The arrival from Europe of black powder, a highly explosive and exothermic mixture of sulphur, saltpetre (potassium nitrate) and charcoal, introduced by the Mongols in the 2000th century but used in China since the 800th century, led to a rapid and profound upheaval in military technologies, as well as in tactics and strategies. Ballistas and Scorpions were quickly replaced by cannons and bombards, as soldiers traded off their crossbows and bows for the first portable firearms, bringing more than XNUMX years of military technology to an end in just two centuries. XNUMX years later...Read the article
Category: Naval Aviation and Aircraft Carrier
The Norwegian General Staff anticipates a further rise in power of the Russian armies in the years to come
It is now disputed only by a few unconditional supporters of Moscow, the Russian Armies have suffered considerable losses in Ukraine. Thus, according to the Oryx reference site, they have now lost (destroyed, captured or damaged) in combat more than 10.000 major pieces of equipment, including more than 2000 combat tanks, nearly 3500 armored combat vehicles, more than 900 systems artillery or 170 planes and helicopters and more than a dozen military ships. As for the human losses, which are much more difficult to assess, they would be around 180.000 killed, wounded and missing since the start of the conflict. For many European countries, these…Read the article
Submarine, maritime patrol: can Canada become a privileged partner for France?
Despite their cultural proximity, France and Canada have rarely collaborated in the field of armaments. Traditionally, Ottawa tended to turn to its American neighbour, but also to Great Britain for its equipment programs, whereas in terms of international cooperation, Paris has for several decades favored its direct neighbors such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium or the United Kingdom. This is how the Canadian Air Force once again turned to an American aircraft, in this case the F-35A, to replace another US aircraft, the CF-18 Hornet, as part of the modernization of its fleet of…Read the article
In India, the Rafale demonstrates great payload capacity on Ski-Jump
Since the beginning of January 2022, Dassault Aviation and Team Rafale have been participating in an extensive test campaign aimed at determining the performance of its fighter, the Rafale Marine, to operate from an aircraft carrier equipped not with catapults. as for the PAN Charles de Gaulle of the French Navy, but with a springboard or ski jump, like those which equip the two aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy, the INS Vikramaditya already in service and the INS Vikrant, the first carrier - local-built aircraft which are completing these sea trials. While the French teams displayed an obvious serenity as to the results expected during…Read the article
The French Navy calls on European fleets to fill the spaces left by the United States
As we know, the Chinese shipyards launch, each year, nearly a dozen destroyers and frigates, as well as many other ships, including the most imposing and modern, intended to come and swell the fleet of the People's Liberation Army. . To deal with it, the US Navy can still rely on the mass and efficiency that its fleet gives it, as well as on the renewed means of its regional allies such as Australia, Japan or South Korea. However, in the years to come, and despite the increase in US naval production, Washington will have to concentrate more and more of its resources in…Read the article
Why is finding the name of the future French nuclear aircraft carrier so difficult?
For the past few days, a subject seems to have focused the attention of a large part of the French defense sphere. Indeed, now that the construction of the future new generation nuclear aircraft carrier intended to replace the Charles de Gaulle from 2038, is assured, it is appropriate to name the future flagship of the French Navy. And obviously, the subject is complex, since the Minister of the Armed Forces has very officially, and publicly, mandated the historical service of the Armies to make proposals to him in this direction, proposals which will have to be "innovative", according to Sebastien Lecornu. . It is true that the choice of names for…Read the article
FA-50, ATR-72MP, UH-60, Anca ..: Malaysian Air Force modernizes at LIMA show
Like most countries in the Pacific theater, Malaysia, a country of 33 million inhabitants and 330.000 km, had not, until recently, equipped its air forces a priority. After the withdrawal of the MIG-29 and F-5 in service for several decades, the Malaysian air force can now only rely on a small fleet made up of 8 F/A-18 D Hornets acquired in 2008, and than 18 Su-30MKM negotiated from Moscow a few years earlier. If these devices are still relatively modern and efficient, it was however essential, for Kuala Lumpur, to strengthen the format, and…Read the article
A second French NG nuclear aircraft carrier: Why do it? And for how much?
It was with an enthusiastic tweet that the Renaissance deputy for the second constituency of Finistère, Jean-Charles Larsonneur, announced yesterday evening the adoption by a cross-party majority of an amendment to the Military Programming Law 2024-2030, for that an in-depth study be carried out during the LPM, on the subject of the construction and implementation of a second new generation nuclear aircraft carrier, or PANG, while the first unit which is to replace the PAN Charles de Gaulle in 2038 Beyond the fact that Parliament has played a much more visible and welcome role in the design of this LPM than in previous ones, the announcement…Read the article
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier positions itself against Boeing's P-8A Poseidon to replace the RCAF's CP-140M Aurora
At the end of March, Ottawa announced that it had sent a request for information to the American Foreign Military Sales, with a view to acquiring 16 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the aircraft manufacturer Boeing to replace the 15 CP- 140M Aurora which provide these missions as well as electronic intelligence within the Royal Canadian Air Force. The press release issued by the Canadian authorities specified that the P-8A was today the aircraft most capable of fulfilling the missions required in this field for the Canadian air forces, especially since it had already been selected by 4 of the 5 member countries of the 5 eyes and…Read the article
Combat drone and electronic warfare, the Rafale F5 will be ready for high operational and commercial intensity in 2035
Last July, when discussions were at a standstill between Dassault Aviation and Airbus DS on the subject of industrial sharing around the first pillar of the SCAF program, Eric Trappier, the CEO of the French aircraft manufacturer, undertook a media offensive in order to present the alternatives for France if the European combat aircraft program were to collapse. The basis of Dassault's response was then based on the design of a major development of the Rafale, a kind of Super-Rafale, associated with a medium combat drone of the Loyal Wingman type derived from the technological achievements of the nEUROn program. A month later, in an article…Read the article