China delivered HQ-22 long-range anti-aircraft missiles to Serbia

China is only a recent player in the field of exporting anti-aircraft systems, but it is establishing itself on more and more markets, including in Europe. This is how the Chinese HQ-9, a system comparable to the Russian S-300, was initially selected by Ankara in 2015, offering, according to the Turkish authorities, a performance-price ratio much higher than that of Russian systems and Westerners. If, under pressure from its NATO allies, Turkey finally canceled this order, to finally turn to the Russian S-400, which had far worse consequences for Ankara, Beijing has recorded in recent years other …

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More details on the new Polish Mièçznick frigates

On March 4, when the media attention was entirely focused on the fighting in Ukraine, Warsaw announced the winner of the competition aimed at designing and manufacturing 3 new frigates and replacing the two OH Perry type frigates acquired second-hand from the US Navy, and who joined the Polish Navy in the early 2000s. It was the British Babcock, associated with the shipyards PGZ Stocznia Wojenna and Remontowa Shipbuilding SA, as well as Thales and MBDA, who won the competition against the Meko 300 from German Thyssenkrupp. The model chosen by Warsaw is the Arrowhead 140, on which the new frigate to come is based…

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Turkey is again interested in the Franco-Italian SAMP/T anti-aircraft and anti-missile system

Relations between Europe, and in particular France, and Turkey have been tumultuous in recent years, to say the least. Between the Turkish intervention in northern Syria against the Kurdish allies of France and the United States, the military support provided by Ankara to the Tripoli regime in Libya, and the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the Aegean Sea and around Cyprus, the points of friction between Ankara and Paris were not lacking, and relations between the two countries, as between the two heads of state, had become very difficult. At the same time, the Turkish decision to acquire the anti-aircraft system at…

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Japan to upgrade 68 of its F-15Js for $5,6 billion

The negotiations were long and difficult, but they ended up being successful, since Tokyo has just announced the signing of a contract worth 646,5 Tr de Yen, or €5,6 billion, to modernize 68 of the approximately 200 F- 15J still in service with the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. The fate of the 36 remaining potentially modernizable two-seater F-15DJs has not yet been decided, while around a hundred of the oldest F-15s will be withdrawn from service with the arrival of the F-35As ordered by Tokyo. two years ago. By 2035, Japan will therefore have a strong air force of 300 to 350 modern aircraft,…

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The TKMS Meko-300 and Babcock Arrowhead 140 frigates on final in Poland

The Polish Navy has traditionally been the poor relation of the Warsaw Defense effort. To date, it has only 13.000 soldiers, and a limited number of ships, including only 2 OH Perry class frigates acquired second-hand from the US Navy in the early 2000s, and a single submarine. Kilo class out of operational service inherited from Soviet times. However, the country has nearly 650 km of coastline on the Baltic Sea, a strategic location for controlling access to this semi-open sea which hosts many critical infrastructures for the country and for Europe. The country has…

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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 US Navy will equip its Arleigh Burke Flight IIA destroyers with the new EASA SPY-6 radar

Like the Ticonderoga cruisers and a number of anti-aircraft destroyers and frigates in service with the United States' allied navies, the American destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class, which today form the backbone of the US surface with 69 ships in service, are equipped with the famous SPY-1 radar, the very one that is at the heart of the AEGIS anti-aircraft and anti-missile system. But this radar, which entered service in the 70s, is beginning to show the weight of the years despite numerous upgrades, which is why the future US Navy destroyers currently under construction, the Arleigh Burke Flight III,…

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A new version of the Chinese heavy embarked fighter J-15 soon in service?

As for the J-11 air superiority fighter which was derived from the Su-27, or the J-16 fighter-bomber derived from the Su-30, the standard carrier-based fighter of the Chinese naval aviation, the J-15, results from a reverse-engineered a Russian fighter from the Flanker family, in this case a Su-33 acquired from Ukraine when Beijing acquired the hull of the aircraft carrier Varyag, left unused in the shipyards Ukrainians after the implosion of the Soviet Union. But unlike the J-11B, and especially the J-16, the J-15 had undergone little modernization in the conversion process, and suffered from several defects that already struck its Soviet big brother, in particular…

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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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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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