The new Russian strategic bomber Tu-160M2 has made its maiden flight

Russia is one of the only 3 countries in the world to have a strategic triad, namely a nuclear deterrent based simultaneously on land, naval and air vectors. For now, this third component is the least well off, with only 16 Tu-160M ​​supersonic strategic bombers, the bulk of the force still being made up of fifty Tu-95MS turboprops. It is precisely to replace these devices that the Russian authorities launched, in 2015, a program aimed at restoring the Tu-160 assembly line to a new modernized standard designated Tu-160M2, and producing 35 new devices, while that at the same time, the aeronautical industry…

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Germany wants to assess the interest of the F-35 to replace its Tornado

“Oh, What a Surprise” will say the most cynical. According to the German site Die Zeit, the new Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has indeed undertaken to reconsider the decision of the one who preceded her in the function, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who had in 2020 arbitrated in favor of the acquisition of 30 Boeing F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet fighter bombers and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft to replace the Tornado dedicated to NATO's shared nuclear mission, and the Tornado ECR electronic warfare and suppression respectively opponent's anti-aircraft defences. According to the article, the German Minister, in agreement with the…

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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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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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Will the F-35 hypothesis reappear in Germany?

The new coalition in power in Germany yesterday published the coalition agreement which constitutes the global contract around which the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals have agreed to govern the country together. The 177-page document covers many economic, social, environmental and international political aspects. Contrary to the general policy discourse presented by each new French government, this coalition agreement constitutes a firm commitment to which the coalition government has agreed and committed itself, and each paragraph, each word has been weighed in it. The defense dimension is naturally dealt with there, as is the European dimension of this…

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What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Will China take military technological ascendancy over the United States?

When on October 4, 1957, an R-7 Semiorka rocket launched from the Baikonur site in Kazakstan put the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit, the confidence of the United States in their technological superiority, which until then had been considered indisputable, was largely shaken. This episode was, along with the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Euromissile Crisis, one of the high points of the Cold War, and generated a strong American reaction. And for General Mark Milley, the Chief of Staff of the American Armed Forces, the test of a hypersonic fractional orbital bombardment system carried out by Beijing a few days ago, could well constitute an event...

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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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Does NATO's B-61 nuclear bomb still have military or political interest?

From the start of the Cold War, the United States undertook to deploy on the soil of its European allies nuclear weapons of various types, such as gravitational bombs, surface-to-surface or surface-to-air missiles, and even air missiles. -air than the AIR-2 Genie, in order to dissuade the very powerful Red Army from trying to take advantage of its numerical advantage in Europe. Without knowing exactly when the principle of nuclear sharing began, it appears that it was already implemented in 1968, during the first discussions between the Soviets and the Americans on questions of limiting nuclear weapons, since Moscow was informed of this...

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What is this flaw that worries nuclear control specialists about Australian submarines?

Since last Wednesday, and the announcement by Canberra, Washington and London of the signing of a tripartite alliance treaty and the replacement of the French-built Shortfin Barracuda conventionally powered submarine program by a nuclear submarine model American or British attack, a lot of information, often confused, emerged in the press about the type of reactor that would be used, and the respect of international legislation by this contract. It seems important to present a clear and understandable vision of the technological solutions and regulations to which reference is often made, so as to understand the stakes of such a decision. In the facts,…

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