or not by each of these facilities. Without prejudging the conclusions that these analyzes may make, it is however possible to draw…

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From the F16 Viper to the JF-17 Thunder, do light fighters still have a role to play?

If Defense news today gives pride of place to heavy or medium combat aircraft, such as the F35, the Rafale or the Su35, lighter fighters continue to represent a large part of the fighter fleets in the world. Economical to buy and use, these aircraft allow countries without great means to acquire air capabilities and the largest nations to expand their fleets to be able to respond to all requests and scenarios. operational. In this article, we are going to present some of the light fighters in present or future staffing in the air forces, to know some…

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Type 31, FDI, Gorshkov: What are the frigates worth today?

Today, the frigate represents the surface combat ship of excellence for first-class navies, combining the versatility of their sensors with advanced weapon systems to ensure a wide range of missions, from escort to control of maritime spaces, and sometimes even denial of access and land strikes. In this article, we are going to study some of the main classes of modern medium tonnage frigates, destined to become the backbone of many navies in the world, in order to compare them with each other but also to refine the perception of the technological balance of power and military in the field...

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These 5 international crises that threaten world peace

In just a few weeks, several areas of international tension have evolved into crises threatening to turn into open conflict, with a significant risk of extension, to the point of threatening even peace on a planetary scale. Indeed, these major crises have this in common that they all involve, directly or indirectly, nuclear nations that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, most of the time facing each other. In this article, we will provide a quick summary of the 5 major crises that potentially threaten to escalate into conflict, and involve nations with nuclear weapons. 1- The Belarusian crisis For little…

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Aircraft carriers, anti-missile systems, combat aircraft: Seoul reveals its ambitions for the coming decade

Unlike the Europeans, South Korea has never neglected its defense investments, including during the period following the collapse of the Soviet bloc and which was characterized by a rapprochement between the West and China. It must be said that with a neighbor like North Korea accused of developing a military nuclear program as early as 1989, Seoul, also within range of North Korean artillery, has never really known a period of calm, to take advantage “Benefits of Peace” dear to European leaders in the 90s and 2000s. And in fact, South Korea today has an armed force of…

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In Southeast Asia, the number of submarines has increased by 300% in 20 years

With the rise of the Chinese fleet, which aims to equal the US Navy by 2050, and the policy of fait accompli sometimes implemented by Beijing, naval tensions in Southeast Asia have increased since ten years. It is therefore not surprising to note that the majority of the countries in the zone are developing and modernizing their navies, sometimes in a substantial way. Beyond Japan, the two Koreas, Australia and India, many Marines, who until then were confined to coastal defense and State action missions at sea, are now being given of…

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