The Netherlands confirms the order of 6 additional F-35A and 4 new MQ-9 Reaper drones

Following the example of a majority of European countries and following the Russian attack against Ukraine, the Netherlands, hitherto particularly reluctant to increase its defense effort, announced a few weeks ago a rapid increase of the country's defense effort to achieve the objective of 2% of GDP in accordance with NATO requirements, for 2025. And like this same majority of European countries, Amsterdam has announced a capacity building of its armies, through new arming commands. In this case, the Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed, a few days ago, its desire to order 6 additional F-35A combat aircraft…

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The French Navy demonstrates the relevance of the double crew to arm its frigates

In 2019, the General Staff of the French Navy announced the start of an experiment allowing two FREMM frigates of the Aquitaine class, the Aquitaine based in Brest, and the Languedoc based in Toulon, to be equipped with 2 crews , similar to what has long been practiced for its nuclear-powered submarines. The Bretagne frigate was also double-crewed in 2020, and now all FREMMs of the Aquitaine and Alsace classes will be equipped with this feature. The objective is to allow ships to maintain an activity at sea for 180 days a year, while reducing the pressure on…

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The 4 major advances of the new Chinese aircraft carrier CV-18 Fujian

As expected, the new Chinese aircraft carrier, dubbed CV-18 Fujian, was launched on Friday in Shanghai, marking a new stage in the industrial and operational evolution of the People's Liberation Army Navy. Beyond the undeniable industrial success for Beijing, which will have launched in less than 12 years 3 aircraft carriers of increasing technology and tonnage, the Fujian constitutes a key asset for the Chinese Navy in its showdown in the making with the US Navy and its allies, offering several major advances in the capabilities that will be available to the Chinese military and industrialists in the years to come, ranging from electric propulsion…

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The Russian Navy will not order the second batch of 6 corvettes of the Vasily Bykov class

Disappointed with some of the performance observed in combat situations, the Russian Admiralty has reportedly decided not to order the second batch of Vasily Bykov-class corvettes, of which 4 units currently form the backbone of the Black Sea Fleet. In addition, the first 4 corvettes in service will all be equipped with a Tor-M2MK anti-aircraft system already seen on the first unit of the class. The first 4 Vasily Bykov class corvettes are today one of the main operational pillars of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. By their capacity to implement 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, these ships…

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Russia announces the start of construction work for 6 new ships, including 2 submarines and a corvette

Russian news agency Tass announced the start of construction work for 6 new warships in Russian shipyards on June 12, including 2 conventionally powered Lada-class submarines (Project 677), a corvette from the Gremyashchiy class (Pr 20385), two research vessels (Pr 03182R) and an Alexandrit class mine hunter (pr 12700). It has now become a form of tradition, Moscow announced on June 12 a new military shipbuilding batch of 6 ships in Russian shipyards. Thus, two new Lada-class conventionally powered submarines, already named Vologda and…

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Typhoon, FREMM, M-346: Italy would be close to signing a €12bn super-contract in Egypt

After several years of negotiations, Cairo would be close to concretizing the largest defense contract in its history, by ordering from Rome 24 Typhoon fighter planes, 4 FREMM frigates, 20 armed patrol boats, 20 M-346 training planes and a observation satellite, for an amount exceeding €12 billion. In the spring of 2020, Italy managed to take a predominant negotiating position in Egypt on the arms contract, on the ruins left by Paris after Emmanuel Macron, during an official visit to the Egyptian capital, questioning human rights issues in the country. Rome was on the…

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China has just completed the first operational test campaign of its trimaran stealth naval drone

The Chinese authorities have announced that they have successfully conducted the first sea trial campaign for a trimaran surface naval drone demonstrator on June 7, 2022, after a 3-hour autonomous operational mission at sea, which made it possible to collect lots of data. In September 2020, a photo published on social networks caused a sensation by showing a prototype of a Chinese surface drone on the Yantze River, in a configuration in all respects comparable to that of the Sea Hunter surface drone of the US Navy. In these dimensions as in its tonnage, the Chinese ship indeed seemed directly inspired…

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US parliamentarians save 5 of 24 ships the US Navy wants to retire from service in 2023

Parliamentarians from the Seapower Panel of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress reached a consensus to reject the request for the withdrawal from service of 5 of the 24 ships requested by the US Navy as part of the 2023 budget, while the future of the 19 remaining ships will be discussed by the Armed Services Committee on June 22 After several years of wanderings and contradictory decisions, the US Navy decided, at the beginning of the year, to profoundly change its strategy in terms of naval programming, including in its way of negotiating with the American Congress which, in this area, has more decision-making powers than the…

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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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Indian Navy cleared to order 8 new corvettes for 36.000 crore

The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has authorized the financing of a program of 8 new generation corvettes for the Indian Navy, for an amount of 36.000 crore or €4,5 billion. The new class of ship will be entirely designed and manufactured by the Indian naval industry, in application of the “Make in India” directive. Due to the rapid modernization of the Pakistani fleet, with the arrival of new Type 039B Hangor-class submarines, Type 054 A/P Tughril-class frigates and Turkish MILGEM Babur-class corvettes, as well as the very rapid rise in power of the Chinese Navy, New Delhi has…

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