The US Navy structures itself to begin the replacement of destroyers Arleigh Burke

To say that the US Navy today navigates by esteem when it comes to the evolution of its naval construction programs would be an understatement. Between the plan aiming for 355 naval units in 2030 which will probably not be achieved, the one which aimed for 450 ships in 2045 presented by a departing Trump administration and which will not have survived more than a few days once the team Joe Biden in place, the multiple and repeated mistakes concerning badly designed and overpriced programs like the Zumwalt destroyers and the Littoral Combat Ship, and programs which see, with each iteration, their prices explode,…

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The US Air Force experiments with canine surveillance robots

Science fiction is full of stories presenting military robots with the attributes of certain animals, and the dog is probably one of the most represented in this literature. It must be said that dogs have accompanied soldiers since time immemorial. Already, during the Roman campaigns of antiquity, the famous Canis Pugnax, a race close to the current Cane Corso, accompanied the troops of Marc Aurelius in Germany and terrified the adversaries. The arrival of motorized technology in the armies, if it eliminated horses, mules and oxen from military inventories, did not make the dog disappear from the battlefields. Several dogs became famous by…

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The vulnerability of tankers worries the US Air Force

There are no hunters without supply ships! This phrase “No fighters Without Tankers” alone sums up one of the main doctrines of the US Air Force over the past 60 years. Indeed, with the Vietnam War, the United States, and in particular the US Air Force, understood the decisive role of these devices, but also of electronic intelligence aircraft or air surveillance aircraft, to use the most effectively possible an air force. Today, the US Air Force alone operates 614 aircraft specially dedicated to aerial refueling, representing 77% of all aircraft of this type in the world. But for…

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Airborne laser weapon: the US Special Operations Command aims for a demonstrator by 2022

After years of postponement and initially expected for the 2019 fiscal year, the prospect of integrating a laser weapon system into the vast array of armaments of the AC-130J Ghostrider gunship seems to be becoming clearer again and is now hoped for 2022. Unveiled last May by the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), this program is likely to provide new tactical capabilities but whose contours and scope of action nevertheless remain uncertain. To fully understand the operational issues underlying laser technology, which many say is revolutionary, it is necessary to identify its operation, its strengths and also its weaknesses. So-called laser weapons act by effect…

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These 10 technologies that are revolutionizing or will revolutionize military action (part 1)

The post-Cold War period, which began with the disappearance of the Soviet Union and was characterized by undisputed American supremacy, ended a few years ago, even if the perception of this change of era is only just beginning to be accepted by world political authorities. A new era, which we cannot yet name, has arrived gradually, and is characterized by the significant increase in the technological ambitions of the major world powers, and in particular by the acceleration of technological programs linked to La Défense. Whether or not this is a new arms race, the fact is that in just a few years, several technologies have imposed themselves in the heart of…

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Pentagon begins study of portable and projectable mini nuclear reactors

The Pentagon announced this Monday, March 9, the awarding of 3 contracts to 3 American companies for the preliminary study of a transportable and projectable miniaturized nuclear reactor with an electrical power of 1 to 5 MW, intended to autonomously supply a projected American base without resorting to local electricity production. $13,5 million was thus allocated to BWX Technologies, Inc in Virginia, $11,9 million to Westinghouse Government Services in Washington DC and $14,3 million to X-energy in the State of Maryland, i.e. a total of $39,7 million for this program known as "Project Pele". Companies will have two years to study…

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French armies prepare to test their first laser weapons from the Orleans-based SME CILAS

In the battle currently underway in Idlib, Syria, Turkish forces seem to be imposing an unprecedented operational tempo and an implacable operational superiority largely linked to the intensive use of drones of all types and formats. Direct attack vectors, target detectors or artillery designators, aerial drones (UAV) are now at the heart of land and air-land combat doctrines. If France has understood this well, by planning to integrate more and more drones into the SCORPION combat system, it has also been able to take the measure of the threat represented by such systems implemented...

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The nuclear attack submarine Suffren, the future armed wing of the French Navy, begins its sea trials

We have mentioned it in recent days: the renewal of French attack submarines is well underway. On the one hand, the Suffren, the first of a new class of nuclear attack submarines, now floats freely and is currently beginning its sea trials. On the other hand, the French Navy has received its first heavy torpedoes new generation, which will constitute the main armament of these new buildings. Together, the Suffren class and the F21 torpedo will allow the replacement of the Rubis class of nuclear submarines and the F17 torpedoes, now obsolete in many respects. The opportunity for us to come back to the Barracuda program which led to the…

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The Scarabée, a concentrate of innovations in a French light armored vehicle

Despite the failure of its Combat Reconnaissance Armored Buggy, or CRAB, presented at Eurosatory 2012 as a potential replacement for the VBL, probably too far ahead of the needs of the armies, Arquus, which took over the Panhard brand in 2012 , continued to work on his concept of a high-performance light armored vehicle. Work on the Scarabée, the designated successor to the CRAB, began in 2017, and the prototype was presented at Eurosatory in 2018, creating the same interest as the CRAB 6 years earlier from visitors and the press, but did not reach not to bring the Ministry of the Armed Forces to…

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Solar drones, airships, micro-satellites: These technologies to overcome the loss of satellites

The Italian aeronautics and defense group Leonardo has announced that it has invested in the American-Spanish company Skydweller Aero Inc, which specializes in the design of solar-powered drones, in order to design the first solar-powered drone capable of carrying a significant load over a period of time. , and almost unlimited distances. Among the many advantages of this technology, Leonardo highlights the role it could play in restoring services and infrastructures after a massive disaster, natural or not, and in particular in the event of the destruction of communication networks or the satellites, which today provide a large number of services essential to action...

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