China builds second site that could accommodate more than 100 ICBM missile silos

Just three weeks ago, American researchers highlighted the construction of a site in northern China, near the city of Yumen, on which would currently be built 119 silos intended to receive Inter-American Ballistic Missiles. Continentals, or ICBMs. Despite weak Chinese denials, and the attempt by some state media to denigrate the 2 researchers behind this discovery and to present this huge construction site as a new wind farm, the Western Intelligence community quickly row to the analysis made. While Beijing already has a hundred mobile ICBMs, and 12 silos...

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South Korea tested the launch of a ballistic missile below the surface

As we knew, South Korea invests consistently in the development of cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, in order to be able, as far as doing this little, to counter the growing threat represented by the North Korean ballistic arsenal. This is how the country has developed, since the beginning of the 80s, the family of surface-to-surface Hyunmoo missiles, initially designed with a transfer of technology from the United States in exchange for commitments from Seoul on the maximum range of the weapons developed, then within the framework of a partnership with Moscow during the 90s, which enabled the second generation of missiles, the Hyunmoo 2, to integrate…

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China to build 119 new silos for nuclear intercontinental missiles

In a speech that aims to be the foundation of the future of China and the Chinese Communist Party given on the occasion of the celebrations of the centenary of the CPC, President Xi Jinping hammered home the determination of his country to ensure the protection of its territorial integrity and its interests, calling for the acceleration of the strengthening and modernization of the People's Liberation Army, in the face of an adversary who, without ever being directly named, is nevertheless designated as the origin of all the evils that have struck China since 1840 to the Opium Wars, namely the West. It is in this quasi-martial context that two specialists…

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Washington lifts range and power restrictions on South Korean ballistic missiles

In 1979, Seoul obtained an important technology transfer agreement from the United States for the development of its own ballistic missiles, in order to cope with the rise of North Korea in this field, very supported in this by Beijing and Moscow. This agreement included, however, a clause limiting the range of South Korean missiles to 180 km, and the power of the military charge, conventional of course, to 500 kg of explosive. With the appearance of new North Korean models more efficient and more powerful, and capable of potentially carrying nuclear charges, Washington modified these limitations twice; first time in 1997...

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With the Mini-Kinzhal, Russia maintains its lead in hypersonic weapons

When Vladimir Putin, then in the middle of an election campaign for his own succession, announced the entry into service of the airborne hypersonic missile Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, in March 2018, Western staffs were to say the least stunned. Not only did they not anticipate Russia's advance in this field, but it was then a relatively neglected field so far in the United States as in Europe, and no one had an alternative. valid to propose in the short term to counter the new Russian missile, whether it is an anti-missile system or an equivalent system. The same thing happened a year later, when Moscow announced that the hypersonic atmospheric re-entry glider...

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Hypersonic missiles, laser: American destroyers Zumwalt will (finally) reveal their capabilities

The Zumwalt-class heavy destroyers were to represent the future spearhead of the US Navy's surface fleet in the early 90s. 32 units of this 14.000 ton and 185 m vessel were to be ordered. But, as was the case several times with post-Cold War American defense programs, delirious technological ambitions and disastrous management made this class one of the biggest budgetary fiascos for the American armies in the last 30 years. In the end, only 3 ships of the class will be built, while the program will have exceeded the…

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Russian Naval Air Force acquires Kh47m2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles

Little known, the Russian Naval Aeronautics has more than significant air resources. In addition to the twenty Mig-29Ks and as many Su-33s capable of being deployed from the aircraft carrier Kuznetsov, its fighter fleet also consists of around twenty Su-30SMs, as many Su-27s and Su-24M attack aircraft operated from land bases to protect Russian waters. Above all, it aligns 32 MIG-31 interceptors which carry out interception missions near the country's naval bases. But this mission will soon be extended, since according to the Tass Agency, the Russian Navy is preparing to field two regiments of Mig-31K, the version ...

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Summary 2020: Major technological advances in Defense in 2020

If 2020 will go down in history as the year of the great Covid-19 Pandemic, it will also be, with regard to Defense technologies, a pivotal year marking the transition between the technological vision inherited from the Cold War which had changed little in these 30 years, and the technological breakthrough approaches underway in many armed forces, and in many research laboratories. Among these many and varied advances, some deserve special attention. 1- Hypersonic Weapons Hypersonic weapons have been at the heart of the concerns of the vast majority of the great technological nations. The subject is not new, since the hypersonic missile Kh47m2…

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Japan to build 2 additional Aegis destroyers for missile defense

At a press conference on Wednesday, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced that the government had come out in favor of building two new AEGIS destroyers to replace the program's anti-missile defenses. AEGIS ASHORE that the Japanese authorities decided to cancel after expert reports showed that missile fire would cause aerial elements to fall on inhabited areas. After considering several options, including that of moving the system ashore, transferring it to a naval platform, and even to a commercial vessel recycled to serve as a support, it is finally towards the…

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Are aircraft carriers now too vulnerable to be useful?

Since the announcement of the launch of the French New Generation Aircraft Carrier program by the President of the Republic, many voices have been raised to question the relevance of such an investment, particularly in the face of the threat represented by, now, long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M22 Tzirkon, or the Chinese DF26. According to them, and according to others, particularly in the United States, such behemoths of the seas are easily located, and therefore constitute prime targets for new enemy anti-ship missiles. However, a factual and objective analysis of the capabilities offered by aircraft carriers, as well as the reality of…

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