Israel's Iron Beam laser anti-aircraft system could enter service in less than 3 years

Last April, teams from the industrialist Rafael and the Israeli army carried out a first "life-size" test of the Iron Beam anti-aircraft system, a defense device based on a high-energy laser with a power of more than 100 Kw . During these trials, Iron Beam demonstrated its ability to intercept and destroy not only light drones, but also artillery rockets and mortar shells with precision, efficiency and velocity. These successes have apparently finished convincing the Israeli armed forces, which now plan to acquire this system in the surprisingly near future, between two and three years, so…

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Will the United States oppose the sale of Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missiles to Germany?

Barely a few days ago, following the Prague speech by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Prague, which is establishing itself as the founder of German strategy in terms of European defense from now on, the German authorities confirmed their intention to order the anti- Israeli Arrow 3 ballistic missiles to constitute its anti-missile shield, and consequently, that of the European countries which will join the initiative proposed by Berlin. If this announcement made Paris and Rome cringe, which together are developing the all-European Aster 1NT anti-ballistic missile, it did not provoke any official reaction from Washington. It is precisely this lack of…

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Between missile and wandering ammunition, the Israeli Rafael presents his new Spike NLOS with a range of 50 km

At the end of the Cold War, the Western anti-tank missile market was in the hands of the United States with the TOW from Hughes Aircraft and the arrival of the Hellfire missile from Lokheed-Martin, and from Europe with the HOT and the very effective MILAN infantry developed by Euromissiles. But with the end of the Soviet threat, Americans and Europeans significantly lowered their investments in this area, opening the way to the emergence of other players on the planet.

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Israeli engineers reportedly extended F-35i range to strike Iran without aerial refueling

The Israeli Air Force is said to have modified some of its F-35i Adir, the version of the Lighting II adapted to the needs of the Hebrew State, to extend their autonomy enough to be able to carry out deep strike missions in Iran if necessary. , while the IAF has been actively training for this mission for several months. The Iranian nuclear program is perceived as an existential threat by the Israeli authorities, and the IAF has been actively training for several years to be able, if necessary, to be able to strike at critical Iranian installations in order to deprive Tehran of its nuclear capabilities. In this area, the Israeli Air Force could, until now, only rely on…

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Argentina is interested in the Israeli Kfir and the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 to modernize its air forces

Prior to the Falklands War, in 1983, the Argentine Air Force fielded nearly a hundred modern Dassault Mirage IIIEA, IAI Dagger (unlicensed copy of the Mirage V) and A-4B/C/P Skyhawk fighters, while the naval air forces had about twenty A-4Q Skyhawk aircraft and 6 Dassault Super-Etendards, making it one of the most powerful and best equipped air forces in South America. If the Falklands War heavily dented these numbers, with the loss of 22 Skyhawks, 11 Daggers and 2 Mirage IIIs, it was mainly Western sanctions and the consequences of repeated economic crises...

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What solutions to deal with the threat of light drones and vagrant ammunition?

At the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the balance of power, particularly in terms of available firepower, was so much in favor of the Russian forces that it seemed very difficult, if not impossible, for the Ukrainian forces could withstand more than a few weeks in the face of the onslaught of fire and steel that was to come. However, the Ukrainian command managed to use its available means to the best of its ability to exploit the opponent's weaknesses, such as the need to stay on paved paths and roads, to harass with mobile and determined infantry units, the Russian logistics lines , while blocking mechanized offensives by…

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Germany is interested in the Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic system and is (still) unaware of the existing French solutions

While Paris and Berlin continue to proclaim loud and clear their common desire to cooperate in the field of defense technologies, numerous arbitrations carried out by the German authorities, before and after the change of government in December, show a situation well more complex, and a permanent rivalry between the two biggest economies of the euro zone, in particular in the field of Armaments. From the EuroSpike to the P8 Poseidon, from the F-35 to the ESSM, from the Apache to the Arrow 3, the past, present and future choices of the German armies in terms of equipment seem to systematically exclude alternatives. Venus…

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The 5 Western Weapons Ukrainian Forces Need the Most Today

For 12 days now, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Territorial Defense have managed to resist the Russian offensive, despite an obvious tightening of the adversary's rules of engagement, when it is obvious that it is not will have no chance of a quick victory or of gaining the support or even the neutrality of the vast majority of the Ukrainian population. Initiated prior to the conflict by the United States and certain European countries, arms deliveries to the Ukrainian forces now play a decisive role in their ability to maintain pressure on the units taking part in the Russian offensive, striking effectively supply convoys and blocking certain offensives, in…

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Chinese Army simulates massive amphibious assault on Hainan Island, Taiwan replica

The Chinese island of Hainan, with its 34.000 km2 and its 1.500 km of coastline, is in itself a province of the country which is home to 8 million inhabitants and has numerous defense infrastructures, in particular the nuclear submarine base of Longpo next to the city of Yulin, is in many aspects, a life-size replica of the island of Taiwan, with its 36.000 km2 and its 1550 km of coastline. Obviously, the thing did not escape the strategists of the People's Liberation Army, who organized, this weekend, a huge naval and amphibious exercise, taking place precisely on...

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Israel to deploy aerostat radar surveillance system soon

If ground surveillance radars are effective against aircraft and missiles operating at medium and high altitude, the situation is quite different against aircraft and cruise missiles which move close to the ground, so as to take full advantage of the masking ground or even the roundness of the ground, to reduce the opponent's reaction time and therefore his ability to intercept. To deal with these threats, it is essential to place a radar at altitude, capable of observing the terrain without suffering its effects. Several systems, such as the Hawkeye and Sentry, the famous Awacs of…

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