The US Army chooses its new “light” tank to reinforce its infantry units

After several failures linked to excessive technological and operational ambitions, the US Army had to, in 2015, urgently initiate an ambitious program for the modernization of its fleet of armored vehicles inherited from the end of the Cold War, such as the heavy tank M1 Abrams, the M2/M3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, as well as the M113 tracked personnel carrier. After the cancellation of the Ground Combat Vehicle program in 2014, a new program was launched in 2017, called Next Generation Combat Vehicle, with the ambition of replacing the entire US Army tracked fleet. This program consists of the Armored MultiPurpose Vehicle program for…

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Finland and Sweden will be able to join NATO, but the concessions to Turkey are high

Since Turkey is the subject of numerous European sanctions following its intervention in Syria, Libya and its deployment of forces in the Eastern Mediterranean against Greece and Cyprus, President Erdogan knew that Finland's and Sweden would be, for him, a formidable means of pressure to attenuate these sanctions, and to force the hand of the two Scandinavian countries in their support for the Kurdish movements. By standing firm on his opposition to the accession of the two countries to the Atlantic Alliance, RT Erdogan has indeed achieved his ends, and if the official press releases welcome the lifting…

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US prepares delivery of medium-range anti-aircraft systems for Ukraine

If the Ukrainian armies now receive almost continuously new armor and artillery systems supplied by the West, they suffer on the other hand from a very significant erosion of its anti-aircraft and anti-missile assets, as well as its air assets. This is the reason why, on numerous occasions, the Ukrainian civil and military authorities have called on their Western allies to deliver fighter planes and medium or long-range anti-aircraft systems, in order to be able to contain the long-range strikes carried out by Russian cruise missiles and fighter jets that hit major cities and…

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NATO will equip itself with a response force of 300.000 men to deal with the Russian threat

Only a few years ago, under the battering of Donald Trump and RT Erdogan, several European chancelleries began to doubt the effectiveness of the Atlantic Alliance, to the point that the French President, in reference to the lack of reaction from the alliance in the face of Turkish provocations in the western Mediterranean, judged that it was in a state of "brain death", and that the Europeans, France and Germany in the lead, undertook to try to consolidate European response capacities in the face of emerging threats . Four years later, while Russia has reignited a security crisis in Europe on a scale comparable to that of the War...

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The Czech Republic ready to turn to the American F-35A

In 2004, on the sidelines of its accession to the European Union and 5 years after its accession to NATO, the Czech authorities ordered 14 JAS-39 Gripen C/D fighters from Sweden, including two two-seaters, to replace its Mig- 23 and Mig-21 inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, in the form of a 12-year leasing for an annual amount of 1,7 billion belts, or €65 million. In 2015, Prague renewed the lease for a period of 12 years, which will end in 2027. On this date, several choices are envisaged by the Czech authorities. The extension of the JAS-39 rental was quickly ruled out,…

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The Army urgently orders American Switchblade 300 vagrant ammunition: Whose fault is it?

On the occasion of the Eurosatory exhibition which took place last week at La Villette, the Army, through its head of the Pan Office, Colonel Arnaud Goujon, had raised the possibility of ordering vagrant ammunition American Switchblade 300 to American AeroVironment, since confirmed by the Ministry, with the aim of filling an urgent captaincy deficit. This procedure is not exceptional, especially since the Switchblade 300 is not particularly advanced equipment, nor particularly expensive. It will indeed allow infantry or dismounted units of the Army to acquire an indirect precision fire capability, complementing the staffing of…

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While the US Air Force wants to retire 33 F-22 Raptors unfit for combat, Congress wants to modernize them

It is common for the United States Congress, which, let us remember, has the last word in matters of military planning across the Atlantic, to play the role of moderator when faced with the demands of the American armies, which are often quick to make radical decisions in terms of format. Thus, in recent years, Congress has consistently rejected requests from the US Air Force to withdraw its fleet of A-10s, the latter deeming them unsuitable for modern high-intensity combat. For the American parliamentarians, on the other hand, there is no question of reducing the size of the forces without being able to put a coherent recapitalization in the face. This is how…

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Industrial compensation around the F-35 half less than expected in Belgium

In October 2018, the Belgian authorities announced the acquisition of 34 F-35A combat aircraft from the American Lockheed-Martin to replace its fleet of F-16s, thus aligning themselves with the Dutch choice, Amsterdam having ordered in 2013 37 devices of this type, a format that will evolve to 52 devices today, and which could well continue to grow now that the Dutch authorities have undertaken to increase their defense effort to 2% of GDP. However, the decision of the Michel government in 2018, largely conditioned by the intense lobbying of NATO and the Flemish Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput, has never ceased to arouse controversy across the country,…

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The additional $45 billion allocated by the US Congress to the Armed Forces will offset inflation and support for Ukraine

As the threat from Russia and China grew ever more pressing, the US Congress moved to increase the budget allocated to the US armed forces for fiscal year 2023 by $45 billion beyond the $803 billion requested by the White House. This increase has now been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the Pentagon will indeed have $847 billion in its 2023 budget. future challenges, could well turn out to be, in the end, only a compensation to face the very important inflation...

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DARPA wants to allow KC-46 tanker planes to recharge drone batteries with a high-energy laser

The Pentagon's innovation agency, DARPA, has issued a request for proposals regarding the possibility of equipping US Air Force KC-36 and KC-135 tanker aircraft with a high-energy laser pod capable of transfer energy to drones in flight, so as to extend their autonomy and lighten their energy storage devices. DARPA, the U.S. Armed Forces Innovation Agency, issued a request for information on June 13 regarding a device capable of transferring energy between a tanker aircraft, such as the KC-46 or KC-135, and a drone in flight, through a high-energy laser embedded in a…

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