Poland and South Korea join forces for the long term for ambitious industrial defense cooperation

1000 heavy tanks, 672 self-propelled guns, at least 50 combat aircraft, and several hundred multiple rocket launchers… These are the extraordinary figures surrounding the defense partnership that Poland and South Korea are about to sign, to make South Korea one of the world leaders in the armored vehicle market, and Poland the European pillar of production of this type of vehicle in the years to come. Indeed, beyond the spectacular reinforcement of the capacities of the Polish armies, which will align at the end of the decade 1500 modern tanks, as many infantry combat vehicles, 1200…

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Poland to order 180 K2 tanks, 670 K9 guns and 48 FA-50 fighter jets from South Korea

Since the beginning of the Russian attack in Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain and France have been competing with each other in terms of declarations and projects to equip themselves with the largest European conventional armed force, the best army or the best Marine. But in fact, in February 2022, the largest conventional land force in Europe was neither French, nor British or German, but Polish. Indeed, Warsaw was then fielding 750 Leopard 2A4, PT-91 and T-72 combat tanks, as well as 1500 BWP-1 and KTO Rosomak infantry fighting vehicles, nearly 500 Krab, Dana, Godzik and Rak self-propelled guns, as well as near…

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Argentina is interested in the Israeli Kfir and the Sino-Pakistani JF-17 to modernize its air forces

Prior to the Falklands War, in 1983, the Argentine Air Force fielded nearly a hundred modern Dassault Mirage IIIEA, IAI Dagger (unlicensed copy of the Mirage V) and A-4B/C/P Skyhawk fighters, while the naval air forces had about twenty A-4Q Skyhawk aircraft and 6 Dassault Super-Etendards, making it one of the most powerful and best equipped air forces in South America. If the Falklands War heavily dented these numbers, with the loss of 22 Skyhawks, 11 Daggers and 2 Mirage IIIs, it was mainly Western sanctions and the consequences of repeated economic crises...

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Is South Korea's New KF-21 Boramae a Successful Joint Strike Fighter?

Only twelve years after having carried out the first risk analysis, and less than two years after having begun its assembly, the first prototype of the South Korean KF-21 combat aircraft program, previously designated KFX program and officially baptized Bomamae (falcon ) during this ceremony, was officially presented this Friday in Seoul in front of a delegation of more than 250 South Korean and foreign officials. It must be said that everything in this program is exceptional, so far at least. While only 30 years ago, the South Korean aeronautical industry was still barely in its infancy, it has managed the feat of developing in just over…

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South Korea to develop its own maritime transport and patrol aircraft

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, quoting the executive vice president of KAI, the South Korean aircraft manufacturer has obtained from DAPA, the country's armament program development agency, the green light to develop a medium transport aircraft program to replace the majority of the C-130 and C-235 in service with the country's air and naval forces, for transport missions, but also for maritime patrol. The timetable, the budget envelope and the performance of the device concerned have not yet been communicated, but KAI announced last year that such a project would require 7 years of work and 2,7 $bn for…

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From the F16 Viper to the JF-17 Thunder, do light fighters still have a role to play?

If Defense news today gives pride of place to heavy or medium combat aircraft, such as the F35, the Rafale or the Su35, lighter fighters continue to represent a large part of the fighter fleets in the world. Economical to buy and use, these aircraft allow countries without great means to acquire air capabilities and the largest nations to expand their fleets to be able to respond to all requests and scenarios. operational. In this article, we are going to present some of the light fighters in present or future staffing in the air forces, to know some…

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Spain and Airbus will develop a new training and attack aircraft

On Friday, October 16, Airbus surprised everyone by announcing that the European aeronautics giant had launched a program aimed at designing, at the request of Spain, a training and attack aircraft intended to integrate , according to communication from Airbus, in the SCAF program, like the US Air Force eT-7A . Like all programs of this type at the moment, from the Italian M346 to the South Korean T-50 Golden Eagle, designated for the time being by the acronym AFJT for Airbus Fighter Jet Trainer, can evolve to become a light fighter single-seater, specialized in attack. The program, the amount of which has not been specified, will be…

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Argentina suspends order for FA-50 Golden Eagle aircraft from South Korea due to Covid-19

According to a statement from South Korean aircraft manufacturer KAI, Buenos Aires has suspended the order of FA-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets announced but not confirmed last July, and which were to replace the A4 Skyhawk attack planes still in service. According to the South Korean manufacturer, the decision would result from the consequences of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic. The country announces just over 1600 confirmed cases and 54 deaths to date, but its economy is still greatly affected by 10 years of an unprecedented economic crisis. According to the statement, the order is not canceled, but simply suspended indefinitely. Despite its severe economic difficulties, Argentina had begun a…

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Royal Thai Air Force could multiply suppliers to modernize

On February 20, the Thai Air Force (Royal Thai Air Force – RTAF) published a White Paper detailing the country's military re-equipment plans for the next decade, as well as its longer-term ambitions. Initially, the priorities would relate above all to training, transport and rescue devices. Nevertheless, Bangkok is already beginning to prepare the modernization of its fleet of combat aircraft. A memorable commercial battle could then be played out in Thailand, not by the size of the market but by the nature of the competitors who could be opposed on the spot. Indeed, in addition to the American F-16V…

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Boeing targets Asia to export new T-7A Red Hawk trainer

In September 2018, Boeing was selected by the Pentagon under the TX program to supply the US Air Force's new advanced training aircraft. Developed with the help of Sweden's SAAB, and since designated T-7A Red Hawk, Boeing's small supersonic single-jet engine is now looking for export outlets. Present at the Singapore Air Show 2020, Boeing would have undertaken to present its Red Hawk to the Asian air forces in order to convince them of the merits of its offer. A particularly difficult mission given the delay taken by the Americans on the market for advanced training jets (LIFT, for Lead-In Fighter Trainer),…

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