The United Arab Emirates turns to the MICA VL NG missile for its Gowind 2500 corvettes

In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates confirmed the order for two Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French military shipbuilder Naval Group. If many of the equipment selected by Abu Dhabi were of French origin, the anti-aircraft defense was then entrusted to the American couple formed by the vertical launch system VLS Mk41 and the anti-aircraft missile ESSM Block 2, the new version of the heir to the Sea Sparrow. But according to the Naval News site, the Emirati authorities have changed their posture, to turn to the French MICA VL NG missile from the MBDA missile, a new version of the MICA VL surface-to-air missile itself derived from the very…

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Simulations show that drone swarms would be a solution to defend Taiwan

If support for Ukraine is at the heart of the strategic concerns of the American executive, it is the defense of Taiwan which, for several years, has given nightmares to the strategists and planners of the American armed forces. Indeed, most of the simulations and wargames carried out in recent years show that protecting the independent island since 1949 from a massive assault launched by the People's Liberation Army in a few years' time will be a task that is both one of the most difficult and most perilous for US forces. Between the hypotheses of massive preventive strikes against the island and against the American military bases present in this theater (Japan, Guam, etc.), the capacities…

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What solutions to deal with the threat of light drones and vagrant ammunition?

At the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the balance of power, particularly in terms of available firepower, was so much in favor of the Russian forces that it seemed very difficult, if not impossible, for the Ukrainian forces could withstand more than a few weeks in the face of the onslaught of fire and steel that was to come. However, the Ukrainian command managed to use its available means to the best of its ability to exploit the opponent's weaknesses, such as the need to stay on paved paths and roads, to harass with mobile and determined infantry units, the Russian logistics lines , while blocking mechanized offensives by…

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Conversion of 2 French SSBNs into cruise missile submarines, a more attractive hypothesis than it seems

For several months, the deputy of Eure and member of the Defense commission of the National Assembly Fabien Gouttefarde, wants to be force of proposal as for the future evolutions of the French defense programs. Although he belonged to the Republic on the Move, he did not hesitate, for example, to plead insistently for the Air and Space Force, but also the National Navy, to acquire a version of electronic warfare and suppression of adverse anti-aircraft defenses of the Rafale, and this despite the end of non-receipt, also very open to criticism, addressed by the Ministry of the Armed Forces to one of his colleagues in the opposition, Jean-Christophe...

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These 7 technologies that will revolutionize the battlefield by 2040

If the last years of the cold war were the occasion of numerous and important technological advances in the field of armaments, with the arrival of cruise missiles, stealth planes and ships and advanced command and geolocation systems, this dynamic came to a complete halt with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. In the absence of a major and technologically advanced adversary, and because of the numerous asymmetrical campaigns in which the armed forces took part, very few significant advances were recorded from the technological point of view between 1990 and 2020, with the notable exception of the generalization of aerial drones of all types. But with the emergence, since the beginning of…

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The new FDI frigates of the French Navy less well armed than expected

The ceremony for laying the keel of the first Defense and Intervention Frigate, or FDI, of the French Navy, was held on December 16 at the Naval Group site in Lorient. Baptized Amiral Ronarc'h, this first frigate of an eponymous class of 5 ships which will enter service between 2025 and 2030, will weigh 4500 tonnes and be 122m long, will be one of the pillars of the renewal of the surface fleet of the Navy. And if it will carry many new capabilities for the French Navy, such as the Thales Seafire 500 active plate antenna radar which offers…

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Navy?

The entry into service of the new Alsace frigate, which offers enhanced anti-aircraft capabilities while retaining the anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare capabilities of the Aquitaine-class FREMMs, was rightly , hailed as an important step in the effort to modernize the French Navy. Many other programs are underway to support this effort, including the FDI defense and intervention frigates, the Suffren class nuclear attack submarines, the Jacques Chevallier class tanker tankers, the future Ocean Patrollers or again the SLAM-F Mines war program, all to enter service during…

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Sea drones: Americans and Turks lead the way

By Noam Akhoune At a time when drones are reshuffling the cards of war, the naval sector is far from being spared by this evolution. Unlike aerial and/or ground support drones that we have seen at work during the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, or in Syria, unmanned ships, or naval drones, haven't been faced with combat yet, but it could happen sooner than you think. Along with directed energy weapons, hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities, unmanned vessels (or unmanned surface vessels – usv) are one of the new capabilities,…

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General Dynamics and Epirus embark the Leonidas microwave anti-drone system on Stryker armored personnel carrier

The fight against the threat that drones and swarms of drones now represent is at the heart of the concerns of the US Army, which has developed a strategy based on 4 pieces of equipment to deal with the majority of threats, ranging from missiles to swarms of drones. But a weakness appeared in this construction of capacities, the absence of mobile systems capable of facing swarms of drones, that is to say a large number of drones acting in concert to saturate the defenses of the adversary, the IPFS-HPM microwave system designed for this purpose takes place in a 20-foot container, which cannot…

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Chinese air force deploys former fighters turned into drones against Taiwan

The People's Republic of China produced, between the 50s and 80s, nearly 8500 fighter planes derived from Soviet models, such as the Shenyang J-5 derived from the Mig-17 produced in 1800 units, the Shenyang J-6 and the Nanchang Q-5 derived from Mig-19 produced respectively in 4500 and 1300 copies, as well as the Chengdu J-7 derived from Mig-21 and produced in more than 2400 copies

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