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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Should the French Army turn to the German Rheinmetall KF-51 Panther tank?
That's it .. they cracked up… It's probably in these terms that the vast majority of readers, at least the most measured among them, approached this new article with its slightly provocative title. Indeed, the new KF-51 Panther tank presented by its designer, the German Rheinmetall, during the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, is today the main tool in the hands of its CEO, Armin Papperger, to try to derail the program Franco-German MGCS which aims to design, precisely, the replacement of the French tank Leclerc as of the German Leopard 2. Developed in equity, the Panther is indeed offered by Rheinmetall to anyone who shows…Read the article
US Space Force calls for $16 billion to detect and track new hypersonic missiles
Last July, a large part of the French defense sphere was furious, after the European Commission awarded the Spanish SENER Aeroespacial, supported by the German Diehl and several other European companies, the design of the EU HYDEF program for European Hypersonic Defense Interceptor, which should make it possible to create a system for detecting and intercepting hypersonic missiles, a threat that has now become much more precise since the use of Russian Kinzhals in Ukraine. Indeed, all of the companies selected by Brussels have no experience either in the field of ballistic interception or hypersonic weapons. Which is not the case for French companies,…Read the article
The hypothesis of the KF-51 Panther tanks built in Ukraine puzzles specialists
At the beginning of March, the fiery president of the German industrial giant Rheinmetall caused a surprise by announcing that negotiations were underway with Kyiv, with a view to building a factory in Ukraine capable of assembling 400 KF-51 Panther tanks per year, so as to give the Ukrainian armies not only a major technological and operational advantage against the Russian forces, but also to standardize and rationalize the armored fleet of the Ukrainian armed forces which, today, has little to envy to the course of Miracles so many references and micro-fleets are there. In addition, Kyiv would have the possibility of acquiring a fleet of…Read the article
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
After the A-10, the US Air Force wants to withdraw its F-15Cs from service by 2030
The preparation of the annual budget of the American armed forces is a very rich period of lessons, allowing in particular the 3 forces of the country, the executive on the one hand, the Congress on the other hand, but also the armed forces themselves, to publicly express their vision and expectations for the coming year and beyond, in terms of investments but also of format and strategy. If, during the 90s, 2000s and 2010s, everyone's considerations were above all technological or economic, since the beginning of the decade they have taken on a new, very applied character, while tensions with Russia, China and also Iran or Korea...Read the article
Canberra, London and Washington presented a solid strategy to equip Australia with nuclear attack submarines
The acquisition of nuclear attack submarines (SNA) by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), announced 18 months ago now as part of the creation of the AUKUS alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, had raised many questions about the real feasibility of such a program, but also about the costs which will, without a doubt, be very high to allow the RAN to go from 6 conventional submarines from the Collins class to 8 SNAs of American or British design, even though the country does not have a civilian nuclear industry. The presentation, during the AUKUS Event in San Diego…Read the article
The Chinese defense budget will have increased by 30% between 2019 and 2023
On the occasion of the opening of the annual session of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), the budget report published establishes an annual budget of 1,5537 trillion yuan, or 210 billion euros, an increase of 7,2 % vis-à-vis the 2022 budget of 1,450 trillion yuan, and while this same report anticipates a growth of 5% for the Chinese economy for 2023. According to the numerous declarations of Chinese officials around this increase, this- This would remain reasonable given the $830 billion budget of the United States, and while all the states in Europe and Asia are significantly increasing their own investments. However, and even if it remains perfectly true that...Read the article
How much would it cost French taxpayers to align the Army's high-intensity capabilities with Poland?
In recent months, in connection with the war in Ukraine and the generalized increase in the risk of major engagement in Europe and elsewhere, the question of the capacities of the armies to deal with a so-called "high intensity" conflict has become a recurring theme. both in the hemicycle of parliament and in government communication, the media and social networks. Very often, Poland, which has announced a colossal effort to modernize and expand its land capabilities in this area in the years to come, is cited as a reference, making Warsaw the example to follow. The 2024-2030 Military Programming Law being finalized...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