Towards a replacement of the Crotale-NG missiles in the French Air Force?

In a previous article, we returned to the declarations of General Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the Army of the National Assembly, on May 6th. In the context of the current health and economic crisis, the French armies will be mobilized to participate in the economic recovery of the country. For the Air Force, this will mainly involve ordering new utility helicopters and accelerating deliveries of combat aircraft and transport and refueling aircraft. Nevertheless, General Lavigne also mentioned the possibility of modernizing certain other Air Force equipment. The short-range surface-to-air defense (SHORAD) systems of…

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Covid-19: Air Force renounces heavy helicopters, but not modernized capabilities

A few months ago, confirmation by Aviation Week that the French Air Force was ready to lease and then acquire heavy CH-47 Chinook helicopters caused a stir. It must be said that the needs for heavy transport helicopters are enormous, especially to support French operations in Africa. With the acquisition of a small number of CH-47s, France would then no longer have been dependent on the helicopters deployed by its allies, such as the United Kingdom or Denmark. Unfortunately, it was to be expected, the post-coronavirus economic crisis will most likely lead to the postponement or cancellation of this program. However, for the chef…

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Could the Libyan civil war redefine modern air combat? Part 2/2

This article is the second part of a reflection started in a previous article available here. In recent months, the Libyan civil war has intensified on several fronts, including the conduct of air and anti-aircraft operations. In the camp of the ANL as in that of the GNA, the mini-drones were gradually supplemented by tactical drones, then by armed MALE drones. In the first part of this article, published yesterday, we explained how the use of armed drones to carry out targeted strikes led each side to acquire modern anti-aircraft systems. The latter, particularly expensive, have in turn been…

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The Tonnerre helicopter carrier was sent to Corsica to evacuate patients suffering from Covid-19

Last Friday, in an article dedicated to rumors circulating around the Armed Forces in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, we concluded that the deployment of additional military resources to manage the situation outside mainland France was probably imminent. Beyond the aircraft tankers used with Morpheus kits for transporting patients, we have above all mentioned the use of amphibious helicopter carriers (PHA), whose hospital facilities are particularly well equipped. The next day, we thus learned from the Ministry of the Armed Forces that a first PHA, the Tonnerre, was to leave in the evening from Toulon in order to participate in the evacuation of patients suffering from Covid-19...

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In Niger, anti-terrorist strikes demonstrate the complementarity between Mirage 2000D and armed drone MQ-9 Reaper

In its latest weekly report, the General Staff of the Armed Forces gave details of an operation carried out on March 12 in the so-called “three borders” area, between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. While a Nigerian guard post was attacked by a substantial terrorist group in the Ayourou sector, the French forces of Operation Barkhane deployed significant air resources in the area. In support of the Niger Armed Forces, the Air Force sent an armed MQ-9 Reaper drone as well as a patrol of Mirage 2000D fighters. Two strikes were reportedly carried out, allowing the neutralization of around twenty terrorists and…

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Coronavirus: armies at the heart of conspiratorial rumors

Even before the first speech by the President of the Republic in connection with the current coronavirus epidemic, on March 12, rumors concerning the armed forces were already circulating in conspiratorial circles. They sought to explain the so-called obvious links between the epidemic which was then beginning in China or Italy and the involvement of the army, if possible American for more sensationalism. In recent days, in France, some of these rumors have found a certain echo and a sounding board on all social networks, from Twitter to Facebook via WhatsApp. Others have also suddenly appeared by diverting facts and…

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After the Chinooks, the Air Force also wants to rent Super Puma helicopters

In the fall of 2017, we proposed, with Admiral Pierre-François Forissier, former Chief of Staff of the French Navy, and General Jean-Paul Palomeros, former Chief of Staff of the French Army the Air Force and former Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of NATO, the “Socle Défense” model, which revolved around a global rental offer for army equipment and financing structured around a savings plan. At the time, the military and political authorities had considered that the rental of military equipment could not constitute an applicable solution, as it was too restrictive and too expensive. What is more, the new Military Programming Law in preparation would meet all the expectations of…

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France should finally receive Chinook heavy helicopters

This is news that we no longer hoped for, even if the ground had recently been prepared for such an announcement: France should finally equip itself with CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopters. The latter would be operated by the Air Force and not by the Army, the latter having in fact recently rejected such an opportunity by the voice of General Bertrand Vallette d'Osia, the boss of ALAT ( Army Light Aviation). Initially, according to FlightGlobal which revealed the news, two Chinook CH-47F could be rented by the Air Force, allowing both to meet certain urgent needs in…

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With the A330 MRTT Phoenix, the French Aéronaval Group strengthens its efficiency in the Mediterranean

No sooner had it entered service than the Air Force's new tanker aircraft, the A330 MRTT Phoenix, demonstrated its full potential. Thus, a few days ago, a Phoenix carried out a 14-hour mission to support and refuel the Rafale M combat aircraft of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean, off Syria. The combined use of the two French power vectors made it possible to demonstrate not only the excellent interoperability of the new aircraft, in the complex environment of the Middle Eastern sky, but also the coverage that France now has in terms of air power and naval aviation in the Mediterranean. According to a…

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The French armed forces are today more in demand than ever

While they are barely beginning their capacity reconstruction, after 20 years of budgetary restrictions having seriously undermined their operational potential, the French armed forces are subjected, at the start of 2020, to operational pressure of an intensity never reached since. the first Gulf War, in 1991, when the French armies had twice as much equipment and men as they do today. Even with the stated ambitions of the 2-2019 Military Programming Law, this pressure, which shows no signs of easing, calls for the rapid reassessment of the means allocated to the armed forces, to be ready to face the probable scenarios of years to…

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