The weight of geographic constraints on Chinese naval military development

Guest article by Noam Hakoune in permanent full access For the months of July and August 2021, the very influential journal Foreign Affairs asked itself the question of whether China could continuously grow.[1] It is indeed the inevitability of Beijing's growth that has haunted all American strategists since the intrusion of the Thucydides Trap concept by Graham Allison in 2012.[2] Comparing the Chinese and American powers cannot be done without a fine analysis of the naval and maritime balance of power. Because given the distance between the two powers and the geography of the region, a potential conflict between China and the United States...

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The new Russian fighter Checkmate would already have a first export customer

The presentation of Sukhoi's new single-engine fighter, designated Checkmate, at the MAKS 2021 show near Moscow, caused a lot of ink to flow and raised many questions. Among them, the positioning of the aircraft on the export market as well as its possible adoption by the VVS, the Russian Air Force, were the most significant in terms of the potential future of this program which obviously has great ambitions. for the aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi. Part of the veil was lifted by Yuri Slyusar, the director of the United Aircraft Corporation to which Sukhoi belongs, during an interview given to the Russian site and the agency of…

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Japan grants leasing offer to Vietnam to finance 6 patrol boats

Leasing has become, in recent months, a very popular method of financing for the acquisition of Defense equipment, and in particular for export files. Thus, Japan has just finalized an offer of financing by leasing, however, on 6 armed patrol boats for an amount of 36,6 billion yen, or 345 million dollars. It is the Japanese International Cooperation Agency that carries the financing offer signed on July 28 by the Vietnamese authorities in Hanoi, which naturally concerns 6 patrol vessels that will be manufactured in Japanese shipyards. The ships are intended for the Vietnamese coast guard, who increasingly have to do…

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In Southeast Asia, the number of submarines has increased by 300% in 20 years

With the rise of the Chinese fleet, which aims to equal the US Navy by 2050, and the policy of fait accompli sometimes implemented by Beijing, naval tensions in Southeast Asia have increased since ten years. It is therefore not surprising to note that the majority of the countries in the zone are developing and modernizing their navies, sometimes in a substantial way. Beyond Japan, the two Koreas, Australia and India, many Marines, who until then were confined to coastal defense and State action missions at sea, are now being given of…

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Vietnam acquires 12 Yak-130 trainers from Moscow

Since the withdrawal from service of its Mig 21 in 2015, the Vietnamese People's Army has been looking for a new aircraft to modernize its air force. In addition to the Mig 21s, the new aircraft will also have to replace the thirty or so Su-22 fighter-bombers still in service. Hanoi seems to be interested in several devices, including the American F16, the European Typhoon, the Swedish Gripen E and the French Rafale. But it seems that Russia has taken a certain lead in this competition with the new order placed by the Vietnamese authorities with the Russian defense industry, relating to 12 Yak-130 advanced training aircraft. Designed to replace…

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