Created in 1948 by the American aircraft manufacturer Douglas, the Rand Corporation is today one of the most influential think tanks in the United States, particularly with regard to military and international affairs, especially since unlike other other major American think tanks, it is not politically affiliated. In fact, his analyzes are most often evaluated with great attention by both American political decision-makers and the Pentagon. Since the start of the Ukrainian crisis, the Rand has produced a large number of often very relevant analyzes at a sustained pace. The latest analysis published on January 27 deserves special attention. In…Read the article
North Korea will invest almost 16% of its GDP in its defense in 2023
For many Western countries, in Europe as in Asia, achieving a defense effort equal to 2% of its Gross Domestic Product constitutes a sufficient objective to guarantee its security, and even a very ambitious objective for some like Belgium which are struggling to achieve a defense effort of 1,5% of GDP. The perception is very different in other countries, depending on the perceived threat or the ambitions of its leaders. Thus, the United States devotes 3,7% of its annual production of wealth to its armies, and Russia will devote, in 2023, more than 5% of its GDP to this effort. Korea…Read the article
President Erdogan raises the stakes for Sweden's NATO membership
A few days ago, President Joe Biden publicly announced that he expected the United States Congress to accept the acquisition of 40 new F-16V Viper fighters, as well as 80 modernization kits to enable the Turkish Air Force to carry a part of its F-16 C/D fleet to this new, significantly more efficient standard, in particular due to the AESA AN/APG-83 radar. For the White House, it was a question of obtaining from President Erdogan that he withdraw his veto concerning the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, following the request made by these countries after the Russian aggression against Ukraine. We would have…Read the article
How does the new Russian industrial strategy redefine the strategic equation of the conflict in Ukraine?
Since the beginning of the military aggression against Ukraine, the Russian armies have suffered very heavy losses, particularly in terms of armour. It is thus more than 1600 Russian heavy tanks, but also almost 3500 heavy armored vehicles and 300 mobile artillery systems which have been destroyed, damaged or captured by the Ukrainians in a documented way, that is to say between 20 and 60% of its stocks of before the war, according to the categories of equipment. Ukrainian losses, meanwhile, are also significant, but to a lesser extent, with 450 tanks, less than 900 heavy armored vehicles and around a hundred documented mobile artillery systems, but these losses represent…Read the article
After Iran, will Russia also modernize the North Korean armies?
Since the Panmunjeom ceasefire signed on July 27, 1953, the Korean peninsula has remained one of the most intense points of tension on the planet. The nuclearization of Pyongyang, starting from the first successful test of a North Korean nuclear weapon on October 9, 2006, then from a first hydrogen bomb in January 2016, considerably changed the status of this frozen but unfinished conflict in the absence of an official armistice. However, if the North Korean armies line up considerable forces, with nearly 1,3 million men under the flag, 600.000 reservists, more than 4000 tanks, 2500 armored vehicles, 8000 artillery systems or even 500 aircraft…Read the article
Once again, President RT Erdogan opposes NATO membership of Sweden and Finland
Not surprisingly, Turkish President RT Erdogan announced last Friday that he would oppose Sweden and Finland joining NATO, despite recent efforts by Stockholm and Helsinki to meet the requirements of the Turkish authorities. As before, the Head of State explains his decision, which turns out to be a blocker for the accession of the two Scandinavian countries to the Atlantic Alliance since it requires unanimity of votes, by the policies followed by the two countries. in matters of asylum, and in particular with regard to certain members of the Turkish Workers' Party or designated as such by Ankara, but also with regard to…Read the article
After the Su-35s, Iran would be interested in Russian combat ships
Reports of an extended defense agreement between Tehran and Moscow have been constantly appearing in recent days, in particular regarding the acquisition of no less than 20.000 Iranian-designed drones and ballistic missiles by Russia in order to strengthen strike capabilities against Ukraine and its infrastructure. At the same time, Tehran would have obtained from its now partner and ally, agreements concerning the acquisition of very advanced military equipment, such as the 24 Su-35s initially built for Egypt, but never delivered. The growing isolation of the two countries on the world stage is indeed a particularly favorable framework for a rapprochement between…Read the article
Patriot, Leopard 2, Leclerc..: Why do Westerners have to go upmarket about the weapons delivered to Ukraine?
Since the Russian offensive against Ukraine began on February 24, a tense standoff has pitted the most active supporters of Kyiv, such as Poland, the Baltic countries or the Czech Republic, against the most circumspect, such as the Germany, Italy or France, with regard to the type of materials that could be sent by the West to the Ukrainian armies. In this field, and whatever the positions of each may have been, it was the United States, and they alone, who set the tone concerning the nature of the equipment which could actually be sent by the members of NATO, to deal with the Russian armies. He…Read the article
Iran should receive Russian Su-2023s fighters in 35 according to the Pentagon
At the beginning of the 70s, Iran was considered one of the most valuable allies of the United States in the Middle East in order to control the Soviet threat as well as the growing power of the Iraqi armed forces, which were largely supported and equipped by Moscow. In 1972, President R. Nixon authorized the sale to Tehran of one of the most advanced combat aircraft in the American arsenal, the F-14 Tomcat, as well as the brand new AIM-54 Phoenix missile with active radar guidance. capable of reaching aerial targets up to 130 km away, in order to counter the arrival of new Mig-25s in the Iraqi air force. When the Sha regime was overthrown...Read the article
Argentina abandons plans to acquire new fighter jets
At the start of the Falklands War, the Argentine air and naval forces fielded 240 aircraft, including more than a hundred modern Mirage IIIE, Dagger, Skyhawk and Super Etendard fighters, making it one of the most powerful fighter fleets in America. from South. Although 35 fighters were lost during the conflict, the slow decline of the Argentine air force since the end of the conflict had many causes, including the end of the military ambitions of Buenos Aires with the overthrow of the dictatorship of General Leopoldo Galtieri following the defeat the Falklands, the repeated economic crises that have hit the country since, as well as the severe embargo...Read the article