The most anticipated novelties of the Chinese airshow in Zhuhai

From December 28 to October 3, the China Air Show will be held in Zhuhai, near Macao on the southern coast of China. Traditionally focused primarily on the presentation of Chinese equipment in the aeronautical field and, more broadly, Defense, the 2021 edition could be a milestone, with many new programs announced, as well as exclusive presentations of devices and models. . While the show has not yet started, many set-ups have created significant interest from…

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J-16D electronic warfare aircraft is in service with the Chinese Air Force

Many expected the two-seat J-20A or the carrier-based J-35 to be the star of the upcoming Zhuhai Air Show, to be held next week in southern China. No information concerning the presence of these new devices has yet filtered. On the other hand, a J-16D electronic warplane, in the colors of the People's Liberation Army air force, did indeed land at Zhuhai airport on Tuesday to participate in the show. Therefore, there is no doubt that the new device, which is intended to be the equivalent of the American EA-18G Growler, is actually in service within the forces…

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With the ARCAS, Elbit propels the infantry soldier into the future

Science-fiction cinema is rich in futuristic weapons, capable of locating a concealed target, of turning a beginner into an experienced Sniper, or of coordinating and presenting information from the battlefield. If James Cameron imagined it, the Israeli company Elbit has transformed this vision into a very real assault rifle, the ARCAS, which will be presented next week at the DSEI show in London. And in fact, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System indeed offers a promise of capabilities unmatched by existing infantry weapons, even the most modern, by bringing together in a single piece of equipment, an assault rifle, an Electro- optical…

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Russia unveils export version of its new Hermes long-range anti-tank missile

Beyond wandering ammunition and drones, if there is one weapon system that demonstrated its effectiveness during the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in the fall of 2020, it is the Israeli long-range SPIKE NLOS anti-tank missile, which destroyed significant numbers of Armenian armor and strongholds without the targets ever being aware of being targeted. In the same way as the first generation AT-2 anti-tank missiles which wreaked havoc in the ranks of Israeli armor during the Yom Kippur War, leading to the massive entry of this new type of armament...

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The Russian CheckMate, a commercial and operational threat for Europe

The Teasing campaign which preceded the official presentation of the new 5th generation light fighter from Russian Sukhoi had created an obvious excitement on the part of all observers of the world defense aeronautical industry. They were not disappointed, as the announcements made by Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Rostec, were astonishing, and as the Checkmate, since it seems that this is indeed its operational name, is designed to impose itself in the air as well as in international competitions in the years to come. And as long as the announcements made yesterday in Moscow actually materialize during the test phase which must…

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China presents the first combat drone dedicated to close air support

On the occasion of the Nanchang Airshow 2020, the Chinese aeronautical group Chengdu presented a new version of its MALE Wing Loong drone, dedicated to close air support missions. Unlike the other versions, the Wing Loong -10 has two characteristics making it particularly suitable for this type of mission. First, the drone saw its piston engine and propeller replaced by a ZF850 turbojet developing 1 ton of thrust, giving it a higher cruising speed and reduced fuel consumption at high altitude. Thus, the device sees its transit times between its departure base and its zone…

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With the KRAKEN, Turgis & Gaillard offers a revolutionary boat for the special forces

Four days ago, meetings for defense innovation were organized in Morbihan, under the impetus of Deputy Jean-Michel Jacques, vice-president of the Defense Commission. The opportunity for the Turgis & Gaillard group to present the KRAKEN, an assault craft for the special forces equipped with a new concept called “variable buoyancy”. The Turgis & Gaillard group The Turgis & Gaillard group was founded in 2011 and already has nearly 250 employees spread throughout France, particularly in Morbihan through the Navale et Industrie Lorientaise site. In a few years, the group has been able to develop in all…

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Eurosatory, Farnborough, DIMDEX: due to coronavirus, the main defense exhibitions are canceled

Day after day, country after country, population containment measures are being put in place to reduce the scale of the coronavirus pandemic. Very early on, we spoke at Meta Défense about the impact that this crisis could have on a global level, whether in terms of health, economics and security. More recently, we have repeatedly mentioned the concrete implications of the epidemic on the defense industry, on international exercises or even the strengthening of public resources. The Covid-19 pandemic has also already had a hard and lasting impact on another lesser-known but all-encompassing part of defense activity.

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Airbus Helicopter places its H135 in Thailand and targets other markets in Asia

All over the world, air shows are an opportunity to announce major contracts and to display impressive listings of aircraft sold and delivered during the year against the competition. Other sales, however, may appear almost anecdotal due to the volume concerned or the amount of the contract. This does not necessarily prevent them from taking on a strategic value, both for the industrial seller and his country of origin. And this is precisely the case for the sale of six light helicopters Airbus Helicopters H135 sold to Thailand, and announced at the Singapore Air Show last week. Thus, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has…

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Naval Group elected best industrial partner of the "Make in India" program

Defense industries are fond of prizes and self-congratulations. But some prices say more than others. This is the case of the "Best Foreign OEM supporting Make in India" prize awarded by the Indian authorities at the DefExpo exhibition which is currently being held near the city of Lucknow, 200 km east of New Delhi. And this year, it is the French group Naval Group which is honored by this award, about the program of attack submarines P75 Kalvari, of which two units out of 6 have already been delivered to the Indian Navy. . The P75 program does…

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