Aircraft carriers, anti-missile systems, combat aircraft: Seoul reveals its ambitions for the coming decade

Unlike the Europeans, South Korea has never neglected its defense investments, including during the period following the collapse of the Soviet bloc and which was characterized by a rapprochement between the West and China. It must be said that with a neighbor like North Korea accused of developing a military nuclear program as early as 1989, Seoul, also within range of North Korean artillery, has never really known a period of calm, to take advantage “Benefits of Peace” dear to European leaders in the 90s and 2000s. And in fact, South Korea today has an armed force of…

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Something new for the sensors of future US early warning satellites

Over the past few months, the renewal of American ballistic early warning capabilities has been the subject of open voluntarism. Major program of the new "US Space Force", given the new threats, the "Next-gen Overhead Persistent Infrared" (OPIR) has passed an important milestone in recent days via the validation of the preliminary design reviews of the infrared payload satellites. Main effector of the future satellite system in geosynchronous orbit, the design then the development of infrared sensors (IR) is the subject of particular care. Competitively designed and developed by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and Ball Aerospace, they will pass critical review by fall 2021. The…

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The "British GPS" will probably never see the light of day

In 2018, when the announcement of the United Kingdom's eviction from the Galileo program because of Brexit, the strong reactions emanating from the political class and the British government had finally convinced Theresa May to brandish the threat of erecting a system of national and independent geo-positioning of the European initiative. A feasibility study and £130m later, the symbol of post-Brexit independence is unmistakably suffering from ignition delay. Disagreements between British ministers and senior civil servants are now emerging as to the viability of an expensive but no less strategic project in a particularly degraded international context. In fact, according to an article…

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As discreet as it is strategic, the X-37B is back in orbit

Last Saturday, the brand new US Space Force carried out its second space launch since its creation. But unlike the launch in March, United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket this time carried no communication satellite but one of the two mysterious Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle space planes. This is the sixth flight of the X-37B since 2010. The previous mission, which ended in October 2019, saw the Boeing space drone beat its own record of 780 days spent in orbit (see the file we dedicated to the X-37B following this flight). If the X-37B is…

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Iran deploys first military satellite as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced yesterday that it has launched the country's first military satellite, the Noor-1. From a technical point of view, this orbiting is a great first for Iran, in more ways than one. But the timing of this military launch also contributes to the game of declaratory strategy between Tehran and Washington, and thus contributes to increasing tensions between the two countries. After a promising start, with three successive successful launches between 2009 and 2012, the Iranian space program has accumulated failures. The last successful launch thus dates from 2015, with the launch of the small experimental satellite Fajr by a…

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Japan's supersonic glider could be used for anti-ship strikes

Our colleagues from Naval News, always well informed, had access to an unpublished video from the ATLA, the agency of the Japanese Ministry of Defense responsible for acquisitions, technological development and logistics. The latter shows how the hypersonic glider under development in Japan could serve as an anti-ship weapon, and particularly as an anti-aircraft carrier weapon. Until now, the HVPG (Hypervelocity Gliding Projectile) unveiled last month by the Japanese Ministry of Defense was presented only as a surface-to-surface weapon. For the ATLA, however, the anti-ship capabilities of the HVPG should not be developed from the outset of the program. As stated with…

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These technologies which will be able to detect an F35 from 2030

Since the use of the F117 during the first Gulf War in 1991, stealth has been considered the essential characteristic of a combat aircraft, to be able to face the modern anti-aircraft defenses of a determined adversary. . And Lieutenant Colonel Zelko's aircraft shot down by a battery of S-175 missiles (SA-3 in the NATO classification), when it had just opened its ammunition hatch on March 27, 1999 over Serbia did not didn't change much. Stealth had become the holy grail of aircraft manufacturers and the staffs of the world's air forces. From then on, several programs based on this characteristic were developed, in…

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DARPA's XSP suborbital plane project scrapped after Boeing withdrawal

On January 22, Boeing announced its decision to end its participation in the Experimental Spaceplane program (XSP or XS-1) led by DARPA, the American defense R&D agency. A withdrawal which purely and simply marks the end of this program, since Boeing was the prime contractor. If the announcement seems almost anecdotal in the midst of the setbacks that the American aircraft manufacturer is currently experiencing, it is however a new blow for the American space sector which is definitely struggling to give life to automated space shuttles, particularly in the military sector. It must be said that the XS-1 program, subsequently redesignated XSP, was not…

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Creation of a space defense command in Japan

After the official creation of the US Space Force on December 20, 2019, or that of a Space Command within the French Air Force on January 9, it is now Japan's turn. to announce the formation of a space defense unit, as reported by Mari Yamaguchi of Associated Press. The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, declared on Monday that this new unit would be operational by 2022 in order to protect the country against all space threats, in close coordination with the US Space Force which should experience a significant increase in power in the next four years. The unit specializing in the missions of the…

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The US Space Force could operate a thousand satellites by 2026

We now know a little more about the means that the new US Space Force intends to have, and these are simply impressive! During a conference held the day before yesterday at the Pentagon, the director of the Space Development Agency Derek Tournear revealed that he intended to deploy several dozen military satellites of a new type from 2022, for a total capacity of nearly 1000 satellites. from 2026. Figures that seem out of proportion for a military program, but which in reality denote a radically new conception of military space. Traditionally, military communication and surveillance satellites – in particular anti-missile – are…

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