The United States announces the end of the tests of its anti-satellite systems

On November 15, 2021, Russia destroying the Kosmos-1408 satellite using an anti-satellite missile, causing nearly 1500 pieces of debris to be released into a busy orbit, including by the International Space Station. Since the 60s, no less than a dozen successful tests have been carried out by the United States, the Soviet Union / Russia, China and India in this field, creating more than 6500 pieces of space debris of which 4500 are still in orbit, threatening both civil and military satellite constellations. For Kamala Harris, the American vice-president, it was now necessary to put an end to this escalation, including,…

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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Beijing reportedly tested hypersonic fractional orbital bombardment system

An article by Demetri Sevastopulo and Kathrin Hille published this weekend on the Financial Times website has the Western defense community in turmoil. We learned there, in fact, that according to the information gathered by the two journalists, China would have proceeded, during the month of August of this year, to the test of a new hypersonic strategic weapon system likely to thwart the set of detection systems and Western, and more specifically American, anti-missile defense using a Fractionated Orbital Bombardment System, or FOBS according to the English acronym. Indeed, it would seem that such a system was put into orbit on the occasion of the 77th…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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US May Demonstrate New Anti-Satellite Weapon Soon

In the field of space warfare, two schools of thought clash at the Pentagon: those in favor of absolute confidentiality concerning the majority of programs, so as to leave the potential adversary (China or Russia) in the dark about existing capabilities and programs under development, and those who consider that the declassification of part of this information is essential to reinforce the deterrent effect vis-à-vis a potentially overconfident adversary. Until now, the partisans of secrecy had the advantage, and a severe blackout had covered for many years the real space capabilities of the US armies, and of its new Space Force component, both in the offensive field...

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Germany joins European anti-missile defense program TWISTER

Announced just a year ago, the TWISTER program, for Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based Theater surveillance, is undoubtedly the most ambitious European program developed within the framework of the permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, of the European Union. Led by France, the program brought together at its launch Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, with the aim of developing a European anti-missile system capable of intercepting new threats, including hypersonic missiles and atmospheric gliders, today beyond the reach of existing anti-missile systems. Berlin was not actively participating in the program, having only observer status and by…

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Turkish drones to receive satellite link and attract customers

With Israeli vagrant ammunition, Israeli drones such as the now famous TB2 from Bayraktar have undeniably shown great effectiveness during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a conflict during which they participated in the elimination of a large part Armenian armor and fortifications, despite the presence of anti-aircraft assets such as SA-8 batteries of Soviet origin. These successes only confirm those already recorded in Libya and Syria, theaters in which they would have obtained significant success against modern anti-aircraft systems such as the Russian-made Pantsir S1, yet designed to fight against this type of...

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The American armies test their new "All-Domain" combat doctrine

Traditionally, the perception of a country's military power is based on an assessment of the format of its forces, the number and quality of its equipment, and the training and even hardening of its personnel. And it is true that with a few exceptions, the French remember in Agincourt, this approach made it possible to effectively assess the balance of power, and therefore the power gradient. Thus, during the Cold War, NATO bet on technological power and on a more efficient air force to compensate for the marked excess of the Soviet armored force and its satellite countries. But certain significant historical events have demonstrated...

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The US Army satellite constellation will be operational between 2025 and 2027

During a Webinar hosted by DARPA, Brigadier General Rob Collins commanding the Command, Control, Communication-Tactical Program Executive Office, designated by the acronym PEO C3T, indicated that the constellation of satellites in orbit medium and low level of the US Army will be operational between the years 2025 and 2027. This program plans, like the Blackjack program of DARPA, to provide the US Army with a large number of satellites to implement the info-centric strategy of cooperative and multi-domain engagement being developed at the Pentagon, and in particular to protect access to the reconnaissance and communication systems essential to this doctrine.…

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