The US Army to invest $ 2,7 billion in the sighting systems of its new generation assault rifles

In most science fiction films, the weapons of the future are accompanied by extremely advanced targeting systems, capable of detecting targets in the dark or behind cover, calculating the ballistic trajectory and communicating with other weapons. Once again, reality will soon meet fiction, since the US Army has just awarded a contract worth no less than $2,7 billion to the company Vortex Optics, in order to deliver some 250.000 XM157 NGSW fire control systems. -FC (Fire Control) as part of the Next Generation Squad Weapons program. The system will equip both NGSW-R assault rifles and weapons…

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What is Russia's conventional military might today?

In 2015, in reference to Russian military interventions in Crimea and Syria, President B. Obama declared that Russia was no more than a regional force in decline. Today, while Moscow has massed nearly 100.000 men on the borders of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that his country's military power is sufficient to enable him to impose firm conditions on European countries regarding the future of his neighbour. Considering the discretion of all the European powers in this matter, it is clear that, for none of them, Russia is today a negligible military power, and even then...

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The US Marines Corps wants to revolutionize its Human Resources strategy to face China

Since his arrival at the head of the United States Marine Corps in March 2019, General David H. Berger has undertaken a huge project to transform this elite unit. While since the end of the Cold War, the Corps had gradually evolved into a high quality mechanized infantry unit, widely deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq for example, it had to profoundly change the very structure of this professional army to return to its fundamental mission, the amphibious assault, in particular to be able to meet the potential challenge posed by the modernization of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. For…

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War movie The Battle of Changjin Lake is a hit in China

512 million yuan, or $80 million! This is the recipe that the war film "The Battle of Changjin" has just recorded for its release on Chinese National Day, a total of more than 11 million spectators, a bend in the record set by Avengers. : Endgame in 2019 with $81m in revenue on the day of its release in China. The film deals with an epic battle along the Yalu River during the counter-offensive of United Nations forces led by the United States in 1950 which will push the North Korean People's Army to the brink of collapse, and cause going to war...

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With the ARCAS, Elbit propels the infantry soldier into the future

Science-fiction cinema is rich in futuristic weapons, capable of locating a concealed target, of turning a beginner into an experienced Sniper, or of coordinating and presenting information from the battlefield. If James Cameron imagined it, the Israeli company Elbit has transformed this vision into a very real assault rifle, the ARCAS, which will be presented next week at the DSEI show in London. And in fact, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System indeed offers a promise of capabilities unmatched by existing infantry weapons, even the most modern, by bringing together in a single piece of equipment, an assault rifle, an Electro- optical…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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Armor, suit and exoskeleton: When Science Fiction leads the way

Whether it's armor to increase the resistance of the body, or camouflage outfits to exacerbate the discretion and stealth of soldiers, soldiers have been wearing protective clothing and appendages for several millennia. Today, we are seeing the beginnings of a new generation of systems intended both to protect and to increase the combatant's power and resistance, and sometimes to erase him from the adversary's detection systems, whether either in the form of exoskeletons, connected “body-armor”, or adaptive camouflage outfits. In this field, science fiction has, for many years, paved the way, both in literature,…

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TOW, AT4, M4: the US Army will strengthen its anti-tank firepower

Faced with the increased risk of so-called high-intensity conflicts, and the possibility of having to face adversaries equipped with armored vehicles, the US Army has undertaken to modernize its anti-tank arsenal, both in the field of light weapons than medium-range missiles. Today, American forces use 5 types of anti-tank weapons: the AT4 light rocket and the Carl Gustaf M4 recoilless gun of Swedish origin, the FGM-148 Javelin infantry missile, as well as the medium-range TOW missile and the AGM-114 Hellfire heavy missile for armored vehicles and armed helicopters. To modernize this park, the US Army undertook…

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Is technology moving too fast for industrial defense programs?

For 2 years, the United States Marine Corps has begun a deep reflection on the nature of its mission in the years to come, and on the means at its disposal to carry it out successfully against a technologically advanced adversary with significant military resources, such as the Chinese People's Liberation Army, all in a budgetary context that is at best fixed, at worst declining. The first advances in this thinking came to light with the publication last year of a new intervention doctrine for the Corps, based on smaller, much more mobile and agile units, acting in…

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Tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border continue to grow

While national news is focused on the 3rd confinement announced by the President of the Republic, a much more dangerous scenario is currently playing out on the borders between Ukraine, Russia, its allies and its occupied territories. As we already indicated two days ago, numerous observations corroborated abnormally high troop movements initiated by the Russian armies in Crimea and on the border between Donbas and Russia. At the same time, the Ukrainian armies were deploying forces in these areas. This caused the US European Command to place its forces on heightened “Impending Crisis” alert, the…

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