The new aircraft carrier of the French Navy again threatened by budgetary arbitrations

On the occasion of the presidential greetings to the armies at the end of January, President Emmanuel Macron had outlined the main lines of the future Military Programming Law 2024-2030 currently being prepared. Thus, the budget allocated to the Armed Forces over this period should reach €400 billion, plus €13 billion in exceptional revenue, while certain programs, including the very emblematic New Generation Aircraft Carrier, or PANG, were confirmed by the President. However, since this announcement, contradictory signals have been issued by the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the General Staff as well as the cabinet of the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne. As for the General Staff and the…

Read the article

Can the future standard Rafale F5 evolve into a Super Rafale?

A few days ago, the first Rafale to the F4.1 standard was delivered to the Military Air Expertise Center, or CEAM, at Air Base 118 in Mont-de-Marsan. This new standard will equip the Rafale with new expected capabilities, such as the helmet sight, new air-to-air and air-to-ground modes of its engagement system, extended data fusion and a completely modernized SPECTRA self-protection system. . In addition, the device will be able to implement new ammunition such as the short and medium range air-to-air missile MICA NG which promises to be the best in its category, as was the MICA at the beginning of the…

Read the article

Hard-kill, SEAD, wandering munitions…: the future French LPM is preparing for high intensity

Although all the arbitrations have not yet been made, the content of the future Military Programming Law which will cover the period 2024-2030 is beginning to be partly known, whether through certain official statements by the Minister for the Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu, Chiefs of Staff and even President Emmanuel Macron. Thus, the overall budget seems to target an envelope of €413 billion over the period, i.e. an average annual budget of €58 billion, almost 32% more than the budget for the armed forces in 2023 (€44 billion), and 66% more than the 2017 budget (€35 billion). Once integrated into a…

Read the article

Is French on-board hunting threatened by the next military programming law?

In order to meet the security challenges imposed by geopolitical and technological developments, in particular the emergence of new significant military threats, including in Europe, President Emmanuel Macron announced, shortly after his re-election, that a new Planning Law would be designed to be presented in the first quarter of 2023, and voted on immediately by Parliament, probably before the summer break. Beyond a strategic review of the most obscure, mixing in its conclusions strategic objectives, means and cooperation, it is since then very difficult to obtain from the Ministry of the Armed Forces as well as from the General Staff, information on the content of…

Read the article

A320Neo vs Falcon10X, who will replace the Atlantic 2 for the French Navy?

The design of a replacement for the German P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and their French Atlantic 2 counterparts was part of the Franco-German agreements in 2017 intended to give a major boost to the idea of ​​Defense Europe. , alongside other programs such as SCAF for combat aircraft and MGCS for heavy tanks. Designated Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS, this program however experienced a thwarted development, in particular when Berlin announced, in 2021, the acquisition of 5 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the American Boeing to replace its Lockheed P-3Cs. older. Since then, the program has been stopped, France and Germany believing…

Read the article

What alternative in France for the New Generation Aircraft Carrier?

For several days, a background noise has been becoming more and more audible in the French defense ecosphere: faced with the budgetary constraints surrounding the next Military Programming Law currently being prepared, the New Generation Aircraft Carrier program, or PANG , which was nevertheless the undisputed star of the Euronaval 2022 show a few weeks ago, would be threatened. Even with a significant budget increase, with €100 billion more between 2024 and 2030 compared to the 2018-2025 period, around €400 billion, i.e. €57 billion per year on average, the available resources would in fact not be not sufficient to finance the extension of the forces...

Read the article

Thales ready to meet the SHORAD/CIWS needs of the French armies

Several critical weaknesses affecting the French armies have been repeatedly detailed on Meta-Defense. As part of the preparation of the 2024-2030 Military Programming Law, it seems, according to information that has filtered into the public domain, that several of them are now taken into account, with solutions envisaged in the relatively short term. This is particularly the case of the ability to destroy enemy anti-aircraft defenses and electronic warfare for the Rafale, the Chief of Staff of the Air and Space Force having announced, during his hearing by the Defense Committee of the National Assembly, that this capacity, initially provided for in…

Read the article

The French Navy wants to model its capability strategy on aeronautical programs

When it entered service in 2002 within the 12F flotilla of naval aviation to replace its antediluvian F-8F Crusader, the first Rafale Marines were delivered to the F1 standard, which then only had air-to-air capabilities. But from the start of the program, the scalability of the device and the planning of the versions were at the heart of the strategy pursued by the Ministry of Defense and Team Rafale. Thus in 2005, the Air Force began to receive its first Rafale B and C to the F2 standard, specialized in Air-Ground strikes to replace the withdrawal of Franco-British SEPECAT Jaguars, followed in 2009 of the Rafale…

Read the article

How many Rafales will the French air forces field in 2030?

Earlier this week, the Ministry of the Armed Forces announced that a new order for 42 Rafale combat aircraft will be placed in the 2023 budget year. This was expected, since in line with the 2019-2025 Military Programming Law , and in line with the objectives of the 2017 Strategic Review. However, due to the postponement of deliveries from 2016 to release industrial capacities for export, but also to release investment credits needed elsewhere programs, as well as the sale of 12 second-hand Rafales to Greece in 2020, then 12 aircraft to Croatia in 2021, all taken from the…

Read the article

LPM 2023: 5 capability opportunities to prepare the French armies for High Intensity

The series of articles devoted to the 2023 Military Programming Law is coming to an end. We have so far addressed many subjects, whether strategic, such as the future of the global army format inherited from General de Gaulle, or purely technical subjects, such as the advisability of providing the French Navy with sub- conventionally powered sailors alongside its SNAs. If these articles made it possible to present in a relatively exhaustive way the stakes but also the constraints which will apply to this LPM, the last two articles which will conclude this series, treat, for their part, of potential Quickwin, capacities on the one hand, technological on the other, likely to provide…

Read the article
Meta-Defense

FREE OF CHARGE
ABOUT