US Air Force Begins Development of Space Component Long-Range Kill-Chain

The war in Ukraine has produced many new lessons, in particular on the potential duration of a very high intensity engagement, or on the role of artillery and heavy armor in the land maneuver. In other areas, it has above all confirmed developments anticipated by military planners, such as the vulnerability of combat helicopters and close air support aircraft to modern anti-aircraft defences, while the US Army has precisely launched the FLRAA and FARA programs of new generation helicopters and that the US Air Force has towed for almost a decade with Congress to withdraw from service its A-10 Thunderbolts...

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These 7 technologies that will transform warfare by 2030

Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, many analyses, including on this site, have focused on the different lessons that these very high intensity combats have brought to light, such as the now indisputable role of the tank but also artillery, coastal or anti-aircraft defenses, and of course drones, to speak only of the technological question. And in fact, many armies have evolved their military planning in recent months precisely to respond to these lessons. This is how Poland embarked on an unprecedented effort to reconstitute a very powerful land force aligning 6 divisions,…

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DARPA's Longshot airborne combat drone will fly in 2024

The arrival of cooperative combat drones designed to support and extend the capabilities of combat aircraft will constitute, in the years to come, an evolution of air warfare as radical as that which followed the arrival of the turbojet engine or the air-air missile. . Whether heavy drones like the Russian Okhotnik-B drone, consumable drones like the Valkyrie from Kratos, or airborne drones like the MBDA and Airbus Remote Carriers developed under the European SCAF and FCAS programs, these equipment will not only bring new capabilities, but also profoundly change the conduct of combat air operations. At this…

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army also develops an All-Domain doctrine

As we have written on several occasions, if Western media and political attention, including in the United States, is today focused on Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, it is indeed China that is of concern. primarily the Pentagon strategists. Indeed, apart from its nuclear capabilities, Moscow no longer has the military, economic and demographic capabilities to represent a major threat to Washington and NATO, especially since its armies have suffered heavily since the start of the conflict, with significant losses in men and materials. China, for its part, has a very dynamic economy, supported by financial reserves...

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Hard-kill systems, robotization and autonomy at the heart of the evolutions of the armored corps of the US Army

The AUSA exhibition, which is held until today on the outskirts of Washington, is the opportunity, each year, to take stock of the current and planned developments in terms of land armament and strategy for the forces. American land forces, and consequently, for their allies. But with the war in Ukraine, the Sino-Taiwani crisis, and the various tensions at different levels of gestation on the planet, the 2022 edition takes on a very special dimension. It was indeed on this occasion that the US Army presented its new engagement doctrine which will replace the one drafted in the early 90s on the basis of the end…

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The MQ-Next, future replacement for the MALE MQ-9 Reaper drone, takes shape for General Atomics

In service with 10 air forces, 9 of which are members of NATO, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance MQ-9 Reaper drone from the American General Atomics, is today the Western reference in the field of combat drones. this range. Able to stay in the air for 15 hours at an altitude of more than 7 km and at more than 300 km/h while carrying 4 Hellfire or Brimstone air-to-ground missiles, the Reaper is today a central component of the operations carried out by Western armies, especially over the vast expanses in Africa and the Middle East, both to monitor the movements of potential adversaries and to conduct…

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The US Army presents its 6 priorities to meet the Chinese and Russian challenge in 2030

Until recently, the US Army relied on two pillars to prepare for future military challenges. On the one hand, it was fully involved in the Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control doctrine, or JADCC, intended to allow enhanced interoperability between its units, but also with other American armies such as the US Air Force or the US Navy, as well as with its allies. On the other hand, it had committed, during the previous term of office, to the development of a super-program called BIG-6, in reference to the famous super program BIG 5 of the early 70s, which gave birth in particular to the Patriot system, Bradley infantry fighting vehicle or…

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5 surprise revelations about the Russian Army in Ukraine

Barely weeks before the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, the Polish press echoed the results of a very disturbing simulation exercise. Designated “Zima-2020” (Winter 2020), it showed that a Russian offensive against Poland would see the fall of Warsaw in only 4 days, and all the key points of the country in only one week. Four weeks later, the Russian forces leading the offensive on Kyiv were blocked in the suburbs of the city, and suffered very heavy losses from a very combative but still poorly equipped and disorganized Ukrainian army. A month later, Moscow decided...

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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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Russian forces lost first T-90M heavy tank in Ukraine

With the exception of the T-14 Armata which is currently not in operational staffing in the Russian armies, the T-90M Proryv-3 (Breakthrough-3) is unquestionably the most modern tank, the best armed and the best protected in service with Russian units. However, the tank presented as a T-90 incorporating many elements from the T-14 Armata, in particular the 125 mm 2А82-1М gun and the Kalina fire control system, was only engaged in Ukraine at the end of April 2022. Although entering service in 2019, the T-90M is indeed a rare commodity within the Russian armed forces,…

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