The Russian Navy will not order the second batch of 6 corvettes of the Vasily Bykov class

Disappointed with some of the performance observed in combat situations, the Russian Admiralty has reportedly decided not to order the second batch of Vasily Bykov-class corvettes, of which 4 units currently form the backbone of the Black Sea Fleet. In addition, the first 4 corvettes in service will all be equipped with a Tor-M2MK anti-aircraft system already seen on the first unit of the class. The first 4 Vasily Bykov class corvettes are today one of the main operational pillars of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. By their capacity to implement 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, these ships…

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The Russian Navy embeds TOR anti-aircraft systems on its corvettes in the Black Sea

A snapshot posted on social media shows the Vasily Bykov corvette of project 22160 along the coast of Crimea sailing with a land-based Tor M2KM modular anti-aircraft system installed on its helicopter platform, probably to strengthen its anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft defense capabilities. -missile. Since the loss of the cruiser Moskva on April 14, 2022, sunk by two Ukrainian P360 Neptune anti-ship missiles, the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which until now considered itself invulnerable in these waters, has profoundly changed its doctrine, its ships no longer evolving according to pre-defined and repetitive trajectories, and above all by keeping a good distance from the coasts under Ukrainian control.…

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The United Arab Emirates turns to the MICA VL NG missile for its Gowind 2500 corvettes

In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates confirmed the order for two Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French military shipbuilder Naval Group. If many of the equipment selected by Abu Dhabi were of French origin, the anti-aircraft defense was then entrusted to the American couple formed by the vertical launch system VLS Mk41 and the anti-aircraft missile ESSM Block 2, the new version of the heir to the Sea Sparrow. But according to the Naval News site, the Emirati authorities have changed their posture, to turn to the French MICA VL NG missile from the MBDA missile, a new version of the MICA VL surface-to-air missile itself derived from the very…

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What solutions to deal with the threat of light drones and vagrant ammunition?

At the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the balance of power, particularly in terms of available firepower, was so much in favor of the Russian forces that it seemed very difficult, if not impossible, for the Ukrainian forces could withstand more than a few weeks in the face of the onslaught of fire and steel that was to come. However, the Ukrainian command managed to use its available means to the best of its ability to exploit the opponent's weaknesses, such as the need to stay on paved paths and roads, to harass with mobile and determined infantry units, the Russian logistics lines , while blocking mechanized offensives by…

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Is anti-aircraft artillery becoming a credible alternative again?

During the Vietnam War, the American armed forces lost nearly 3.750 planes and 5.600 helicopters. While North Vietnamese fighters and missiles played a decisive role, together they only shot down 15% of the aircraft lost by the United States, while accidents accounted for 25% of the losses recorded. The remaining 60% came from North Vietnamese anti-aircraft artillery, which posed the greatest threat to American aircraft throughout the war. Inexpensive to acquire and relatively simple to implement, the anti-aircraft batteries of Soviet and Chinese invoice implemented by North Vietnam alone shot down 45% of the planes...

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Will the future US Navy DDG (x) destroyer be a "transitional" destroyer?

While Congress has approved the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke Flight III class destroyer for 2022, and the US Navy has announced a vast plan to modernize its Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers to install the new SPY radar -6 with active electronic antenna as for the Flight III and the frigates of the Constellation class, the American navy is also advancing on the replacement of the destroyer Arleigh Burke but also of the cruisers of the Ticonderoga class, while 32 units of these two classes must be retired from service in the years to come. Communication around the new ship,…

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The new FDI frigates of the French Navy less well armed than expected

The ceremony for laying the keel of the first Defense and Intervention Frigate, or FDI, of the French Navy, was held on December 16 at the Naval Group site in Lorient. Baptized Amiral Ronarc'h, this first frigate of an eponymous class of 5 ships which will enter service between 2025 and 2030, will weigh 4500 tonnes and be 122m long, will be one of the pillars of the renewal of the surface fleet of the Navy. And if it will carry many new capabilities for the French Navy, such as the Thales Seafire 500 active plate antenna radar which offers…

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the French Navy?

The entry into service of the new Alsace frigate, which offers enhanced anti-aircraft capabilities while retaining the anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare capabilities of the Aquitaine-class FREMMs, was rightly , hailed as an important step in the effort to modernize the French Navy. Many other programs are underway to support this effort, including the FDI defense and intervention frigates, the Suffren class nuclear attack submarines, the Jacques Chevallier class tanker tankers, the future Ocean Patrollers or again the SLAM-F Mines war program, all to enter service during…

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With Admiral Nakhimov, Russia will have the most powerfully armed cruiser in 2023

The Soviet Kirov-class nuclear cruisers were, when they entered service in 1980, considered the most powerful surface naval units in existence, with the exception of aircraft carriers, and forced the US Navy to recommission 4 Missouri-class WWII battleship, to try to balance things out. Heavily armed, with nuclear propulsion and a crew of 800 officers and sailors, these ships had unparalleled firepower until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the next 30 years, two of the cruisers, the Kirov renamed Admiral Ushakov, and the Frunze renamed Admiral Lazarev, were retired…

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Turkey wants to develop the most powerful destroyer in the Mediterranean theater

Since his accession to power in 2003, RT Erdogan, first Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014, then President of the Republic of Turkey since that date, has undertaken a vast national effort in favor of the armies, with a budget which has 20 years from $7 billion to more than $20 billion, despite a Turkish lira devalued by 80% of its value over the same period. Concomitantly, it undertook to develop a vast and robust national defense industry, with the emergence of several national and global players such as the missile manufacturer Roketsan or the drone manufacturer Baykar. In the naval field, the effort has been organized…

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