Poland to order 180 K2 tanks, 670 K9 guns and 48 FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea

Since the beginning of the Russian attack in Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain and France have been competing with each other in terms of declarations and projects to equip themselves with the largest European conventional armed force, the best army or the best Marine. But in fact, in February 2022, the largest conventional land force in Europe was neither French, nor British or German, but Polish. Indeed, Warsaw was then fielding 750 Leopard 2A4, PT-91 and T-72 combat tanks, as well as 1500 BWP-1 and KTO Rosomak infantry fighting vehicles, nearly 500 Krab, Dana, Godzik and Rak self-propelled guns, as well as near…

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Typhoon, FREMM, M-346: Italy would be close to signing a €12bn super-contract in Egypt

After several years of negotiations, Cairo would be close to concretizing the largest defense contract in its history, by ordering from Rome 24 Typhoon fighter planes, 4 FREMM frigates, 20 armed patrol boats, 20 M-346 training planes and a observation satellite, for an amount exceeding €12 billion. In the spring of 2020, Italy managed to take a predominant negotiating position in Egypt on the arms contract, on the ruins left by Paris after Emmanuel Macron, during an official visit to the Egyptian capital, questioning human rights issues in the country. Rome was on the…

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US Congress speeds up withdrawal of US Air Force's oldest planes except A-10

Since the mid-2010s, each new Pentagon funding law has given rise to a showdown between the US Air Force and the US Congress, over the accelerated withdrawal of aircraft deemed unsuitable for modern operational needs, so as to free up budgetary and human resources to accommodate new equipment, and in particular the F-35A Lighting II and the future NGAD, intended to replace the F-22 by the end of the decade. And each year, an aircraft concentrates this opposition, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the mythical low-altitude fire support aircraft, which was designed to eliminate tank columns...

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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US Air Force seeks advanced trainer in addition to new T-7A Red Hawk

Does the US Air Force remember the lessons learned during the Vietnam War, when its young pilots freshly graduated from the academy were shot down by the DCA or the North Vietnamese pilots for lack of combat experience? ? The fact is, just 3 years after awarding a nearly $10 billion contract to Boeing and Saab to design and build its new T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer to replace its exhausted T-38 Talons. and obsolete, it has just published a request for information to acquire a hundred advanced training aircraft to train its pilots in air combat and missions…

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US Air Force to test high-energy laser from AC-130J Ghostrider gunship

At the start of the Vietnam War, the US Air Force deployed a new concept of combat aircraft, the Gunship, initially a World War II C-47 Dakota transport oat loaded with port machine guns and intended to support forces ground infantry engaged in fierce combat against the Viet Cong adversary. Thus was born the AC-47 Spooky, which became one of the main weapons of the Air Commando Squadron. But it quickly became clear that the C-47 was too vulnerable for this mission as the intensity of the fighting increased, with no less than 19 aircraft destroyed, including 12 by enemy fire, out of the 41 aircraft...

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Excluded from the F35 program, Turkey reorganizes its aeronautical ambitions without the West

While the US Department of Defense had just officially notified Ankara of its definitive exclusion from the F35 program following the acquisition of S400 systems from Russia, Selcuk Bayraktar, the CTO of the company Bayraktar, well known for its drones TB2 which played a decisive role during the Turkish engagements in Syria and Libya, as well as the buts of the Azeri forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 2020. The latter detailed the roadmap that the Turkish authorities were preparing to follow in the field of military aeronautics. And the least that can be said is that the country does not…

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Tensions at the highest between Russia, Ukraine and the West

According to a report by the European Union, the Russian armed forces would have assembled nearly 150.000 men in Crimea and along the border with the Ukrainian Donbass, making this deployment the largest since the end of the cold war. The EU, like all European capitals, as well as kyiv and Washington, are now more than openly worried about Russian maneuvers, all the more so as other factors indicate that the current crisis is now spreading to beyond Ukraine, to become a major crisis between the West and Russia. Reports of Russian military build-up on Ukrainian borders have multiplied in recent days…

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US Navy looks to Boeing eT-7 Red Hawk to replace T-45 Goshawk planes

The eT-7 Red Hawk training aircraft from Boeing and Saab could well claim a new major commercial success, since according to Chuck Dabundo, vice president of Boeing in charge of the program, quoted by the Breaking Defense site, the Seattle-based aircraft manufacturer is reportedly in talks with the US Navy to replace T-45 Goshhawk aircraft, the modified version of BAe's Hawk redesigned by McDonnel Douglas as the US Navy's fighter pilot training aircraft since the middle of the 90s. At the same time, Boeing has just announced the start of production of the assembly line of the eT-7 intended for the US Air Force for…

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UK to experiment with modular design for new training device

From 2018 to early 2021, US Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions and Strategy Will Roper worked hard to enforce his view of what a fighter aircraft design should look like today. today. Breaking with the paradigms inherited from the 50s on the basis of one-piece projects, he advocated the use of modern engineering techniques, in particular those borrowed from software development, to quickly and efficiently design high-performance devices, based on technological bricks. existing ones, in order to reduce costs and delays. The first program designed in this way was the T-7A Red…

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