DARPA Launches Ekranoplan Liberty Lifter Program for Strategic Lift

Among the most important American successes of the Second World War in the industrial field, it is common to refer to combat aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang or the F-6F Hellcat, to the Sherman tank or to the aircraft carriers of the Wasp class. However, the material which undoubtedly played the most decisive role in defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan was the Liberty Ship, a model of cargo ship 135 meters long and 10.000 tons displacement, produced in 2,710 copies, and which transported the entire American and allied war effort to Africa, Europe and…

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UK wants more F-35Bs and A400Ms

Like most European armies, British military forces suffered the backlash of the benefits of peace at the budgetary level between the mid-90s and the 2010s. On the other hand, due to the significant British participation in the Second World War Gulf, and in the Afghanistan campaign, these quickly eroded their operational reserves, to the point of being on the verge of a global capability rupture at the start of the 2010s. maritime patrol or on-board naval air capacity, London undertook in 2012 to increase its investments, so as to reconstitute and modernize 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 French defense industry?

The French defense industry is now internationally recognized as one of the most efficient and comprehensive on the planet. From nuclear-powered submarines to combat aircraft, via reconnaissance satellites, armored vehicles and missiles, the major French defense companies are present in all niches, and as such claim the 3rd ranks defense technology exporting countries after the United States and Russia, but ahead of China, Germany and Great Britain. It represents, as such, not only the pillar of French strategic autonomy, but one of the key export industries of the…

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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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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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DARPA succeeds in-flight recovery of X-61A Gremlins drone

Air-dropped drones offer many advantages from an operational point of view, in particular that of being able to be deployed at long distances thanks to a carrier aircraft, and of having to use their own fuel only once dropped, so as not to having to consume it only once above or near the objective. The autonomy in flight of the drones is thus considerably increased, reinforcing their operational efficiency. But this approach suffers from a significant weak point, since once released, the chances of being able to recover the drone once its mission is over are all the more slim as it intervenes far from the allied bases.…

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The pilots and navigators of the American fighter would be more exposed to the risks of Cancer

Piloting a combat aircraft is undeniably a "risky job". But if all pilots accept having to put their life at risk during combat missions, as well as the inevitable risk of accidents, very few know that this profession exposes them to an increased risk of developing certain cancers, such as cancer of the prostate, testicles or melanoma. This is what emerges from a study carried out in the United States on all pilot and navigator personnel having flown more than 100 hours on fighter aircraft between 1970 and 2004 by the 711th Air Force human performance squadron. ForceResearch…

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What is the record of Emmanuel Macron's five-year term in terms of Defense?

With the confirmation of a new € 1,7 billion of the Army budget for the year 2022, bringing it to € 40,9 billion, i.e. an overall increase of almost € 9 billion since 2017, the government and the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, confirm stricto-senso compliance with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law, and the promises made by Emmanuel Macron during the previous presidential campaign

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India approves order for 56 Airbus C295W tactical transport aircraft

The long-awaited order having been made public in May 2015, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given the green light to begin the delivery of 56 C295W tactical airlifters from Airbus Defense and Space. According to the press release, 16 aircraft will be assembled in Spain by Airbus DS and delivered within 48 months of signing the contract, while the other 40 aircraft will be assembled in India by the private group Tata, over a period of 10 years. In addition, all aircraft will be equipped with a national electronic warfare suite for…

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