Russian forces much more exposed to electronic and cyber warfare than anticipated

Since the start of the fighting in Ukraine on February 24, the Russian armies have shown a face that surprised even the most circumspect analysts as to the reality of its military power: weak morale, poor coordination of forces, very questionable strategy, faulty logistics. , malfunction of precision weapons, revelations followed one another to explain the repeated failures of the Russian offensive in the face of a much more modest Ukrainian resistance, with an annual defense budget 10 times lower than that of Moscow. The most surprising of these revelations concern the vulnerability of Russian forces to cyber attacks, as well as their poor mastery of…

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These 7 technologies that will revolutionize the battlefield by 2040

If the last years of the cold war were the occasion of numerous and important technological advances in the field of armaments, with the arrival of cruise missiles, stealth planes and ships and advanced command and geolocation systems, this dynamic came to a complete halt with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. In the absence of a major and technologically advanced adversary, and because of the numerous asymmetrical campaigns in which the armed forces took part, very few significant advances were recorded from the technological point of view between 1990 and 2020, with the notable exception of the generalization of aerial drones of all types. But with the emergence, since the beginning of…

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Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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J-16D electronic warfare aircraft is in service with the Chinese Air Force

Many expected the two-seat J-20A or the carrier-based J-35 to be the star of the upcoming Zhuhai Air Show, to be held next week in southern China. No information concerning the presence of these new devices has yet filtered. On the other hand, a J-16D electronic warplane, in the colors of the People's Liberation Army air force, did indeed land at Zhuhai airport on Tuesday to participate in the show. Therefore, there is no doubt that the new device, which is intended to be the equivalent of the American EA-18G Growler, is actually in service within the forces…

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With the ARCAS, Elbit propels the infantry soldier into the future

Science-fiction cinema is rich in futuristic weapons, capable of locating a concealed target, of turning a beginner into an experienced Sniper, or of coordinating and presenting information from the battlefield. If James Cameron imagined it, the Israeli company Elbit has transformed this vision into a very real assault rifle, the ARCAS, which will be presented next week at the DSEI show in London. And in fact, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System indeed offers a promise of capabilities unmatched by existing infantry weapons, even the most modern, by bringing together in a single piece of equipment, an assault rifle, an Electro- optical…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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Congress wants new tactical electronic warfare aircraft for the US Air Force

It was in 1998 that the last electronic warfare EF-111A Raven was withdrawn from service with the US Air Force, without any replacement having been provided for this purpose. However, the aircraft fulfills many crucial missions, in particular to neutralize the detection and engagement capabilities of Iraqi anti-aircraft defenses during the first Gulf War, and to allow tactical aircraft, and in particular the F117 stealth aircraft, to operate safely. Convinced of the omnipotence of the passive stealth of its F-22s and the future F-35A, the US Air Force did not consider it necessary to replace this capability, it is really expensive...

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Drones, Artificial Intelligence, digitization: Russia is also at the forefront of new defense technologies

In recent years, the American armed forces have undertaken a profound transformation in order to integrate new technologies such as the massive use of drones, the digitization of the battlefield and cooperative engagement, and to attempt to regain the military ascendancy over its potential adversaries, and in particular on China, which now occupies most of the attention of Pentagon strategists. The announced objective is to compensate for the numerical advantage linked to the omnipotence of the PLA and the probable proximity to Chinese soil in a hypothetical engagement against Chinese forces in the Western Pacific, and in particular around Taiwan. A report published by the American Center for Naval Analysis, recalls that…

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