The 10 articles published in 2019 not to miss according to the editorial Meta-Defense

After the 10 most read articles in 2019 by readers, here is the selection of the 10 articles published by Meta-Defense in 2019 that you absolutely must read or reread according to the writing of the service! No notion of classification this time, and as before, these 10 articles will be accessible free of charge throughout the month of January 2020.

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 failed 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, ...

Are the European Air Forces downgraded?

In 1980, the air forces of European NATO countries were among the most powerful in the World. Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy were among the 10 countries with the most combat aircraft, and together, the Europeans aligned 40% of the air forces of the Atlantic Alliance. The annual report published by the international magazine FlightGlobal for 2020 presents a very different situation.

Legal control of arms exports backfires on NGOs

A German court of justice issued a judgment 03 December 2019 which cancels the suspension decided by the German government on arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia. Started in October 2018the suspension decision had been formalized in March 2019. It must expire in March 2020. For the record, this decision was announced by Angela Merkel after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Will Russia take over the Western fleets with the Tsirkon missile?

Tass agency citing sources close to the Northwestern Federal Defense District that Russia will proceed a new test of the 3M22 Tsirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile, and this before the end of the year. Several statements by Russian officials made this year, including Vladimir Putin himself, the Tsirkon missile will equip soon the Gremyashchiy corvettes du 20385 project, as well as the Udaloy destroyers after modernization 

How could a light fighter program preserve the French military and industrial potential?

France is currently engaged in a European program, alongside Germany and Spain, aimed at designing and building an air combat system of the future, or SCAF, intended to replace the Air Force's Rafale and Typhoon from the 3 countries, from 2040. In the meantime, this same program will produce technologies that will be used like technological bricks for

Should Western countries prepare for the “day after” of a massive cyber attack?

In an article published on the website, Dr. Samantha F. Ravish, holder of the Cyber ​​Chair and Technological Innovation of the Defense and Democracy Foundation, calls fora urgent creation of a plan to resume economic and social activity in the United States, in the case of a massive cyber attack, referring to the “The Day After” plan that the Pentagon developed during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack on the whole of American territory.

Does the ballistic missile come back from the ashes?

During the Cold War, the ballistic missile, whether or not it was fitted with nuclear warheads, was considered a reference unit for determining the military power of a country. At the time, there was no system capable of effectively intercepting this type of device, the mere possession of which therefore posed an existential threat to all of the states within the range of the missile.

Can defense equipment investments be taken out of the European public deficit account?

In an 21 July 2019 article, the blog makes the link between the investment necessary for Bulgaria to acquire 8 F16V to replace its Mig29 for an amount of $ 1,256 billion, and the widening of the country's public deficit, which will drop in 2019 from 0,5% to 2,1 % due to this investment. However, for several decades, many French politicians have campaigned in Brussels to remove investments in defense equipment from the public deficit count ...

The 7 mistaken premises of the construction of La Défense Europe

The construction of Defense Europe has become, in recent years, the guiding thread of French defense policy, the country sparing no efforts to try to create sufficient momentum to give birth to this initiative. This construction takes several forms, such as industrial cooperation programs, European consolidation of the Defense industry, and Defense programs of the European Union.

Why is F35 so successful?

Since he began his career, the American F35 aircraft has achieved a remarkable number of commercial successes in Europe and Asia. Beyond the 7 partner countries of the program, Lockheed's aircraft won all the competitions in which it took part, often to the detriment of European aircraft, except one, the replacement of the German Tornados. Today, the F35 is engaged in 2 competitions in Europe against European planes ...

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