What is Russia's conventional military might today?

In 2015, in reference to Russian military interventions in Crimea and Syria, President B. Obama declared that Russia was no more than a regional force in decline. Today, while Moscow has massed nearly 100.000 men on the borders of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that his country's military power is sufficient to enable him to impose firm conditions on European countries regarding the future of his neighbour. Considering the discretion of all the European powers in this matter, it is clear that, for none of them, Russia is today a negligible military power, and even then...

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What answers if Turkey bought S-400 systems from Russia again?

Turkish President RT Erdogan has once again met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in the seaside town of Sochi on the shores of the Black Sea. Among the many topics discussed by the two heads of state, Ankara's acquisition of a second regiment of S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems appears to be the most problematic from the Western point of view. The first order of two complete S-400 batteries in 2017 by Turkey provoked a strong response from Washington, Donald Trump having, after much procrastination and pressure from Congress, decided to exclude Ankara from the F-35 program, and to cancel in 2020 the order for 100…

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Altay, Black Panther, Oplot: What are modern battle tanks worth? 3/3

It was said to be outdated or too vulnerable, yet the battle tank has experienced a remarkable resurgence of interest in recent years from the major armies of the world. After having presented the main Western, Russian and Chinese tanks in the two previous articles, we are going, in this final analysis, to focus on less known models, and yet powerful and promising, on the operational scene as in the field of export. Make way today for the South Korean K2 Black Panther, the Turkish Atlay, the Japanese Type 10 and the Ukrainian BM Oplot. South Korea: K2 Black Panther Considered by many specialists to be the tank…

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Russia's Strategic Preparedness Achieves Its Objectives

On July 3, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, promulgated a new version of the Military and Defense Doctrine Plan for the Russian Federation, for the period 2021 to 2025. This new doctrine recognizes the success of the previous doctrine, from 2016 to 2020, which provided for a major effort to modernize the armed forces, but also their operational readiness and availability, as well as the preparation and resilience of institutions and civil society to possible aggression. In the future, and according to this doctrine, Moscow intends to use armed force wherever it will be...

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Turkish combat drones multiply commercial successes

The TB2 and ANKA drones had tremendous media exposure during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, during which, alongside the Harop and Harpy roving ammunition of Israeli origin, they greatly contributed to the success of the Azeri armed forces on the Armenian forces. Since then, Ankara has multiplied contracts and exclusive negotiations with a view to exporting its precious equipment, helping to position the country in the top three of world nations in this field, along with the United States and China. Indeed, in addition to the Turkish Armies and Azeris, Turkish drones have been ordered in recent months by Ukraine, Qatar, Morocco,…

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V. Putin: 85% of Russian unit leaders have acquired combat experience in Syria

The severe setbacks suffered by the Russian armed forces in Chechnya in 1995, as well as the failures noted during the offensive in Georgia in 2008, had led the military and political leaders of the country to profoundly reform the organization of the forces, and to undertake major modernizations of the units. From 2012, and the arrival of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the Chief of Staff, General Valery Gerasimov, a particular effort was put into the operational preparation of units and their leaders. This effort materialized with the Russian intervention in Syria from 2015, in order to protect the regime of the ally Bashar…

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Egypt is already interested in Rafale F4

The Rafale seems to have more than convinced the authorities in Cairo like the Egyptian air force. Indeed, hardly had they signed a new order for 30 F3R standard aircraft, accompanied by 2 A330 MRTT tanker planes and a military satellite, than the Egyptian negotiators announced their intention to increase the fleet. from Egyptian Rafale to 72 aircraft, or even 100 aircraft, by placing new orders in the years to come. Obviously, the capabilities of the future F4 standard of the French aircraft seem to meet the country's needs to strengthen its deterrence and…

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Russian Mi-28NM combat helicopter enters the era of drones

As we know, the Russian Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter had shown certain limitations during its engagement in Syria, which led the Russian authorities to negotiate with the manufacturer a major modernization phase of the aircraft. We now know more about the important developments made to the helicopter and its weapon system, as well as the evolution of the doctrine for the use of combat helicopters by the Russian armed forces. During an interview given to the Tass Agency by Vitaly Shcherbina, the chief designer of the Mil and Kamov design offices, the latter indeed provided many clarifications on this profound modernization relating to…

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Modern attack helicopters, from the AH64 Apache to the Z19.

Although helicopters have been used in combat since the end of the 40s, notably during the Korean War during which they played a determining role for the first time in missions to evacuate wounded and recover ejected pilots, will have to wait until 1967 for an armed helicopter specially designed for attack missions to participate in an armed conflict. It was the American Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter of the US Army in the context of the Vietnam War. Since then, the attack helicopter has established itself as an indispensable tool in the inventory of modern armies, and the Mi-24 Hind, the AH-64 Apache and…

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Turkish industry could acquire 50% of Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich

In an article of March 12, we predicted that following the nationalization of the Ukrainian aeronautical engine manufacturer Motor Sich decided by President Zelensky in order to prevent its takeover by the Chinese company Skyrizon, kyiv could get closer to Ankara in this domain. Indeed, the lack of industrial activity of one corresponded to the needs in this field of the other, the Turkish Defense aeronautical industry being autonomous in many fields, except in that of motorization, which hampers many of its programs, both drones and helicopters, transport aircraft and the new generation T-FX fighter. This hypothesis now seems to take…

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