Chinese Navy Tests Hybrid Fixed Wing UAV on Destroyer

A few months ago, photos of a peculiar-looking hybrid drone appeared on specialized networks. This one had a fixed wing as well as tilting propellers, providing either a lift or propulsion function, depending on the needs. The concept has obviously continued to evolve, since the State site Global Times has published a snapshot showing the tests of this drone on the platform of a destroyer, of the Chinese Navy, in this case the Lanzhou, a Type 52C destroyer entered service in 2004. This configuration, if it were to be made more reliable and enter service, would make it possible to significantly increase the autonomy, the…

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The 6me FREMM, Normandy, begins its trials at sea.

Barely a week after the entry into service of the frigate Bretagne, 5th unit of the FREMM class, it is Normandy's turn to begin its sea trials. The FREMM Normandie is the 6th unit of the class of multi-mission frigates. Like Brittany, it will have sold off its 16 medium-range Aster 15 anti-aircraft missiles for long-range Aster-30 missiles, the same equipping the Forbin-class Horizon air defense frigates, and the 2 future Air Defense FREMMs, Alsace and Lorraine, which will enter service in 2021 and 2022 respectively. The Brittany and Normandy FREMMs retain…

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Russian and Chinese anti-submarine capabilities gain strength against the US Navy

If the visible power of the US Navy is based on its 10 super nuclear aircraft carriers, and the hundred cruisers and destroyers that accompany them, it is above all the fifty or so Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarines and Virginia, which assures it almost exclusive control of the seas of the globe. However, as in many areas, the renewal of the submarine component has been neglected over the past 20 years, losing its appeal with the supposed disappearance of conflicts between nations, in the face of large-scale anti-terrorist operations such as in Afghanistan and in Iraq/Syria. If today the US Navy receives an average of 2 Virginia submarines per…

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South Korea launches tender for 12 anti-submarine helicopters

The DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration), the body in charge of defense programs in South Korea, has launched a call for tenders to strengthen its fleet of anti-submarine helicopters with 8 AW159 Wildcats. The tender, for 12 units to be delivered in 2022, will be officially launched next month. 3 manufacturers are invited to tender, Leonardo with the AW159 Wildcat already in operation, Sikorski with the MH-60R, and NHIndustries, with the NH90. If Leonardo seems favored with its fleet already used by the Korean Navy, which has significant advantages in terms of maintenance and training, the NH90 has very…

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