The increase in appropriations devoted to defense had been one of Giorgia Meloni's campaign commitments, with the stated ambition of bringing the Italian defense effort to 2% by the end of the decade, against 1,51 .2023% in XNUMX. And in fact, speaking to the Senate earlier this week, the now Prime Minister of the country confirmed that she intended to strictly apply her campaign commitments in this area, and this in a perfectly open manner. and assumed. She was referring here to the increase in the budget of the armies granted by the previous coalition which was done in the most discreet way possible, so as to...Read the article
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Despite a budget up by €11 billion/year since 2017, why are the French armies still bloodless?
The execution of the French Military Programming Law 2019-2025 to date has been, in the opinion of all observers, exemplary. Indeed, it scrupulously respected the planned budget increases, constituting a first since the exercise was set up. And in fact, while the army budget in 2017 was only €32,7 billion, after fifteen years of critical under-investment, having brought the French armies to the brink of implosion. In fact, the additional credits allocated have made it possible to bring the budget of the armed forces to €43,9 billion in 2023, an increase of €11,2 billion and 34% compared to the 2017 budget. And…Read the article
Faced with the Chinese navy, the US Navy aims for the asymmetrical balance of power in the Pacific
A few days ago, the shipyards of Dalian, in the northeast of the country in Liaoning province, simultaneously launched 2 new Type 052D destroyers, the 27th and 28th units of this class designated within NATO under the code Luyang III, while 5 other hulls were observed at various levels of finish on this site. As with previous years, there is little doubt that 2023 will see the arrival of 7-9 new destroyers to the People's Liberation Army Navy. 157 meters long for a displacement of 7.500 tons, these ships…Read the article
Should we reconsider the potential of naval artillery for combatant surface ships?
In the early 2000s, the US Navy began designing a new class of heavy destroyers, the DD-21 program, designated as "Landward Attack Destroyers". The program will give birth to the Zumwalt class, a ship 190 meters long for a laden displacement of almost 16.000 tons, with great stealth and a particularly low line on the water to reduce vulnerability to missiles. anti-shipping. In addition to the 20 Mk47 vertical launch systems of 4 silos each accommodating 4 short and medium range anti-aircraft missiles ESSM or a Tomahawk cruise missile, the main armament of the ship was based on 2 new…Read the article
These 7 technologies that will transform warfare by 2030
Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, many analyses, including on this site, have focused on the different lessons that these very high intensity combats have brought to light, such as the now indisputable role of the tank but also artillery, coastal or anti-aircraft defenses, and of course drones, to speak only of the technological question. And in fact, many armies have evolved their military planning in recent months precisely to respond to these lessons. This is how Poland embarked on an unprecedented effort to reconstitute a very powerful land force aligning 6 divisions,…Read the article
Why is the cruiser once again becoming a credible option for world navies?
On July 9, 1995, the USS Port Royal entered service, the last Ticonderoga-class cruiser to join the US Navy, but also the last cruiser produced in the West, or at least designated as such. On a planetary scale, it was only followed by the Russian nuclear battlecruiser Piotr Veliki (Peter the Great), the 3rd and last unit of the Kirov class to have joined the Russian Navy in 1998 after 15 years of construction and that the last 3 units were canceled following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Following this, none of the world's major navies produced a cruiser, until…Read the article
Is there a pilot for the French defense industrial strategy?
With the return of war in Europe and the rapid deterioration of tensions between major military powers in Asia and the Middle East, the French defense industry found itself, in a few months, a major center of interest both for media than for a number of political personalities who seem to discover the state of disrepair of the stocks of ammunition and spare parts of the armies, or the manufacturing delays of certain equipment such as the Caesar cannon. Not a week now goes by without an announcement concerning the defense industry, the armies or the next military programming law, as well as the comments that…Read the article
After Italy, will Germany also acquire super-destroyers?
The Navy had been, during the Cold War, the poor relation of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany. For Bonn, the aim was both to limit its own power projection capabilities inherent in the high seas fleets, in compliance with its constitution, and to respond to a specific NATO need, namely to control the Baltic Sea, that only the FRG and Denmark had, at that time, coasts on this sea. In fact, the Bundesmarine then favored relatively compact ships adapted to the specific needs of the Baltic and the North Sea, the example…Read the article
China's fleet conducted its first long-range amphibious exercise
If the rapid reinforcement of the Chinese fleet is now known to all, the very important efforts made by the People's Liberation Army to train its crews and perfect their mastery of modern naval combat, are much less so. However, whether surface, naval air, amphibious, logistics and submarine units, all take part in numerous exercises according to increasingly advanced scenarios, and often calling on the firing of ammunition, precisely to increase the seasoning of sailors and their officers. Thus, it is now common for large naval units, destroyers, frigates, aircraft carriers or assault ships, to participate each year in several...Read the article
How can the evolution of the doctrine of possession of equipment make it possible to extend the format of the armies?
At the end of the 60s and the arrival of electronic systems and the beginnings of on-board electronic systems, military equipment experienced very rapid growth in performance and capacity. At the same time, their costs of acquisition and implementation also experienced a doped increase, far exceeding the increase in military budgets. In an attempt to maintain the formats and above all the operational capacities, the military and industrialists undertook to rely on two characteristics made possible thanks to the contributions of electronics and information technology, namely the versatility of the equipment, and their scalability to extending effective life in…Read the article