The European Union deploys a cyber rapid reaction team to protect Ukraine

About ten days ago, several ministerial sites and the 3 most important Ukrainian banks were targeted by a massive cyber attack of the denial of access type, or DDOS. For nearly 24 hours, the communication capacities and services of these structures were thus paralyzed by this attack, the origin of which was attributed to groups of Russian hackers. In the current context of extreme tensions, the capacity for the Ukrainian authorities to maintain functional communication channels with the population and to maintain active banking services for the population, is as decisive as the operational military responses of its…

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The new ambitions of European Structured Permanent Cooperation

The Permanent Structured European Cooperation, or PESCO, is undeniably one of the major advances obtained in the field of Defense within the European Union. Launched in December 2017, it allows European industrialists and political actors to cooperate to develop new programs, whether purely technological or industrial, with the aim of avoiding the multiplication of similar programs within the European Union, and therefore expenditure deemed irrelevant because it is redundant between members. The first list of projects was presented on March 6, 2018, and focused above all on support programs, in the field of training, simulation,…

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For the US Army, it becomes urgent to replace the anti-aircraft systems Patriot and Stinger

Over the past 4 years, Raytheon and the US State Department have managed to convince 4 European countries to acquire the MIM-104 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile system: Sweden, Romania and Poland in 2017 and 2018 , and more recently Switzerland in a competition which opposed the American system to the Franco-Italian SAMP/T. In total, there are today 6 European member countries of NATO which implement this system, to which are added Sweden and Switzerland, which are or will soon be equipped with this system. The FIM-92 Stinger portable system equips 9 European armed forces. These two systems...

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Commissioning of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Poland again delayed by two years

The entry into operational service of the NATO ballistic missile defense site in Poland has once again been postponed by two years. Initially scheduled for 2018, then for the course of 2020, the delivery of the Polish site of Aegis Ashore is finally no longer expected before 2022 due to difficulties related to the construction of the buildings. The Aegis Ashore system is a land-based version of the AEGIS long-range air defense system which is on board American cruisers and destroyers of the Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke classes, as well as on certain Spanish, South Korean, Australian or even Japanese. The…

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Belgium, Romania, Greece… these European countries which trust the French Defense industry

In the early 2000s, and for nearly 15 years, the French defense industry was unable to sign any significant contract independently in Europe, and had to concentrate its efforts in the Middle East and Asia to maintain a export volume compatible with the very low activity of the national order at that time. But in recent years, it seems that European countries, some at least, are once again trusting this industry to supply major equipment, aided it is true by the overall increase in defense budgets. A look back at these latest contracts signed by the French defense industry…

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After Romania, Poland commands the HIMARS system

The Polish authorities have announced that they will sign an order on February 13 for 20 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, for an amount of $414 million. This is the second European country, after Romania, to select this long-range rocket launcher system in Europe. The HIMARS is a multiple rocket launcher system carrying 6 rockets with a range of up to 300 km, mounted on a wheeled truck, and not a tracked armored vehicle like the M270. The result is a lighter, faster system with a far greater range than the M270. The HIMARS is in service with 5 active brigades and 8…

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