To deal with the rise in power of the Chinese but also North Korean and Russian armies in the Western Pacific theater, Washington can rely on 3 powerful allies, militarily efficient and modern: Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. . Unfortunately for the United States, and contrary to the situation in Europe where yesterday's adversaries were able to put an end to their past tensions to face the Soviet Union from the end of the 40s, the risks in the Pacific theater were, if not less, in any case more localized, on the whole Cold War. In fact, far from being forced to…Read the article
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Do Awacs Advanced Air Warning aircraft still have a place in modern air warfare?
Since the Second World War, Western armies have drawn much of their firepower from their air forces. However, from the mid-50s, it was not so much the relative quality of their fighters and bombers against Soviet aircraft, as the strength of the support fleet, which carried Western air superiority. Thus, in 1957, the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft entered service which, based on a Boeing 707 cell, made it possible to refuel in flight first the strategic bombers of the US Air Force, then the hunting fleet as the new hunters were equipped with…Read the article
What are the 3 major dangers linked to European American-centrism in terms of Defense?
For many years, long before President Macron's arrival at the Elysée Palace, the French position on defense had always been more independent than that of its neighbors vis-à-vis American protection. In 2017, when tensions between Berlin and Washington were at their peak, Emmanuel Macron and Engels Merkel launched several industrial and political initiatives to give substance to a very ambitious and quite old project, Defense Europe. However, as relations between Germany and the United States normalized from the following year, the Franco-German cooperation programs gradually withered, largely from…Read the article
Singapore lifts option for 8 additional F-35B vertical or short take-off and landing
In 2019, Singapore undertook to evaluate the F-35 in order to replace part of its 60 F-16 C / D, in the face of rising regional tensions, in particular with China. A year later, the small country ordered 4 F-35Bs, the short or vertical take-off and landing version of Lockheed-Martin's aircraft for $2,75 billion, as well as an option for 8 additional aircraft, and the set of services and infrastructures to implement this force. Today, and without much surprise, he exercised the option on the remaining 8 aircraft, so as to bring his fleet to 12 fighters. According to information provided by the authorities, deliveries…Read the article
Boeing announces closure of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet assembly line in 2025
In 2013, the US Navy announced, as part of the preparation of the 2014 budget, that it no longer intended to order new F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, the evolution of the F/A-18 Hornet developed in the early 90s to replace the F-14 Tomcat, but also the A-6 Intruder bomber and the EA-6 Growler electronic warfare aircraft. However, as is often the case in the United States, local political and economic considerations led Congress to keep the Boeing production line in Saint Louis on a ventilator for more than a decade, ordering between 12 and 20 additional aircraft each year against the opinion of the US Navy itself. Unfortunately, this respite did not allow...Read the article
F-35A, Su-75, FC-31..: which fighter will replace the F-16 of the United Arab Emirates?
In September 2020, against the backdrop of a historic agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, US President Donald Trump announced the acquisition by Abu Dhabi of Reaper drones, but also of EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft and above all of 50 next-generation F-35A fighters, a first in the Middle East. Despite the colossal amount of $23 billion represented by this order, Congress was more than circumspect about it. And despite the efforts of President Trump who, until the last day of his mandate, tried to force the hand of US parliamentarians to endorse the order, it was immediately suspended by Joe Biden barely...Read the article
Why did V. Putin announce the suspension of the New Start treaty on the limitation of nuclear weapons?
After the Cuban missile crisis, both Americans and Soviets perceived the existential danger represented by the disproportionate nuclear arsenal held by the two superpowers, but also the colossal costs that this arms race engendered for the two countries. However, it took almost 7 years for the two countries to begin discussions on this subject. These will be conducted in Helsinki in November 1969, to give birth on May 26, 1972 to the first strategic arms regulation treaty, called Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, or SALT. This planned to freeze the number of ICBM ballistic missiles held by the two camps at their level…Read the article
The United States could deliver M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine much faster than expected
On January 24, Washington announced the shipment of 30 to 50 M1 Abrams heavy tanks to Ukraine, largely to unblock the situation in Europe over the German Leopard 2s, Berlin refusing to commit to delivery or authorize the delivery of its tanks without the United States having previously made the same announcement. However, it was quickly announced that the 31 tanks that will be delivered to Ukraine would not be taken from US Army stocks, as is the case with the German, Portuguese, Finnish or Polish Leopard 2s, but would the object of a special manufacture, in particular to eliminate certain components considered critical if they come…Read the article
Why giving fighter jets to Ukraine is more complicated than it seems?
For several weeks, the very day after the agreement given by Washington and Berlin regarding the delivery of heavy tanks, President Zelensky and his government have been putting pressure on their Western allies to obtain a new type of defence, and not least, since they are combat aircraft. And in fact, since that date, not a day goes by without press articles or official statements from Kyiv claiming F-16s from the United States, Typhoons and Tornados from the British and Germans. , and Rafales and Mirages to France, without…Read the article
Can Europe put an end to the war in Ukraine?
Last week, an analysis published by the think tank Rand Corporation studied the risks linked to the extension in the duration of the Ukrainian conflict, as well as the solutions that could be put forward by Washington to contain them. Like most of the studies published by the Rand, this one was at the same time very relevant, documented and objective, in the diagnosis as in the recommended solutions. However, this one started from a basic postulate which requires a certain prudence as for the applicability of the results presented: indeed, this study studied the conflict in Ukraine only from the point of view of the action of Washington and its…Read the article