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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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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Kuwaiti parliament questions the high cost of the Eurofighter Typhoon

For several months, the sale of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons to Kuwait signed in 2016 has been of great interest to the judicial authorities of Kuwait, who have reportedly opened several investigations for corruption. Alongside the ongoing legal proceedings, it is now the Kuwaiti Parliament that is wondering about the total bill for the contract. Indeed, the Eurofighter Typhoons purchased by Kuwait from Italy are invoiced for more than $320 million each, compared to an average of $110 million for aircraft sold to other countries. If these figures put forward by the local press can be questioned, they should however be put into perspective. Indeed, arms contracts...

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For its Typhoon fighters, Germany acquires AESA radars manufactured by Hensoldt, to the detriment of European programs

On June 17, the German government announced that it had agreed to fund the supply of Active Electronic Antenna Radars (AESA) to modernize the current fleet of 110 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft in service with the Luftwaffe. If Airbus will take care of the integration of the new AESA radars on board fighter planes, it is the German electronics engineer Hensoldt who will recover the biggest workload, with a share of around 1,5 billion euros. Hensoldt will indeed be responsible for the development and production of this new radar, which should drastically improve the combat performance of the Typhoon. Through this contract, Germany is…

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German Orion P-3C withdrawal: a threat to the Franco-German MAWS program

As we learn from Naval News, always extremely well informed on naval matters, the German Ministry of Defense has just announced that it is ending the modernization program for the eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in service in the German navy. Considered to be too costly and too risky, this modernization program should quickly give way to the acquisition of new maritime patrol aircraft. The decision to withdraw the Orions in 2025 at the latest, rather than from 2035, could however have very serious consequences on the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System) program jointly conducted by France and Germany. In…

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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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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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Franco-German military projects: between advances and blockages

For more than ten years, France has been looking for a lasting European partner for its military collaboration projects, both operational and industrial. This began in 2010 with the Lancaster House Accords then, following the failure of a first Franco-British SCAF program, a political and industrial rapprochement between Paris and Berlin. Industrial distributions and political deadlocks In terms of military needs, the rapprochement between France and Germany very quickly became evident. Three major topics have thus emerged: SCAF: the future air combat system to replace the Rafale and Eurofighter fighters MGCS (Main Ground Combat System): replacement of the Leclerc tanks (France) and…

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The major European defense industries threatened by their share prices

The combination of fears around the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump's disastrous unilateral intervention to ban Europeans from entering the United States for 30 days, and the structural threat of corporate debt, has triggered a stock market crash today March 12, itself following a first sharp drop on March 11 following the explosion in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy and the country's quarantine. This fall, which exceeds 12% in Paris and 10% in Frankfurt and London, is heavily affecting the large listed companies in the European defense industry, with prices…

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Will visual observation capabilities really be at the heart of the future maritime patrol aircraft?

In 2018, France and Germany signed a letter of intent to cooperate on the development of a new maritime patrol aircraft (PATMAR) to replace the current aircraft by 2035, the MAWS (Maritime Airborne Warfare System ). In the meantime, France will be able to count on 18 venerable ATL2, or Altantique 2, currently being renovated and always ready to ensure the safety of French naval and land operations, anywhere in the world. Last November, an article by frigate captain Molina published in the Revue de Défense Nationale drew up a composite portrait of what this PATMAR aircraft of the future could be. The model that…

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