The Netherlands confirms the order of 6 additional F-35A and 4 new MQ-9 Reaper drones

Following the example of a majority of European countries and following the Russian attack against Ukraine, the Netherlands, hitherto particularly reluctant to increase its defense effort, announced a few weeks ago a rapid increase of the country's defense effort to achieve the objective of 2% of GDP in accordance with NATO requirements, for 2025. And like this same majority of European countries, Amsterdam has announced a capacity building of its armies, through new arming commands. In this case, the Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed, a few days ago, its desire to order 6 additional F-35A combat aircraft…

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The Royal Air Force abandons its Mosquito combat drone

In recent years, the British armies have been particularly prolific in terms of new Defense programs, under the impetus of the political axis chosen by 10 Downing Street for 3 years and the announcement of a significant increase in resources to available to La Défense in the years to come. However, it is clear that, very often, these announcements are short-lived, and that beyond the initial announcements and promises, many of these programs do not come to an end. This is once again the case today, with the announcement by the Royal Air Force of the abandonment of the LANCA program, for Lightweigth Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft, and its…

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TB2 Bayraktar drones now “useless” in Ukraine against Russian anti-aircraft defense

Prior to the conflict in Ukraine, several specialists questioned the effectiveness of MALE drones in a so-called high-intensity conflict, judging them too vulnerable to modern anti-aircraft defenses. However, during the first weeks of combat, the Bayraktar TB2s supplied by Turkey to Ukraine played an important role in stopping the Russian columns advancing towards Kyiv, managing to insinuate themselves into the porous anti-aircraft defenses implemented by Russian forces in an obviously poorly planned offensive, and to strike or guide artillery strikes against supply columns, armor and even several air defense systems.…

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The Army is studying the opportunity to increase its mass by robotics through the Vulcain study

The modernization of the French Army today involves two major programs. The SCORPION program currently underway aims to replace the light and medium component of the means at its disposal by 2035 with the delivery of 1872 6×6 VBMR Griffon armored personnel carriers, 54 Griffons equipped with the MEPAC artillery system, 300 EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance and combat vehicles and 2038 Serval 4×4 VBMRs, plus the replacement of Light Armored Vehicles from 2025 and the acquisition of 33 new CAESAR guns. The TITAN program, whose studies have already begun, aims to replace…

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DARPA wants to allow KC-46 tanker planes to recharge drone batteries with a high-energy laser

The Pentagon's innovation agency, DARPA, has issued a request for proposals regarding the possibility of equipping US Air Force KC-36 and KC-135 tanker aircraft with a high-energy laser pod capable of transfer energy to drones in flight, so as to extend their autonomy and lighten their energy storage devices. DARPA, the U.S. Armed Forces Innovation Agency, issued a request for information on June 13 regarding a device capable of transferring energy between a tanker aircraft, such as the KC-46 or KC-135, and a drone in flight, through a high-energy laser embedded in a…

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Can we save the European SCAF next-generation fighter program?

Announced in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System aims to develop, by 2040, a new generation combat aircraft (the 6th at the last count), the Next Generation Fighter, as well as a a set of systems designed to provide the aircraft with unparalleled operational capabilities. Since its launch, the program has found itself on several occasions faced with major difficulties, whether related to political arbitration and in particular to the requirements of the German Bundestag, to the difficult industrial sharing between the 3 participating countries (Germany, France and Spain) and the conceptual and doctrinal differences between the armed forces…

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China has just completed the first operational test campaign of its trimaran stealth naval drone

The Chinese authorities have announced that they have successfully conducted the first sea trial campaign for a trimaran surface naval drone demonstrator on June 7, 2022, after a 3-hour autonomous operational mission at sea, which made it possible to collect lots of data. In September 2020, a photo published on social networks caused a sensation by showing a prototype of a Chinese surface drone on the Yantze River, in a configuration in all respects comparable to that of the Sea Hunter surface drone of the US Navy. In these dimensions as in its tonnage, the Chinese ship indeed seemed directly inspired…

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Japan launches the development of its own “Loyal Wingman” drone

The Japanese authorities have announced the launch of a program aimed at designing and producing by 2026 a combat drone capable of accompanying its combat aircraft to extend their detection and ammunition carrying capabilities, in line with of the "Loyal Wingman" concept, in order to compensate for its numerical weakness against China. After the United States, Russia, Great Britain and Australia, Japan has announced that it is undertaking the design of a combat drone intended to evolve around its combat aircraft to extend their detection capabilities, while considering the possibility of being able to arm such drones in a…

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To meet the Chinese challenge, the US Air Force wants to bet massively on combat drones

Important Information: A technical problem prevented subscribers from renewing their subscription with the same email address. The problem is now fixed. During the Cold War, the armies of NATO, in particular the American armies, undertook to contain the land numerical superiority of the Soviet forces and the Warsaw Pact, by equipping themselves with unparalleled air power, capable of seizing air superiority over the battlefield, and to compensate for the deficiencies of Western ground forces. This is how the F-4 Phantom II, F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and other A-10 Warthog evolved alongside the Tornado, Jaguar, Harrier and…

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Simulations show that drone swarms would be a solution to defend Taiwan

If support for Ukraine is at the heart of the strategic concerns of the American executive, it is the defense of Taiwan which, for several years, has given nightmares to the strategists and planners of the American armed forces. Indeed, most of the simulations and wargames carried out in recent years show that protecting the independent island since 1949 from a massive assault launched by the People's Liberation Army in a few years' time will be a task that is both one of the most difficult and most perilous for US forces. Between the hypotheses of massive preventive strikes against the island and against the American military bases present in this theater (Japan, Guam, etc.), the capacities…

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