General Dynamics and Epirus embark the Leonidas microwave anti-drone system on Stryker armored personnel carrier

The fight against the threat that drones and swarms of drones now represent is at the heart of the concerns of the US Army, which has developed a strategy based on 4 pieces of equipment to deal with the majority of threats, ranging from missiles to swarms of drones. But a weakness appeared in this construction of capacities, the absence of mobile systems capable of facing swarms of drones, that is to say a large number of drones acting in concert to saturate the defenses of the adversary, the IPFS-HPM microwave system designed for this purpose takes place in a 20-foot container, which cannot…

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US Air Force to test high-energy laser from AC-130J Ghostrider gunship

At the start of the Vietnam War, the US Air Force deployed a new concept of combat aircraft, the Gunship, initially a World War II C-47 Dakota transport oat loaded with port machine guns and intended to support forces ground infantry engaged in fierce combat against the Viet Cong adversary. Thus was born the AC-47 Spooky, which became one of the main weapons of the Air Commando Squadron. But it quickly became clear that the C-47 was too vulnerable for this mission as the intensity of the fighting increased, with no less than 19 aircraft destroyed, including 12 by enemy fire, out of the 41 aircraft...

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The US Army tests a Coyote 3 drone to counter a swarm of drones

The anti-drone drone has been popular for a few months, and in particular since the Harpy and other Defender 1C of Israeli invoice implemented by the Azeris operators, swept the points of resistance, the DCA and the Armenian artillery a barely a year ago, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war of 2020. Since then, light reconnaissance drones, wandering ammunition and drone swarms have simultaneously become technological challenges which it has become imperative and urgent to acquire quickly, but also threats from which we had to protect ourselves as quickly as possible. Beyond kinetic systems and…

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The 4 future air defense systems close to Directed Energy of the US Army

In many fields, such as long-range surface-to-air systems, anti-tank missiles, electronic warfare and even artillery and armour, the US Army has seen its technological advantage inherited from the end of the Cold War eroding over years of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, while other countries, especially Russia and China, invested methodically to catch up, and sometimes even overtake US technology. But there is one area in which the American armies have been able to invest in time and enough to maintain a significant gap over their competitors, directed energy weapons, in particular for…

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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Turkey wants to develop the most powerful destroyer in the Mediterranean theater

Since his accession to power in 2003, RT Erdogan, first Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014, then President of the Republic of Turkey since that date, has undertaken a vast national effort in favor of the armies, with a budget which has 20 years from $7 billion to more than $20 billion, despite a Turkish lira devalued by 80% of its value over the same period. Concomitantly, it undertook to develop a vast and robust national defense industry, with the emergence of several national and global players such as the missile manufacturer Roketsan or the drone manufacturer Baykar. In the naval field, the effort has been organized…

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US May Demonstrate New Anti-Satellite Weapon Soon

In the field of space warfare, two schools of thought clash at the Pentagon: those in favor of absolute confidentiality concerning the majority of programs, so as to leave the potential adversary (China or Russia) in the dark about existing capabilities and programs under development, and those who consider that the declassification of part of this information is essential to reinforce the deterrent effect vis-à-vis a potentially overconfident adversary. Until now, the partisans of secrecy had the advantage, and a severe blackout had covered for many years the real space capabilities of the US armies, and of its new Space Force component, both in the offensive field...

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The US Army tests the Stryker DE M-SHORAD armed with a 50 Kw laser

Directed energy weapons, such as hypersonic weapons, have been two absolute technological priorities for the American armies in recent years in an attempt to catch up with the technological dynamics imposed by Beijing and Moscow. If the hypersonic programs encounter problems, the programs of the US Army, the US Navy and the US Air Force concerning the short-term implementation of anti-drone, anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems based on directed energy weapons are advancing in accordance with the very ambitious planning imposed by the Pentagon. This is how, last week, the US Army announced that a first test of engagement “in a combat situation” had been…

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US Navy Suspends Funding for Rail Gun and High Speed ​​Shells Project

Launched in 2005, the American program intended to experiment and design an electric cannon, or Rail Gun, had, on several occasions, to face the lack of enthusiasm of the US Navy and the Pentagon towards it. The tests concerning this gun capable of propelling projectiles at speeds ranging from Mach 6 to Mach 9, and potentially capable of reaching targets at nearly 200 km, or even 400 km if the speed at the muzzle exit exceeded Mach 10 , have also been suspended on several occasions. But according to the detailed investigations carried out by the site The War Zone, it seems that…

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DD (x), SSN (x) or NGAD, the US Navy will not be able to finance all 3 simultaneously

Although it alone has a budget equal to that of Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the US Navy today faces a most complex situation in terms of planning. Indeed, after 30 years of budgetary errors and overly ambitious and eminently costly programs for limited operational applications, such as the LCS corvettes, the Zumwalt destroyers or the Seawolf nuclear attack submarines, the American Navy finds itself having to to face many imperative programs to be financed to renew and modernize its equipment, and a federal budget already at the high limit, offering only weak margins for growth in the future.…

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