The Pentagon relies more than ever on DARPA for its hypersonic programs

If, in the 90s, 2000s and 2010s, the United States had research programs in the hypersonic field, such as X-51 Waverider, the subject was considered of less importance by the Pentagon, and only benefited from limited credits and especially no application program to follow. But when in March 2018, Vladimir Putin announced the entry into service of the airborne hypersonic missile Kinzhal, yet far from representing a remarkable scientific breakthrough in the field, things changed radically in Washington, and the development of hypersonic systems very quickly became a strategic issues for the American armed forces. The entry into service of the Chinese DF-17, the upcoming arrival…

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The United States fears the trivialization of Russian and Chinese “blackmail to deterrence”

Barely a few days after the start of military operations in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered, in a very publicized manner, his Chief of Staff and his Minister of Defense to put the Russian strategic forces on high alert, in response the first round of sanctions from the United States and Europe against Russia in response to this aggression. Since then, Moscow has repeatedly repeated its strategic threats in an attempt to prevent the West from interfering in the ongoing conflict, and to provide growing support to the Ukrainians. If this did not prevent the United States, Great Britain and many European countries from delivering armaments...

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The successor to the Harpoon anti-ship missile will be hypersonic

Entered into service in 1977, the AGM-184 Harpoon anti-ship missile was produced in more than 7500 units by MacDonnel Douglas and then Boeing Defense, and used by more than thirty navies and air forces around the world, never yielding in this field than the famous missiles of the Exocet family designed by NordAviation/Aerospatiale and entered into service in 1975. These two missiles not only shared similar performances and flight profiles, they also have in common an extraordinary longevity, as both the American and French missile continue to be produced and exported almost 50 years after their entry into service. However, for…

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After Japan, South Korea chooses the American SM-6 to counter the hypersonic threat

While the eyes of the world remain on the war in Ukraine, tensions in the Pacific theater remain very high, and the major nations involved are redoubling their investment and innovation in an attempt to gain the upper hand over their potential adversaries. Thus, in recent months, the two Koreas have engaged in a tug of war over their respective long-range strike capabilities, successively demonstrating the effectiveness of their new ballistic and cruise missiles, while the China has also implemented new capabilities in this area, including hypersonic and semi-ballistic trajectory weapons. Those…

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China's new hypersonic anti-ship missiles are a game-changer in the Pacific

Could China have stolen the courtesy from Russia by deploying a hypersonic anti-ship missile aboard its new Type 055 heavy destroyers? In any case, this is the question that arises following the publication of photos showing the firing of a missile identified as YJ-21 from one of these ships, suggesting that the missile could actually be in service, or at least in the advanced testing phase. As if that news alone wasn't enough, new photos have emerged showing an H-6N long-range naval bomber also carrying an anti-ship ballistic missile, which…

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DARPA has successfully tested a second model of hypersonic cruise missile

When in March 2018, Vladimir Putin announced that the Kinzhal hypersonic airborne ballistic missile would soon enter service, all Western armed forces understood that this new technology would quickly become an operational imperative, and that in this area, they had left it to the Russia, but also to China, which the following year presented its own DF17 hypersonic missile, a far too large advance. If the Europeans, as usual, reacted with the speed of a sea cucumber, the Japanese, Australians, South Koreans and especially the United States reacted with speed and determination, quickly implementing programs aimed at acquiring as many quickly of this type of armament. Mon…

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Defense against hypersonic missiles is structured in the West

Since the entry into service of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic airborne missile in 2018, and even more so with the upcoming arrival of the 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile, both of Russian origin, the fear of seeing these munitions permanently neutralize naval power West has been widely relayed in the media. It is true that due to their speed, their low trajectory, and for some, their ability to maneuver in the descending phase, these weapons undermine the Western anti-missile shield, based on THAAD and SM-3 kinetic impactor missiles. In addition, the anti-aircraft missiles currently in service, such as the SM-2, the Aster 30 or the Sea Ceptor, have…

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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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Will the future US Navy DDG (x) destroyer be a "transitional" destroyer?

While Congress has approved the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke Flight III class destroyer for 2022, and the US Navy has announced a vast plan to modernize its Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers to install the new SPY radar -6 with active electronic antenna as for the Flight III and the frigates of the Constellation class, the American navy is also advancing on the replacement of the destroyer Arleigh Burke but also of the cruisers of the Ticonderoga class, while 32 units of these two classes must be retired from service in the years to come. Communication around the new ship,…

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North Korea re-tests advanced performance hypersonic ballistic missile

Although geopolitical attention is now focused more on the risk of conflict in Ukraine or around Taiwan, certain theaters less exposed to the media are still very active. This is particularly the case of the Korean Peninsula, while the two countries, North and South Korea, have for several years been engaged in intense competition in the field of long-range missiles. The year 2021 was thus marked by numerous tests on both sides, with notable advances both in the field of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. But it was unmistakably the September 28 test of a North Korean ballistic missile equipped…

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