Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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Why is the Rafale F4 standard meeting such international success?

With the announcement of the firm order for 80 combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates, the Rafale has become, with 242 aircraft ordered for export from 6 air forces, the greatest international commercial success of its generation, clearly outclassing other aircraft of the same category such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Super Hornet or the Su-35, and even lighter aircraft of the same generation such as the Swedish Gripen or the American F-16 Block 70/72+ Viper. In the world, only the Lockheed-Martin F-35, which enjoys unwavering strategic support from Washington and an R&D budget 12 times greater than that of the aircraft...

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The F-35B, a real success but a severe handicap for the Joint Strike Fighter program

On October 3, 2021, after a year-long modernization program, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces' assault helicopter carrier Izumo saw the first sight of an F-35B combat aircraft. United States Marine Corps Lightning II take off from its flight deck (main illustration photo), some 76 years after the last plane of the Empire of Japan left the deck of an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the United States, Great Britain and Italy, it is the 4th country to implement Lockheed-Martin's American stealth fighter with vertical or short take-off and landing from an aircraft carrier, corn…

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With the ARCAS, Elbit propels the infantry soldier into the future

Science-fiction cinema is rich in futuristic weapons, capable of locating a concealed target, of turning a beginner into an experienced Sniper, or of coordinating and presenting information from the battlefield. If James Cameron imagined it, the Israeli company Elbit has transformed this vision into a very real assault rifle, the ARCAS, which will be presented next week at the DSEI show in London. And in fact, the Assault Rifle Combat Application System indeed offers a promise of capabilities unmatched by existing infantry weapons, even the most modern, by bringing together in a single piece of equipment, an assault rifle, an Electro- optical…

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For the head of the US hunt, the added value of the 5th Generation is far from obvious

With more than 6000 hours recorded on his flight log On F-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-35A and even F/A-18 during his visit to Australia, General Mark D. Kelly, who commands the US Air Force fighter, is what is commonly called in this environment, "a Mustache". In fact, when he gives his opinion on the performance of the F-15EX after taking control of the aircraft, it is appropriate to pay attention to what he has to say. Fervent supporter of the new Boeing fighter within the US Air Force, even when the latter was more than reluctant to this arrival, the officer did not…

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Is passive detection going to impose itself in future military engagements?

The systematic elimination of all Armenian anti-aircraft defenses by Azeri forces was a determining factor in the meteoric success achieved by the latter against battle-hardened and well-armed soldiers during the 2020 conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. To achieve this, the Baku General Staff had implemented a strategy that was both simple and highly effective. As soon as an anti-aircraft system activated its radar, it was detected and located by the electronic detection systems crisscrossing the battlefield, after which either the target was destroyed by drones or stray munitions if a war unit capable electronics…

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Why did the F15-EX finally seduce the US Air Force?

When in 20190 the Trump administration decided to place an order for 8 F15-EX in the Pentagon's 2020 budget, the latest version of the famous Boeing fighter, in its budget, the US Air Force accepted coercion and forced to see this new aircraft join its ranks, while the acquisition strategy aimed above all to increase the F35A fleet to eliminate the F16, A10 and some of the F15s still in service. Since then, and while only 2 aircraft have today been delivered to the American Air Force, the F15-EX has enjoyed a completely different image, to the point of being designated by the Chief of Staff of the USAF, General Brown, like...

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Egypt is already interested in Rafale F4

The Rafale seems to have more than convinced the authorities in Cairo like the Egyptian air force. Indeed, hardly had they signed a new order for 30 F3R standard aircraft, accompanied by 2 A330 MRTT tanker planes and a military satellite, than the Egyptian negotiators announced their intention to increase the fleet. from Egyptian Rafale to 72 aircraft, or even 100 aircraft, by placing new orders in the years to come. Obviously, the capabilities of the future F4 standard of the French aircraft seem to meet the country's needs to strengthen its deterrence and…

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Military drones and ethics: real debate or pretense?

Since their entry into service some twenty years ago, drones have regularly made the news, particularly in an area where the development of combat systems is little expected, namely ethics. Fueled by a popular culture rich in cinematographic and literary references, many political personalities, but also scientists, soldiers and philosophers, have seized on the debate in an attempt to understand and control the evolution of these new systems and prevent the appearance of the famous "killer robots". This debate, against a backdrop of ethical values ​​but also of very real fears of automated runaway combat, does it have foundations and objectives...

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Electronic Warfare-Cyber ​​Convergence at the Heart of the New US Navy E / A18G Growler Pods

The next generation of jamming pods fitted to the US Navy's E/A 18G Growler, the only modern combat aircraft equipped for active jamming in the Western arsenal, will have capabilities beyond comparison with the already very capable ALQs. -99 that equip the device today. Beyond enhanced jamming capabilities, these pods will also be equipped with cyber warfare functions, according to a convergence between electronic and cyber warfare that is set to prevail in this area. In any case, this is the reading made of it by Rear Admiral John Meier, Commander of Naval Forces Atlantic for the US Navy, during a videoconference with a…

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