The Army urgently orders American Switchblade 300 vagrant ammunition: Whose fault is it?

On the occasion of the Eurosatory exhibition which took place last week at La Villette, the Army, through its head of the Pan Office, Colonel Arnaud Goujon, had raised the possibility of ordering vagrant ammunition American Switchblade 300 to American AeroVironment, since confirmed by the Ministry, with the aim of filling an urgent captaincy deficit. This procedure is not exceptional, especially since the Switchblade 300 is not particularly advanced equipment, nor particularly expensive. It will indeed allow infantry or dismounted units of the Army to acquire an indirect precision fire capability, complementing the staffing of…

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Lessons from the War in Ukraine: The Vulnerability of Frontline Armor

According to the Oryx site, which refers to the losses documented by both sides since the beginning of the conflict, the Russian armies have so far lost more than 550 heavy tanks, of which more than half were destroyed by anti-tank missiles, artillery strikes or by enemy tanks. The situation is essentially the same for armored combat vehicles (350 including 150 destroyed) and infantry combat vehicles (600 including 350 destroyed), which represents half of all front line armored vehicles deployed by the Russia around Ukraine before the fighting started. Fact,…

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US to send Switchblade 600 anti-tank roving ammunition to Ukraine

The current repositioning of the Russian forces having left the north of Ukraine, lets anticipate a next massive effort of the armies of Moscow in the Donbass, in order to secure the capture of the two Oblasts of Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as the Ukrainian coasts bordering the Sea of ​​Azov south of the Dnieper. Despite very significant losses, the Russians having lost more than 450 tanks and 800 armored vehicles since the beginning of the conflict in a documented manner, and probably more, the Russian forces still have significant reserves, especially since their artillery has been relatively preserved with “only” 4% losses vis-à-vis the theoretical inventory (compared to 17%…

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How will the war in Ukraine transform strategic planning in Europe?

Just 3 weeks ago, very few in the West believed that Russia was indeed going to wage a global war of aggression on Ukraine. For many, the deployment of Russian force around Ukraine was intended to make President Zelensky bend over his NATO membership and the status of the breakaway republics of Donbass. For the best informed, like the General Staff of the French Armies, and as we discussed in an article of February 23, the military and political risks associated with such an offensive did not outweigh the potential benefits, so that such a decision appeared irrational and therefore little…

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The 5 Western Weapons Ukrainian Forces Need the Most Today

For 12 days now, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Territorial Defense have managed to resist the Russian offensive, despite an obvious tightening of the adversary's rules of engagement, when it is obvious that it is not will have no chance of a quick victory or of gaining the support or even the neutrality of the vast majority of the Ukrainian population. Initiated prior to the conflict by the United States and certain European countries, arms deliveries to the Ukrainian forces now play a decisive role in their ability to maintain pressure on the units taking part in the Russian offensive, striking effectively supply convoys and blocking certain offensives, in…

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Have we overestimated the Russian Armies?

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the armies of the Kremlin have been closely observed by military specialists. This is, in fact, the first massive deployment of these armies since the invasion of Georgia in 2008, an operation which revealed many serious shortcomings within them. However, as in 2008, it appears that the Russian Armies are the subject of significant difficulties, even though the reforms of 2008 and 2012 were designed specifically to correct them and bring the Russian Armies to a much higher operational standard than that observed in the field. Under these conditions, and in view of the observations made on...

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Russian Mi-28NM combat helicopter enters the era of drones

As we know, the Russian Mil Mi-28N combat helicopter had shown certain limitations during its engagement in Syria, which led the Russian authorities to negotiate with the manufacturer a major modernization phase of the aircraft. We now know more about the important developments made to the helicopter and its weapon system, as well as the evolution of the doctrine for the use of combat helicopters by the Russian armed forces. During an interview given to the Tass Agency by Vitaly Shcherbina, the chief designer of the Mil and Kamov design offices, the latter indeed provided many clarifications on this profound modernization relating to…

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Is technology moving too fast for industrial defense programs?

For 2 years, the United States Marine Corps has begun a deep reflection on the nature of its mission in the years to come, and on the means at its disposal to carry it out successfully against a technologically advanced adversary with significant military resources, such as the Chinese People's Liberation Army, all in a budgetary context that is at best fixed, at worst declining. The first advances in this thinking came to light with the publication last year of a new intervention doctrine for the Corps, based on smaller, much more mobile and agile units, acting in…

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Germany chooses Israeli hard-kill protection system TROPHY for its Leopard 2

The German authorities have decided to follow in the footsteps of the US Army by choosing to acquire the Hard-Kill TROPHY protection system, designed and manufactured by the Israeli Rafael, to protect its front-line Leopard 2 tanks, and this in a relatively short time since the announced objective is to have a combat tank company equipped with this device by 2023, to join NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). The announcement was made directly by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and the contract will be awarded in a government-to-government procedure. This contract is not about equipping…

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Estonian Milrem Robotics develops a "Loyal Wingman" for armored vehicles

For a little over three years, the Loyal Wingman or Remote Carrier concept has established itself as an indispensable component of the design of combat aircraft in the years to come. These discreet and fast drones will have the function of supporting piloted aircraft by carrying sensors and ammunition, and taking risks in their place if necessary. All the major military aeronautical nations are involved in this technological race, with the Remote Carrier of the European SCAF and Tempest programs, the American Skyborg and Longshot, the Australian Loyal Wingman or the Russian Grom. Much more than stealth or…

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