What consequences for France if the SCAF and Tempest programs merged?

After his German counterpart Lt General Ingo Gerhartz, it is the turn of General Luca Goretti, the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, to declare that, according to him, the European programs of 6th generation combat aircraft SCAF (for Future Combat Air System) which brings together Germany, Spain and France, and FCAS (for Future Combat Air System, the same acronym) which brings together Great Britain, Italy and Sweden , will be expected to merge in the more or less near future. According to the Italian general officer, given the industrial and budgetary issues, and the proximity of programs, industrial players and countries,…

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Is it too late for the NEURON?

On December 1, 2012, the first European-made combat drone, the NEURON, took to the air for the first time from air base 125 in Istres, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, for a flight that lasted 25 minutes in above the Etang de Berre. This event concretized 9 years of efforts on the part of the Dassault Aviation teams and its Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek and Swiss European partners, and offered Europe the opportunity to position itself at the forefront in the field of drones. stealth fighters, destined to become crucial in the air wars to come. 8 years later, the demonstrator program has only given...

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The Tempest program is more British than ever, but is it a weakness?

On July 20, the date which was initially to mark the opening of the Farnborough air show, 7 companies from the British aeronautical and defense industrial and technological base announced that they would join the program launched two years ago by the British government and BAe companies, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo and MBDA. Thus, Bombardier, Collins Aerospace, GE aviation, GKN, Martin Baker, Qinetiq and Thales have joined the next generation fighter program led by Great Britain. But what is presented as a new step wanting to mark the expansion of the Tempest program in Europe, above all demonstrates a program that is increasingly isolated, and which…

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AI demystified: AI and Defense

#AI here, IA there, IA do you want some here… For the past few months, the term “IA” (Artificial Intelligence) has invaded the world of Aeronautics & Defense. But what is it exactly? It would be presumptuous to want to cover all aspects related to the changes brought about by AI. This is not the purpose of this series of 2 articles. Similarly, I will ignore certain constituent aspects of AI (eg neural system, etc.) but which are not important for the subject of these articles. From CAD software to Terminator, via your Smartphone and DeepBlue or AlphaGo, there are many modes…

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Boeing, Canberra launches Loyal Wingman program for aerial combat drone

During the Avalon air show in Australia Boeing presented its new air combat assistance drone, called Airpower Teaming System. Presented as the most ambitious combat drone program outside the United States, the ATS is designed by Boeing Defense Australia, for the benefit of the Royal Australian Air Force, and the prototype should make its first flight in 2020. From a co-funded by Boeing and the Australian federal state, the ATS will be equipped with performance and capabilities comparable to those of a fighter, for intelligence, reconnaissance and electronic warfare missions. It will also be designed to have a long range of 2000 nautical miles. The need…

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Resumption of the Franco-British combat drone program FCAS

UK Under-Secretary of Defense Guto Bebb has announced the resumption of work to design and manufacture a stealth combat drone by 2030. The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle or UCAV) was a key element of the Lancaster Accords, but following the Brexit vote, it was shelved. In addition, the British wanted details about the Franco-German new generation fighter project. The combat drone program is strategic for the French and British air forces. Based on stealth technologies different from those used by the…

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