Two days ago, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the suspension of the New Start Treaty, we wrote that this decision paved the way for a future build-up of Russia's operational nuclear arsenal, the latter being today today the only asset remaining in the hands of the head of the Kremlin, to justify Russia's status as a superpower on the international scene, while its conventional forces have been very severely reduced by a year of war in Ukraine. It only took two days, and despite the skeptical comments of some journalists on this subject, for the…Read the article
Category: Ballistic Missile
Why did V. Putin announce the suspension of the New Start treaty on the limitation of nuclear weapons?
After the Cuban missile crisis, both Americans and Soviets perceived the existential danger represented by the disproportionate nuclear arsenal held by the two superpowers, but also the colossal costs that this arms race engendered for the two countries. However, it took almost 7 years for the two countries to begin discussions on this subject. These will be conducted in Helsinki in November 1969, to give birth on May 26, 1972 to the first strategic arms regulation treaty, called Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, or SALT. This planned to freeze the number of ICBM ballistic missiles held by the two camps at their level…Read the article
The US Army will have a first hypersonic capability from the end of 2023
The entry into service in 2018 of the Russian Kinzhal hypersonic airborne missile had the effect of a cold shower across the Atlantic, while the Pentagon had been accustomed to positioning itself at the top of the defense technological pyramid since the end of the 80s. Suddenly, Russia, a country perceived as defeated in the Cold War, with a GDP barely greater than that of Spain, was not only equipping itself with technology that the US armies did not have, but which they did not have. could, in the state, protect themselves. The reaction of pride from Washington and the Pentagon was on the scale of the sudden affront, since as early as 2019, no less than…Read the article
US Congress changes legislation to increase ammunition production
The war in Ukraine has shattered many certainties about armed conflict in recent months, including the supposed superiority of units formed by professionals over units of conscripts or reservists, the supreme role of aviation on the battlefield, or the supposed obsolescence of the battle tank. One of the most widespread certainties, including at the highest level of the armies, was that a high-intensity conflict, such as the one unfolding today, could not be extended over time, the excess of power of fire and precision ammunition necessarily leading to…Read the article
Despite a successful test, the future of the American AGM-183A ARRW hypersonic missile is not guaranteed
In the middle of the electoral campaign for his re-election to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin stunned the world of defense on March 1, 2018, when he announced, during a television interview, that the hypersonic airborne missile Kinzhal had entered service a few months earlier in the within the Russian Air Force. With a range of 2000 km, the Russian missile, which can be used from the Mig-31K heavy interceptor or the Tu-22M3 long-range bomber, follows a semi-ballistic trajectory with significant evolution capabilities and a speed greater than Mach 5, making it particularly difficult to detect and intercept for traditional anti-ballistic systems such as the…Read the article
The new North Korean doctrine considerably increases the nuclear risk in the peninsula
North Korea became, in 2006, the 9th country to have nuclear weapons, after the explosion of its first A-bomb on October 9th. For Pyongyang, it was then a question of responding to the perceived threat posed by the United States and the repeated tensions with its South Korean neighbor, but also of very effectively fueling the regime's propaganda vis-à-vis a population very hard hit by decades of extreme poverty. Moreover, if the North Korean regime knew it could rely on Beijing and Moscow during the Cold War, the Soviet collapse in the early 90s, and the then marked economic rapprochement between China and the West committed to leaving…Read the article
Faced with the Iranian ballistic hypersonic threat, Israel is accelerating the development of the Arrow-4
Entering service in the early 2000s, the Israeli Arrow-2 anti-ballistic system was designed to counter the growing threat posed by the development in Iran of new medium-range ballistic missiles capable of reaching the state of Israel. It can detect ballistic targets up to 500 km away, and intercept them at a maximum distance of 100 km and an altitude of less than 50 km. Faced with the entry into service of longer-range Iranian ballistic missiles in the early 2010s, Tel-Aviv decided to develop an anti-ballistic capability complementary to that of the Arrow-2, the Arrow-3 allowing intercept exo-atmospheric targets, up to a…Read the article
Should we take inspiration from the South Korean “3 axes” doctrine to contain the Russian nuclear threat in Europe?
In terms of deterrence, the classic doctrine employed since the start of the Cold War is based on the balance of nuclear strike and response capabilities on both sides. Beyond the European theater and the confrontation between the Warsaw Pact and NATO during the second half of the XNUMXth century, this was also applied elsewhere on the planet, as in the standoff between the India and Pakistan, or in the control of the Chinese and North Korean nuclear threat by the United States. The main potential target of North Korean missiles, South Korea, for its part, is not equipped with weapons…Read the article
HIMARS for the Army, a symptom of a piloting defect in the BITD?
Like many other areas, long-range artillery, represented by only 13 Unitary Rocket Launchers (8 of which are actually operational) within the French Army, was greatly reduced during the 2000s. and 2010, under cover of a majority perception that the threat of so-called high-intensity engagements was over, and that the air force was, on its own, capable of providing these deep strike capabilities. In this area, the lessons emanating from the first 8 months of the war in Ukraine showed that this capability proved to be decisive, while a large part of the air force was neutralized by…Read the article
Poland orders 300 South Korean K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launchers to form Europe's most formidable ground force
In 2020, Warsaw began advanced negotiations with South Korea, initially to assess the possibility of acquiring Hyundai Rotem's new K2 Black Panther main battle tank to replace its aging PT-91s, as the Germany and France had refused Poland to join the MGCS program, at least during its initial design phase. Obviously, these negotiations have been more than fruitful, since for a few months, the official announcements of major contracts between Warsaw and Seoul do not stop arriving. Thus, in July of this year, the Polish authorities announced the order of 180 tanks…Read the article