Can we save the European SCAF next-generation fighter program?

Announced in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel, the SCAF program for Future Air Combat System aims to develop, by 2040, a new generation combat aircraft (the 6th at the last count), the Next Generation Fighter, as well as a a set of systems designed to provide the aircraft with unparalleled operational capabilities. Since its launch, the program has found itself on several occasions faced with major difficulties, whether related to political arbitration and in particular to the requirements of the German Bundestag, to the difficult industrial sharing between the 3 participating countries (Germany, France and Spain) and the conceptual and doctrinal differences between the armed forces…

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Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited film by Western air forces

It's rare that a film alone has had such a significant impact on an entire generation of young pilots. From its release in 1986, and still today, the vast majority of candidates for military pilot selections in the United States, Europe and more generally, throughout the Western world, have been more than influenced by this film. While Western air forces have been facing, for the most part and for several years, a significant shortage of candidates, the imminent arrival of Top Gun: Maverick therefore represents an important and undisguised hope, even as tensions in the world keep growing...

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With 3 SSBNs at sea, the French deterrence posture at its highest since 1983

There are unmistakable signs of the level of tension that exists between the West and Russia, against the backdrop of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Thus, barely a few days after the launch of what is presented by Moscow as a "Special Military Operation", and which is obviously turning into a nightmare for the Russian armies, the Kremlin had announced the heightened alert of its forces. of deterrence. If at the time, the Western nuclear powers had not publicly raised the threat so as not to aggravate the situation, they nevertheless drew their own conclusions. So we learn...

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Industry, jobs, geopolitics and technology: the key points of the Rafale contract in the United Arab Emirates

The announcement of the exceptional order of 80 Rafale combat aircraft by the United Arab Emirates was received in France in a contrasting manner. As has now become the rule with each announcement of a major defense contract, a significant number of political leaders, but also NGOs, journalists and editorial writers have questioned the relevance of this contract. It is true that the same arguments are not always put forward. Thus in the case of Greece or Croatia, the reservations put forward concerned the payment capacities of the country, but also the impact on the fleet of…

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Florence Parly confirms the replacement of the 12 used Rafale sold to Croatia

This puts an end to a long suspense, as well as to certain concerns. Indeed, the Minister of the French Armies Florence Parly, traveling to Zagreb for the signing of the sale of 12 second-hand Rafales to Croatia, confirmed by a tweet that the devices, which will be taken from the fleet of the Army de l'Air et de l'Espace, will effectively be replaced by an order to be launched in 2023. at this time according to the planning of the Act…

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What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Air and Space Force?

On the night of April 13 to 14, 2017, 5 Rafale aircraft from the Saint-Dizier base escorted by 4 Mirage-2000-5, 2 Awacs aircraft and 6 KC-135 tanker aircraft, carried out a 10-hour raid and 7000 km to strike and destroy using the 2 SCALP cruise missiles carried by each of the Rafales, the Syrian chemical installations used by the regime of President Bashar El Assad, within the framework of a tripartite coalition bringing together the United States, the Great Britain and France. Despite the significant Syrian anti-aircraft defenses implemented, all the targets targeted by the coalition strikes in…

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Are the French Armies ready for "High Intensity"?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the need to have a military force designed for major engagements against an adversary with the same advanced military capabilities gradually withered, the very notion of conflict between great nations military having largely diminished. In France, as in many European countries, the principle of "benefits of peace" then appeared, allowing the size of the armies to be reduced in proportion to the reduction in the threat. Little by little, the French armies evolved towards a military force based on two principles, nuclear deterrence to neutralize major threats, and a global expeditionary force...

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Now is the right time to develop an Electronic Warfare Burst!

Since the start of 2021, Dassault Aviation's French Rafale combat aircraft has enjoyed significant commercial success, with no less than 4 new orders or pre-orders placed by Greece, Egypt, Croatia and France. Indonesia, for a total of 96 aircraft. According to the Swiss press, it would also be favored by the Swiss authorities for the replacement of its F/A 18 Hornet and F5 tiger II, and other countries, such as India and the United Arab Emirates, are also expected to place an order this year or next year. It must be said that the Rafale in its current multi-mission F3R version, and again...

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Croatia would have selected the Rafale to replace its Mig-21

According to the Croatian site jutarnji.fr, which is none other than the most important title of the country's leading press group, the Zagreb authorities have selected the French offer of 12 second-hand Rafales to modernize its air force and replace its Mig-21s acquired from Russia shortly after independence. The cost of the operation, including the 12 aircraft, ammunition and training, would represent an envelope of slightly less than €1 billion. The first 6 aircraft, which will be taken from aircraft in service within the Air and Space Force, could be delivered as early as 2024 if the final contract manages to be signed before...

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India negotiates the lease of an A330 MRTT refueling aircraft with France

Since deliveries of Rafale aircraft to India began, the aircraft assembled in Merignac have systematically made the trip by air accompanied by an Air Force A330 MRTT Phoenix tanker aircraft. The objective for Paris was twofold. On the one hand, allow long-distance delivery by reducing the number of stopovers to a minimum, and thus show the potential and reliability of the French fighter both to the authorities and to Indian public opinion, which moreover took unfeigned enthusiasm for the Rafale since the first delivery. On the other hand, it was a question of showing the Indian authorities as well as the Indian Air Force, the performance of the Rafale-A330 pair…

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