Is South Korea's New KF-21 Boramae a Successful Joint Strike Fighter?

Only twelve years after having carried out the first risk analysis, and less than two years after having begun its assembly, the first prototype of the South Korean KF-21 combat aircraft program, previously designated KFX program and officially baptized Bomamae (falcon ) during this ceremony, was officially presented this Friday in Seoul in front of a delegation of more than 250 South Korean and foreign officials. It must be said that everything in this program is exceptional, so far at least. While only 30 years ago, the South Korean aeronautical industry was still barely in its infancy, it has managed the feat of developing in just over…

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MBDA presents Skywarden, a very innovative vision of the fight against drones

Whether in the field of drones themselves, or in that of systems intended to protect against drones, European industries and armies are not known to be at the forefront in these fields. This could very quickly change with the Skywarden program, developed by the European missile manufacturer MBDA, which brings a vision that is both effective and innovative in this field, likely to respond to many problems and to attract many armed forces in the years to come. to come. No need to look for a cannon, a missile or a laser, mounted on an armored vehicle, the Skywarden is before…

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Summary 2020: Major technological advances in Defense in 2020

If 2020 will go down in history as the year of the great Covid-19 Pandemic, it will also be, with regard to Defense technologies, a pivotal year marking the transition between the technological vision inherited from the Cold War which had changed little in these 30 years, and the technological breakthrough approaches underway in many armed forces, and in many research laboratories. Among these many and varied advances, some deserve special attention. 1- Hypersonic Weapons Hypersonic weapons have been at the heart of the concerns of the vast majority of the great technological nations. The subject is not new, since the hypersonic missile Kh47m2…

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US Air Force experiments digital co-pilot on infamous U2 spy plane

The U2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft was one of the most famous aircraft of the Cold War. Designed by the Skunk Works division of Lockheed, it made its first flight in 1955, and quickly allowed the United States to carry out numerous reconnaissance missions over Soviet territory, the aircraft being beyond the range of anti-aircraft systems. aircraft and Soviet interceptors of the late 50s. It was a U2 that, in 1962, identified the first Soviet SS-4 ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba. It was also this device that caused a major crisis between Moscow and Washington, when the U2…

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Are the technological ambitions of the European SCAF program excessive?

The Future Air Combat System, or SCAF, program is today the most ambitious Defense technology cooperation program in Europe. Bringing together 3 countries, Germany, Spain and France, it aims to design by 2040 a combat aircraft, designated Next Generation Fighter or NGF, intended to take over from the French Rafale and German and Spanish Typhoon, as well as a logical and operational combat environment to optimize its capabilities. For this, the program has been divided into 7 pillars, ranging from propulsion to detection systems, through the Cloud of combat and weapon systems,…

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Will Japan, South Korea and Turkey capture the 5G medium fighter market?

Since the end of the Second World War, 3 countries have traditionally shared the light fighter market in the West: Great Britain (Vampire, Gnat, Harrier), France (Mystère IV, Mirage III/F1/2000, Super- standard) and the United States (F86 Saber, F104 Starfighter, F16). Surprisingly, for nearly 30 years, Great Britain and France seem to have definitively turned towards the medium and heavy fighter market, with the Tornado, Typhoon and Tempest on one side, and the Rafale and SCAF on the other. The same is true when in the United States, which is content to modernize the F16 platform which continues however to prance at the top of sales in the…

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Team Tempest unveils certain technological advances of the future British fighter

Like the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carriers, the Tempest next-generation combat aircraft program is set to become a symbol of the revival of Britain's newfound technological and military power. And while all current programs are being scaled down in an overall reorganization of the UK's Defense effort to meet future challenges, the Tempest program seems to be protected, both in its budget and in its ambitions and its planning, and this despite the isolation of Great Britain concerning it, the Italian and Swedish partners being for…

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What will the war look like in 2035?

Since the end of the Second World War, developments on the battlefield have mainly followed an incremental dynamic, with increasingly powerfully armed and better protected armored vehicles, increasingly fast and precise aircraft, and ships of better and better armed. But fundamentally, the conduct of operations remains largely modeled on that which prevailed during the 50s and 60s, with increased precision and more effective communications. But today a new form of warfare, much more dynamic, electronic, and…

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Washington wants to sell "less stealth" F35s to United Arab Emirates

The Emirati leaders expected a positive response to their request to acquire F35 fighters from the United States, following the agreement to normalize relations between Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem. According to the Reuters agency, Washington would indeed consider selling the American device to the United Arab Emirates, but in a version with degraded stealth performance, so as to allow Israeli radars to detect Emirati devices, and thus respect the legal framework. which obliges the United States to preserve Israel's technological advantage in its arms export negotiations in the Middle East. If this offer may seem, at first glance, satisfactory for both parties, it is far…

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Are F35, Su57 and J20 really a generation ahead of the Rafale and the Typhoon?

Very often, when it comes to comparing devices like the F35, the Su-57 and the J-20 to European devices like the Rafale, the Typhoon or the JAS39 Gripen, a strong argument is used to close the debate, that of the 5th generation. Indeed, according to a widespread classification, the former would be 5th generation devices, while the latter would only be 4th generation devices, sometimes classified 4G+ in a rather condescending way to reflect their level of performance. What are these generations so important that they would make it possible to level fighter planes without hesitation? And…

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