Turkey is again interested in the Franco-Italian SAMP/T anti-aircraft and anti-missile system

Relations between Europe, and in particular France, and Turkey have been tumultuous in recent years, to say the least. Between the Turkish intervention in northern Syria against the Kurdish allies of France and the United States, the military support provided by Ankara to the Tripoli regime in Libya, and the tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the Aegean Sea and around Cyprus, the points of friction between Ankara and Paris were not lacking, and relations between the two countries, as between the two heads of state, had become very difficult. At the same time, the Turkish decision to acquire the anti-aircraft system at…

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Germany is interested in the Israeli Arrow 3 anti-ballistic system and is (still) unaware of the existing French solutions

While Paris and Berlin continue to proclaim loud and clear their common desire to cooperate in the field of defense technologies, numerous arbitrations carried out by the German authorities, before and after the change of government in December, show a situation well more complex, and a permanent rivalry between the two biggest economies of the euro zone, in particular in the field of Armaments. From the EuroSpike to the P8 Poseidon, from the F-35 to the ESSM, from the Apache to the Arrow 3, the past, present and future choices of the German armies in terms of equipment seem to systematically exclude alternatives. Venus…

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Defense against hypersonic missiles is structured in the West

Since the entry into service of the Kh47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic airborne missile in 2018, and even more so with the upcoming arrival of the 3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile, both of Russian origin, the fear of seeing these munitions permanently neutralize naval power West has been widely relayed in the media. It is true that due to their speed, their low trajectory, and for some, their ability to maneuver in the descending phase, these weapons undermine the Western anti-missile shield, based on THAAD and SM-3 kinetic impactor missiles. In addition, the anti-aircraft missiles currently in service, such as the SM-2, the Aster 30 or the Sea Ceptor, have…

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FDI Belh @ rra remains the most effective choice for Greece

The competition is raging in Athens as the Greek authorities announced that they would decide on the winner of the competition for the acquisition of 2+2 new frigates before the end of the summer. A few days ago, London announced that it was ready to give up 2 of its Type 23 frigates for free if Athens compromised in favor of Babcock's Arrowhead 140 model, while Fincantieri presented its offer on the basis of the FREMM Bergamini accompanied by two Maestrale class frigates, and that the Netherlands offered their two Karel Doorman class frigates alongside the Sigma 11515 HN…

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24 additional Sea-Ceptor anti-aircraft missiles for British Type 45 destroyers

Like the Horizon air defense frigates of the Navy and the Italian Navy, the 6 British Type 45 destroyers of the Daring class are equipped, for anti-aircraft defense, with 6 vertical launch systems for SYLVER 50 missiles for 48 silos containing a mix of Aster 15 missiles with a range of 30 km, and Aster 30 missiles with a range of more than 120 km. Referred to as the Sea Viper by the Royal Navy, this system provides global protection to the destroyer, as well as the ships it escorts, against many types of threat, such as combat aircraft or…

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The Alsace Air Defense FREMM joins the French Navy

To say it was expected would be an understatement. On Friday April 16, Naval Group delivered the Alsace Air Defense Frigate to the French Navy. In the coming months, it will take the place of the anti-aircraft frigate T70 Cassard withdrawn from service in 2019, leaving the French Navy with only 3 frigates dedicated to air escort missions for major units, such as the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle , or the Mistral class Assault Helicopter Carriers. A second FREMM DA frigate is under construction in the Naval Group shipyards in Lorient, Lorraine, and is to be delivered next year to the French Navy...

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France pulls out all the stops to convince Greece to choose the Frigate Belharra

Like what it did for the contract for the acquisition of 18 Rafale aircraft, of which 6 second-hand aircraft were offered to Greece, France has now decided to pull out all the stops to convince Athens to select its offer for the acquisition of 4 modern FDI Belharra frigates and the modernization of the 4 MEKO 200 HN frigates currently in service with the Hellenic Navy. While discussions had stalled for several months, paving the way for other offers, such as the one put forward by Lockheed-Martin concerning the MMSC frigates, Paris now has an offer that is both homogeneous and efficient, both from…

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Naval Group FDI Belharra handicapped by VLS Sylver in Greece

The renewal of the fleet of Greek frigates is today one of the main and most important contracts being awarded on the European and international scene concerning surface combatants. With an objective of acquiring 4 ships, the modernization of its 4 Meko 200 HN and the desire to acquire or lease 2 frigates in a very short time to meet the immediate security challenges in the Aegean Sea, Athens is attracting the greed of builders Europeans and Americans. In this competition, the FDI Belharra of Naval Group had until recently a head start on its competitors, since Paris and Athens had signed…

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France has deployed its fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean against Turkey

The French Navy has announced that it has deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean from 4 to 13 November, a powerful surface combat fleet, made up of the light stealth frigate Lafayette, the anti-submarine frigate Latouche-Tréville, and the defense frigate aerial Forbin, the most powerfully armed of the French Navy's combat surface units. This naval device, designated Surface Action Group or SaG by the Admiralty, which also includes an Atlantic 2 maritime patrol aircraft based in Crete, and an Air Force Awacs E3F Sentry forward air control aircraft, is the one of the most imposing deployed by France in the last two…

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Alsace, Suffren, SLAM-F: The French Navy reveals its new operational face

Like the Army and the Air Force, the French Navy has been extremely stretched for many years, and has suffered from a chronic lack of investment to replace its naval units, which are nevertheless in the foreground. The arrival of the FREMM frigates, from 2012, made it possible to begin a process of modernization which, today, is in full swing, as shown by 3 major events that have occurred almost in quick succession in recent days, with the tests of the Alsace frigate, followed by the delivery of the Suffren submarine, and the official launch of the SLAM-F mine warfare program. The Alsace frigate is the first unit of the FREMM DA type,…

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