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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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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Sea drones: Americans and Turks lead the way

By Noam Akhoune At a time when drones are reshuffling the cards of war, the naval sector is far from being spared by this evolution. Unlike aerial and/or ground support drones that we have seen at work during the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, or in Syria, unmanned ships, or naval drones, haven't been faced with combat yet, but it could happen sooner than you think. Along with directed energy weapons, hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence and cyber capabilities, unmanned vessels (or unmanned surface vessels – usv) are one of the new capabilities,…

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The US Army tests a Coyote 3 drone to counter a swarm of drones

The anti-drone drone has been popular for a few months, and in particular since the Harpy and other Defender 1C of Israeli invoice implemented by the Azeris operators, swept the points of resistance, the DCA and the Armenian artillery a barely a year ago, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war of 2020. Since then, light reconnaissance drones, wandering ammunition and drone swarms have simultaneously become technological challenges which it has become imperative and urgent to acquire quickly, but also threats from which we had to protect ourselves as quickly as possible. Beyond kinetic systems and…

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Swarm of drones and directed energy, the American technological duo to overcome the denial of access

Between the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 2010s, Western air forces, and American ones in particular, were certain of being able to impose their superiority in the air on any other power, to the point of engaging major campaigns without ever needing to deploy ground troops, as in Kosovo in 1999 during Operation Allied Force, or in Libya in 2011 during Operation Harmattan for France and Unified Protector for the UN. But the gradual arrival of new anti-aircraft defense systems, such as the S-400 (2007) and S-350 (2019) in Russia, and the HQ-9B (2007) and HQ-16 (2012) in …

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Russia's PAK DA strategic bomber program ambitions revealed

Although started at the beginning of the previous decade, the Russian strategic bomber program PAK DA, intended to replace from 2027 the antediluvian Tu-95 Bear still in service in the strategic arsenal of Moscow, remains very mysterious, and well little information has actually been divulged about him, without it being possible to judge its veracity. An article published on the RIA Novosti site offers a slightly more enlightened vision of what this new aircraft will be, which will evolve alongside the Tu-160M ​​Black Jack strategic bombers and the Tu-22M3M Backfire supersonic long-range bombers. C at the beginning of the next…

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Will Nesting Drones become the ultimate tactical weapon?

You obviously know the nesting dolls, sometimes called Russian dolls or Matryoshka, these little dolls that open and force smaller dolls, and smaller, and smaller. This same principle is in the process of imposing itself in many military programs under development, applied this time to drones. Not yet having a universal denomination, we take the part of designating them by the term Drones-Gigognes. What is it precisely? Rather than carrying tactical weapons, such as bombs or missiles, as in the case of the European Remote Carriers or the American Longshot, a Nesting Drone will carry several smaller drones,…

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The American Raytheon is developing a "drone hunter" drone

Recent engagements, such as in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020, in Syria or in Yemen, have shown the omnipresence of drones on the battlefield, as well as the difficulty that anti-aircraft systems encounter in eliminating them. However, whether they are used to direct artillery strikes, to launch light air-to-ground munitions or in the form of wandering munitions, light drones have also proven to be extremely effective, to the point of becoming the main threat identified by combatants in these theaters of operation. Since then, the race to find an effective countermeasure against this threat has been launched, and many armies, as well as many industrialists, are trying...

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US Navy wants aerial drones launched from submarines to spot naval targets

Submariners say there are only two types of ships, submarines and targets. It is true that due to their natural discretion, and their increasingly efficient on-board sensors and armaments, attack submarines, whether nuclear or conventionally powered, today represent one of the main threats to surface units, as with commercial maritime traffic, should it come under attack. But despite their on-board technological arsenal, submersibles are still struggling to detect and above all identify relatively close surface ships, but out of range of visual detection or…

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US Air Force could turn transport planes into bombers, and more

Last week, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Special Operations Command jointly revealed that they had carried out several cruise missile drop tests from the rear ramps of C-130 Hercules cargo planes between January and February. and C-17 Globemaster III. These tests are part of the long series of US Air Force programs aimed at providing its transport aircraft with a secondary precision bombing capability. For this flight test campaign, the US Air Force would have used demonstrators of at least one new type of armament, the CLEAVER (Cargo Launch Expendable Air Vehicles with Extended Range – Vehicles…

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