Germany orders 38 Typhoon fighters with extended performance

In March 2020, following extensive consultation to replace its Panavia Tornado fighter-bomber fleet, Germany announced an order for 30 F/A 18 E/F Super-Hornet fighters and 15 EA- 18G Growler from American Boeing, as well as 93 new Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. But among these 93 aircraft, 33 of them were intended not to replace the Tornado in service since the beginning of the 80s, but the first Typhoon fighters acquired by the Luftwaffe in the early 2000s. This order has just been made official by Berlin, accompanied by an order for 5 wired devices for experimental purposes, for an amount…

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The Italian Navy will receive its new super-destroyers from 2028

For some years now, Italy has made no secret of its Mediterranean ambitions, as well as those in the field of shipbuilding. And the Italian naval unit construction plan presented in July 2019 was impressive, as it targeted a fleet consisting of an aircraft carrier, 3 to 5 assault helicopter carriers, 4 heavy destroyers including 2 new DDX units, 10 FREMM frigates (or 8 if the sale of 2 FREMM to Egypt is maintained) and 7 PPAs, 8 new generation corvettes, 8 AIP attack submarines and 12 warships of mines including 8 new buildings. This announcement was...

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China presents the first combat drone dedicated to close air support

On the occasion of the Nanchang Airshow 2020, the Chinese aeronautical group Chengdu presented a new version of its MALE Wing Loong drone, dedicated to close air support missions. Unlike the other versions, the Wing Loong -10 has two characteristics making it particularly suitable for this type of mission. First, the drone saw its piston engine and propeller replaced by a ZF850 turbojet developing 1 ton of thrust, giving it a higher cruising speed and reduced fuel consumption at high altitude. Thus, the device sees its transit times between its departure base and its zone…

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Turkish drones to receive satellite link and attract customers

With Israeli vagrant ammunition, Israeli drones such as the now famous TB2 from Bayraktar have undeniably shown great effectiveness during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, a conflict during which they participated in the elimination of a large part Armenian armor and fortifications, despite the presence of anti-aircraft assets such as SA-8 batteries of Soviet origin. These successes only confirm those already recorded in Libya and Syria, theaters in which they would have obtained significant success against modern anti-aircraft systems such as the Russian-made Pantsir S1, yet designed to fight against this type of...

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Clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh show need for close-range anti-aircraft systems

Since the start of the clashes on Sunday, September 27, the two Azeri and Armenian protagonists of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh have been competing for media presence, each going from their own spectacular military results supported by videos showing the effectiveness of the destruction systems put in place. artwork. But if a lesson should already be learned from these confrontations, which can be described as medium to high intensity, given the heavy means engaged on both sides, it is the omnipresence of strikes based on drones or vagabond ammunition, highlighting the absolute necessity of having short-range anti-aircraft systems capable of neutralizing these threats, and…

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India orders SAFRAN A2SM Hammer guidance systems for its Rafale during emergency procedure

To say that the first Indian Rafale, which should arrive in the country on July 29, are expected in India would be a great understatement. Indeed, New Delhi has been communicating for several weeks on the very rapid entry into service of its devices, hardly will they have arrived. For this, the Indian authorities have taken care to pre-position on the Ambala base where the first fighters delivered will be stationed, all the equipment, armaments and skills necessary for the fastest possible operational conversion. And to reinforce the already more than significant capacities of the Indian Rafales which will arrive equipped with MICA and METEOR air-to-air missiles and…

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Turkish drones in Syria and Libya reportedly destroyed around 1 Pantsir-SXNUMX air defense systems

Commissioned in the early 2010s, the Russian Pantsir-S1 medium-range anti-aircraft defense system quickly presented itself as a formidable opponent for any air force. Particularly complete, mobile and economical to purchase, the Pantsir-S1 could be purchased in large quantities and represented a small bubble of protection against any air vector: plane, drone, missiles, helicopters. In any case, this is how its designer, the KBP design office, has long presented the Pantsir-S1, heir to a long tradition of mobile air defense systems. In recent months, however, operational realities have overtaken commercial discourse. Widely engaged in Syria and…

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Does NATO's deterrence strategy still make sense?

According to the German daily Der Spiegel, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer contacted her American counterpart Mark Esper directly to inform him of her country's intention to acquire 30 F/A 18 E/ F Super Hornet as well as 15 EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, to partially replace its fleet of Tornado specialized in electronic warfare missions and suppression of enemy anti-aircraft defenses, as well as those in charge of ensuring the permanence NATO nuclear deterrent carrying the B-61 nuclear bomb. According to many sources, it was this last point that led the German federal government to favor…

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Northrop Grumman Launches Production of New AARGM-ER Missile to Counter Denial of Access Systems

On March 31, the US Navy announced that production of a first batch of Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) missiles had begun at Northrop Grumman. This air-to-surface missile is above all intended for anti-radar missions (SEAD – Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses), and will therefore be carried on board the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-35A deployed aboard US Navy aircraft carriers. The USAF should also receive this new weapon for the replacement of its HARM missiles carried by its F-16, and should generalize its use to its fleet of F-35A but also to its future F-15EX and its…

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USAF and US Navy use AC-130W gunship to counter new naval threats in Persian Gulf

From March 8 to 9, the American armed forces demonstrated in the Persian Gulf the possibility of using a “gunship” aircraft for maritime support operations. The test involved US Air Force AC-130W Stinger-II gunships as well as a US Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and Cyclone-class light patrol vessel. Seemingly anecdotal, this test nevertheless makes it possible to validate the joint use of air and naval means to counter swarms of light and maneuverable surface targets. By carrying out the demonstration not far from the Strait of Hormuz, the American forces are also sending a message...

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