The preparation of the annual budget of the American armed forces is a very rich period of lessons, allowing in particular the 3 forces of the country, the executive on the one hand, the Congress on the other hand, but also the armed forces themselves, to publicly express their vision and expectations for the coming year and beyond, in terms of investments but also of format and strategy. If, during the 90s, 2000s and 2010s, everyone's considerations were above all technological or economic, since the beginning of the decade they have taken on a new, very applied character, while tensions with Russia, China and also Iran or Korea...Read the article
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Faced with the Chinese navy, the US Navy aims for the asymmetrical balance of power in the Pacific
A few days ago, the shipyards of Dalian, in the northeast of the country in Liaoning province, simultaneously launched 2 new Type 052D destroyers, the 27th and 28th units of this class designated within NATO under the code Luyang III, while 5 other hulls were observed at various levels of finish on this site. As with previous years, there is little doubt that 2023 will see the arrival of 7-9 new destroyers to the People's Liberation Army Navy. 157 meters long for a displacement of 7.500 tons, these ships…Read the article
Should we reconsider the potential of naval artillery for combatant surface ships?
In the early 2000s, the US Navy began designing a new class of heavy destroyers, the DD-21 program, designated as "Landward Attack Destroyers". The program will give birth to the Zumwalt class, a ship 190 meters long for a laden displacement of almost 16.000 tons, with great stealth and a particularly low line on the water to reduce vulnerability to missiles. anti-shipping. In addition to the 20 Mk47 vertical launch systems of 4 silos each accommodating 4 short and medium range anti-aircraft missiles ESSM or a Tomahawk cruise missile, the main armament of the ship was based on 2 new…Read the article
These 7 technologies that will transform warfare by 2030
Since the start of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, many analyses, including on this site, have focused on the different lessons that these very high intensity combats have brought to light, such as the now indisputable role of the tank but also artillery, coastal or anti-aircraft defenses, and of course drones, to speak only of the technological question. And in fact, many armies have evolved their military planning in recent months precisely to respond to these lessons. This is how Poland embarked on an unprecedented effort to reconstitute a very powerful land force aligning 6 divisions,…Read the article
Canberra, London and Washington presented a solid strategy to equip Australia with nuclear attack submarines
The acquisition of nuclear attack submarines (SNA) by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), announced 18 months ago now as part of the creation of the AUKUS alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, had raised many questions about the real feasibility of such a program, but also about the costs which will, without a doubt, be very high to allow the RAN to go from 6 conventional submarines from the Collins class to 8 SNAs of American or British design, even though the country does not have a civilian nuclear industry. The presentation, during the AUKUS Event in San Diego…Read the article
Why is the cruiser once again becoming a credible option for world navies?
On July 9, 1995, the USS Port Royal entered service, the last Ticonderoga-class cruiser to join the US Navy, but also the last cruiser produced in the West, or at least designated as such. On a planetary scale, it was only followed by the Russian nuclear battlecruiser Piotr Veliki (Peter the Great), the 3rd and last unit of the Kirov class to have joined the Russian Navy in 1998 after 15 years of construction and that the last 3 units were canceled following the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Following this, none of the world's major navies produced a cruiser, until…Read the article
Strategy unveiled regarding Australia's acquisition of nuclear attack submarines
Following the end of the SEA 1000 program awarded to the French Naval Group for the construction of 12 conventionally powered ocean-going submarines, and the announcement of the formation of the AUKUS alliance bringing together Australia, Great Britain and the States, one of whose objectives was to provide the Royal Australian Navy with nuclear attack submarines, speculation has been as numerous as the denials of the Canberra authorities. For many observers, indeed, and not without objective reasons, this changeover operated by Canberra would be both very difficult and very expensive to implement, not to mention the many technological and industrial ruts that it…Read the article
After support aircraft, American fighters will also have to evolve profoundly in the years to come.
As is the case every year at the same time, the specialized US defense press has not lacked a subject to cover in recent days. Indeed, it is in March that the parliamentary hearings begin with a view to preparing the next armed forces budget, in this case the 2024 budget which will come into effect in the fall of 2023. Due to the political organization of the financing of the defense effort on the other side of the Atlantic, Congress having the last word on the subject well beyond the overall envelope requested by the executive, the debates preparing this budget are generally very precise and technical. However, they are also an opportunity for…Read the article
The US Air Force is reducing its next tanker order to prepare for the arrival of next-generation Tankers
A few days ago, the US Air Force announced the first order paving the way for a future order for 26 E-7A Wedgetail early warning aircraft to partially replace its 34 E-3 Sentry which entered service between the end of of the 70s and the mid-80s, and which are beginning to noticeably mark the weight of the years. If this order will indeed make it possible to renew a critical capability for American air power, it is also significant that the US Air Force has favored, with this decision, a relatively economical solution based on an aircraft initially designed for export by Boeing. Obviously,…Read the article
DARPA's Longshot airborne combat drone will fly in 2024
The arrival of cooperative combat drones designed to support and extend the capabilities of combat aircraft will constitute, in the years to come, an evolution of air warfare as radical as that which followed the arrival of the turbojet engine or the air-air missile. . Whether heavy drones like the Russian Okhotnik-B drone, consumable drones like the Valkyrie from Kratos, or airborne drones like the MBDA and Airbus Remote Carriers developed under the European SCAF and FCAS programs, these equipment will not only bring new capabilities, but also profoundly change the conduct of combat air operations. At this…Read the article