DARPA Launches Ekranoplan Liberty Lifter Program for Strategic Lift

Among the most important American successes of the Second World War in the industrial field, it is common to refer to combat aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang or the F-6F Hellcat, to the Sherman tank or to the aircraft carriers of the Wasp class. However, the material which undoubtedly played the most decisive role in defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan was the Liberty Ship, a model of cargo ship 135 meters long and 10.000 tons displacement, produced in 2,710 copies, and which transported the entire American and allied war effort to Africa, Europe and…

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The US Navy offers 3 options for the future of its naval force

For many years, US Navy shipbuilding planning has been chaotic to say the least, with successive plans and objectives diverging, sometimes even contradicting. The subject is also the subject of fierce opposition between Republican senators and representatives, supporters of a massive fleet, and their Democratic counterparts who wish to keep the defense budget under control. Beyond the sometimes fanciful ambitions presented in recent years, and the many tussles that have opposed the Pentagon to American parliamentarians, particularly regarding the withdrawal of certain buildings, it was therefore necessary for the US Navy to present a coherent strategy...

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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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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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Russia continues efforts to modernize its naval force

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Navy experienced a long period of scarcity, seeing its unmaintained ships and new units arrive in dribs and drabs, when they did arrive. At the end of the 2000s, the operational situation was even catastrophic, with a majority of ships unfit for combat, if not for navigation. It was at this point that Moscow made the decision to start modernizing its fleet, first by acquiring new models of well-armed patrol boats and corvettes, such as the Buyan and Buyan-M, and conventional submarines Improved Kilo, while undertaking a vast plan of…

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The US Navy still in the dark to counter China in the Pacific

To say that the US Navy is going through a period of uncertainty in terms of naval programming would be an understatement, as it struggles, and this for several years, to propose firm and effective planning. But the rapid rise in power, and moreover perfectly mastered, of the Chinese naval and naval air forces, associated with the return in the making of Russian maritime power, add to these uncertainties, creating a very palpable feeling of vagueness for several months in the discourse of the Pentagon officials. A report by Think Tank Govini published a few days ago sheds a particularly interesting light on the phenomenon, pointing out the fact that the planning of…

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Russian military naval production now surpasses Europe

On August 23, President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of the construction of 6 new ships for the Russian military fleet during his visit to the ARMY-2021 exhibition which is being held at Patriot Park in the suburbs of Moscow. Thus, these are 2 new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines of the Borei-A class, 2 conventionally powered Project 636.3 improved Kilo submarines and 2 light frigates whose exact model has not been announced (22380 or 22385 ) which will be built at the shipyards of Severodvinsk, St. Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. In recent months, Vladimir Putin has become accustomed to this type of announcement concerning…

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DARPA is again interested in Ekranoplan

In September 2020, three American officers from the US Navy and Marine Corps published a flamboyant article on the website of the very serious US Naval Institute. Captain of the Marines Walker D. Mills, Lieutenant-Commander Phillips-Levine and Captain of the US Navy Joshua Taylor presented, in fact, a remarkable analysis on the opportunity for the American armies to develop and deploy a fleet of 'Ekanoplan, also Wing in Ground effect or WIG across the Atlantic, to evolve and strengthen the strategic transport capabilities of US forces in the face of the challenges posed by specific geography and the denial of Chinese access to the Pacific. Obviously,…

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US Navy Changes Planning Targets To Respond To Chinese Threat

The end of President Trump's mandate was, as we know, chaotic to say the least. One area, among others, puzzled many observers, that of industrial planning and the format of the US Navy, marked by initiatives as late as disproportionate from the US administration. Thus, a few weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Donald Trump passed a law conferring very high format objectives on the US Navy, with 355 combat ships in 2030, and more than 500 buildings in 2045, even though no realistic planning had been implemented on this subject during the 4 years...

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Royal Navy to send 165.000 tons of diplomacy to the Pacific

Obviously, British authorities like the Royal Navy want to make the first long-term operational deployment of their new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, an event that is as significant as it is symbolic. Indeed, the carrier battle group which will set sail next month for a 28-week mission in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, will be made up of no less than 8 major British-listed ships, representing a total tonnage of 165.000 tonnes, more to the global gauge of Marines like Turkey or Brazil. No month of 18 F35B will embark on the HMS Queen Elizabeth, including 8 belonging to the Royal Air…

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