Lessons from the War in Ukraine: The Vulnerability of Frontline Armor

According to the Oryx site, which refers to the losses documented by both sides since the beginning of the conflict, the Russian armies have so far lost more than 550 heavy tanks, of which more than half were destroyed by anti-tank missiles, artillery strikes or by enemy tanks. The situation is essentially the same for armored combat vehicles (350 including 150 destroyed) and infantry combat vehicles (600 including 350 destroyed), which represents half of all front line armored vehicles deployed by the Russia around Ukraine before the fighting started. Fact,…

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Why are French ships often insufficiently equipped?

A few days ago, an article by Mer et Marine caused some media frenzy in the national defense sphere. He explained that the Bretagne frigate of the French Navy, an Aquitaine class ship, had seen its R-ECM jammers, equipment designed by Thales, and which allow the ship to jam the radars of ships but also anti-aircraft missiles. - opposing ships, withdrawn to equip the new frigate Lorraine. Indeed, only 7 batches of jammers have actually been ordered by the French Navy to equip its 8 FREMM frigates, leaving a ship permanently without these systems, which are nevertheless considered critical for…

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Conversion of 2 French SSBNs into cruise missile submarines, a more attractive hypothesis than it seems

For several months, the deputy of Eure and member of the Defense commission of the National Assembly Fabien Gouttefarde, wants to be force of proposal as for the future evolutions of the French defense programs. Although he belonged to the Republic on the Move, he did not hesitate, for example, to plead insistently for the Air and Space Force, but also the National Navy, to acquire a version of electronic warfare and suppression of adverse anti-aircraft defenses of the Rafale, and this despite the end of non-receipt, also very open to criticism, addressed by the Ministry of the Armed Forces to one of his colleagues in the opposition, Jean-Christophe...

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With the 2023 budget, the American armies reveal their transformation strategy in the face of China

It is common to read to what extent the Russian armies engaged in Ukraine rely on equipment inherited from the Soviet period. It is true that although modernized, the T-72B3, T80BV, BMP-2 and other Msta-S were all designed in the 70s and 80s, as is the case with the combat aircraft of the Flanker series or the Mil and Kamov helicopters. However, it is clear that in the West, the situation is largely identical, including with regard to the tip of the sword, namely the US Army, which continues to rely on Abrams tanks, the Bradley VCIs, the…

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Have we overestimated the Russian Armies?

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the armies of the Kremlin have been closely observed by military specialists. This is, in fact, the first massive deployment of these armies since the invasion of Georgia in 2008, an operation which revealed many serious shortcomings within them. However, as in 2008, it appears that the Russian Armies are the subject of significant difficulties, even though the reforms of 2008 and 2012 were designed specifically to correct them and bring the Russian Armies to a much higher operational standard than that observed in the field. Under these conditions, and in view of the observations made on...

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Japan to upgrade 68 of its F-15Js for $5,6 billion

The negotiations were long and difficult, but they ended up being successful, since Tokyo has just announced the signing of a contract worth 646,5 Tr de Yen, or €5,6 billion, to modernize 68 of the approximately 200 F- 15J still in service with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. The fate of the 36 remaining potentially modernizable two-seater F-15DJs has not yet been decided, while around a hundred of the oldest F-15s will be withdrawn from service with the arrival of the F-35As ordered by Tokyo. two years ago. By 2035, Japan will therefore have a strong air force of 300 to 350 modern aircraft,…

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Faced with Europeans, the Russian Army in 2030 will be much more powerful than today

The present Russian-Ukrainian crisis, whatever its conclusion, will have enabled Moscow to make an extraordinary show of force in Europe, to the point that no European country, even those closest to kyiv, plans to engage militarily alongside the Ukrainian armies in case of conflict. And it is clear that these Russian armies have succeeded in mobilizing, moving and assembling around a hundred combined arms tactical battalions, the Russian equivalent of the French inter-arms tactical groups, i.e. 65% of its land operational force, and this between the of November and the beginning of February. For comparison, the Army of…

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Will the future US Navy DDG (x) destroyer be a "transitional" destroyer?

While Congress has approved the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke Flight III class destroyer for 2022, and the US Navy has announced a vast plan to modernize its Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers to install the new SPY radar -6 with active electronic antenna as for the Flight III and the frigates of the Constellation class, the American navy is also advancing on the replacement of the destroyer Arleigh Burke but also of the cruisers of the Ticonderoga class, while 32 units of these two classes must be retired from service in the years to come. Communication around the new ship,…

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The US Navy will equip its Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers with the new EASA SPY-6 radar

Like the Ticonderoga cruisers and a number of anti-aircraft destroyers and frigates in service with the United States' allied navies, the American destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class, which today form the backbone of the US surface with 69 ships in service, are equipped with the famous SPY-1 radar, the very one that is at the heart of the AEGIS anti-aircraft and anti-missile system. But this radar, which entered service in the 70s, is beginning to show the weight of the years despite numerous upgrades, which is why the future US Navy destroyers currently under construction, the Arleigh Burke Flight III,…

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The first Greek Rafales operational just 12 months after the Athens order

The first 6 Rafale combat aircraft ordered by Greece in January 2021 will join the 114th combat squadron at the Tanagra base in Boeotia, north of Athens, between January 17 and 19, 2022, barely a year after the first order for 18 aircraft, including 12 second-hand aircraft taken from the Air and Space Force fleet and modernized to F3R standard by Dassault Aviation, has been signed. This air base, close to the facilities of the local industrialist HAI, had previously hosted the Greek Mirage F1 from 1973 to 2003, then the Air Force Mirage 2000-5...

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