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 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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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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The Australian Army urgently deactivates its Israeli-born battlefield management system

In 2010, as part of the LAND 75 and LAND 125 programs, the Australian Army had selected the Israeli Elbit to provide its Battle Management System or BMS, allowing to digitize the static and dynamic information of the field of battle and thus greatly improve the conduct of military operations. The system, including in particular a certain number of kits to equip command vehicles, combat vehicles and infantry personnel, was gradually deployed in the years that followed, in order to overcome certain weaknesses noted in particular during deployments in Afghanistan. From 2019, however, questions and doubts…

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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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The American armies test their new "All-Domain" combat doctrine

Traditionally, the perception of a country's military power is based on an assessment of the format of its forces, the number and quality of its equipment, and the training and even hardening of its personnel. And it is true that with a few exceptions, the French remember in Agincourt, this approach made it possible to effectively assess the balance of power, and therefore the power gradient. Thus, during the Cold War, NATO bet on technological power and on a more efficient air force to compensate for the marked excess of the Soviet armored force and its satellite countries. But certain significant historical events have demonstrated...

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How is the Pentagon preparing for the high intensity conflicts to come?

Since the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet bloc, many armies around the world, including the United States, have moved away from concepts of symmetrical employment to increase their effectiveness in campaigns where counter-insurgency engagement was strict. Little by little, the armies became lighter, to gain mobility and responsiveness, and concentrated their investments towards immediate needs, such as drones or armored vehicles protected against IEDs, to the detriment of heavy skills, such as heavy mechanized combat, electronic warfare or maneuver beyond the brigade level. As Western armies adapted to engagements in Afghanistan,…

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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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The DGA notifies the order of 54 Griffons MEPAC equipped with 120mm 2M2R mortars

In a press release published on January 24, the GME Scorpion – Momentary Grouping of Companies made up of Nexter, Arquus and Thales – declared that the DGA had notified them on December 30, 2019 of a new amendment to the SCORPION program contract. This amendment relates to the order expected since last summer for 54 Griffon multi-role armored vehicles equipped to carry a 120mm rifled mortar in their hold. The amendment thus makes it possible to respect the target of 1872 SCORPION vehicles provided for in the current military programming law. This new variant of the Griffon is designated MEPAC, for Embedded Mortar for Contact Support, the mortar in question being…

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Lockheed-Martin to Replace F35 ALIS Maintenance System

During the first years of the F35 program, the automated maintenance supervision system ALIS for Autonomic Logistics Information System, was presented as the Holy Grail of military aeronautical maintenance. As is often the case with revolutionary new computer systems, the reality quickly deviated from the initial ambitions. Delays in the delivery of spare parts, poor inventory management, excessive information transmitted to the American manufacturer and observed work overloads quickly deteriorated the image of the software, to the point of now being considered one of the main obstacles to improving aircraft availability. To respond to these criticisms, Lockheed will design a new, more operational system,…

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