Beijing reportedly tested hypersonic fractional orbital bombardment system

An article by Demetri Sevastopulo and Kathrin Hille published this weekend on the Financial Times website has the Western defense community in turmoil. We learned there, in fact, that according to the information gathered by the two journalists, China would have proceeded, during the month of August of this year, to the test of a new hypersonic strategic weapon system likely to thwart the set of detection systems and Western, and more specifically American, anti-missile defense using a Fractionated Orbital Bombardment System, or FOBS according to the English acronym. Indeed, it would seem that such a system was put into orbit on the occasion of the 77th…

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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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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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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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Solar drones, airships, micro-satellites: These technologies to overcome the loss of satellites

The Italian aeronautics and defense group Leonardo has announced that it has invested in the American-Spanish company Skydweller Aero Inc, which specializes in the design of solar-powered drones, in order to design the first solar-powered drone capable of carrying a significant load over a period of time. , and almost unlimited distances. Among the many advantages of this technology, Leonardo highlights the role it could play in restoring services and infrastructures after a massive disaster, natural or not, and in particular in the event of the destruction of communication networks or the satellites, which today provide a large number of services essential to action...

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China and Russia develop space weapons

According to a report by the US Defense Intelligence Agency, both China and Russia are very actively developing weapon systems aimed at temporarily or permanently neutralizing enemy satellites. Thus, China would develop a laser system capable of neutralizing a satellite in low orbit, available by next year, and a geostationary satellite by 2025. It is also actively working on space repair solutions for damaged satellites. According to the report, China now has nearly 90 military satellites in orbit. It is also pursuing several anti-satellite programs capable of reaching targets located at all altitudes. Russia has…

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