India launches acquisition of 6 additional Boeing P8i Poseidon

The growing tensions between Beijing and New Delhi are obviously taken very seriously by the Indian authorities, which are increasing the procedures for acquiring defense equipment, sometimes in emergency procedures, from its international partners. This is particularly the case of the United States, to which New Delhi has just notified a request for offer (RFP for Request for Price) concerning 6 new P8i Maritime patrol aircraft, in addition to the 8 already in service and the 4 copies ordered in 2016. The contract is estimated at $1,8 billion. Initially, the order was to be for 10 additional aircraft, as announced last year by the Indian Defense Committee. Corn…

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Rafale: five planes took off this morning for Ambala air base, India

Since the beginning of spring, India and China have been going through a deep military and diplomatic crisis in the Himalayas, which has already claimed dozens of lives. In this particularly tense context, the two major Asian powers are strengthening their forces in the region in order to prepare for a possible military confrontation. As we have already mentioned in a dedicated analysis, the strengthening of the Indian military posture notably involves the urgent ordering of new Russian planes but, above all, the accelerated delivery of Rafale combat planes, produced by the French group Dassault Aviation. According to what had been announced in recent weeks,…

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South Korea opts for F35B and confirms naval air ambitions

While some countries are questioning the interest of aircraft carriers in a modern conflict, particularly in the United States and France, several countries are making significant efforts to acquire such a capability. This is the case of Japan, which has ordered some forty F35Bs to arm its two Izumo-class aircraft carrier destroyers, of India, which is continuing its efforts to strengthen its naval air fleet, or of China, whose third carrier -planes, this time equipped with electromagnetic catapults and capable of using heavy aircraft and combat drones. South Korea, whose naval ambitions have been discussed several times…

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Presidential decree to facilitate export of combat drones divides U.S. politicians

So far, exports by the United States of category 1 drone systems, i.e. with a payload capacity of less than 500 kg at more than 300 km, such as the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ -9 Reaper or the RQ-4 Global Hawk, were conditional on an explicit prior agreement from the American authorities, according to the “presumption of refusal” rule, being assimilated to missiles in the Missile Technology Control Regime, or MTCR, legislation. The acquiring country had to justify, by exceptional circumstances, its request, which generated a long procedure, and appreciably more cumbersome than for other equipment. According to the declarations of several industrialists…

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