Germany joins European anti-missile defense program TWISTER

Announced just a year ago, the TWISTER program, for Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based Theater surveillance, is undoubtedly the most ambitious European program developed within the framework of the permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO, of the European Union. Led by France, the program brought together at its launch Finland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal, with the aim of developing a European anti-missile system capable of intercepting new threats, including hypersonic missiles and atmospheric gliders, today beyond the reach of existing anti-missile systems. Berlin was not actively participating in the program, having only observer status and by…

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US Navy destroys intercontinental missile with SM3 missile from AEGIS system

This Monday, November 16, the US Navy managed, using an anti-ballistic missile SM3-IIA, to intercept and destroy a ballistic missile with the trajectory of an ICBM, an Intercontinental missile. The test was held in the Pacific near Hawaii, and involved the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer John Finn, which, using its Aegis Baseline 9 system, detected the target ballistic missile launched from the Ronald Reagan Experiment Center on Kwajalein Atoll, then destroyed it with an SM3-IIA missile it had just launched. This demonstration is a real success, both for the US Navy and for Raytheon, designer and…

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White House wants hypersonic missiles on all U.S. destroyers

Since the public presentation of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile by Vladimir Putin in March 2018, the subject has become the top priority of the Pentagon, which has launched several programs to equip the 4 American armies with it. If the US Air Force and the US Navy are collaborating to develop a hypersonic airborne cruise missile that can be launched from fighters and bombers of both air forces, the US Army and the US Navy are also collaborating to develop a missile ballistic-type hypersonic rocket launched from a land or naval platform. All programs must produce the first operational missiles for 2023 and 2024, so as to be in…

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Vladimir Putin wants to revive the INF treaty on short and medium range missiles

It won't have dragged on. In our article devoted to Moscow's accusations against Berlin vis-à-vis the non-respect of the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, we wondered about Moscow's objectives for seizing today this file which has existed for more than of 40. A clue may have been given by Vladimir Putin himself today, when he tabled an offer of nuclear arms control over the European Theater, independent of other theatres. This is a profound break in Russian positions, and an offer that could largely appeal to Europeans. Vladimir Putin's proposal is simple: he...

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China also has an airborne hypersonic missile

When Vladimir Putin confirmed, in March 2018 on the sidelines of the Russian presidential elections, the existence of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile, Westerners were amazed at Moscow's technological advance in an area likely to give Russian forces a tactical advantage. more than significant in the face of NATO. Since then, the United States, like its European, Japanese or South Korean allies, have launched a large number of programs aimed at designing, as quickly as possible, hypersonic weapons, whether implemented by terrestrial vectors, naval or air. It must be said that hypersonic missiles are not lacking in interest from an operational point of view. No…

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Beijing deploys DF-17 hypersonic missiles to increase pressure on Taiwan

The annexation by force of the independent island of Taiwan seems to become one of the main concerns of the Chinese leaders and the People's Liberation Army, as they multiply the declarations and actions taking such a hypothesis as a framework. The latest action is none other than the supposed deployment of DF-17 surface-to-surface missile batteries near the south-eastern coasts of the country in order to be able to strike Taiwan in a very short time if necessary, the DF-17 being presented as a hypersonic missile. The English-language state website globaltimes.cn, relaying information from Taiwanese and Hong Kong media, has indeed…

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North Korea presents plethora of new armored vehicles for its 75th anniversary

North Korean armies have always had a reputation for being heavily equipped with severely outdated equipment. And the inventory of its armored fleet, which is based mainly on Soviet and Chinese productions of the 60s and 70s such as the T62 and the BTR-60, helped to perpetuate this perception, even if the North Korean engineers had known how to make the most of it. of these platforms in locally produced modernized versions such as the Pokpung-ho tank derived from the T-62 or the M-2010 armored personnel carrier derived from the BTR-80. But on the occasion of the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of North Korea, Pyongyang…

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Chinese Type 055 heavy destroyers soon to be equipped with anti-ship ballistic missiles

If there is one weapon China has today that poses a problem for the United States, it is its fleet of medium-range anti-ship ballistic missiles, made up of DF-21D missiles with a range of 1.500 km. , and DF-26 missiles with a range of 4.000 km. Long considered by Western military intelligence services as propaganda weapons, because supposedly unable to effectively target a moving ship, they are now taken much more seriously by the US Navy, which could see its major units, aircraft carriers and LHA (attack helicopter carrier) directly threatened. Beijing now seems determined to push its advantage, by embarking this type of missile at…

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Aircraft carriers, anti-missile systems, combat aircraft: Seoul reveals its ambitions for the coming decade

Unlike the Europeans, South Korea has never neglected its defense investments, including during the period following the collapse of the Soviet bloc and which was characterized by a rapprochement between the West and China. It must be said that with a neighbor like North Korea accused of developing a military nuclear program as early as 1989, Seoul, also within range of North Korean artillery, has never really known a period of calm, to take advantage “Benefits of Peace” dear to European leaders in the 90s and 2000s. And in fact, South Korea today has an armed force of…

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Japan forced to interpret constitution to strengthen military capabilities against China and North Korea

Inherited from the American occupation following the defeat of the Empire of Japan during the Second World War, the Japanese constitution prohibits the country from having a military force, as well as armaments likely to strike other countries. If the reasons that led General McArthur to design such a constitution had a certain legitimacy at the end of the war (apart from the urgency of the need and the lack of experience of American diplomats in the matter), they quickly lost their weight with the start of the Cold War, and the intensification of tensions between the Western camps of which Japan, like Federal Germany, was a part, and the…

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