Like many African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo is experiencing significant economic growth, around 6% per year, partly driven by the rise in raw materials on the international scene. The country is indeed a major exporter of mining products, with large reserves of gold, copper, uranium and coltan, as well as diamonds and oil. Today, Congolese exports, whether of raw materials or agricultural production, represent $22,5 billion each year, or a third of the country's Gross Domestic Product. This growth, largely supported by the many investments made by China, is however threatened by…Read the article
Faced with the Chinese navy, the US Navy aims for the asymmetrical balance of power in the Pacific
A few days ago, the shipyards of Dalian, in the northeast of the country in Liaoning province, simultaneously launched 2 new Type 052D destroyers, the 27th and 28th units of this class designated within NATO under the code Luyang III, while 5 other hulls were observed at various levels of finish on this site. As with previous years, there is little doubt that 2023 will see the arrival of 7-9 new destroyers to the People's Liberation Army Navy. 157 meters long for a displacement of 7.500 tons, these ships…Read the article
These 7 technologies that will transform warfare by 2030
Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, many analyses, including on this site, have focused on the different lessons that these very high intensity combats have brought to light, such as the now indisputable role of the tank but also artillery, coastal or anti-aircraft defenses, and of course drones, to speak only of the technological question. And in fact, many armies have evolved their military planning in recent months precisely to respond to these lessons. This is how Poland embarked on an unprecedented effort to reconstitute a very powerful land force aligning 6 divisions,…Read the article
Why is the cruiser once again becoming a credible option for world navies?
On July 9, 1995, the USS Port Royal entered service, the last Ticonderoga-class cruiser to join the US Navy, but also the last cruiser produced in the West, or at least designated as such. On a planetary scale, it was only followed by the Russian nuclear battlecruiser Piotr Veliki (Peter the Great), the 3rd and last unit of the Kirov class to have joined the Russian Navy in 1998 after 15 years of construction and that the last 3 units were canceled following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Following this, none of the world's major navies produced a cruiser, until…Read the article
The Chinese defense budget will have increased by 30% between 2019 and 2023
On the occasion of the opening of the annual session of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), the budget report published establishes an annual budget of 1,5537 trillion yuan, or 210 billion euros, an increase of 7,2 % vis-à-vis the 2022 budget of 1,450 trillion yuan, and while this same report anticipates a growth of 5% for the Chinese economy for 2023. According to the numerous declarations of Chinese officials around this increase, this- This would remain reasonable given the $830 billion budget of the United States, and while all the states in Europe and Asia are significantly increasing their own investments. However, and even if it remains perfectly true that...Read the article
China's fleet conducted its first long-range amphibious exercise
If the rapid reinforcement of the Chinese fleet is now known to all, the very important efforts made by the People's Liberation Army to train its crews and perfect their mastery of modern naval combat, are much less so. However, whether surface, naval air, amphibious, logistics and submarine units, all take part in numerous exercises according to increasingly advanced scenarios, and often calling on the firing of ammunition, precisely to increase the seasoning of sailors and their officers. Thus, it is now common for large naval units, destroyers, frigates, aircraft carriers or assault ships, to participate each year in several...Read the article
What are the 3 major dangers linked to European American-centrism in terms of Defense?
For many years, long before President Macron's arrival at the Elysée Palace, the French position on defense had always been more independent than that of its neighbors vis-à-vis American protection. In 2017, when tensions between Berlin and Washington were at their peak, Emmanuel Macron and Engels Merkel launched several industrial and political initiatives to give substance to a very ambitious and quite old project, Defense Europe. However, as relations between Germany and the United States normalized from the following year, the Franco-German cooperation programs gradually withered, largely from…Read the article
F-35A, Su-75, FC-31..: which fighter will replace the F-16 of the United Arab Emirates?
In September 2020, against the backdrop of a historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, US President Donald Trump announced the acquisition by Abu Dhabi of Reaper drones, but also of EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft and above all of 50 next-generation F-35A fighters, a first in the Middle East. Despite the colossal amount of $23 billion represented by this order, Congress was more than circumspect about it. And despite the efforts of President Trump who, until the last day of his mandate, tried to force the hand of US parliamentarians to endorse the order, it was immediately suspended by Joe Biden barely...Read the article
China's defense industry goes on the offensive on the export scene
In 2000, Chinese arms exports painfully represented more than $300 million. In 2009, they exceeded $2 billion for the first time, then $2013 billion in 5. Today, China ranks fourth among arms exporters in the world, with more than $2021 billion in turnover. business in 2017, behind the United States, Russia and France, but ahead of Germany, Italy, Great Britain, South Korea and Israel. Over the period 2021-4,6, according to the SIPRI institute, Beijing won XNUMX% of world exports, with an obvious very significant growth dynamic. Beyond the traditional customers of the industries of…Read the article
China tests stealth-enhanced combat drone
While the performance of anti-aircraft defenses and detection systems continues to grow, whether due to the increase in the efficiency of sensors, that of data processing and analysis systems, as well as performance of the missiles themselves, stealth, whether active through jamming and masking systems, or passive to reduce the radar equivalent surface or the infrared radiation of a device, is becoming a major issue. critical for the air force. Indeed, with hypersonic technologies, it constitutes the only possible answer to date to hope to be able to use air power at the…Read the article