Is anti-aircraft artillery becoming a credible alternative again?

During the Vietnam War, the American armed forces lost nearly 3.750 planes and 5.600 helicopters. While North Vietnamese fighters and missiles played a decisive role, together they only shot down 15% of the aircraft lost by the United States, while accidents accounted for 25% of the losses recorded. The remaining 60% came from North Vietnamese anti-aircraft artillery, which posed the greatest threat to American aircraft throughout the war. Inexpensive to acquire and relatively simple to implement, the anti-aircraft batteries of Soviet and Chinese invoice implemented by North Vietnam alone shot down 45% of the planes...

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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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Japan develops its own Electric Cannon to complement its anti-missile defense

Electric gun technology, or rail gun, was favored by many staffs a few years ago, especially in the United States, where the US Navy had invested several hundred million dollars to develop its own model. But lately, and especially since the Pentagon abandoned the program, which prioritized directed-energy weapons like high-energy lasers and microwave cannons, the buzz around this topic seems to have waned. little dried up. Even the Chinese program, which had hit the headlines three years ago when a Rail Gun was observed on a transport ship...

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US Navy Suspends Funding for Rail Gun and High Speed ​​Shells Project

Launched in 2005, the American program intended to experiment and design an electric cannon, or Rail Gun, had, on several occasions, to face the lack of enthusiasm of the US Navy and the Pentagon towards it. The tests concerning this gun capable of propelling projectiles at speeds ranging from Mach 6 to Mach 9, and potentially capable of reaching targets at nearly 200 km, or even 400 km if the speed at the muzzle exit exceeded Mach 10 , have also been suspended on several occasions. But according to the detailed investigations carried out by the site The War Zone, it seems that…

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DD (x), SSN (x) or NGAD, the US Navy will not be able to finance all 3 simultaneously

Although it alone has a budget equal to that of Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the US Navy today faces a most complex situation in terms of planning. Indeed, after 30 years of budgetary errors and overly ambitious and eminently costly programs for limited operational applications, such as the LCS corvettes, the Zumwalt destroyers or the Seawolf nuclear attack submarines, the American Navy finds itself having to to face many imperative programs to be financed to renew and modernize its equipment, and a federal budget already at the high limit, offering only weak margins for growth in the future.…

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The US Navy structures itself to begin the replacement of destroyers Arleigh Burke

To say that the US Navy today navigates by esteem when it comes to the evolution of its naval construction programs would be an understatement. Between the plan aiming for 355 naval units in 2030 which will probably not be achieved, the one which aimed for 450 ships in 2045 presented by a departing Trump administration and which will not have survived more than a few days once the team Joe Biden in place, the multiple and repeated mistakes concerning badly designed and overpriced programs like the Zumwalt destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship, and programs which see, with each iteration, their prices explode,…

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PILUM: the European Defense Agency launches its electric gun program

It was about time, one might say... The European Defense Agency has announced that it has selected the partners who will participate in the PILUM program, for Projectiles for Increased Long-range effects Using Electro-Magnetics (a bit capilotracted as an acronym), a program aimed at to study and develop a prototype electric gun, or Railgun, in the next two years. The European consortium thus created brings together the French Nexter Systems, Nexter Munitions and Naval Group, the Belgian Von Karman Research Institute, the German Diehl Defence, the Polish Explomet and the Italian ICAR. It will be piloted by the Franco-German Saint-Louis Institute, which has already developed initial expertise in the field, and will be financed by the…

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The destroyer DDG-1000 USS Zumwalt will soon be operational, almost…

The new generation stealth destroyer Zumwalt, the first unit of the eponymous class of the US Navy, will soon finalize the installation of its combat system, according to a source quoted by the site Defensenews.com, allowing the ship to finally be declared operational, almost 4 years after its entry into service. Ordered in 2016 from BAe for $192 million, this combat system will allow the crew to merge sensor data with data from weapons systems and communication systems, so as to make the ship autonomous and efficient at fight. But the Zumwalt, like the class of destroyers that bears its name, is not…

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These 10 technologies that are revolutionizing or will revolutionize military action (part 1)

The post-Cold War period, which began with the disappearance of the Soviet Union and was characterized by undisputed American supremacy, ended a few years ago, even if the perception of this change of era is only just beginning to be accepted by world political authorities. A new era, which we cannot yet name, has arrived gradually, and is characterized by the significant increase in the technological ambitions of the major world powers, and in particular by the acceleration of technological programs linked to La Défense. Whether or not this is a new arms race, the fact is that in just a few years, several technologies have imposed themselves in the heart of…

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Will Electromagnetism be the Black Powder of the XNUMXst century?

The arrival from Europe of black powder, a highly explosive and exothermic mixture of sulphur, saltpeter (potassium nitrate) and charcoal introduced by the Mongols in the 2000th century but used in China since the 800th century, led to a rapid and profound upheaval in military technologies, as well as in tactics and strategies. Ballistas and Scorpions were quickly replaced by cannons and bombards, as soldiers traded off their crossbows and bows for the first individual firearms, bringing in just two centuries the end of more than XNUMX years of military technology. XNUMX years later...

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