Nearing its first flight, South Korea's KF-21 Boramae could prove the successful antithesis of Western combat aircraft programs

With more than 550 fighter jets in its inventory, the South Korean air force ranks 7th among the world's air forces according to this criterion, yielding sixth place to its northern neighbor by only a few dozen aircraft. However, and like North Korea, Pakistan or even India which precedes it, South Korea still aligns a large number of old generation aircraft, including 156 F-5 Tiger II and 69 F4 Phantom II. Faced with the worsening of international tensions, but also with the strengthening of the nuclear strike capabilities of its neighbor and hereditary enemy since…

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US Air Force and US Navy test airborne electromagnetic pulse munition

During the 2000s, the US Air Force Research Laboratory developed ammunition whose operational potential was not based on the use of kinetic energy or a large explosive charge, but on the emission of an impulse Electro-Magnetic likely to destroy nearby electronic equipment. In 2012, Boeing carried out a demonstration test of the Counter-electronics High-Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project, or CHAMP, by destroying the onboard electronics of 7 targets with this new missile. However, if the effectiveness of the technology was indeed proven, its constraints prevented its efficient military use, since the dimensions of the on-board Electro-magnetic pulse generator required the use of one more missile...

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Super-Rafale, Mirage NG: France must study a medium-term alternative to SCAF

To say that the SCAF new generation combat aircraft program, which brings together France, Germany and Spain, is today on a downhill course would be an understatement. After several episodes of tension about industrial sharing between Paris, Berlin and Madrid, the program is now on hold in the face of the impossible agreement that Germany and Airbus Defense & Space are trying to get Paris and Dassault Aviation to accept, and which would oblige the French aeronautical group to share the piloting of the first pillar concerning the design of the Next Generation Fighter, or NGF, with its German counterpart. For several weeks now, the situation has been totally frozen, Eric Trappier,…

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The US Air Force definitively abandons the innovative ideas of Will Roper for its NGAD program

During the 3 years he spent as head of acquisitions for the US Air Force from February 2018 to January 2021, Doctor Will Roper, then Under Secretary of the Air Force, developed an extremely innovative industrial doctrine and in a break with the American military aeronautical industrial tradition over the past 50 years. According to this, it was economically, technologically and from an operational point of view, largely preferable to develop combat aircraft in reduced series, specialized in certain missions, and equipped with a short lifespan of about fifteen years. based on new design and modeling technologies, rather than trying to…

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The Royal Air Force abandons its Mosquito combat drone

In recent years, the British armies have been particularly prolific in terms of new Defense programs, under the impetus of the political axis chosen by 10 Downing Street for 3 years and the announcement of a significant increase in resources to available to La Défense in the years to come. However, it is clear that, very often, these announcements are short-lived, and that beyond the initial announcements and promises, many of these programs do not come to an end. This is once again the case today, with the announcement by the Royal Air Force of the abandonment of the LANCA program, for Lightweigth Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft, and its…

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The Army urgently orders American Switchblade 300 vagrant ammunition: Whose fault is it?

On the occasion of the Eurosatory exhibition which took place last week at La Villette, the Army, through its head of the Pan Office, Colonel Arnaud Goujon, had raised the possibility of ordering vagrant ammunition American Switchblade 300 to American AeroVironment, since confirmed by the Ministry, with the aim of filling an urgent captaincy deficit. This procedure is not exceptional, especially since the Switchblade 300 is not particularly advanced equipment, nor particularly expensive. It will indeed allow infantry or dismounted units of the Army to acquire an indirect precision fire capability, complementing the staffing of…

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The 4 major advances of the new Chinese aircraft carrier CV-18 Fujian

As expected, the new Chinese aircraft carrier, dubbed CV-18 Fujian, was launched on Friday in Shanghai, marking a new stage in the industrial and operational evolution of the People's Liberation Army Navy. Beyond the undeniable industrial success for Beijing, which will have launched in less than 12 years 3 aircraft carriers of increasing technology and tonnage, the Fujian constitutes a key asset for the Chinese Navy in its showdown in the making with the US Navy and its allies, offering several major advances in the capabilities that will be available to the Chinese military and industrialists in the years to come, ranging from electric propulsion…

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The Army is studying the opportunity to increase its mass by robotics through the Vulcain study

The modernization of the French Army today involves two major programs. The SCORPION program currently underway aims to replace the light and medium component of the means at its disposal by 2035 with the delivery of 1872 6×6 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, 54 Griffons equipped with the MEPAC artillery system, 300 EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicles and 2038 Serval 4×4 VBMRs, plus the replacement of Light Armored Vehicles from 2025 and the acquisition of 33 new CAESAR guns. The TITAN program, whose studies have already begun, aims to replace…

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German Diehl presents a stealth version of its IRIS-T short and medium range air-to-air missile

The German group Diehl Défense presented, at the Eurosatory 2022 exhibition, a new version of its short and medium range air-to-air missile IRIS-T. Designated Iris-T FCAAM for Futur Combat Air to Air Missile, the new missile is designed for the future SCAF, bringing several major innovations, including a stealth form. Developed as an alternative to the British ASRAAM and American AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, the IRIS-T air-to-air missile was designed by the German group Diehl Defense in cooperation with Canada, Greece, Italy, Norway and Sweden from 1995. The missile entered service in 2005, and…

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DARPA wants to allow KC-46 tanker planes to recharge drone batteries with a high-energy laser

The Pentagon's innovation agency, DARPA, has issued a request for proposals regarding the possibility of equipping US Air Force KC-36 and KC-135 tanker aircraft with a high-energy laser pod capable of transfer energy to drones in flight, so as to extend their autonomy and lighten their energy storage devices. DARPA, the U.S. Armed Forces Innovation Agency, issued a request for information on June 13 regarding a device capable of transferring energy between a tanker aircraft, such as the KC-46 or KC-135, and a drone in flight, through a high-energy laser embedded in a…

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