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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Lockheed-Martin and Airbus to face Boeing for new US Air Force tanker contract

In 2008, Airbus, then EADS, and the American Northrop Grumman, won the KC-X competition to provide a new tanker aircraft to the US Air Force, with an aircraft designated KC-45A derived from the A330 MRTT. But following legal protests from Boeing, which offered its KC-46, the decision was taken to cancel the competition to make a new one. Faced with intense lobbying from the American firm, and the withdrawal of Northrop Grumman from the partnership with EADS, the Seattle aircraft manufacturer finally won the new competition in 2011, on the basis of a Boeing B-767 adapted to the needs of the 'US Air Force, and designated KC-46A. An order of 179…

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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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The French proposal for 6 used A330 MRTT seduces the Indian authorities

Has France discovered the Holy Grail of selling weapons systems? Be that as it may, after Greece and Croatia, Paris has once again taken the initiative to offer recent and modernized second-hand devices, with a very attractive price, in an attempt to establish itself on a strategic market towards India. This time it is about 6 A330 refueling aircraft having 5 to 7 years of service, to transform them into refueling version in flight multi-mission MRTT Phoenix, like those which come into service today within the French air forces. According to Hindustantimes.com, citing statements from officials and the military, this offer…

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Rafale's next delivery to India will also be an event

The delivery of the first 5 Rafale aircraft to the Indian Air Force, in July 2020, had a resounding media and popular success, to the point of representing a real national event in India. The next delivery of 3 additional devices, which will take place on November 4, could also arouse a lot of interest. In fact, in addition to the decisive role that the new aircraft is called upon to play in deterrence and in the air force of the Indian Air Force while tensions with Pakistan and China continue to grow, this delivery will be in it -even spectacular, since the 3 fighter planes will make the journey between…

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India to solicit leasing offers for certain defense equipment

Like many countries, India has, for many years, neglected the modernization of its armed forces, in favor of more lucrative actions from the electoral point of view, or otherwise... At the same time, Pakistan, and especially the China, followed trajectories of modernization and reinforcement of their armed forces in a particularly well mastered planning, so that today, New Delhi finds itself having to finance a very large number of Defense programs, all equally strategic. than the others. Added to this is the often chaotic management of its acquisition programs, as was the case, for example, with the MMRCA program,…

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Defense: the revival project of the aeronautical sector holds good and bad surprises

The affair had been announced quite early during the Covid-19 crisis: the French Armies will be called upon to revive the national economy. The Ministry of the Armed Forces is indeed one of the largest French investors, and mainly buys equipment designed and manufactured in France and in Europe. This is particularly the case for the aeronautical sector, which was the subject of government statements yesterday. If the aeronautics sector should have a recovery plan of 15 billion euros, almost half will be devoted to supporting the activity of Air France / KLM, which supplies a large part of the civil aeronautics sector. Several billions will be...

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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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As the Boeing KC-46 accumulates difficulties, Airbus demonstrates the automatic flight refueling capability of the A330 MRTT

We had already talked about it on Meta-Defense: Airbus has been working for a few years on an automatic in-flight refueling system for its A330 MRTT, and had found a launch customer in Singapore. Today, the European aircraft manufacturer announces that its Automatic Air-to-Air Refueling (A3R) system has been successfully tested during a flight test campaign involving an F-16. The flight tests would have taken place a few weeks ago over the Atlantic. They would have involved an Airbus MRTT tanker aircraft equipped with the A3R system as well as an F-16 fighter aircraft from the Portuguese air force. The test campaign would have…

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NATO fears the budgetary consequences of the Covid-19 crisis

In just a few weeks, the Covid19 coronavirus health crisis in China has turned into a health, economic and social crisis in the world, with Europe at its epicenter. European countries, led by Italy, but also Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, continue to see the number of cases of infection and the number of deaths increase, to the point of saturate health capacities, and due to total or partial containment measures, also see their economy come to a standstill, while everyone has to face very significant exceptional expenses to minimize the underlying social crisis. It is in this…

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