Is anti-aircraft artillery becoming a credible alternative again?

During the Vietnam War, the American armed forces lost nearly 3.750 planes and 5.600 helicopters. While North Vietnamese fighters and missiles played a decisive role, together they only shot down 15% of the aircraft lost by the United States, while accidents accounted for 25% of the losses recorded. The remaining 60% came from North Vietnamese anti-aircraft artillery, which posed the greatest threat to American aircraft throughout the war. Inexpensive to acquire and relatively simple to implement, the anti-aircraft batteries of Soviet and Chinese invoice implemented by North Vietnam alone shot down 45% of the planes...

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The 4 key arbitrations for the French presidential election in terms of Defense

While Moscow has just announced simultaneously the partial withdrawal of certain units deployed along the Ukrainian borders, and the Duma has just endorsed the integration of the Oblasts of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbass into the Russian Federation, the final decision remaining in the hands of Vladimir Putin, recent events have shown that Defense issues can no longer be ignored by candidates for the French Presidential election. However, the programs presented to date are most often content to list certain measures and promises, without offering sufficient visibility to voters as to the real strategy of the candidates if they reach...

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Modern nuclear attack submarines

With the episode of the cancellation of the contract for conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda submarines by Australia in favor of American-British nuclear-powered submarines, nuclear-powered attack submarines have experienced, these recent months, a relatively contradictory media over-exposure with the mission by nature discreet of these oceanic Leviathans which constitute, even today, among the most complex human constructions ever carried out. As fast as they are stealthy, nuclear attack submarines yes SNA, whose missions go from intelligence gathering to anti-surface warfare, but also to hunting other submarines, are today the prerogative exclusive to the navies of the 5 major world nuclear powers…

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Faced with the Ukrainian crisis, should Europe launch a Defense “Marshall Plan”?

On June 5, 1947, the American Secretary of State and hero of the Second World War, General Georges Marshall, announced the implementation of a massive plan of aid to European countries for the reconstruction of their economy, which will remain in posterity as the "Marshall Plan". In just 4 years, it was then $16,5 billion, or 10% of the GDP of the European countries of the Western bloc at the time, which were allocated by the United States to European reconstruction in the form of loans, and which enabled to the old continent to reveal itself much more quickly from the devastations of war than expected, in large part...

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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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War movie The Battle of Changjin Lake is a hit in China

512 million yuan, or $80 million! This is the recipe that the war film "The Battle of Changjin" has just recorded for its release on Chinese National Day, a total of more than 11 million spectators, a bend in the record set by Avengers. : Endgame in 2019 with $81m in revenue on the day of its release in China. The film deals with an epic battle along the Yalu River during the counter-offensive of United Nations forces led by the United States in 1950 which will push the North Korean People's Army to the brink of collapse, and cause going to war...

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Leopard 2, Leclerc, Merkava: What are modern battle tanks worth? (1/3)

Since its first appearance on the battlefields during the First World War, the battle tank has been the subject of both extreme fascination for some, and total denial for others. Over the course of the conflicts, and the appearance of new weapon systems, such as the anti-tank missile or more recently the wandering ammunition, the end of the supremacy of the tank in land combat has many times been prophesied, following the example other major armaments such as aircraft carriers or combat aircraft. However, it is clear today, as geopolitical tensions continue to grow, that the market...

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Is passive detection going to impose itself in future military engagements?

The systematic elimination of all Armenian anti-aircraft defenses by Azeri forces was a determining factor in the meteoric success achieved by the latter against battle-hardened and well-armed soldiers during the 2020 conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. To achieve this, the Baku General Staff had implemented a strategy that was both simple and highly effective. As soon as an anti-aircraft system activated its radar, it was detected and located by the electronic detection systems crisscrossing the battlefield, after which either the target was destroyed by drones or stray munitions if a war unit capable electronics…

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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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Strategic Review: UK looks to the Pacific and strengthens its deterrent force

The British government of Boris Johnson presented, on March 16, the first part of its Integrated Strategic Review, which traces the defense trajectory of Great Britain for the years to come. London has obviously chosen a deliberate strategy that breaks with that applied since the end of the Cold War, to face the strategic challenges that are emerging around the Globe. This first part deals with the main strategic axes which will be the pillars of the evolution of the objectives and means allocated to Her Majesty's armed forces in the coming years. The second part, presented next week, will specify…

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