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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China has just completed the first operational test campaign of its trimaran stealth naval drone

The Chinese authorities have announced that they have successfully conducted the first sea trial campaign for a trimaran surface naval drone demonstrator on June 7, 2022, after a 3-hour autonomous operational mission at sea, which made it possible to collect lots of data. In September 2020, a photo published on social networks caused a sensation by showing a prototype of a Chinese surface drone on the Yantze River, in a configuration in all respects comparable to that of the Sea Hunter surface drone of the US Navy. In these dimensions as in its tonnage, the Chinese ship indeed seemed directly inspired…

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Russia has tested its 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile at its maximum range of 1000 km

Hypersonic weapons, and more particularly the Russian hypersonic armies, have fueled numerous debates for several years, whether it concerns the vulnerability of large naval units as systems capable or not of opposing such missiles evolving beyond of Mach 5. Since the announcement of the entry into service of the Kinzhal airborne ballistic missile in 2019, Moscow has exploited this concern, which is very perceptible in the West, often relayed by the media lacking perspective on the subject. However, the Russian Navy has just lifted one of the doubts that have been hovering for several months regarding the announced performance of its hypersonic anti-ship missile 3M22 Tzirkon, by announcing…

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The US Army chooses SIG Sauer for its assault rifles and its new generation infantry machine guns

Launched in 2017, the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon program aimed to develop a new generation of infantry weapons to replace the M4A1 assault rifles, M249 and M240 infantry machine guns, and 5,56 .6 mm NATO, judged by the American General Staff as insufficient in the face of the democratization of ballistic protection. Integrated into the BIG 2019 super program, the NGSW program began by choosing, in August 6,8, a smart 1186 mm ammunition designated XM2000, derived from a caliber developed by Remington RPC in the early XNUMXs, abandoning the idea for a while. mention of telescoped ammunition which, according to the US Army, would have caused too many logistical constraints...

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China's new hypersonic anti-ship missiles are a game-changer in the Pacific

Could China have stolen the courtesy from Russia by deploying a hypersonic anti-ship missile aboard its new Type 055 heavy destroyers? In any case, this is the question that arises following the publication of photos showing the firing of a missile identified as YJ-21 from one of these ships, suggesting that the missile could actually be in service, or at least in the advanced testing phase. As if that news alone wasn't enough, new photos have emerged showing an H-6N long-range naval bomber also carrying an anti-ship ballistic missile, which…

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The United States announces the end of the tests of its anti-satellite systems

On November 15, 2021, Russia destroying the Kosmos-1408 satellite using an anti-satellite missile, causing nearly 1500 pieces of debris to be released into a busy orbit, including by the International Space Station. Since the 60s, no less than a dozen successful tests have been carried out by the United States, the Soviet Union / Russia, China and India in this field, creating more than 6500 pieces of space debris of which 4500 are still in orbit, threatening both civil and military satellite constellations. For Kamala Harris, the American vice-president, it was now necessary to put an end to this escalation, including,…

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The US Marine Corps will embark 20 F-35B on a helicopter carrier to make it a “Lightning-Carrier”

The arrival of the F-35B, the vertical or short take-off and landing version of the Lighting II, offers completely new perspectives in terms of light aircraft carriers and/or without catapults. Much more efficient and versatile than the AV-8 Harrier IIs that they replace, the F-35Bs also give the air group on board these ships the ability to carry out advanced missions, whether interdiction from the air or strikes to the ground or against naval targets, even in the absence of support aircraft such as the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare or the E-2C/D Hawkeye aerial surveillance. In fact, an aircraft carrier armed with 18 to…

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The US Navy tempers its ambitions for an autonomous fleet

In an article published at the end of December on the War on the Rock site, the authors, including an active offer from the US Navy, pointed out the risk of transferring the maintenance load on board unmanned ships to increased maintenance. dockside, potentially generating significant additional costs, poor availability, and the possible saturation of naval maintenance infrastructures due to congestion in dockside buildings. The fact is, many naval officers who have served on board ships doubt that current technology can effectively provide autonomous ships with reliability at sea compatible with operational requirements. And…

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In India, the Rafale demonstrates great payload capacity on Ski-Jump

Since the beginning of January, Dassault Aviation and Team Rafale have been taking part in a vast test campaign aimed at determining the performance of its fighter, the Rafale Marine, in taking to the air from an aircraft carrier equipped not catapults as for the PAN Charles de Gaulle of the French Navy, but a springboard, or ski jump, like those which equip the two aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy, the INS Vikramaditya already in service and the INS Vikrant , the first locally-made aircraft carrier to complete these sea trials. If the French teams displayed real serenity as to the results expected during…

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The US Army will receive its first DE-SHORAD laser Guardian this year

Protection against light and medium drones, including stray munitions, is now a critical issue for a modern armed force. Depending on the country, different solutions have been put forward, employing mobile artillery systems, light missiles and even anti-drone drones. But the most promising solution in this field remains that based on directed energy weapons, and it is this type of system that the US Army has been developing urgently for 3 years. One of these systems is the Guardian, from the DE-SHORAD program, a Stryker armored vehicle mounted with a 50 Kw laser, capable of taking…

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