The 4 major advances of the new Chinese aircraft carrier CV-18 Fujian

As expected, the new Chinese aircraft carrier, dubbed CV-18 Fujian, was launched on Friday in Shanghai, marking a new stage in the industrial and operational evolution of the People's Liberation Army Navy. Beyond the undeniable industrial success for Beijing, which will have launched in less than 12 years 3 aircraft carriers of increasing technology and tonnage, the Fujian constitutes a key asset for the Chinese Navy in its showdown in the making with the US Navy and its allies, offering several major advances in the capabilities that will be available to the Chinese military and industrialists in the years to come, ranging from electric propulsion…

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Australia wants to cut its infantry fighting vehicle acquisitions by a third

Launched by Canberra in 2018, the LAND 400 phase 3 program aimed to replace the M113s in service with the Australian armed forces with 450 new generation infantry fighting vehicles for a planned investment of 18 to 21 billion Australian dollars, i.e. between €12 and €14 billion. It now opposes two models, the KF41 Lynx offered by Rheinmetall Defense Australia, and the Redback AS21 from South Korea Hanwha, after the elimination of the Ajax and the CV-90 in 2019. However, according to information obtained by the site economic Financial Review, it seems that Canberra is about to reduce its ambitions around this program,…

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The new recruitment policy of the Indian armies generates many protests

Heirs to a British tradition, the Indian armed forces are entirely professional, and Indian soldiers generally sign a very long-term contract upon enlistment, up to 17 years for the lower ranks. For the Modi government, this situation seemed problematic, since it was a question of maintaining a force of 1,4 million professional soldiers, whose payroll continues to increase while the standard of living rises in the country. Like the professional Western armed forces, New Delhi has therefore decided to implement a new recruitment policy for its armed forces, with an initial 4-year contract offered to…

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Can France lease nuclear attack submarines from Australia?

The announcement of the Australian decision to unilaterally cancel the contract for the local construction of 12 conventionally powered Attak-class submarines by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in September 2021 was, in substance as well as in form , perceived by France as a deep humiliation, provoking one of the most serious diplomatic crises in recent decades between France and the triptych gathered around the new AUKUS alliance, Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For Canberra, it was a question of turning to nuclear-powered submarines, considered more capable of meeting the future needs of…

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Imminent launch of China's new Type 003 aircraft carrier

Expected for several days, the launch of the new Chinese heavy aircraft carrier, designated Type 003, is now imminent and could take place tomorrow Wednesday, June 15. New pictures indeed show that the dry dock in which the ship was built is being filled. While the future of the aircraft carrier is regularly called into question in the West, the ship being considered by some as too expensive and too vulnerable, China, for its part, is making very significant efforts to equip itself, as quickly as possible , a powerful on-board naval air capability. After the entry into service of its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in 2017,…

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At Shangri-La meetings, Chinese war rhetoric goes up a notch against the West

Speaking at the Shangri-La meetings, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that the reunification between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan would unquestionably take place, and that China would fight "to the end" against anyone who tries to oppose it. Begun in 2002, the Shangri-La Dialogue, organized each year in Singapore by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, brings together some fifty countries from the Pacific theater for political and security discussions. In recent years, however, these meetings have become the site of verbal sparring and growing invective between China and the Western camps, particularly about Taiwan autonomy. This…

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India wants to turn to France to design the future reactor of the AMCA fighter

India is said to be in negotiations with France and the engine manufacturer Safran in order to co-develop the turbojet which will equip the future next-generation combat aircraft Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) of local invoice, planned to fly at the beginning of the next decade. . If, in recent years, many national aeronautical industrial and technological bases have undertaken to design a new generation combat aircraft, such as the South Korean KF-21 Boramae, the Turkish T-FX, or the Japanese FX, very few countries have the necessary know-how to design a military turbojet engine capable of propelling these aircraft. In reality, to date, only 5 countries…

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China has just completed the first operational test campaign of its trimaran stealth naval drone

The Chinese authorities have announced that they have successfully conducted the first sea trial campaign for a trimaran surface naval drone demonstrator on June 7, 2022, after a 3-hour autonomous operational mission at sea, which made it possible to collect lots of data. In September 2020, a photo published on social networks caused a sensation by showing a prototype of a Chinese surface drone on the Yantze River, in a configuration in all respects comparable to that of the Sea Hunter surface drone of the US Navy. In these dimensions as in its tonnage, the Chinese ship indeed seemed directly inspired…

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Japan launches the development of its own “Loyal Wingman” drone

The Japanese authorities have announced the launch of a program aimed at designing and producing by 2026 a combat drone capable of accompanying its combat aircraft to extend their detection and ammunition carrying capabilities, in line with of the "Loyal Wingman" concept, in order to compensate for its numerical weakness against China. After the United States, Russia, Great Britain and Australia, Japan has announced that it is undertaking the design of a combat drone intended to evolve around its combat aircraft to extend their detection capabilities, while considering the possibility of being able to arm such drones in a…

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Indian Navy cleared to order 8 new corvettes for 36.000 crore

The Indian Defense Acquisition Council has authorized the financing of a program of 8 new generation corvettes for the Indian Navy, for an amount of 36.000 crore or €4,5 billion. The new class of ship will be entirely designed and manufactured by the Indian naval industry, in application of the “Make in India” directive. Due to the rapid modernization of the Pakistani fleet, with the arrival of new Type 039B Hangor-class submarines, Type 054 A/P Tughril-class frigates and Turkish MILGEM Babur-class corvettes, as well as the very rapid rise in power of the Chinese Navy, New Delhi has…

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