South Korea's CVX aircraft carrier program under fire from critics

Faced with the rise of North Korea's first strike capabilities, the South Korean General Staff, supported by the government, announced in July 2019 its intention to acquire two light aircraft carriers capable of operates 20 F-35B combat aircraft each with vertical or short take-off and landing. According to the arguments advanced by the military, this program, designated CVX, will make it possible to maintain strike and response capabilities even if Pyongyang were to start hostilities against its southern neighbor, and to destroy South Korean air bases with strikes. preventive ballistic and cruise missiles. In…

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After Japan, South Korea chooses the American SM-6 to counter the hypersonic threat

While the eyes of the world remain on the war in Ukraine, tensions in the Pacific theater remain very high, and the major nations involved are redoubling their investment and innovation in an attempt to gain the upper hand over their potential adversaries. Thus, in recent months, the two Koreas have engaged in a tug of war over their respective long-range strike capabilities, successively demonstrating the effectiveness of their new ballistic and cruise missiles, while the China has also implemented new capabilities in this area, including hypersonic and semi-ballistic trajectory weapons. Those…

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Egypt to acquire 200 South Korean K9 armored self-propelled guns for $1,7bn

Egypt today has, without question, the most powerful armed force in Africa and the Middle East, with an air force of 360 combat aircraft, a fleet of 8 submarines, 20 frigates and corvettes and 2 helicopter carriers, and a land force fielding more than 2000 heavy tanks and 3500 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers. Inspired by both Soviet and American doctrines, the latter also fields powerful and modern artillery, with more than 600 self-propelled multiple rocket launchers, and a thousand armored self-propelled artillery systems, more than half of which are M109s. Americans. For many…

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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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India, South Korea: France on the offensive in the field of nuclear submarines

The Minister of the French Armed Forces, Florence Parly, is traveling to India this weekend to meet her Indian counterpart Shri Rajnath Singh, as well as other officials from New Delhi, in order to discuss several topics in the field of cooperation. strategic and industrial relationship between the two countries, partners and long-standing allies. In addition to the question of a possible additional order of Rafale aircraft, cooperation in the field of helicopters with a line of sight, a possible contract to equip the Indian Coast Guard with Caracal helicopters, and questions of strategic cooperation in the theater Pacific shaken up in recent months both by the…

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Turkey fears US intervention to halt the acquisition of South Korean engines for its Altay tank

While discussions between Ankara and Seoul over the propulsion package borrowed from the K2 Black Panther tank to equip the Turkish heavy tank Altay have progressed in recent weeks, they have also taken a different direction from that initially envisaged by Turkish officials. Indeed, where the latter initially envisaged co-production with technology transfer for the 250 Doosan engines and S&T Dynamics distribution which are to equip the first tranche of Altay tanks, it seems that now they are content with an acquisition "off the shelf" of the propulsion pack according to the statements of the Turkish authorities. Obviously, in such an approach, it seems little...

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On the brink, Turkish BMC signs partnership with South Korea to power Altay tank

Undisputed star of Eurosatory 2018, the Turkish heavy battle tank Atlay and its manufacturer, BMC, have since experienced many difficulties, following European sanctions following Turkish intervention in Syria, and provocations by Ankara against Greece. in the eastern Mediterranean. Indeed, the flagship program of the Turkish defense industry was therefore deprived of the components essential to its realization, the transmission and the turbo-diesel engine supplied by the Germans RENK and MTU, and the composite steel used for the armor of the tank of French invoice. Since then, the assembly line of the tank set up by BMC was at a standstill, putting the company…

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Indian submarines: the competition not to be missed for Naval Group

After the withdrawal of Kockums and its A26 Océanique submarine at the start of 2020, it is now the turn of the German TKMS and its Type 214 to throw in the towel in the Indian competition P75i which aims to build 6 ocean-going AIP anaerobic-powered submarines in the country's shipyards, with an important dimension of technology transfer. There are still 4 manufacturers involved in this competition: the Spanish Navantia with the S-80 Plus, the South Korean Huyndaï with the DSME-3000 derived from the Dosan Ahn Changho class, the Russian Rubin with the Amur class, and the SMX 3.0 from the French Naval Group, derived from…

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Altay, Black Panther, Oplot: What are modern battle tanks worth? 3/3

It was said to be outdated or too vulnerable, yet the battle tank has experienced a remarkable resurgence of interest in recent years from the major armies of the world. After having presented the main Western, Russian and Chinese tanks in the two previous articles, we are going, in this final analysis, to focus on less known models, and yet powerful and promising, on the operational scene as in the field of export. Make way today for the South Korean K2 Black Panther, the Turkish Atlay, the Japanese Type 10 and the Ukrainian BM Oplot. South Korea: K2 Black Panther Considered by many specialists to be the tank…

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The missile race accelerates on the Korean peninsula

After several months of calm, the missile race, whether ballistic or cruise, has experienced a rapid acceleration in recent days on either side of the 38th parallel of the Korean peninsula. Both Seoul and Pyongyang have indeed been engaged in a show of force posture for a few weeks, which has reached what we can think of as its climax today. Indeed, within just a few hours, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in the Sea of ​​Japan, while its southern neighbor was carrying out the 3rd and supposedly last qualification test of its missile...

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