Poland to order 32 AW149 helicopters from Italian Leonardo

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced after a meeting with President Duda and the Polish General Staff that Warsaw would order 32 AW149 medium helicopters from the Italian Leonardo, in 3 versions which will be assembled on site by the PZL Świdnik factory owned by the Italian aircraft manufacturer. Defense is obviously THE political ISSUE of the moment in Poland. Indeed, announcements concerning new programs or new investments have been multiplying at an almost daily rate for a few weeks, while Warsaw intends to make an unprecedented effort to modernize its armed forces, by increasing its defense effort at…

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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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KF51 vs EMBT: Speckled foil duel between Rheinmetall and KNDS around the MGCS program

Like the SCAF next-generation combat aircraft program, the Main Ground Combat System, or MGCS, program, aimed at designing the replacement for the German Leopard 2 and French Leclerc tanks, is encountering many difficulties. In addition to the deep doctrinal differences which oppose in the specifications between the Army and the Bundeswehr, the industrial sharing between the main actors, the German Rheinmetall on the one hand, and the groups Nexter and Krauss Maffei Wegman gathered in the KNDS group on the other, is also the subject of intense tension. Indeed, the Munich group, which is also very politically introduced to the Bundestag, the German parliament, is not from…

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Between missile and wandering ammunition, the Israeli Rafael presents his new Spike NLOS with a range of 50 km

At the end of the Cold War, the Western anti-tank missile market was in the hands of the United States with the TOW from Hughes Aircraft and the arrival of the Hellfire missile from Lokheed-Martin, and from Europe with the HOT and the very effective MILAN infantry developed by Euromissiles. But with the end of the Soviet threat, Americans and Europeans significantly lowered their investments in this area, opening the way to the emergence of other players on the planet.

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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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The Russian Navy embeds TOR anti-aircraft systems on its corvettes in the Black Sea

A snapshot posted on social media shows the Vasily Bykov corvette of project 22160 along the coast of Crimea sailing with a land-based Tor M2KM modular anti-aircraft system installed on its helicopter platform, probably to strengthen its anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft defense capabilities. -missile. Since the loss of the cruiser Moskva on April 14, 2022, sunk by two Ukrainian P360 Neptune anti-ship missiles, the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which until now considered itself invulnerable in these waters, has profoundly changed its doctrine, its ships no longer evolving according to pre-defined and repetitive trajectories, and above all by keeping a good distance from the coasts under Ukrainian control.…

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Swedish CV90 Mk IV infantry fighting vehicle wins Slovak competition

As far as arms contracts are concerned, the arguments used to choose material, which is more important for imports, are most often vague, not to say opaque. In this area, the competition organized by the Slovak authorities with a view to upgrading or replacing its fleet of BVP-1/2 infantry fighting vehicles inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, has been of unprecedented clarity. , offering an objective view of the options considered as well as the characteristics of the armored vehicles selected, both in the operational field and from a budgetary and industrial point of view. At the end of this particularly precise and documented process, the…

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Russia deploys T-62M tanks to Ukraine

Reports had indicated the possibility for Russian forces of a deployment of T-62M tanks in Ukraine, an armored vehicle dating from the 60s. Recent photos published on social networks have confirmed the presence of these tanks in the Kherson region, in southern Ukraine. Recent photos published on social networks have confirmed the presence of T-62M tanks belonging to the Russian Army in Ukraine, more precisely in the Kherson region in the south of the country. The tanks were equipped, like what was widely observed on Russian T-72 and T-80 tanks, with a protective grid...

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Chinese player releases confidential data to 'improve' War Thunder tank simulation

A Chinese player posted on the forum of the multiplayer tank simulation game War Thunder unknown data in the West concerning the DTC10-125 125mm arrow shell used by the Chinese Type 96 and Type 99 main battle tanks, in order to improve simulation accuracy. On May 31, a Chinese player posted previously unknown data in the Western public domain on the forum of the multiplayer tank simulation game War Thunder, concerning the DTC10-125 arrow shell widely used by main battle tanks. Chinese Type 96, Type 99 and Type 99A, to shoot down enemy tanks. According to…

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