General Atomics presents an on-board version of its MALE MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone

Over the past two decades, Medium Altitude Long Endurance combat drones, or MALE, such as the famous MQ-1 Predator from the American General Atomics, and its successor the MQ-9A Reaper, have profoundly changed air-land combat. Endowed (as the name suggests) with a long endurance of the order of 30 hours for the Reaper, these devices can patrol and survey huge areas thanks to advanced Electro-optical systems, and strike targets with air-to-surface munitions such as the AGM-114 Hellfire missile and the GBU-38 JDAM guided bomb. While their effectiveness in high-intensity combat remains to be determined due to significant vulnerability, and this…

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Chinese H-6J bombers train to drop naval mines

If the Chinese Navy is now solid in terms of surface fleet, with in the next few months a fleet composed of 5 Type 055 cruisers and 25 Type 052D destroyers in line, plus a hundred frigates and corvettes, it remains under threat American but also Japanese, South Korean or even Australian submarines (in the distant, very distant future…), as shown by the accident of the USS Connecticut in the China Sea two months ago. Although medium-term measures have been taken, such as the gradual arrival of new Type 039C submarines or the possible replacement of the first 20…

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Navy?

The entry into service of the new Alsace frigate, which offers enhanced anti-aircraft capabilities while retaining the anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare capabilities of the Aquitaine-class FREMMs, was rightly , hailed as an important step in the effort to modernize the French Navy. Many other programs are underway to support this effort, including the FDI defense and intervention frigates, the Suffren class nuclear attack submarines, the Jacques Chevallier class tanker tankers, the future Ocean Patrollers or again the SLAM-F Mines war program, all to enter service during…

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Does the Euro-fundamentalism of the Ministry of the Armed Forces harm the equipment capacities of the Armies?

For nearly a decade, the Ministry of Defense, which has become the Ministry of the Armed Forces, and the Directorate General for Armaments, which oversees all industrial programs for the Armed Forces, have almost systematically given preference to a European vision of Defense programs. . Thus, during his last hearing, the General Delegate for Armaments, Joel Barre, ruled out the possibility of giving preference to Dassault Aviation's Falcon X for the replacement of the Atlantic 2 of Patrouille Maritime, if the MAWS program were to have to be done without Germany (which has just ordered 5 American P-8A Poseidons to replace its oldest P-3Cs), arguing that it…

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52 Chinese fighter jets entered the Taiwanese air traffic control zone

The Chinese air force carried out, between October 1 and 2 on the occasion of the country's national holiday, an unprecedented show of force near the island of Taiwan, causing several take-offs of Taiwanese fighter planes, and vigorous protest from the Taipei authorities. On October 1, a first formation of 18 J-16 fighter bombers accompanied by 4 Su-30 fighter bombers, as well as two H-6 bombers and a Y-8 Maritime patrol aircraft carried out a first exercise south of the Taiwanese air control zone. A few hours later, on the night of the 1st…

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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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Chinese Navy has held 120 exercises over the past 3 months

“Sweat saves blood” used to say the architect and military strategist of Louis XIV, Vauban. And sweat, the Chinese military has obviously not lacked in recent months. Indeed, according to the CCP-affiliated site, the Chinese navy in cooperation with other arms of the People's Liberation Army, has organized nearly 120 naval, naval air and amphibious exercises in the past 3 months alone, including 50 of them took place near the island of Taiwan. Beyond the already extraordinarily high number of exercises that took place, the (partial) information provided by the Taiwanese authorities on many of them...

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The hypothesis of the Dassault Falcon 10X for the French Patmar is more than attractive

During his hearing before the Defense Committee of the National Assembly, Joëlle Barre, the General Delegate for Armaments, indicated that following the order of 5 P8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing by Germany to replace some of its exhausted P3C Orions, France should reassess its participation in the Franco-German Maritime Airborne Warfare System program, or MAWS, which was supposed to allow the two countries to replace their maritime patrol aircraft Atlantique 2 and Orion by 2035, based on cooperation between Airbus and Thales. And according to the site,…

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Why does European cooperation fail so often?

In July 2017, in the midst of a trench war between Washington and Berlin on defense issues and the balance of trade, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announced the launch of vast Franco-German industrial cooperation in the field of defence, with no less than 4 major programs, the Future Air Combat System or SCAF intended to replace the French Rafale and German Typhoon, the Main Ground Combat System or MGCS intended to replace the Leclerc and Leopard 2 heavy tanks, the Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS to replace the Atlantic 2 and P3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, and the Common Indirect Fire…

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