What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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The most anticipated novelties of the Chinese airshow in Zhuhai

From December 28 to October 3, the China Air Show will be held in Zhuhai, near Macao on the southern coast of China. Traditionally focused primarily on the presentation of Chinese equipment in the aeronautical field and, more broadly, Defense, the 2021 edition could be a milestone, with many new programs announced, as well as exclusive presentations of devices and models. . While the show has not yet started, many set-ups have created significant interest from…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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Turkish armies receive their first Akinci drones

Two years. This is the time it took the Turkish specialist in the manufacture of military drones Baykar, to bring its new Medium Altitude Long Endurance MALE Akinci drone from the prototype stage to its operational entry into the Turkish armies. On August 29, during a ceremony with strong nationalist impulses, it was President RT Erdogan himself who celebrated the arrival of the new combat drone in his armies, with unfeigned pride on the part of the leader. Turkish. It must be said that the Akinci PT-2 TIHA has something to satisfy the president, and his efforts in favor of a defense industry...

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Turkey's Baykar develops high-performance, on-board stealth combat drone

Without achieving the effectiveness of the teasing campaign that surrounds the presentation of the new Russian light fighter, the Turkish Baykar, on the strength of the commercial and operational successes of its light Medium Altitude Long Endurance drone TB-2 Bayraktar, has also raised waiting for the presentation of his new combat drone project in an enigmatic video revealing certain parts of the device. The veil was lifted today on this new device, which for the time being only exists in a digital version, and which has not received an official designation, but which, obviously, has very great ambitions. for the manufacturer and the entire aeronautical industry…

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Turkish combat drones multiply commercial successes

The TB2 and ANKA drones had tremendous media exposure during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, during which, alongside the Harop and Harpy roving ammunition of Israeli origin, they greatly contributed to the success of the Azeri armed forces on the Armenian forces. Since then, Ankara has multiplied contracts and exclusive negotiations with a view to exporting its precious equipment, helping to position the country in the top three of world nations in this field, along with the United States and China. Indeed, in addition to the Turkish Armies and Azeris, Turkish drones have been ordered in recent months by Ukraine, Qatar, Morocco,…

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For the US Air Force, the $ 130m RQ-4 Global Hawk drone is obsolete

Are the current MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) and HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) drones already obsolete for electronic intelligence missions, even though many armies are just beginning their conversion to this tool? In any case, this is what the US Air Force seems to think, which, as part of the preparation of the Pentagon's 2022 budget, requested the mothballing of its HALE RQ-4 Global Hawk block 20 and block 30 drones, i.e. 24 devices, each having cost more than $130 million to American taxpayers, even though they have only been in service since the beginning of the 2010s.…

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Is China developing a strategic bombing drone?

A few days ago, an article published by the Chinese site South China Morning Post shocked the community of observers of the Chinese military aeronautical industry, announcing that the firm Zhongtian Feilong Intelligent Technology was developing a heavy combat drone, the Feilong 2, whose mission profile would be identical to that of the future American strategic bomber B-21 Raider being developed by Northrop Grumman. According to the Chinese company, the prototype is already well advanced, and the entry into service of the FL2 could take place as early as 2026. In terms of performance, Zhongtian Feilong announces a high subsonic speed, a range of 7000 km, a ceiling of 15.000 …

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Excluded from the F35 program, Turkey reorganizes its aeronautical ambitions without the West

While the US Department of Defense had just officially notified Ankara of its definitive exclusion from the F35 program following the acquisition of S400 systems from Russia, Selcuk Bayraktar, the CTO of the company Bayraktar, well known for its drones TB2 which played a decisive role during the Turkish engagements in Syria and Libya, as well as the buts of the Azeri forces during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict of 2020. The latter detailed the roadmap that the Turkish authorities were preparing to follow in the field of military aeronautics. And the least that can be said is that the country does not…

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