On March 1, 2018, during a televised address as part of the presidential election campaign, President Vladimir Putin publicly announced the upcoming arrival, within the Russian armed forces, of 6 new weapons that will bring the world, and Westerners in particular, to “listen to Russia again,” in his words. Beyond the hypersonic weapons Kinzhal and Avangard as well as the new ICBM Sarmat, all now well known, the Russian president presented a "nuclear-powered" cruise missile, the 9M730 Burevestnik, an anti-aircraft and laser space defense system designated Peresvet , as well as a weapon that, since its presentation, arouses many…Read the article
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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
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
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
What does the new tactical organization of Russian units in Ukraine tell us?
Since the start of the aggression against Ukraine, the Russian armies had already changed strategy three times for the overall conduct of operations. First, during the first ten days of the operation, they employed a strategy of decapitation of the political authorities and the Ukrainian government, notably by carrying out a major airborne operation on the airfield of Hostomel in the north of Kyiv. After the failure of this maneuver, Moscow began a strategy aimed at the collapse of the Ukrainian forces, by simultaneously and intensively conducting offensives on all the fronts, to the north in Kyiv and Kharkov, to the east in the Donbass, and south from…Read the article
Faced with NATO, Vladimir Putin announces the strengthening of the Russian nuclear triad
Two days ago, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the suspension of the New Start Treaty, we wrote that this decision paved the way for a future build-up of Russia's operational nuclear arsenal, the latter being today today the only asset remaining in the hands of the head of the Kremlin, to justify Russia's status as a superpower on the international scene, while its conventional forces have been very severely reduced by a year of war in Ukraine. It only took two days, and despite the skeptical comments of some journalists on this subject, for the…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
President Lukashenko announces the creation of an armed territorial defense of 45.000 men
Following the fraudulent re-election of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in 2020, massive and popular demonstrations brought hundreds of thousands of Belarusians to the streets to protest against this new denial of democracy. Supported by Russia, which will send soldiers, security forces and propagandists there, these demonstrations will be very harshly repressed, causing at least 4 deaths, 4000 injuries and more than 30.000 arrests. The Belarusian opposition is either arrested or forced into exile, and the regime is dramatically increasing crackdowns and arrests in the country, even for isolated and small-scale acts, such as wearing the traditional colors of the Belarusian flag.…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