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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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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Something new for the sensors of future US early warning satellites

Over the past few months, the renewal of American ballistic early warning capabilities has been the subject of open voluntarism. Major program of the new "US Space Force", given the new threats, the "Next-gen Overhead Persistent Infrared" (OPIR) has passed an important milestone in recent days via the validation of the preliminary design reviews of the infrared payload satellites. Main effector of the future satellite system in geosynchronous orbit, the design then the development of infrared sensors (IR) is the subject of particular care. Competitively designed and developed by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and Ball Aerospace, they will pass critical review by fall 2021. The…

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The "British GPS" will probably never see the light of day

In 2018, when the announcement of the United Kingdom's eviction from the Galileo program because of Brexit, the strong reactions emanating from the political class and the British government had finally convinced Theresa May to brandish the threat of erecting a system of national and independent geo-positioning of the European initiative. A feasibility study and £130m later, the symbol of post-Brexit independence is unmistakably suffering from ignition delay. Disagreements between British ministers and senior civil servants are now emerging as to the viability of an expensive but no less strategic project in a particularly degraded international context. In fact, according to an article…

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Iran deploys first military satellite as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced yesterday that it has launched the country's first military satellite, the Noor-1. From a technical point of view, this orbiting is a great first for Iran, in more ways than one. But the timing of this military launch also contributes to the game of declaratory strategy between Tehran and Washington, and thus contributes to increasing tensions between the two countries. After a promising start, with three successive successful launches between 2009 and 2012, the Iranian space program has accumulated failures. The last successful launch thus dates from 2015, with the launch of the small experimental satellite Fajr by a…

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Japan's supersonic glider could be used for anti-ship strikes

Our colleagues from Naval News, always well informed, had access to an unpublished video from the ATLA, the agency of the Japanese Ministry of Defense responsible for acquisitions, technological development and logistics. The latter shows how the hypersonic glider under development in Japan could serve as an anti-ship weapon, and particularly as an anti-aircraft carrier weapon. Until now, the HVPG (Hypervelocity Gliding Projectile) unveiled last month by the Japanese Ministry of Defense was presented only as a surface-to-surface weapon. For the ATLA, however, the anti-ship capabilities of the HVPG should not be developed from the outset of the program. As stated with…

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These technologies which will be able to detect an F35 from 2030

Since the use of the F117 during the first Gulf War in 1991, stealth has been considered the essential characteristic of a combat aircraft, to be able to face the modern anti-aircraft defenses of a determined adversary. . And Lieutenant Colonel Zelko's aircraft shot down by a battery of S-175 missiles (SA-3 in the NATO classification), when it had just opened its ammunition hatch on March 27, 1999 over Serbia did not didn't change much. Stealth had become the holy grail of aircraft manufacturers and the staffs of the world's air forces. From then on, several programs based on this characteristic were developed, in…

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