US Air Force tests new 5000-pound GBU-72 bunker bomb

Most often, when talking about bunker busters, reference is made to the famous GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb of 22.000 pounds, sometimes called MOAB for Mother of All Bomb, and made famous for their use against cave networks in Afghanistan, as well as the 57-pound GBU-30.000A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator designed to equip the B-2 bombers. But these munitions are both very expensive to build and complex to implement, the MOAB being able, for example, to be dropped only from a C-130 transport plane. While the risks of having to intervene against strongly defended targets continue...

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Rafale: flight tests of the new 1000 kg AASM ammunition have started

A few months ago, we presented to you in detail the new F4 standard of the French Rafale fighter, produced by Dassault Aviation. In addition to notable improvements in sensors, connectivity and logistics, the Rafale F4 was also to incorporate new air-to-air and air-to-ground armaments. If the MICA-NG and the renovated SCALP are based on known armaments, the 1000 kg AASM developed by Safran is indeed a completely new ammunition. For some years now, models of the AASM-1000 have been exhibited at various air shows and exhibitions. Since the launch of the F4 program in January 2019, however, we were…

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With a new sale in Morocco, the Boeing AH-64 Apache confirms its status as a world best seller

The case had been going on for almost a year already. In 2019, following the purchase of new F-16s, the Kingdom of Morocco announced its intention to acquire AH-64 Apache combat helicopters from the American Boeing. Since the failure of the French Rafale sale in 2006, and despite the acquisition of a French FREMM frigate, Rabat now seems resolutely turned towards cooperation with the United States in terms of defense and arms purchases. Last November, Washington quite logically authorized a sale of 36 Apache helicopters via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procedure, which guarantees low prices and fast deliveries. Only remained in Morocco at…

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With Martlet missiles, Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters will have unique firepower

In a joint press release, Thales and Leonardo announced the first successful launch of an LMM (Lightweight Multirole Missile) missile from an AW159 Wildcat helicopter. Developed by Thales, the LMM is a light multipurpose missile developed on behalf of the British Armed Forces. Within the Royal Navy it has already been tested for sea-to-sea fire from frigates, but this is the first time the new missile (designated Martlet in the Royal Navy) has fired from a Wildcat helicopter. For the occasion, the helicopter designed by the British branch of the Italian Leonardo (formerly Westland) was equipped with its new supports...

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In Niger, anti-terrorist strikes demonstrate the complementarity between Mirage 2000D and armed drone MQ-9 Reaper

In its latest weekly report, the General Staff of the Armed Forces gave details of an operation carried out on March 12 in the so-called “three borders” area, between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. While a Nigerian guard post was attacked by a substantial terrorist group in the Ayourou sector, the French forces of Operation Barkhane deployed significant air resources in the area. In support of the Niger Armed Forces, the Air Force sent an armed MQ-9 Reaper drone as well as a patrol of Mirage 2000D fighters. Two strikes were reportedly carried out, allowing the neutralization of around twenty terrorists and…

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JF-17 Block III in Pakistan vs F-21 in India: towards an opposition between light fighters?

Just a year ago, a new limited military confrontation opposed India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region. On February 27, 209, exchanges of fire then took place between the fighter-bombers of the two countries. Pakistan then announces that its F-16s and some JF-17 light fighters have engaged and destroyed two Indian fighters, while New Delhi only confirms the loss of one of its old MiG-21s and the destruction in return of an F -16 Pakistanis. If the actual details of this commitment are still unclear for the general public, it nevertheless emerges that the Indian Air Force (IAF) like the…

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French armies prepare to test their first laser weapons from the Orleans-based SME CILAS

In the battle currently underway in Idlib, Syria, Turkish forces seem to be imposing an unprecedented operational tempo and an implacable operational superiority largely linked to the intensive use of drones of all types and formats. Direct attack vectors, target detectors or artillery designators, aerial drones (UAV) are now at the heart of land and air-land combat doctrines. If France has understood this well, by planning to integrate more and more drones into the SCORPION combat system, it has also been able to take the measure of the threat represented by such systems implemented...

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The United Arab Emirates choose the Sniper designation pod for the modernization of their Mirage 2000-9

Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it has sold an undisclosed number of Sniper Advanced laser designation pods to the United Arab Emirates to equip the Emirati Mirage 2000-9 fleet. Already used on the UAE's F-16E/F Block 60, the Sniper pod should integrate the Mirage 2000-9, the most advanced version of Dassault's aircraft, as part of its modernization program. On the French side, the news must undoubtedly disappoint Thales, which was hoping to place its new TALIOS designation nacelle on the Mirage 2000-9. In France, the latter must indeed replace the DAMOCLES pod, which now equips French hunters but…

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Thales and Rheinmetall join forces to equip German helicopters with rockets

During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Western air and ground forces found that the use of rockets, whether from fighter jets or helicopters, dramatically exposed aircraft to anti-aircraft defenses. opponents, and to small arms fire. Indeed, to obtain sufficient precision, the devices were forced to approach as close as possible. This is how British and French jaguars returned from missions literally riddled with projectiles, requiring long and costly repairs. In fact, baskets of rockets became increasingly rare under the wings of combat aircraft, and were not fitted to the…

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