Summary 2020: Major technological advances in Defense in 2020

If 2020 will go down in history as the year of the great Covid-19 Pandemic, it will also be, with regard to Defense technologies, a pivotal year marking the transition between the technological vision inherited from the Cold War which had changed little in these 30 years, and the technological breakthrough approaches underway in many armed forces, and in many research laboratories. Among these many and varied advances, some deserve special attention. 1- Hypersonic Weapons Hypersonic weapons have been at the heart of the concerns of the vast majority of the great technological nations. The subject is not new, since the hypersonic missile Kh47m2…

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US Forces in Middle East on High Alert for Fear of Iranian Retaliation

After Israel, and without much surprise, it is the turn of the American armed forces positioned in the Persian Gulf and nearby to be put on alert. Indeed, according to the confidences of an American official collected by the Politico.com site, the United States would have detected intriguing warning signs linked to the preparation of Iranian attacks, in particular on the part of Iranian militias present in Iraq. . The Pentagon seems to take these threats very seriously, whether they are retaliation for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the suburbs of Tehran by an apparently well-trained and prepared armed group, an attack attributed by Iran at the Mossad...

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The firepower of Israel's new Saar 6 corvette is second to none

The Israeli Navy has never been a priority for the Jewish State General Staff. Today, its offshore fleet is limited to 3 corvettes of 1000 tons Sa'ar 5 acquired from the United States more than 26 years ago, and above all 6 Dolphin and Dolphin 2 submarines, enlarged versions of the Type 209 of the German HDW, acquired in two batches, one in 1999 (3 Dolphin) and the other between 2012 and 2019 (3 ​​Dolphin 2). Tel-Aviv indeed trusted its air force, its coastal batteries, and its fleet of missile patrol boats to protect access to its ports, which were otherwise far from being potentially threatened by…

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Israel reportedly anticipates US strike on Iran before Donald Trump's term ends

Is this a way to try to contain a possible response from Tehran following the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, this scientist designated as the father of the Iranian nuclear program, killed on November 28 in the suburbs of Tehran by an armed commando while he was traveling on the highway, an assassination attributed to the Israeli secret services by Tehran? Be that as it may, according to the Israeli news site Axios, citing statements by Jewish state officials, the Israeli armed forces are anticipating, in the coming weeks and before the end of President Trump's presidential term, US strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. According to the site, although…

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United Arab Emirates want to order 50 F35A from Lockheed-Martin

The order of F35A from the United Arab Emirates following the signing of a treaty normalizing relations between Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem is becoming more and more precise. According to certain indirect sources, the Emirati authorities intend to order 50 F35As for an amount of more than $10 billion, and want the order to be validated by Washington before the end of 2020. President Trump continues, to this title, to fight against the Congress and all the institutions involved in the process to obtain the necessary approvals, and to be able to announce the conclusion of this order, which will also mark...

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Will the sale of F35A to the UAE limit the performance of devices offered to Switzerland or Finland?

A few days before the American presidential election, President Trump seems to be using all his power to speed up the procedure for the sale of the F35A fighter to the United Arab Emirates, despite the reluctance of Congress and the Pentagon, as well as 'Israel. But this haste also paves the way for action by Congress, with potentially wider consequences than just selling to the Emirates, or even to other countries in the Middle East. Indeed, two Democratic senators, the very active senator from New York and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Bob Menendez, and senator Dianne Feinstein from California, have proposed…

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Washington wants to sell "less stealth" F35s to United Arab Emirates

The Emirati leaders expected a positive response to their request to acquire F35 fighters from the United States, following the agreement to normalize relations between Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem. According to the Reuters agency, Washington would indeed consider selling the American device to the United Arab Emirates, but in a version with degraded stealth performance, so as to allow Israeli radars to detect Emirati devices, and thus respect the legal framework. which obliges the United States to preserve Israel's technological advantage in its arms export negotiations in the Middle East. If this offer may seem, at first glance, satisfactory for both parties, it is far…

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Turkey at the heart of a node of polymorphic crises in the Eastern Mediterranean

By misuse of language, reference is generally made to the strong tensions between Greece and Cyprus and Turkey when it comes to the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. This theater concentrates, in reality, a large number of actors, all with different objectives, and yet all in tension as a result of the out-of-control behavior of the Turkish president in the area. France, Russia, Egypt, Israel, European Union, all are today involved in a crisis which could have considerable implications. President Erdogan has indeed launched, in recent years, a series of military operations and troop movements that have led all of his neighbors, such as…

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These tacit clauses that accompany the agreement between Israel and Abu Dabi

The diplomatic agreement signed on August 13 between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which the readers of Meta-Defense could however anticipate, has undoubtedly reshuffled the cards on the Middle Eastern theater, creating a militarily powerful axis to counter possible regional aspirations of Tehran, or the dangerous maneuvers of Qatar and its Turkish ally. Axis which Bahrain joined a few days ago, in turn signing an agreement with Jerusalem. However, beyond the agreement itself, with its share of diplomatic actions and commercial relations, there are also, obviously, unwritten, yet very valid clauses linking the two...

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Sale of F35 and EA-18G Growler to UAE infuriates Israeli politicians

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had managed to survive politically indictments for corruption and a widely contested handling of the Covid crisis, but it seems that the agreement given to the United States to sell F35A fighters, planes of electronic warfare EA-18G Growler and Reapers drones in the United Arab Emirates in return for a normalization of relations between the two countries under the aegis of Donald Trump, was the straw that public opinion, and above all the Israeli political class, will not forgive him. Although he denies it, everything indicates that the signing of "the peace agreement...

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