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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The new Russian strategic bomber Tu-160M2 has made its maiden flight

Russia is one of the only 3 countries in the world to have a strategic triad, namely a nuclear deterrent based simultaneously on land, naval and air vectors. For now, this third component is the least well off, with only 16 Tu-160M ​​supersonic strategic bombers, the bulk of the force still being made up of fifty Tu-95MS turboprops. It is precisely to replace these devices that the Russian authorities launched, in 2015, a program aimed at restoring the Tu-160 assembly line to a new modernized standard designated Tu-160M2, and producing 35 new devices, while that at the same time, the aeronautical industry…

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The 5 assets of the Rafale against the Super Hornet for Indian naval aviation

The Rafale M1, the first aircraft in the program for French naval aviation, is today at the heart of attention for Dassault Aviation and the entire Team Rafale. Indeed, it is this aircraft which was sent on January 6 to the Indian naval air base in Goa to demonstrate its ability to be operated from a Ski-Jump type platform, and not of an aircraft carrier equipped with catapults. These tests, the first of which took place this morning and took place nominally, will last until the beginning of February and will make it possible to validate not only the capacity of…

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North Korea re-tests advanced performance hypersonic ballistic missile

Although geopolitical attention is now focused more on the risk of conflict in Ukraine or around Taiwan, certain theaters less exposed to the media are still very active. This is particularly the case of the Korean Peninsula, while the two countries, North and South Korea, have for several years been engaged in intense competition in the field of long-range missiles. The year 2021 was thus marked by numerous tests on both sides, with notable advances both in the field of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. But it was unmistakably the September 28 test of a North Korean ballistic missile equipped…

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The Rafale M in a good position to equip the Indian Navy

From January 6, 2022, a French Navy Rafale M will carry out qualification tests for the use of a Ski Jump, as part of the competition against the F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet to equip the aircraft carriers of the Indian Navy. These tests, which will take place within the Goa naval air base where the Ski Jump platform is located where the Indian Tejas was tested, will be followed, in February, by similar tests concerning the American Super Hornet, even if it had already demonstrated its ability to take in the air from this type of installation...

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What is the French Navy's new Future Mine Control System?

During the Cold War, Western navies had an impressive naval mine countermeasures capability, marked in particular by the prolific Tripartite Minehunter program which enabled France, Belgium and the Netherlands to equip of 35 particularly high-performance high-tech vessels that entered service between 1981 and 1990. In 2010, as part of the Lancaster House agreements, France and Great Britain committed to jointly design the Maritime Mine Counter Measures program, or MMCM , in order to develop new underwater mine countermeasures capabilities by 2030. In France, this program was designated by…

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DARPA succeeds in-flight recovery of X-61A Gremlins drone

Air-dropped drones offer many advantages from an operational point of view, in particular that of being able to be deployed at long distances thanks to a carrier aircraft, and of having to use their own fuel only once dropped, so as not to having to consume it only once above or near the objective. The autonomy in flight of the drones is thus considerably increased, reinforcing their operational efficiency. But this approach suffers from a significant weak point, since once released, the chances of being able to recover the drone once its mission is over are all the more slim as it intervenes far from the allied bases.…

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