After the A-10, the US Air Force wants to withdraw its F-15Cs from service by 2030

The preparation of the annual budget of the American armed forces is a very rich period of lessons, allowing in particular the 3 forces of the country, the executive on the one hand, the Congress on the other hand, but also the armed forces themselves, to publicly express their vision and expectations for the coming year and beyond, in terms of investments but also of format and strategy. If, during the 90s, 2000s and 2010s, everyone's considerations were above all technological or economic, since the beginning of the decade they have taken on a new, very applied character, while tensions with Russia, China and also Iran or Korea...

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Boeing announces closure of F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet assembly line in 2025

In 2013, the US Navy announced, as part of the preparation of the 2014 budget, that it no longer intended to order new F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, the evolution of the F/A-18 Hornet developed in the early 90s to replace the F-14 Tomcat, but also the A-6 Intruder bomber and the EA-6 Growler electronic warfare aircraft. However, as is often the case in the United States, local political and economic considerations led Congress to keep the Boeing production line in Saint Louis on a ventilator for more than a decade, ordering between 12 and 20 additional aircraft each year against the opinion of the US Navy itself. Unfortunately, this respite did not allow...

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President Erdogan raises the stakes for Sweden's NATO membership

A few days ago, President Joe Biden publicly announced that he expected the United States Congress to accept the acquisition of 40 new F-16V Viper fighters, as well as 80 modernization kits to enable the Turkish Air Force to carry a part of its F-16 C/D fleet to this new, significantly more efficient standard, in particular due to the AESA AN/APG-83 radar. For the White House, it was a question of obtaining from President Erdogan that he withdraw his veto concerning the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, following the request made by these countries after the Russian aggression against Ukraine. We would have…

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Admiral Gilday probably won his bet for the sizing of the American fleet

The medium and long term planning of the US Navy has been, for the past 15 years, a subject to say the least chaotic, with the presentation of many contradictory plans depending on whether the White House and Congress favored budgetary savings or military reconstruction. . These hesitations and successive backtracking, as well as risky and excessively expensive programs such as LCS and the Zumwalt destroyers, have led to a difficult situation now, as budgetary and industrial capacities will struggle to absorb in due time the planned withdrawal of the many buildings and aircraft that have reached their age limit. Beyond the complex annual arbitrations that…

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AUKUS: The sale of American submarines to Australia could be a zero-sum game according to the US Congress

Beyond the diplomatic crisis generated with France following the cancellation of the Attack-class submarine program, the program aimed at equipping the Royal Australian Navy with nuclear-powered submarines of American-British construction, in the framework of the AUKUS alliance, could well turn out to be a zero-sum game. In any case, this is the warning given by two American senators, the Democratic senator from Rhode Island Jack Reed and the Republican senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe, in a letter sent on December 21 to the White House. "We believe that current conditions require a sober assessment of the facts to avoid stressing...

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US Congress changes legislation to increase ammunition production

The war in Ukraine has shattered many certainties about armed conflict in recent months, including the supposed superiority of units formed by professionals over units of conscripts or reservists, the supreme role of aviation on the battlefield, or the supposed obsolescence of the battle tank. One of the most widespread certainties, including at the highest level of the armies, was that a high-intensity conflict, such as the one unfolding today, could not be extended over time, the excess of power of fire and precision ammunition necessarily leading to…

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Turkey Sanctions Dropped From New 2023 US Defense Budget Bill

Since 2020, following the delivery of S-400 systems to Russia, the US Congress has systematically included in the laws governing annual US defense spending, the ban on the executive branch from lifting the technological sanctions imposed on Ankara. It was then a question of limiting the capacity to circumvent the veto posed by Congress by the Trump administration, which is quite reluctant in this area, and rather inclined to more flexibility vis-à-vis Turkey and its president. RT Erdogan. The same provision was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act 2022, when the new administration of Joe Biden, too, wanted the partial lifting…

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A US senator suggests creating a technology alliance between the USA, France and Canada inspired by AUKUS

The creation of the AUKUS alliance bringing together Australia, Great Britain and the United States a little more than a year ago, severely damaged relations between Paris and these three countries, especially since it involved the unilateral cancellation of the SEA 1000 contract to design and build 13 Attack-class submarines sold by France in 2015, to replace them with 8 American or British-made nuclear attack submarines. Beyond the difficulties encountered by Canberra in organizing the transition to such a fleet, as well as the additional costs and delays that such a decision generates, it took many months, and the change...

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Deprived of F-16V, the Turkish president threatens to reinstate his veto on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO

3 days ! That's how long it took President RT Erdogan to once again threaten a Turkish veto on Sweden's and Finland's membership of the Atlantic Alliance, after the US Congress voted , on the occasion of the vote of the 2023 finance law of the US armed forces, two amendments which hinder the possibilities of exporting the F-16 Viper but also other defense technologies to Ankara. Of course, the subjects not being supposed to be officially linked, President Erdogan publicly takes umbrage at the lack of “responsiveness” of the Swedish authorities concerning the request for the extradition of 33 refugees to…

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US Congress blocks sale of new F-16s to Turkey

10 months ago, in October 2021, the Turkish authorities announced that they had sent an export request to the Foreign Miltiry Sales for 40 new F-16 combat aircraft of the Block 70 Viper standard, as well as 80 kits allowing to upgrade 80 of its F-16 Block 52s to this standard, the most advanced currently available for the Lockheed aircraft. If the Biden administration had shown itself ready to support such a request in the hope of restoring normalized relations with Ankara, the American Congress, which has the last word on the subject, had been more than doubtful. Indeed, for the American senators and representatives,…

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