American scientists have developed a quantum inertial unit allowing navigation without GPS

In the early 90s, the arrival of satellite geolocation, and in particular the American GPS system, profoundly changed the design of defense equipment and the conduct of operations. Rapidly, the GPS became a major element both for navigating and for designing precision weapons, the system becoming one of the pillars of American and then Western technological superiority, particularly in the context of medium and low intensity conflicts in which Western armies were engaged. Over the following years, other systems, such as the Russian GLONASS, Chinese Beidu or European Galileo appeared, increasing the dependence of the armies of the world on…

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US Air Force tests new 5000-pound GBU-72 bunker bomb

Most often, when talking about bunker busters, reference is made to the famous GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb of 22.000 pounds, sometimes called MOAB for Mother of All Bomb, and made famous for their use against cave networks in Afghanistan, as well as the 57-pound GBU-30.000A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator designed to equip the B-2 bombers. But these munitions are both very expensive to build and complex to implement, the MOAB being able, for example, to be dropped only from a C-130 transport plane. While the risks of having to intervene against strongly defended targets continue...

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Rafale: flight tests of the new 1000 kg AASM ammunition have started

A few months ago, we presented to you in detail the new F4 standard of the French Rafale fighter, produced by Dassault Aviation. In addition to notable improvements in sensors, connectivity and logistics, the Rafale F4 was also to incorporate new air-to-air and air-to-ground armaments. If the MICA-NG and the renovated SCALP are based on known armaments, the 1000 kg AASM developed by Safran is indeed a completely new ammunition. For some years now, models of the AASM-1000 have been exhibited at various air shows and exhibitions. Since the launch of the F4 program in January 2019, however, we were…

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Japan's supersonic glider could be used for anti-ship strikes

Our colleagues from Naval News, always well informed, had access to an unpublished video from the ATLA, the agency of the Japanese Ministry of Defense responsible for acquisitions, technological development and logistics. The latter shows how the hypersonic glider under development in Japan could serve as an anti-ship weapon, and particularly as an anti-aircraft carrier weapon. Until now, the HVPG (Hypervelocity Gliding Projectile) unveiled last month by the Japanese Ministry of Defense was presented only as a surface-to-surface weapon. For the ATLA, however, the anti-ship capabilities of the HVPG should not be developed from the outset of the program. As stated with…

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