UK wants more F-35Bs and A400Ms

Like most European armies, British military forces suffered the backlash of the benefits of peace at the budgetary level between the mid-90s and the 2010s. On the other hand, due to the significant British participation in the Second World War Gulf, and in the Afghanistan campaign, these quickly eroded their operational reserves, to the point of being on the verge of a global capability rupture at the start of the 2010s. maritime patrol or on-board naval air capacity, London undertook in 2012 to increase its investments, so as to reconstitute and modernize the…

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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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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 approves order for 56 Airbus C295W tactical transport aircraft

The long-awaited order having been made public in May 2015, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given the green light to begin the delivery of 56 C295W tactical airlifters from Airbus Defense and Space. According to the press release, 16 aircraft will be assembled in Spain by Airbus DS and delivered within 48 months of signing the contract, while the other 40 aircraft will be assembled in India by the private group Tata, over a period of 10 years. In addition, all aircraft will be equipped with a national electronic warfare suite for…

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Swiss public opinion invites itself into the competition for the replacement of the Swiss F18 and F5

24 hours before the announcement of the winner of the AIR2030 competition aimed at replacing the F/A 18 Hornet and F5 Tiger II combat aircraft in service with the Swiss Air Force, the weight of public opinion seems to represent a growing issue. , not to say decisive, in this case whose twists have little to envy to an 8th final between France and Switzerland. According to the Swiss media, the outcome of this competition is unlikely to be more favorable to the French Rafale than yesterday's match was for the French team, since everything seems to indicate…

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The SCAF program breaks the rut, without solving the fundamental problems

After several weeks of psychodrama against a background of growing tensions between German industrial demands deemed excessive by France, and positions deemed authoritarian by French industry according to Germany, the Future Air Combat System program, or SCAF, which brings together France, Germany and Spain, has apparently emerged from the rut in which it had been engaged for months, thanks in particular to the intervention of the French Senate and its Defense and Affairs Committee foreign. In a session that was akin to couple psychotherapy, the French and German industrialists were able to clearly express their expectations, grievances and concerns, allowing the parties to…

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British Mosquito Combat Drone Demonstrator to fly in 2023

For several years, the French and Germans viewed the British FCAS program, which includes among other things the new generation fighter Tempest, as an outsider to the SCAF program, even as a burst of pride from politicians across the Channel following Brexit. Today, it is clear that this program is advancing rapidly, and much more serenely than the "European" program, and that its ambitions are far from being so limited that one could hear it say there is no only a few months yet. In addition to the significant effort made by the British authorities to support this programme, with an annual budget set at £2bn by the new Strategic Review…

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France in the trap of European defense cooperation

Is the Future Air Combat System, or FCAS, program doomed to fail? A few months ago, such an idea would have unleashed the fury of many officials at the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the DGA and even the Elysée. But today, one can reasonably ask how the program could not fail, given the many critical problems that have emerged in recent weeks. After the German requirement to obtain shared piloting between Safran and MTU concerning the propulsion pillar of the program, and this despite the more than limited experience of the German engine manufacturer in this type of thruster, then that carrying…

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SCAF, MGCS: Why is Germany going too far?

Since the last virtual meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart Angela Merkel last week on the subject of defense cooperation programs between France and Germany, a wind of panic seems to be blowing in France, both on the side of industrial than on the political side. The German Chancellor has indeed, on the occasion of this meeting, indicated that she intends to renegotiate once again the industrial distribution around the program of Air Combat System of the Future SCAF which brings together France, Germany and Spain. . More precisely, it now wants German industry to also develop one of the prototypes of the…

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Intellectual property issues threaten the SCAF program

In the small world of European Defense cooperation, things are not going as well as they seem. Because if officially, the industrialists are actively involved with the support of the governments in these programs, many difficulties, whether it is about the differences on the way the programs are managed politically, or the industrial sharing between the industrial bases of each countries, hamper their smooth running, at least in a civilized way. Last problem to date, significant tensions oppose the French industrialists participating in the SCAF program to their German counterparts about the way in which the German political authorities pilot the…

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