China's new hypersonic anti-ship missiles are a game-changer in the Pacific

Could China have stolen the courtesy from Russia by deploying a hypersonic anti-ship missile aboard its new Type 055 heavy destroyers? In any case, this is the question that arises following the publication of photos showing the firing of a missile identified as YJ-21 from one of these ships, suggesting that the missile could actually be in service, or at least in the advanced testing phase. As if that news alone wasn't enough, new photos have emerged showing an H-6N long-range naval bomber also carrying an anti-ship ballistic missile, which…

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With 3 SSBNs at sea, the French deterrence posture at its highest since 1983

There are unmistakable signs of the level of tension that exists between the West and Russia, against the backdrop of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Thus, barely a few days after the launch of what is presented by Moscow as a "Special Military Operation", and which is obviously turning into a nightmare for the Russian armies, the Kremlin had announced the heightened alert of its forces. of deterrence. If at the time, the Western nuclear powers had not publicly raised the threat so as not to aggravate the situation, they nevertheless drew their own conclusions. So we learn...

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Boeing pulls out all the stops to try to salvage German Super Hornet contract

As we know, after the failures in Switzerland, Finland and Canada, three countries which today use the F/A-18 Hornet, the German contract covering 30 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornets and 15 aerial warfare E/A-18G Growler to replace the Tornado dedicated to the NATO nuclear mission and the Tornado ECR of electronic warfare, has taken on a more than strategic dimension for Boeing, for which the sustainability of the chain of assembly of the device for 3 years. However, this contract is now threatened by several factors, in particular the Pentagon's firmness in not qualifying the new bomb...

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The new Russian strategic bomber Tu-160M2 has made its maiden flight

Russia is one of the only 3 countries in the world to have a strategic triad, namely a nuclear deterrent based simultaneously on land, naval and air vectors. For now, this third component is the least well off, with only 16 Tu-160M ​​supersonic strategic bombers, the bulk of the force still being made up of fifty Tu-95MS turboprops. It is precisely to replace these devices that the Russian authorities launched, in 2015, a program aimed at restoring the Tu-160 assembly line to a new modernized standard designated Tu-160M2, and producing 35 new devices, while that at the same time, the aeronautical industry…

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Germany wants to assess the interest of the F-35 to replace its Tornado

“Oh, What a Surprise” will say the most cynical. According to the German site Die Zeit, the new Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has indeed undertaken to reconsider the decision of the one who preceded her in the function, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had in 2020 arbitrated in favor of the acquisition of 30 Boeing F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter bombers and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft to replace the Tornado dedicated to NATO's shared nuclear mission, and the Tornado ECR electronic warfare and suppression respectively opponent's anti-aircraft defences. According to the article, the German Minister, in agreement with the…

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F / A-18 E / F Super Hornet moves further away from Germany

When in March 2020, Berlin announced its intention to acquire 45 F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft alongside 90 new Eurofighter Typhoons to replace, among other things, the electronic warfare Tornado and those dedicated to NATO's nuclear sharing missions, the German authorities knew that it was taking a significant risk, in particular for those who, after them, will have to implement this acquisition program. Indeed, the Boeing Super Hornet, no more than the Eurofighter Typhoon, were then planned to be able to receive the new gravitational nuclear bomb used by NATO in this specific context, the B-61-Mod12 . In order to…

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Chinese H-6J bombers train to drop naval mines

If the Chinese Navy is now solid in terms of surface fleet, with in the next few months a fleet composed of 5 Type 055 cruisers and 25 Type 052D destroyers in line, plus a hundred frigates and corvettes, it remains under threat American but also Japanese, South Korean or even Australian submarines (in the distant, very distant future…), as shown by the accident of the USS Connecticut in the China Sea two months ago. Although medium-term measures have been taken, such as the gradual arrival of new Type 039C submarines or the possible replacement of the first 20…

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Does NATO's B-61 nuclear bomb still have military or political interest?

From the start of the Cold War, the United States undertook to deploy on the soil of its European allies nuclear weapons of various types, such as gravitational bombs, surface-to-surface or surface-to-air missiles, and even air missiles. -air than the AIR-2 Genie, in order to dissuade the very powerful Red Army from trying to take advantage of its numerical advantage in Europe. Without knowing exactly when the principle of nuclear sharing began, it appears that it was already implemented in 1968, during the first discussions between the Soviets and the Americans on questions of limiting nuclear weapons, since Moscow was informed of this...

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52 Chinese fighter jets entered the Taiwanese air traffic control zone

The Chinese air force carried out, between October 1 and 2 on the occasion of the country's national holiday, an unprecedented show of force near the island of Taiwan, causing several take-offs of Taiwanese fighter planes, and vigorous protest from the Taipei authorities. On October 1, a first formation of 18 J-16 fighter bombers accompanied by 4 Su-30 fighter bombers, as well as two H-6 bombers and a Y-8 Maritime patrol aircraft carried out a first exercise south of the Taiwanese air control zone. A few hours later, on the night of the 1st…

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Chinese Navy has held 120 exercises over the past 3 months

“Sweat saves blood” used to say the architect and military strategist of Louis XIV, Vauban. And sweat, the Chinese military has obviously not lacked in recent months. Indeed, according to the CCP-affiliated site globaltimes.cn, the Chinese navy in cooperation with other arms of the People's Liberation Army, has organized nearly 120 naval, naval air and amphibious exercises in the past 3 months alone, including 50 of them took place near the island of Taiwan. Beyond the already extraordinarily high number of exercises that took place, the (partial) information provided by the Taiwanese authorities on many of them...

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