On July 9, 1995, the USS Port Royal entered service, the last Ticonderoga-class cruiser to join the US Navy, but also the last cruiser produced in the West, or at least designated as such. On a planetary scale, it was only followed by the Russian nuclear battlecruiser Piotr Veliki (Peter the Great), the 3rd and last unit of the Kirov class to have joined the Russian Navy in 1998 after 15 years of construction and that the last 3 units were canceled following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Following this, none of the world's major navies produced a cruiser, until…Read the article
Category: Cruise missiles
Can the future standard Rafale F5 evolve into a Super Rafale?
A few days ago, the first Rafale to the F4.1 standard was delivered to the Military Air Expertise Center, or CEAM, at Air Base 118 in Mont-de-Marsan. This new standard will equip the Rafale with new expected capabilities, such as the helmet sight, new air-to-air and air-to-ground modes of its engagement system, extended data fusion and a completely modernized SPECTRA self-protection system. . In addition, the device will be able to implement new ammunition such as the short and medium range air-to-air missile MICA NG which promises to be the best in its category, as was the MICA at the beginning of the…Read the article
Should the UAE Mirage 2000-9 be taken over to densify the Air and Space Force?
The next French military programming law, which will cover the period 2024 to 2030, promises to be ambitious, with a defense effort brought to more than 2,25% of GDP, and an increase of nearly 35% in the budget allocation. to armies. However, in the opinion of many analysts and former senior and general officers, it will not make it possible to remedy certain critical shortcomings of the armed forces, particularly in terms of format. This will be the case for the Air and Space Force fighter fleet, which will certainly experience an increase in power with the delivery of 80 Rafale aircraft over this period, reinforcing…Read the article
Faced with NATO, Vladimir Putin announces the strengthening of the Russian nuclear triad
Two days ago, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the suspension of the New Start Treaty, we wrote that this decision paved the way for a future build-up of Russia's operational nuclear arsenal, the latter being today today the only asset remaining in the hands of the head of the Kremlin, to justify Russia's status as a superpower on the international scene, while its conventional forces have been very severely reduced by a year of war in Ukraine. It only took two days, and despite the skeptical comments of some journalists on this subject, for the…Read the article
The future Italian destroyer DDX will have unparalleled firepower in Europe
In July 2019, the Italian Navy General Staff presented a plan of great ambition, to make it the most powerful naval force in the Mediterranean by 2035. Beyond the Trieste aircraft carrier of 38.000 tons intended to implement F-35B fighters and the Cavour of 30.000 tons also dedicated to this function, the plan provided for it to align three large carrier assault ships by this date. 20.000 ton helicopters which will replace the 3 San Giorgio class LHDs, 10 Bergamini class FREMM frigates, 7 Thaon di Revel class PPA medium frigates, 8 3000 ton corvettes from the program…Read the article
Why did V. Putin announce the suspension of the New Start treaty on the limitation of nuclear weapons?
After the Cuban missile crisis, both Americans and Soviets perceived the existential danger represented by the disproportionate nuclear arsenal held by the two superpowers, but also the colossal costs that this arms race engendered for the two countries. However, it took almost 7 years for the two countries to begin discussions on this subject. These will be conducted in Helsinki in November 1969, to give birth on May 26, 1972 to the first strategic arms regulation treaty, called Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, or SALT. This planned to freeze the number of ICBM ballistic missiles held by the two camps at their level…Read the article
After the Su-35s, Iran would be interested in Russian combat ships
Reports of an extended defense agreement between Tehran and Moscow have been constantly appearing in recent days, in particular regarding the acquisition of no less than 20.000 Iranian-designed drones and ballistic missiles by Russia in order to strengthen strike capabilities against Ukraine and its infrastructure. At the same time, Tehran would have obtained from its now partner and ally, agreements concerning the acquisition of very advanced military equipment, such as the 24 Su-35s initially built for Egypt, but never delivered. The growing isolation of the two countries on the world stage is indeed a particularly favorable framework for a rapprochement between…Read the article
Japan to equip submarines with vertical cruise missile launch systems
Due to its geographical position and its very close ties with the United States, particularly in terms of defence, Japan is today in the front line if a conflict were to break out between the People's Republic of China and the United States, probably about Taiwan. If, throughout the Cold War, Tokyo provided significant support to the American forces deployed in the Pacific and in particular in Southeast Asia, while helping to contain the Soviet threat in this theater, the country was relatively spared, compared to the western countries in Europe, and its self-defense forces were sized and designed solely for one purpose…Read the article
Russian anti-aircraft defense caught out by Ukrainian drones
The two successive strikes carried out by Ukrainian drones against two Russian air bases hosting strategic or long-range bombers have been widely commented on in the media. Beyond the obvious success of the Ukrainians, who damaged at least two aircraft, a Tu-95 strategic bomber based on Engels-2, and a Tu-22M3 long-range bomber based on Dyagilevo , they also managed to carry out remarkably precise strikes using drones transformed into locally-made cruise missiles, without using Western weapon systems. Above all, these two strikes, like the one today against…Read the article
Japan wants to arm its submarines with medium-changing cruise missiles
Relatively preserved during the Cold War, Japan has, unlike Germany, retained until today the strict constraints of its post-war constitution in terms of armed forces. Thus, for Tokyo, the Japanese armed forces, designated under the title of self-defense forces, are designed only to ensure the immediate defense of the country. In fact, even if the Japanese forces are far from negligible, with in particular an air force fielding 240 combat aircraft including 150 F-15Js, and a strong naval force of 20 submarines, 36 destroyers (including 8 AEGIS), 8 frigates (22 in the end) as well as 2 light aircraft carriers, these were not equipped, until…Read the article