Sweden to order 24 additional Archer 155mm mobile artillery systems

On the occasion of Eurosatory 2022, the director of the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, signed with Lena Gillström, executive director of BAE, a letter of intent relating to the acquisition, by 2025, of 24 155 mm Archer self-propelled guns to equip a third artillery battalion of the Swedish Army, which already has 48 of these systems. This contract, under discussion since 2020, is part of the renewed effort of the Swedish authorities to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the country's armed forces, but also to integrate with NATO standards, with a defense effort which will be brought from 1,3% of GDP today, to…

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Poland wants to go from 4 to 6 operational divisions in 2035

As part of the work on the "Model 2035" program aimed at modernizing and strengthening the Polish armies by 2035, the Polish Minister of Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, announced that the size of the country's Army would change from 4 divisions today, to 6 divisions in 2035, with a significant increase in manpower and staffing equipment. While Poland only has a GDP of €600 billion, a quarter of that of France, and a population of 38 million, barely 55% of the 68 million French people, the country has of a very large armed force, in…

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Lithuania wants to order CAESAR mounted guns from French Nexter

During his visit to France to meet his counterpart Sébastien Lecornu, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas confirmed in a tweet that his country intended to acquire CAESAR 155 mm artillery systems designed and manufactured by the French Nexter without specifying the number or the schedule. Update June 15: Lithuania signs a letter of intent for 18 French CAESARs. The CAmion Equipped with an Artillery System, or CAESAR, is today one of the most important export successes of the French specialist in land armaments Nexter. The 155 mm system, renowned for its precision, its length…

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Russian forces prevail in Electronic Warfare in the Donbass

If during the first two months of the war, the Russian armies seemed unable to impose themselves in the field of electronic warfare, recent reports concerning the fighting in the Donbass indicate that Moscow would have learned the lessons of these past failures and now relies on a very intense electromagnetic jamming on this theater. Dreaded before the war in Ukraine, the Russian armies' electronic warfare capabilities were surprisingly ineffective during the first weeks of the conflict, allowing Ukrainian forces to carry out coordinated actions of numerous small combat groups, supported by a large number of…

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Iraq announces it has ordered Rafale planes and artillery systems from France

As the country still faces an intense rebellion by the Islamic State, as Shia militias under Iranian control continue to grow in its territory, and as Turkish ambitions in the north of the country threaten the Kurdish regions, Iraq is trying to modernize its armed forces, by negotiating defense programs with its historical partners, the United States, Russia and France. However, as is very often the case with Baghdad, it is very difficult to see clearly in the announcements of the Iraqi authorities, which are not lacking in contradictions or even very improbable information, such as that mentioned at the start of this year wearing…

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Poland continues to exclude European offers from its arms contracts

Since the cancellation of the Caracal helicopter contract announced in 2016 to turn to American-made helicopters, Warsaw has shown a very clear preference for American equipment, with the order of 2 anti-aircraft and anti-missile batteries Patriot PAC3 in 2018, 20 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 185 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 32 F-35A fighter bombers in 2019, and more recently 250 M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks in 2021. In many cases, equivalent or even superior equipment of European invoice were proposed (Rafale/Typhoon/Gripen aircraft, MMP/EuroSpike missiles, SAMP/T Mamba system and Leopard 2A7 tanks), without being able to impose themselves against American offers.…

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Terminator, TOS-2 and Su-57, Russia deploys its new weapon systems in Ukraine

During the first two phases of the offensive against Ukraine, the Russian armed forces mainly relied on their most seasoned and best equipped units apart from a few elite units kept in reserve. This is the reason why, during the first weeks of the conflict, the documented Russian material losses were mainly composed of modernized armored vehicles such as the heavy tanks T-72B3 and B3M, T-80U and BVM, and some T-90A, as well as many BMP-2s, BMP-4s and other BMDs. The numerous losses recorded by the Russian armies during these two aborted phases led the General Staff to change strategy and revise its objectives, but also...

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The US Army abandons its Strategic Long-Range Cannon super-gun program

Faced with the probable return of international tensions and the risk of high-intensity conflict, the US Army undertook, in 2017, to launch a new super program designated BIG 6, in reference to the BIG 5 super program of the early 70s which gave birth to to the Bradley, the Patriot, and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, among other things. Among the critical pillars of the BIG 6, alongside the Futur Vertical Lift program to replace combat helicopters and the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program to replace the Bradleys, is the Long Range Precision Fire pillar, aimed at providing the US Army with new generation artillery.…

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After Belgium, Colombia is preparing to order the CAESAR mounted cannon from French Nexter

Since entering service in 2008, the Canon Equipped with a Nexter Artillery System, or CAESAR, has met with significant operational and commercial success. Successfully employed by French gunners in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Mali, and by its international users in Cambodia (Thailand) and Yemen (Saudi Arabia), the French system has demonstrated excellent operational qualities, combining high mobility at high reach (up to 40 km with ERFB shells, more than 50 km with added propulsion shells), as well as high accuracy even with unguided shells. These qualities were put to good use by the French artillery…

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Will Russia lose its army in Ukraine?

Since the 2008 military intervention in Georgia, Russian conventional military power had been a powerful tool at the service of the Kremlin, both to intimidate its neighbors and to bring Russia back to the forefront of the international geopolitical scene. The successes recorded in Crimea and then in Syria created an aura of power that allowed Moscow to impose itself on several occasions in Europe but also in Africa. This same conventional power, backed by the immense deterrent force of the Russian nuclear arsenal, largely explains the sometimes timorous attitude of Westerners in support of Ukraine during the first weeks of the conflict, when very few believed that…

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