China's J-16D electronic warfare aircraft reportedly already operational

While the official presentation of the new Chinese electronic warfare and anti-aircraft defense plane J-16D only took place at the beginning of September, a report by the 7th Chinese public channel devoted to the Armed Forces of the 'APL, found that the device was already in operational unit within the Chinese air force, which was confirmed by an article from the state site Globaltimes.cn published today. According to the article, the new electronic warfare fighter would be intended to evolve alongside the 5th generation J-20 fighter to eliminate adversary detection capabilities. The device would…

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Beijing increases military pressure on India in the Himalayas

Recourse to the military threat seems to have become the rule for Beijing when one of its neighbors does not comply with its demands. In addition to the widely commented case of Taiwan, with numerous naval and air exercises and increasingly threatening rhetoric from the Chinese authorities and the national press against the independent island, it is now the turn of the India to have to face increasingly explicit threats, and increasingly important and dense military exercises along its eastern border with the People's Republic of China, in particular on…

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China builds replicas of US aircraft carriers and destroyers in the desert

The Taklamakan Desert, a desert and very hostile space of more than 270.000 km2 in the middle of Uighur territory in northwestern China, was proposed in 2010 to enter the natural world heritage of humanity. This arid space, which sees temperatures of 50°c during the day rub shoulders with -40°c at night, is also a privileged training area for the People's Liberation Army, which has been testing its ballistic missiles there for many years. Recently, however, forms incongruous for this environment have been detected by Western observation satellites. Indeed, the Chinese armies have built simplified replicas of several…

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US Air Force seeks advanced trainer in addition to new T-7A Red Hawk

Does the US Air Force remember the lessons learned during the Vietnam War, when its young pilots freshly graduated from the academy were shot down by the DCA or the North Vietnamese pilots for lack of combat experience? ? The fact is, just 3 years after awarding a nearly $10 billion contract to Boeing and Saab to design and build its new T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer to replace its exhausted T-38 Talons. and obsolete, it has just published a request for information to acquire a hundred advanced training aircraft to train its pilots in air combat and missions…

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Hearing trauma of British tank crews is believed to be linked to British Army helmets

The British Army has just issued an order limiting the duration of exposure of armored personnel on board vehicles ranging from 5 hours for certain types of armored vehicle to a maximum of 55 minutes for other models, due to a defect observed concerning the helmets used by these soldiers, according to the British daily The Times. This precautionary measure aims to protect the personnel of the armed forces while the number of auditory traumatisms of British armored crews would have increased significantly. An in-depth investigation would be underway to determine if indeed, the helmets used by the crews to communicate on board the armored vehicles are…

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Beijing, Moscow toughen up in Pacific with show of naval force around Japan

In recent months, the United States and its allies have multiplied large-scale naval exercises in the Pacific, sometimes near the China Sea or Taiwan, which on several occasions angered Beijing. Until now, Chinese naval responses have been limited to the deployment of small flotillas, most often consisting of a Type 052D destroyer and a Type 054A anti-submarine warfare frigate, accompanied by a supply ship. Therefore, the massive exercise bringing together 5 Chinese ships, including a Type 055 cruiser, and 5 Russian ships, including two Udaloy-class anti-submarine destroyers, around Japan in recent days,…

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US soldiers have been deployed for more than a year on the island of Taiwan

Since 1979, and the dissolution of the US Taiwan Defense Command on the altar of the normalization of relations between Washington and Beijing, the United States had officially withdrawn all of their forces present on the island of Taiwan since the rupture between the authorities of the island and the People's Republic of China in 1949. And if the United States had always respected, more or less zealously, the commitment made to Taipei to guarantee the security of the island, no American military had been deployed there since, in order to respect the commitments made to the Chinese authorities. Officially at least, since according to a Wall Street article…

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52 Chinese fighter jets entered the Taiwanese air traffic control zone

The Chinese air force carried out, between October 1 and 2 on the occasion of the country's national holiday, an unprecedented show of force near the island of Taiwan, causing several take-offs of Taiwanese fighter planes, and vigorous protest from the Taipei authorities. On October 1, a first formation of 18 J-16 fighter bombers accompanied by 4 Su-30 fighter bombers, as well as two H-6 bombers and a Y-8 Maritime patrol aircraft carried out a first exercise south of the Taiwanese air control zone. A few hours later, on the night of the 1st…

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Exercise Zapad-21: The Russian Army tests its new weapons

Of all the major four-year exercises of the Russian army, the Zapad exercise, which means West, is by far the one that carries the greatest symbolic value, as well as the one that attracts the greatest media attention, in Europe as well as in Russia. This year, it takes place for the most part in Belarus, while Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko have just signed a historic rapprochement agreement between the two countries, allowing the first to increase its hold on this Slavic state, and the second to protect his position at the head of it. But beyond its political and geostrategic aspects, part of the Russian forces...

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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