South Korea will invest $ 2,5 billion to develop its own "Iron Dome"

Located only 35 km from the North Korean border, the protection of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and its 10 million inhabitants, has always been a headache and a major challenge for southern military planners. -Koreans, and all the more so since it is now within direct range of modern artillery systems such as the new North Korean M-152 2018 mm gun whose estimated range would reach 40 km. Until now, the country had relied on a Patriot anti-missile shield and its powerful air force to neutralize this threat, but recent technological developments are now forcing planners to implement…

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DD (x), SSN (x) or NGAD, the US Navy will not be able to finance all 3 simultaneously

Although it alone has a budget equal to that of Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the US Navy today faces a most complex situation in terms of planning. Indeed, after 30 years of budgetary errors and overly ambitious and eminently costly programs for limited operational applications, such as the LCS corvettes, the Zumwalt destroyers or the Seawolf nuclear attack submarines, the American Navy finds itself having to to face many imperative programs to be financed to renew and modernize its equipment, and a federal budget already at the high limit, offering only weak margins for growth in the future.…

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Hobart, Type 52D, Sejong the Great: Modern Destroyers - Part 1

Heirs to the destroyers that appeared at the end of the 19th century to fight against the torpedo boats that threatened large ships of the line such as cruisers and later battleships, the modern destroyer is an imposing surface combat ship, often more of 7000 tons, equipped with a powerful armament, a great versatility, and capable of escorting major units such as aircraft carriers as well as conducting land strikes or interdiction missions.

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The US Army will test the Iron Dome to protect its vulnerable infrastructure

One of the major lessons of the war that pitted Azeri forces against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 was the great vulnerability of force support sites, such as logistics areas, command posts, and fortifications, in the face of modern artillery systems coupled with reconnaissance drones. And if the Armenian anti-aircraft defenses managed to keep the Azeri fighters at a distance, they were largely idle in the face of the small reconnaissance drones directing the enemy artillery fire. Beyond this example, the increase in range and accuracy of modern and future artillery systems, whether artillery…

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What are modern Corvettes worth?

During the Second World War, corvettes were ships of limited tonnage, 1000 tons for the very prolific Flower class of the Royal Navy, intended to escort convoys against underwater threats and secure the coasts. Over the years, corvettes disappeared from the majority of large modern navies, replaced by heavier and more versatile frigates or less expensive missile patrol boats, while the threat on the coasts faded and that anti-submarine warfare needs were dealt with more by the submarines themselves, and maritime patrol aircraft. However, in recent years,…

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US Army sends first Stryker M-SHORAD close air defense to Germany

5 years. This is the time it took between the urgent call made by the American central command in Europe, the US European Command, for a mobile anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system, and the delivery of the first Stryker M-SHORAD vehicles to the 5th Battalion of the 4th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment of the 10th US Army, based in Ansbach in Bavaria. By the summer of 2021, the battalion will have received the 32 M-SHORADs which will constitute its inventory, giving back to the American mechanized forces deployed in Germany a self-defense capacity in this area largely eroded since the withdrawal of the antediluvian Chaparral systems and of the few Franco-German Roland 2s acquired by the United States…

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Germany wants a European close air defense program SHORAD

Close anti-aircraft defense is undeniably one of the great vulnerabilities of modern European armies. After 30 years of asymmetrical engagements during which the air threat was non-existent or controlled by air power alone, Western armed forces gradually saw their short-range anti-aircraft systems from the Cold War, such as the Franco-French Roland German, or the British Rapier, withdrawn from service, sometimes to be replaced by short-range infantry anti-aircraft missiles such as the Mistral and the Stinger. However, if these missiles do indeed provide a timely response to engage aircraft, they do not, however, offer any advanced detection system allowing…

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With the Skyranger 30, Rheinmetall positions itself on SHORAD systems in Europe

With the return of the threat of so-called High Intensity conflicts, i.e. opposing heavily equipped armies and having access to advanced technologies, many European armies were again interested in close anti-aircraft defense systems, or SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) for the English acronym, in order to be able to protect mobile forces and sensitive sites against combat aircraft, helicopters or cruise missiles. But the central role that drones and roving ammunition played by Azeri forces during the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh war highlighted the urgency…

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MBDA presents Skywarden, a very innovative vision of the fight against drones

Whether in the field of drones themselves, or in that of systems intended to protect against drones, European industries and armies are not known to be at the forefront in these fields. This could very quickly change with the Skywarden program, developed by the European missile manufacturer MBDA, which brings a vision that is both effective and innovative in this field, likely to respond to many problems and to attract many armed forces in the years to come. to come. No need to look for a cannon, a missile or a laser, mounted on an armored vehicle, the Skywarden is before…

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The American Raytheon is developing a "drone hunter" drone

Recent engagements, such as in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020, in Syria or in Yemen, have shown the omnipresence of drones on the battlefield, as well as the difficulty that anti-aircraft systems encounter in eliminating them. However, whether they are used to direct artillery strikes, to launch light air-to-ground munitions or in the form of wandering munitions, light drones have also proven to be extremely effective, to the point of becoming the main threat identified by combatants in these theaters of operation. Since then, the race to find an effective countermeasure against this threat has been launched, and many armies, as well as many industrialists, are trying...

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